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Basking in 'Kate effect'

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:48 pm
Bojana Sentaler is quickly learning just what it means to feel the full force of the "Kate effect." Barely 24 hours after the Duchess of Cambridge appeared in a coat by the Toronto-based fashion designer, the grey alpaca garment and many others from the Sentaler brand sold out online,...

Wedding-day crisis averted

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:41 pm
A Toronto bride is crediting a newly arrived Syrian refugee with salvaging both her wedding gown and the day itself. Jo Du says the bridal gown that fit perfectly upon first try began falling apart hours before she was to walk down the aisle in Cambridge, Ont. She was staying at an Airbnb...

Harper, Trudeau pay respect

Sep 29, 2016 / 2:05 pm
Both the current prime minister and former prime minster will attend the funeral for Shimon Peres. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leading a Canadian delegation that includes former prime minister Jean Chretien, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion...

Senate may sue for expenses

Sep 29, 2016 / 11:21 am
The Senate committee that polices spending in the upper chamber will soon decide whether it is worth the cost to sue seven former senators The Senate has threatened to take the seven to court in a bid to recoup more than $528,000 the auditor general deemed to have been improperly expensed to...

Health first, climate second

Sep 29, 2016 / 10:55 am
Canada's provincial and territorial leaders want face time with Justin Trudeau to discuss health care funding — and they want a commitment from Ottawa before they're willing to talk about climate change, a federal Liberal priority. Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, the current...

Kills friend while saving him

Sep 29, 2016 / 10:45 am
Police have charged a 21-year-old man who they say inadvertently ran over and killed his friend east of Toronto after trying to get him medical help. Durham Regional Police say the man and his friend were parked in a pickup truck allegedly taking "narcotics" around 5 p.m. Wednesday in...

Near miss in oil rig incident

Sep 29, 2016 / 6:56 am
When heaving seas in the North Atlantic wrenched a string of massive steel pipes from a drilling ship off Nova Scotia's coast, one of the 20-tonne sections of the plummeting coil struck the seabed just 12 metres from the top of an undersea oil exploration well. The distance is one of several...


Mi'kmaq protest gas plan

Sep 29, 2016 / 6:40 am
A protest organizer says Mi'kmaq participants have shifted away from the entrance of a construction site near proposed natural gas storage caverns in Nova Scotia. Cheryl Maloney says the aboriginal opponents will focus their efforts now on asserting their fishing rights near the Alton Gas...

Rescued from burning boat

Sep 29, 2016 / 6:36 am
Four fishermen are safe after a rescue at sea from a burning boat about 50 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland's northern peninsula. The fishermen from the Atlantic Provider were brought back to Port aux Choix Wednesday afternoon on board the fishing vessel Avalon Voyager. The Avalon...

Alert lifted, suspect arrested

Sep 29, 2016 / 6:32 am
The RCMP has lifted an Amber Alert that had been issued for two young aboriginal boys in La Ronge, Sask. The alert was issued early Thursday for the boys, aged eight and 10. The Mounties said they were believed to have been taken by an 18-year-old man. The RCMP said a vehicle the suspect...

'One Young World'

Sep 28, 2016 / 9:55 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraced his role as minister for youth as he urged a gathering of young people from every country in the world to act now, instead of waiting for some distant moment, to be the leaders they want to become. "I do not think you are the leaders of tomorrow...

PM defends LNG approval

Sep 28, 2016 / 9:44 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a Goldilocks defence Wednesday in an effort to position the federal Liberals in the sweet spot of a boiling debate over energy development and environmental protection. Less than 24 hours after the government gave conditional approval to a massive liquefied...

Study: middle class thrives

Sep 28, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Despite assertions to the contrary, the middle class in Canada is not in a state of stagnation. In fact, according to a new study by the Fraser Institute, today's Canadian middle class is thriving compared to 40 years ago. The Fraser Institute says other studies stating the middle class...

