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Climate key to peace

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:35 am
A changing global climate will drive conflict in the 21st century, French President Francois Hollande said Monday, explicitly linking security and global warming as he opened the 21st United Nations climate conference in this terror-scarred city. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among the 151...

Nfld. heads to polls

Nov 30, 2015 / 6:29 am
The Progressive Conservatives in Newfoundland and Labrador are trying to extend their 12 years in office today as voters go to the polls while the Liberals attempt to build on the momentum from a string of byelection wins over the last two years. Tory Leader Paul Davis, a former police officer,...

Arctic fishing ban

Nov 30, 2015 / 5:59 am
Talks are set to get underway about imposing a fishing moratorium in the Arctic until more is known about the waters at the top of the world. Canada and other Arctic coast countries are meeting in Washington today with non-Arctic nations. The discussions are the first step in extending a ban...

Health not a barrier

Nov 30, 2015 / 5:00 am
Health issues will not be a barrier for Syrian refugees seeking safety in Canada. Health Minister Jane Philpott says Syrian refugees with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis will not be denied entry to Canada, but steps will be taken to ensure they are healthy enough to enter the...

Sweeping reform on agenda

Nov 29, 2015 / 10:23 pm
The Justin Trudeau era begins in earnest Friday with all the pomp of a traditional speech from the throne. But thereafter, the new Liberal government is aiming to break from tradition, promising to transform the way Parliament operates to empower backbenchers, diminish partisanship, restore...

Oath to queen 'repulsive'

Nov 29, 2015 / 7:13 pm
A soon-to-be Canadian has served notice he plans to recant the mandatory Oath of Allegiance to the Queen immediately after he becomes a citizen. In a letter sent to the citizenship court judge earlier this month, Dror Bar-Natan states his opposition to the oath, which he calls...

Influx of refugees begins

Nov 29, 2015 / 5:37 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - A trickle of Syrian refugees seeking to leave Jordan flowed into Canada's processing centre in Amman on Sunday, the first day of operations at what will eventually become the hub of much of the Syrian refugee resettlement program. Ninety people were put through a multi-step...

Jordan refugee centre opens

Nov 29, 2015 / 2:24 pm
A trickle of Syrian refugees seeking to leave Jordan flowed into Canada's processing centre in Amman on Sunday, the first day of operations at what will eventually become the hub of much of the Syrian refugee resettlement program. Ninety people were put through a multi-step process, some...

Countdown to Grey Cup

Nov 29, 2015 / 12:01 pm
Excitement for the Canadian football showdown of the year is nearing its peak in Winnipeg as Edmonton and Ottawa fans decked themselves out in team colours and engaged in a bit of friendly trash talk for the Grey Cup. Fans gathered in downtown Winnipeg Sunday for a pre-game march, some dressed...

Tories eye 2017 leadership

Nov 29, 2015 / 11:18 am
Familiar, experienced Conservatives will take their places on the opposition benches this week in the Commons, but behind them is a party that is exhausted, in organizational limbo, and only slowly beginning to plan for a leadership race. A consensus has begun to emerge inside the caucus that...

Predawn drug raids

Nov 29, 2015 / 10:08 am
Eight people have been taken into custody following a series of predawn raids targeting Montreal organized crime and the drug trade. A Montreal police spokesman said officers also seized more than $100,000 cash, two firearms and an undetermined amount of drugs including cocaine, crystal meth and...

Brutal baboon battle

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:53 am
After the matriarch died last year, a vicious battle for her throne erupted among the female baboons at Toronto Zoo. It endured for months, prompting a brief closure of the exhibit and providing a fascinating glimpse into the animals' behaviour. Medical records show numerous injuries among...

Arctic fishing moratorium

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:52 am
Canada and Arctic coastal countries are to hold talks with non-Arctic nations Monday about imposing a fishing moratorium in seas at the top of the world until more is known about them. The talks in Washington, D.C., are the first step in extending a ban already agreed to last July by Canada, the...

Trudeau pays tribute in Paris

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:49 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute this morning to victims of this month's terrorist attacks in Paris with a visit to the Bataclan concert hall, the scene of the worst carnage on Nov. 13. A Quebec delegation organized the memorial ceremony at the site where 90 of the 130 victims died...

Military rapped for lying

Nov 29, 2015 / 8:00 am
Canada's military authorities misled and stonewalled the country's information commissioner and the media over records related to a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, an investigation has found. The probe found the Department of National Defence promised the Office of the Information...

Environmentalist dies

Nov 29, 2015 / 4:48 am
Canadian businessman and environmentalist Maurice Strong, who served as the founding executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, has died at the age of 86. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement describing Strong as an "internationally recognized environmentalist...

$15M for Africa: Trudeau

Nov 28, 2015 / 5:48 pm
The Canadian government will contribute more than $15 million to help train youth in eight African countries find good jobs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the contribution while in Malta, for the Commonwealth summit. The government is partnering with Canadian company Digital...

Concerned about vape laws

Nov 28, 2015 / 11:44 am
Kathleen Wynne says she would "have a problem" with someone vaporizing medical marijuana next to her in a movie theatre. The Ontario premier's comments come after a week in which her government quietly exempted medical marijuana users from an e-cigarette law, then appeared to...

Notley talks climate change

Nov 28, 2015 / 9:22 am
While the focus is expected to be on greenhouse gas emissions targets at the Paris climate summit, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says there are many ways to achieve success. Notley says she wants to see member countries agree on a number of significant policy changes that will lead to GHG...

