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Trudeau meets the Queen

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:36 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using the international stage and a London audience to pitch his Syrian refugee plan as an example of Canada's unique diversity to the world. "We have a responsibility — to ourselves and to the world — to show that inclusive diversity is a...

Murder rate at 50-year low

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:27 am
Canada's homicide rate remained at its lowest level in five decades last year, but aboriginals accounted for a disproportionate number of the victims, Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday. Overall, police services across the country reported 516 killings in 2014 — four more than in...

Bases brace for refugees

Nov 25, 2015 / 6:35 am
Staff at Canadian Forces bases across the country are counting beds and making tentative plans to house and feed thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Capt. Evelyne Lemire, a spokeswoman at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, said they have not yet been told they will...

Bring your pet to hospital

Nov 25, 2015 / 6:14 am
Patients at a Hamilton hospital can now easily spend time with their pets thanks to a unique initiative that was prompted by a local woman's promise to her dying nephew. The program — Zachary's Paws for Healing — was launched by Donna Jenkins and is named after her nephew,...

Dancers can drop tops

Nov 24, 2015 / 10:11 pm
Burlesque performers in Alberta are celebrating a regulatory change that will allow them to doff their tops on stage without fear of being fined. The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission removed uncovered female breasts from its definition of nudity this week. Until now, burlesque performers...

Refugee deadline extended

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:30 pm
The Liberal government will not meet its Dec. 31 deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and now says it aims to complete the program by February. The new target is to bring 10,000 people to Canada by year's end and the remainder in the first two months of 2016. The group will be a...

Predator pleads guilty

Nov 24, 2015 / 9:35 am
A man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl on an Alberta reserve in what Mounties called a horrific attack. Relatives have said the child was found near dead and lying naked in the snow on the Paul First Nation a few days before last Christmas. She was flown to...

Worst for child poverty

Nov 24, 2015 / 9:29 am
A child poverty report card says an increasing number of children live in poverty in Canada, but no where is the problem more desperate than in Manitoba. The report says almost one in five children across the country lives below the poverty line. But that number is one in three children in...

MLA killed in icy crash

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:49 am
A Conservative member of the legislature lauded as "a big man with a giant heart" was killed Monday after stopping on an icy Central Alberta highway to help a motorist whose car had flipped in a median. Manmeet Bhullar, 35, who represented Calgary-Greenway, was one of only 10...

Duffy's pal testifies

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:26 pm
Was Gerald Donohue an unqualified consultant who made roughly $20,000 for using Google, talking to Sen. Mike Duffy on the phone and cutting cheques to sub-contractors? Or was the ailing Ottawa-area man a well-meaning, highly experienced former union and broadcasting executive who was executing...

Climate plan will hit hard

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Groups are warning that Alberta's new climate change strategy will hit people who live in rural areas harder than people in cities. The plan includes a carbon tax that the NDP government estimates will cost an average family about $500 a year by 2018 and about $960 by 2030. Paige...

Hero thought he would die

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:48 pm
A House of Commons security officer who was shot in the leg when a gunman stormed Parliament Hill says he thought he would die that day. Const. Samearn Son was one of 20 parliamentary security officers and Mounties honoured Monday at RCMP headquarters for their bravery on Oct. 22 of last...

Refugee plan domino effect

Nov 23, 2015 / 9:05 am
The planned announcement Tuesday of how Canada will take in thousands of Syrians in the coming months will drive local, national and international efforts into high gear. The unveiling of the plan is the culmination of weeks of nearly around-the-clock work by Canadian officials that began even...

Waiting, wanting to die

Nov 22, 2015 / 7:40 pm
Elayne Shapray has one wish: to die in a manner of her own choosing. Wheelchair-bound and unable to complete simple tasks such as feeding herself, reaching for a Kleenex or hugging her grandchildren, Shapray has multiple sclerosis and lives in intolerable pain as she continues to fight for the...

First ministers set to meet

Nov 22, 2015 / 4:44 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country's premiers will take the first steps Monday toward reversing Canada's reputation as an environmental laggard in the international fight against climate change. A gathering of first ministers — the first such meeting in nearly seven...

Boy killed in farm accident

Nov 22, 2015 / 4:39 pm
A 10-year-old boy has died while driving a forklift in Alberta. RCMP say it happened Saturday morning on his family's farm near Killam, southeast of Edmonton. They say it appears the machine became unstable while the boy was driving it on a gravel road, and that it went into a ditch and...

The 'Intimacy discount'

Nov 22, 2015 / 12:26 pm
Men who kill their female partners are more likely to be criminally convicted than men accused of killing strangers — but they also tend to get lighter sentences, a Canadian study concludes. The research, being published in the journal "Current Sociology," finds that men who kill...

Ground training over CF-18s

Nov 22, 2015 / 11:24 am
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is suggesting CF-18 fighter jets would make little difference in the war against the Islamic State if Canada doesn't focus completely on its training mission in Iraq. Sajjan fielded more questions today at the Halifax International Security Forum about the...

Feds refuse Air Canada plea

Nov 22, 2015 / 11:22 am
The federal government has rebuffed Air Canada's plea to be compensated for a portion of the more than $100 million the airline says it has spent over the last five years to accommodate gun-toting sky marshals on its flights. Newly released documents show the government dismissed the...

Threat diverts Turkish jet

Nov 22, 2015 / 6:59 am
A Turkish Airlines A330 passenger jet that was diverted to Halifax late Saturday night because of a bomb scare has now resumed its flight to Istanbul. Halifax's Stanfield International Airport confirmed the departure in a Twitter post this morning. RCMP had earlier tweeted that the...

