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PM's hockey tweet a winner

Apr 28, 2015 / 6:22 am

Plenty of diplomatic deals get done on the margins of global get-togethers, but one conducted on Twitter in 2014 made Prime Minister Stephen Harper a digital star among his fellow world leaders. Harper's trash-talking tweet to U.S. President Barack Obama about the men's and women's...

Frustrated finding help

Apr 28, 2015 / 6:13 am

Canadians in Nepal and relatives of missing Canadian tourists are expressing frustration with Canada's response to Saturday's massive earthquake. Mark McDermott and Roel Teunissen are hoping to get on a military transport plane on Wednesday to return to Canada from the earthquake-ravaged...

New CSIS 'not so scary'

Apr 27, 2015 / 1:46 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser says planned new powers for Canada's spy agency seem more frightening than they really are. Dick Fadden says giving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service the ability to disrupt extremist plots will help squelch such activity...

$13.5M for fed ad blitz

Apr 27, 2015 / 1:23 pm

The Conservative government has booked $13.5 million for an all-out, co-ordinated blitz in April and May to advertise its 2015 pre-election budget. The push, detailed in internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press, builds on existing Finance Canada and Canada Revenue Agency...

'Person of interest' sought

Apr 27, 2015 / 1:08 pm

Police in Winnipeg have removed trash bins from a downtown alley as officers investigate the weekend deaths of two city men who spent much of their time on the streets. A lane near a homeless shelter was blocked off with police tape and a flatbed was used to remove the tarp-covered...

North grapples with booze

Apr 27, 2015 / 12:47 pm

Canada's most restrictive liquor laws may be about to loosen as Nunavut politicians grapple again with the emotional issue of whether to allow the territory's first retail store for alcohol. "It's a very sensitive topic and a topic where people have very, very strong...

Canada's new defence chief

Apr 27, 2015 / 9:53 am

A former combat commander who has led operations at home and overseas has been appointed to the country's top military job. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Defence Minister Jason Kenney say Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance will be the next chief of defence staff, replacing the soon-to-retire Gen....

Everyone ordered out

Apr 27, 2015 / 6:12 am

Kashechewan First Nation Chief has now ordered the complete evacuation of his flood threatened town on the western shore of James Bay. More than 1,400 residents had already been evacuated by Friday, and a statement issued by Kashechewan First Nation Communications says the remaining 400 or so...

Clock ticks on new law

Apr 27, 2015 / 6:03 am

Two months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to consult widely on doctor-assisted dying, the federal government has yet to reveal how it intends to canvass Canadians' views on the emotional issue — much less how it intends to legislate on the subject. And time is running...

Highrise fall kills 3 year old

Apr 26, 2015 / 8:37 pm

Toronto Police say a three-year-old boy has died from injuries he suffered after falling from a 17th-floor apartment in the city's west-end. Paramedics responded to a call Sunday afternoon. Emergency crews took the boy to a local hospital with critical injuries. Paramedics say the...

"Prudent" Wi-Fi defeated

Apr 26, 2015 / 5:03 pm

A motion calling on Alberta's education ministry to advise school boards to take a "prudent approach" on the use of wireless technology in schools has been soundly defeated. The motion, which was presented at the annual general meeting of the Alberta School Councils Association on...

Disaster teams deploy

Apr 26, 2015 / 2:44 pm

The Harper government stepped up its response to earthquake-ravaged Nepal on Sunday by dispatching advance elements of its highly specialized disaster assistance response team. Troops who conduct urban search and rescue and medical personnel are being sent on a transport, which is also carrying...

2 homeless men killed

Apr 26, 2015 / 11:48 am

Police in Winnipeg are advising the homeless to use caution in the wake of two homicides. Police say the bodies of two homeless men were found on Saturday behind buildings in the downtown area. Investigators say the body of an older man was found early Saturday, while the second body was...

Timmies sex assault suit

Apr 26, 2015 / 9:12 am

The billionaire co-founder of Tim Hortons is on the receiving end of a civil suit alleging he sexually assaulted his sometime lover four years ago, The Canadian Press has learned. The action against Ron Joyce, who claims he's the victim of a "blatant" extortion attempt, predates an...

Campaign turns to fear

Apr 26, 2015 / 8:30 am

With just days to go in the Alberta election campaign, the battle is on for undecided voters between, depending on whom you talk to, the corporate muppets and the union puppets. And everyone has set their phasers to fear. As NDP Leader Rachel Notley enjoys a popularity bump coming off...

Danger never far away

Apr 26, 2015 / 7:49 am

Tyler Dunlop says his moment of terror came after he passed out in the back parking lot of a bakery in Edson, Alta. The 30-year-old homeless man says he awoke to the sound of taunts as he was being punched and kicked by four intoxicated youths. "They ganged up on me and beat me within an...

Russia's oil embarrassment

Apr 25, 2015 / 2:05 pm

When you live in the middle of the Russian oilpatch, even the fish smell, says an aboriginal leader from that country. "The fish are smelling like oil and the water in the rivers, it's undrinkable," said Nikolay Rochev, the head of Izvatas, a group that represents the Izhma Komi...

No winner in Lotto Max

Apr 25, 2015 / 6:32 am

No one has the winning ticket for the $50-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. The two MaxMillions prizes that were up for grabs also went unclaimed. The jackpot for next Friday's Lotto Max draw will remain at $50-million, but there will be seven MaxMillions prizes...

Meet the seal whisperer

Apr 25, 2015 / 6:29 am

Daryl Jones, also known as The Seal Guy, laughed when asked what surprises him most about working with harp seals at the only research site of its kind in the world. "When the seals do what we want," he said before hand-feeding his charges a snack of herring at the Ocean Sciences...

Comply or explain, biz told

Apr 25, 2015 / 6:25 am

The federal government is aiming to increase the number of women on corporate boards across Canada by requiring companies to either put a gender diversity policy in place — or explain publicly why they don't have one. The Harper government's latest budget included proposed changes...

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