A state of war against terror

Nov 28, 2015 / 8:26 am
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says democracies are in a "state of war" against terrorism. He made the remarks Saturday after meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Paris ahead of the United Nations COP21 climate change conference. Couillard saluted the "vigour...

Trudeau to make his case

Nov 28, 2015 / 7:18 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Sunday night in Paris to make the case for a comprehensive climate change agreement. Trudeau is departing a Commonwealth leaders summit in Malta where climate action dominated the agenda. He'll join...

Sponsoring a refugee

Nov 28, 2015 / 7:16 am
The federal government has pledged to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada between now and the first few months of 2016. Of that number, 10,000 will be sponsored privately rather than by the government. A private sponsorship entails a substantial commitment, of which money forms only a part. Here...

Santa is on social media

Nov 27, 2015 / 8:41 pm
A 10-year-old boy will hear back from Santa thanks to a plea on social media for his address. Canada Post put out some online feelers after it received a letter from 10-year-old Michael Johnson, apparently from southwest Ontario. The post office says the boy didn't put a return address on...

Bullied for being named Isis

Nov 27, 2015 / 7:41 pm
A nine-year-old Winnipeg girl whose parents named her after an Egyptian goddess says she's feeling a lot better after a Canadian Forces soldier apologized for getting upset at her during a Grey Cup event for children. Isis Fernandes was on a school trip Thursday and was supposed to get a...

Photo changed it all

Nov 27, 2015 / 2:37 pm
The now-iconic photograph of the body of a young boy washed up on a Turkish beach sparked a remarkable change in Canadian interest in the Syrian refugee crisis, says an expert tapped to provide advice to the government. While refugee and aid workers had long recognized the looming crisis, no one...

$2.65B to climate fund

Nov 27, 2015 / 8:01 am
Canada is making a five-year, $2.65 billion contribution to help developing countries tackle climate change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Friday at the summit of Commonwealth leaders in Malta, where the battle against global warming is becoming the dominant issue. The...

Eager to send refugees

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:47 am
The governments of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are all jockeying to be the main source of the 25,000 Syrian refugees to be selected for Canada's new resettlement program. Close to four million Syrians are currently living in UN refugee camps, informal settlements, on the streets and in...

Panda cub cuteness

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:29 am
The Toronto Zoo says the two giant panda cubs born about six weeks ago are doing "very well" and have outgrown their incubator. The zoo says the cubs have been moved to a larger incubator and alternate spending time with their mother, Er Shun, who is on loan from China. It says Er...

Studying lung cancer risk

Nov 26, 2015 / 8:33 pm
Alberta researchers have launched a new study to figure out how to identify and treat lung cancer before it's too late. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in Canada. The pilot study will try to identify smokers and ex-smokers who are most at risk for lung...

$100M to UN refugee relief

Nov 26, 2015 / 8:18 pm
The Liberal government's long-awaited $100 million contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help fleeing Syrians is destined for a half-empty international aid bucket. The UN refugee agency has only raised 45 per cent of the $4.5 billion it sought for 2015 to...

Political parties get richer

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:46 pm
Reforms aimed at ending the influence of big money on the federal political process have resulted in parties raking in more than 10 times as much dough. But a lot less of it is coming from wealthy individuals. Those are the findings of an Elections Canada analysis of financial trends for...

No release for Black Widow

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:38 pm
The Parole Board of Canada says an elderly woman known as the "Black Widow" who was convicted of spiking her newlywed husband’s coffee with tranquilizers has been denied an early release. Melissa Ann Shepard, now in her early 80s, was sentenced in Sydney, N.S., in June 2013 to...

Can't catch me, I'm in a tree

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:35 pm
Police in Edmonton say it took four hours to talk a suspect down from a tree where he had perched in an attempt to evade officers. They say police had approached the man on Wednesday night because he was walking erratically on the side of a busy road in the city's southwest. Police say he...

Single male refugees OK

Nov 26, 2015 / 1:51 pm
The federal government has not slammed the refugee door shut on single men who might want to come to Canada as part of its large Syrian resettlement program, the bureaucrat in charge of the effort said Thursday. Instead, the government has made its priority helping the most vulnerable Syrians...

Saretzky fit to stand trial

Nov 26, 2015 / 11:30 am
RCMP say the man accused of killing a two-year-old southwestern Alberta girl and her father has been found fit to stand trial. Derek Saretzky, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the September deaths of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and her father Terry Blanchette. He is also charged with...

Century-old beer drinkable

Nov 26, 2015 / 11:20 am
An amateur scuba diver has recovered a bottle from the bottom of Halifax harbour that could contain beer that is more than a century old. After Jon Crouse pulled the green, glass bottle from the silt under three metres of water, he discovered that its cork was still intact and it was half full...

Worker killed at mine

Nov 26, 2015 / 9:31 am
Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) says a worker has been killed at its Musselwhite Mine in northern Ontario. The gold miner says the scoop operator died while working underground when rocks fell and completely covered the digger on Wednesday morning. Goldcorp says it is co-operating with an investigation...

Miss Canada's pageant ban

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:44 am
Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Anastasia Lin, who was born in China but moved to Canada when she was 13, said she was unable to board her connecting...

Is federal deficit legit?

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:19 am
"We wanted to show this is the situation that we've inherited." — Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Nov. 20 after tabling the new Liberal government's fiscal and economic update. The Liberals opened the federal books last week to reveal that Ottawa was headed for a...

Cops drop mic in rap battle

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:05 pm
What's a police department to do when the roads get icy and the drivin' gets dicey? Why, they get down with their funky selves and launch a rap battle! That's what happened this week when staff at the Kindersley RCMP detachment posted a reworked version of Vanilla Ice's...
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