A royal language lesson

Sep 28, 2016 / 6:04 pm
The tapping and beeping noises out of the old telegraph went on for what felt like ages, but when it was done 90-year-old Doug Bell asked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to press the button. Seconds later, Prince William and Kate tweeted a royal welcome message using Second World War telegraph...

Opposing health transfer cut

Sep 28, 2016 / 5:19 pm
Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine is joining a chorus of opposition to a federal Liberal plan to reduce the rate of increase in health transfers to the provinces. It is absolutely not the time to reduce the increase in the rate of the Canada health transfer to three per cent from six per...

$50M res school settlement

Sep 28, 2016 / 4:19 pm
An emotional, decade-long battle ended quickly Wednesday for hundreds of former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools. After a two-day hearing, a provincial Supreme Court judge gave his expedited approval for a $50 million class-action settlement with the federal...

Build your own budget

Sep 28, 2016 / 4:16 pm
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday he has no plans to raise taxes in next year's budget, but will listen to people who might want a tax hike. Pallister has launched pre-budget consultations that include a new website where people can build their own provincial budget by...

Still feeling victimized

Sep 28, 2016 / 3:35 pm
A woman who lost her sight after a deadly school shooting in northern Saskatchewan says she feels victimized again because she's not getting enough help. Charlene Klyne, a supply teacher, was among seven people hurt in the shooting at the high school in La Loche in January. A teacher and...

Royals in the wilderness

Sep 28, 2016 / 3:32 pm
UPDATED: 3:30 p.m. The tapping and beeping noises out of the old telegraph went on for what felt like ages, but when it was done 90-year-old Doug Bell asked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to press the button. Seconds later, William and Kate tweeted a royal welcome message using Second...

Ex-cop smuggled tusks

Sep 28, 2016 / 3:30 pm
A retired RCMP officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. court to 10 money-laundering counts. Prosecutors said Gregory Logan, 59, of Saint John, N.B., smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in...

Pit bull ban challenged

Sep 28, 2016 / 1:02 pm
The Montreal SPCA says it is mounting a legal challenge against the city over its newly adopted pit bull ban. The animal-welfare organization says it filed documents at the courthouse today hoping to suspend the application of some portions of the new law. The SPCA alleges the sections that...

Drumming up donations

Sep 28, 2016 / 12:12 pm
A benefit concert held to raise funds in support of Fort McMurray residents devastated by wildfires last spring has received almost $188,000 in donations, volunteer organizers said Wednesday. And they're challenging Canadians to continue giving so that the $200,000 mark can be reached by...

Israeli PM' friend to Canada'

Sep 28, 2016 / 8:19 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is paying tribute to Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, calling him a man of peace and a friend to Canada. The prime minister says Peres, who died early Wednesday at the age of 93, was an internationally respected statesman. Peres was twice prime minister of Israel...

Climate raising fire stakes

Sep 28, 2016 / 6:59 am
A new government report says that by the end of this century a changing climate is expected to at least double the area burned each year by forest fires in Canada. The 2015 annual forest assessment by Natural Resources Canada says a warming climate will contribute to a 50 per cent increase in...

Service dog not welcome

Sep 28, 2016 / 6:03 am
The Manitoba Human Rights Commission is investigating a complaint about a woman with Alzheimer's being told by her condominium board that she can no longer keep her specially trained dog. Donna Davidson's son Murray says he trained the Sheltie named Kaos to lead his mother to and from...

Pit bulls banned in Montreal

Sep 27, 2016 / 6:08 pm
Montreal's controversial pit bull ban is officially on the books after city council passed a bylaw on Tuesday following a heated debate on the issue. Council voted 37-23 in favour of the bylaw, which includes a ban on new pit bull-type dogs as of next month and restrictions on those...

