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Russia, Arctic concern Harper

Aug 22, 2014 / 8:14 pm

Russia's growing military presence in the Arctic is a concern and Canada should not get complacent about it, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday during the second leg of his annual northern tour. Harper, who was in the Northwest Territories town of Fort Smith to announce initiatives to...

PM talks food in north

Aug 22, 2014 / 2:46 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on the second leg of his annual visit to Canada's North, armed with initiatives to promote fresh food production in the region. Harper says the federal government will spend $2 million to build a permanent campus for the Northern Farm Training Institute in...

RCMP internal woes continue

Aug 22, 2014 / 1:12 pm

A Liberal MP who has met with Mounties across the country says officers tell her harassment and bullying continue within the force, despite assurances of action by the RCMP's top brass. MP Judy Sgro, along with Senator Grant Mitchell, hosted four private sessions between April and October...

PM's comments draw ire

Aug 22, 2014 / 11:52 am

TORONTO - Ontario's premier says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is wrong in saying that police investigations are the best way to deal with crimes involving missing and murdered aboriginal women. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Kathleen Wynne says it's "outrageous" for...

Soldier not guilty

Aug 22, 2014 / 10:32 am

A Canadian soldier has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a female subordinate. A five-member military jury announced the verdict at Andre Gagnon's court martial in Quebec City this morning. The 48-year-old Gagnon was on trial for the alleged sexual assault of then-corporal Stephanie...

Armoured truck robbery

Aug 22, 2014 / 7:28 am

Nearly half a million dollars has been stolen in an armoured truck robbery in the Montreal suburb of Brossard. Police say two men wearing Halloween masks attacked two employees of the Garda security firm at a Royal Bank branch in a mall at about 11 p.m. Longueuil Police spokesman Sylvain...

Millions spent hunting dope

Aug 21, 2014 / 2:16 pm

The RCMP and the Canadian military have spent nearly $11.5 million in the last eight years on a national search-and-destroy mission for illicit marijuana crops. Federal figures show the annual Mountie-led effort, known as Operation Sabot, has led to tens of thousands of pot plants being wiped...

Double homicide

Aug 21, 2014 / 9:19 am

The RCMP say they have arrested a man after a double homicide at a home in rural P.E.I. The Mounties say the man was arrested without incident at about 7:40 a.m. today in Montague. Sgt. Leanne Butler said two people were found dead around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday inside a residence on St....

Bazinga! Laughter & obesity

Aug 21, 2014 / 6:29 am

Dr. Arya Sharma, one of the leading experts on obesity in Canada, doesn't make fat jokes. But he still pokes fun at the science, stereotypes and struggles of being overweight. The 54-year-old is the chair of obesity research at the University of Alberta, the scientific director of the...

Pro-Israel stance leads MP to quit

Aug 20, 2014 / 8:21 pm

A New Democrat MP has quit the caucus over what she felt was an excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza and demeaning party demands to keep quiet and toe the line. Sana Hassainia, who represents the Montreal-area riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes, was specifically critical...

Harper to tour the North

Aug 20, 2014 / 6:59 pm

Stephen Harper will tour a local college and make an announcement about northern research in Whitehorse on Thursday as he begins his annual trek to the North, his ninth time doing so since becoming prime minister. The Prime Minister's Office says this year's trip is meant to showcase the...

A "disgusting" terror campaign

Aug 20, 2014 / 6:58 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Iraq is part of a "disgusting" terror campaign being carried out across the entire region. It's a campaign that threatens more and more countries, he said. "And...

Minks hijinks: animals freed

Aug 20, 2014 / 10:55 am

As many as a few thousand minks could be on the loose in Quebec after someone broke into a fur farm and released animals. The farm is at the heart of allegations of animal mistreatment. Provincial police say they are investigating after the overnight release of the minks. Spokeswoman Joyce...

Search continues for missing man

Aug 20, 2014 / 7:45 am

Police have found the car belonging to a missing Ontario journalist but continue to search for the man himself. Provincial police in Brockville, Ont., got a call Tuesday night from a resident in the township of Elizabethtown saying a vehicle matching the description of the car driven by Steve...

Alberta tightens rules

Aug 20, 2014 / 6:38 am

The Alberta government is tightening rules for government aircraft following a harsh report that outlined inappropriate use of the planes by former premier Alison Redford. Finance Minister Doug Horner said that guests or family members on the planes will have to be preapproved and commercial...

Helmets trump turbans

Aug 19, 2014 / 4:08 pm

Ontario won't allow turban-wearing Sikhs to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, a decision the Canadian Sikh Association called "deeply" disappointing. Premier Kathleen Wynne wrote to the organization last week, saying she had struggled with striking the right balance...

Idol contestant not guilty

Aug 19, 2014 / 1:14 pm

A former "Canadian Idol" contestant was acquitted on Tuesday of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot. Khurram Syed Sher, an Ontario doctor whose 2010 arrest got international attention because of his appearance...

TSB releases report on train crash

Aug 19, 2014 / 8:00 am

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says many factors contributed to the Lac-Megantic train derailment in 2013, including lax safety measures at the company that owned the runaway train. The TSB says Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway had a weak safety culture and did not have a...

No disability for wounded soldiers

Aug 19, 2014 / 7:45 am

A new report by Canada's veterans watchdog says nearly half of the country's most severely disabled ex-soldiers are not receiving a government allowance intended to compensate them for their physical and mental wounds. Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent also says those who are receiving...

Teens drown in Peace River

Aug 18, 2014 / 7:09 pm

RCMP say the three aged 14, 15 and 16, went swimming Friday night in the Peace River near Fort Vermilion. Police say they were swept away by the current during a family swim Saturday on the Fox Lake reserve. All three bodies have been located and recovered from the river. None of the teens...

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