Colbert mocks curling fuss

Nov 21, 2015 / 6:38 pm
One of Canada's favourite winter sports has received some unexpected attention from one of America's leading late-night comedians. Late Show host Stephen Colbert dedicated six minutes of his monologue on Friday night to the controversy over directional-fabric brooms in curling. Coarse...

Refugee screening assured

Nov 21, 2015 / 5:35 pm
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he has assured his American counterpart that Canada's plan to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees won't come at the expense of proper security checks. Goodale spoke with Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson on Friday about the plans to accept the...

Eye on extremism

Nov 21, 2015 / 9:00 am
Less than 10 months after the launch of what is believed to be North America's first anti-radicalization centre, its leader is considering expanding its reach with a parole system for inmates who fit certain extremist profiles. Herman Deparice Okomba says while the current threat of...

Safe landing after geese hit

Nov 21, 2015 / 8:58 am
A commercial flight from Calgary to Fort McMurray safely returned to Calgary Airport this week after several birds were sucked into one of its engines. A Canadian North Boeing 737-300, on flight 5T-1748, was climbing through 500-600 feet out of Calgary's runway 35L on Wednesday when the left...

World's best whiskey

Nov 20, 2015 / 4:50 pm
A whisky made in Manitoba is the best in the globe, according to an expert. Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible" names Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye as the World Whisky of the Year for 2016. It’s made in Gimli. Murray's website says it is the first time a Canadian...

Refugee plan coming Tues.

Nov 20, 2015 / 3:40 pm
How the Liberal government intends to bring thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada by year's end will become clear Tuesday with the rollout of the plan for the largest rapid resettlement program in the country's history. Federal ministers would not divulge any elements of the proposal...

Canadians in Mali safe

Nov 20, 2015 / 1:25 pm
All the Canadians known to have been in the hotel in Mali that was stormed by Islamic extremists are safe, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Friday. A clerk for the House of Commons, an employee of Quebec's national assembly and a lawyer for McCarthy Tetrault were among the...

Navy plan put on hold

Nov 20, 2015 / 10:05 am
The Liberal government has hit the pause button on a plan to acquire a temporary supply ship for the navy. Defence sources tell The Canadian Press that Justin Trudeau's government is uncomfortable with sole-source nature of the arrangement and the way the Conservatives handled the...

Pot in liquor stores?

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:45 am
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says government liquor stores are the best place to sell marijuana if and when the federal government legalizes the drug. Selinger says Manitoba Liquor Mart outlets have staff that are well-trained on the potential risks of alcohol, and he suggests they would be in...

Climate blamed on past gov.

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:28 am
Canada's new environment minister says past Liberal and Conservative governments have taken too little concrete action on climate change and it's time for the whole country to step up. In a speech to the Canada2020 policy conference in Ottawa this morning, Catherine McKenna says the...

Albas named trade critic

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:26 am
A mix of Conservative rookies and veterans has been given key roles in the party's shadow cabinet, unveiled Friday by interim leader Rona Ambrose. Dan Albas, second-term MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, was named interprovincial trade critic. "This helps continue my work...

Polar bear cub dies

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:16 am
A polar bear cub born at the Toronto Zoo earlier this month has died and its sibling has been moved into intensive care. The zoo says one of its two adult female polar bears, Aurora, gave birth to the two cubs on Nov. 11. It says one of the cubs died within 24 hours, while the other was moved...

Suspended writer defended

Nov 20, 2015 / 8:13 am
The Canadian literary community is in shock after the University of British Columbia suspended acclaimed author Steven Galloway from his job as chairman of its creative writing program over "serious allegations." UBC has not revealed the nature of the allegations or number of...

Refugee plan to cost $1.2B

Nov 19, 2015 / 9:32 pm
The cost of the Liberal government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees has been pegged at $1.2 billion over the next six years, The Canadian Press has learned. A government document obtained by The Canadian Press that lays out the proposed funding model says $876.7 million would be...

Getting some cold cash

Nov 19, 2015 / 7:46 pm
WINNIPEG - Researchers at the University of Manitoba are giving thanks for a popular fundraising craze that led everyone from little kids to big-time celebrities to get buckets of ice dumped on their heads. On Thursday, the university announced it had been awarded $1.6 million so that a research...

Hynes dead at 64

Nov 19, 2015 / 7:42 pm
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, Newfoundland and Labrador's "man of a thousand songs," died Thursday after a brief battle with cancer. His family says he died shortly after 6 p.m. while receiving treatment at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's. He was 64. Hynes...

Women in hijabs accosted

Nov 19, 2015 / 11:10 am
The Toronto Transit Commission says two women wearing hijabs have been accosted on a subway train. Spokesman Brad Ross says two men and a woman made abusive comments and suggested the women were terrorists in the incident Wednesday evening on a train at a downtown subway station. Ross says...

Duffy trial resumes

Nov 19, 2015 / 9:36 am
Ontario Justice Charles Vaillancourt has resumed hearing the Crown's case against Sen. Mike Duffy on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust, and bribery. The senator for Prince Edward Island has pleaded not guilty to the charges, arguing that he followed all the Senate's expense and...

New cigs seen as threat

Nov 19, 2015 / 6:42 am
One of Canada's largest tobacco companies has introduced a new type of menthol cigarette that the Canadian Cancer Society worries could get more teens and young adults hooked on smoking. The cigarettes, sold by Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc., contain a capsule of liquid menthol inside...

Trudeau, Obama meet

Nov 19, 2015 / 1:04 am
U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday at the APEC summit that the United States and Canada will "both soon to be signatories to the TPP." The 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership signed Oct. 5 was one of several topics Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Obama discussed during their...
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