Berries a death trap to bears

Sep 27, 2016 / 4:15 pm
A study suggests hungry grizzly bears drawn to bountiful berry crops in southeastern British Columbia are dying in disturbing numbers. The fruit the grizzlies want to eat is in the same Elk Valley area where lots of people live and work, so bears end up being hit by vehicles and trains or being...

Brazeau back in Senate

Sep 27, 2016 / 3:34 pm
More than three years after the beginning of his long legal saga, Sen. Patrick Brazeau has retaken his seat in the upper chamber. The Quebec senator was cleared to return back in July, when the RCMP opted not to pursue criminal charges of fraud and breach of trust based on his housing expense...

Drive-thru voting is real

Sep 27, 2016 / 3:21 pm
Voters won't even need to get out of their vehicles to cast a ballot in Regina's civic election next month. The city is offering a drive-thru advance polling station in the hope it might encourage a higher voter turnout. Four years ago, only 33 per cent of eligible voters cast a...

Tidal power hits turbulence

Sep 27, 2016 / 3:07 pm
An ambitious plan to lower two massive turbines into the Bay of Fundy, where they will be tested against the awesome power of the world's highest tides, has hit more legal turbulence. A group of Nova Scotia fishermen will seek a court order to suspend the Cape Sharp Tidal project until a...

A chilling anniversary

Sep 27, 2016 / 2:27 pm
A year after a horrific drunk-driving crash killed her children and father, a grieving Toronto-area mother says she hopes the tragedy that decimated her family will make people think twice before they get behind the wheel while intoxicated. In a message posted on Facebook on the eve of the grim...

Vaping to be regulated

Sep 27, 2016 / 2:03 pm
The Liberal government says it will introduce legislation this fall to regulate vaping. Health Canada says the move will balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products and e-cigarettes to help quit smoking or as a...

No cash, no health deal

Sep 27, 2016 / 1:10 pm
British Columbia's health minister says negotiations on a long-term health funding agreement with the provinces and territories will be in danger if the federal government doesn't bring more cash to the table. Terry Lake says he is troubled by recent signals from Health Minister Jane...

Wandering emu back home

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:52 am
Ontario Provincial Police say a wandering emu has been returned to its owner. The emu was reported to police Tuesday morning by concerned citizens who saw the large flightless bird on or near roads in the Kilworth, Ont., area, west of London, Ont. OPP say officers were able to contain the...

Plea comes from tragedy

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:50 am
A year after a horrific drunk-driving crash killed her children and father, a grieving Toronto-area mother says she hopes the tragedy that decimated her family will make people think twice before they get behind the wheel. In a message posted on Facebook on the eve of the grim anniversary,...

Suing over baggage fees

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:44 am
Air Canada and WestJet are facing a potential class action lawsuit after imposing checked baggage fees only days apart. The proposed class action alleges that the two airlines colluded to impose the fees and have unjustly enriched themselves in the process. The statement of claim, filed in...

Privacy implications of C-51

Sep 27, 2016 / 7:41 am
A federal watchdog says the government didn't properly assess the privacy impact of new information-sharing powers in the omnibus security legislation known as C-51. In his annual report today, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he was surprised that many federal agencies did not...

Firefighter wins abuse case

Sep 27, 2016 / 7:28 am
A firefighter who alleged he was targeted for abuse because he is gay by co-workers at a Halifax naval base has won compensation. The Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal says the unidentified worker was subject to "multiple incidents of traumatic events" while a firefighter for...

Skier pushed over cliff

Sep 26, 2016 / 4:06 pm
A skier has died after a small avalanche pushed him over a cliff near Lake Louise, Alta. Tim Haggarty with Parks Canada says the man in his 20s from Golden, B.C., died Sunday on Mount Victoria. He says the man and his ski partner had climbed up the mountain on their skis, but turned back...

Cops wanted own inquiry

Sep 26, 2016 / 1:59 pm
The Mounties came up with a review process to run alongside the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, according to a newly released document from the Justice Department. The Canadian Press obtained a memo prepared for the deputy minister of justice that shows an official...
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