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Smirnoff Ice recalled

Sep 4, 2015 / 7:36 pm

Before dropping to one knee and drinking a Smirnoff Ice, it might be a good idea to check the serial number first. Diageo Canada, the distributor for Smirnoff Ice products in Canada, has voluntarily recalled a number of different flavours of the beverage, due to "possible glass...

Tragedy by the numbers

Sep 4, 2015 / 3:53 pm

The image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi dead on a Turkish beach refocused attention on how the world is coping with the Syrian refugee tragedy — and the role Canada is playing. Here are some numbers to consider: 4,088,078: The number of Syrian refugees who have fled their country...

Military aid or muscle?

Sep 4, 2015 / 1:24 pm

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are setting up sharply contrasting visions of the role Canada's military can play in relieving an unfolding international humanitarian crisis that has consumed the federal election campaign. Mulcair dismissed military...

Pressure to do more

Sep 4, 2015 / 1:09 pm

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to ease paperwork barriers and boost resources to help Syrian refugees settle in Canada. Refugee and human-rights advocates say Canada could waive documentation requirements and bring in flexible measures — such as temporary resident permits...

Lessons from Vietnam

Sep 4, 2015 / 7:38 am

Former prime minister Joe Clark says he believes Canadian officials can overcome obstacles to speed up the acceptance of Syrian refugees, much as his government found ways to airlift Vietnamese boat people after he won office in 1979. He says Ottawa still has civil servants capable of assessing...

Wildrose wins byelection

Sep 4, 2015 / 6:13 am

Moments after messing up the NDP's momentum with a provincial byelection win in Calgary on Thursday night, the Opposition Wildrose encouraged its members to readjust their sights to the federal vote and a victory for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, a former...

Tragic end to fleeing Syrians

Sep 3, 2015 / 6:44 pm

UPDATED: 6:45 P.M. Citizenship and Immigration Canada said it received no refugee application from the father of the two drowned boys, three-year-old Alan (originally reported as Aylan) Kurdi and his five-year-old brother Galib (originally reported as Galip) Kurdi. It did, however, receive an...

Tragic, but fight must go on

Sep 3, 2015 / 11:36 am

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says it was heartbreaking to see the image of a dead boy on a Turkish beach, but it doesn't change the need to fight the Islamic militants at the root cause of the refugee crisis. Harper says he and his wife Laureen saw the tragic photo of three-year-old...

Green front in forecast?

Sep 3, 2015 / 6:16 am

The federal Green party has turned to a familiar face who used to make her living in front of the camera — former meteorologist Claire Martin — for its first video advertisement of the election campaign. B.C. candidate Martin reprises her weather routine, complete with a giant...

Plus-size model fights back

Sep 2, 2015 / 2:37 pm

A plus-size Vancouver model says she's been boosted by the support she's received since battling back against cyberbullies who body-shamed her online. Ruby Roxx said she received a link from one of her Facebook followers featuring a photo of the curvy model digitally doctored to make her...

Leaders clash on deficits

Sep 2, 2015 / 11:20 am

Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair duelled over deficits today in the wake of Statistics Canada's recession pronouncement. The three leaders offered sharp differences of opinion on the economic way forward after the agency reported on Tuesday that the economy contracted for a...

Man revs chainsaw at court

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:26 am

Police say a man was prevented from entering a courthouse in St. John's, N.L., today as he approached the building with a revving chainsaw. The incident happened at the Unified Family Court at about 9:30 a.m. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says sheriff's officers locked the doors...

Esseghaier fit for sentencing

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:06 am

The second psychiatrist to assess the mental state of a man found guilty in a terror plot to derail a passenger train told a Toronto court Wednesday that he likely suffers from a mental illness. But, unlike the first expert who examined Chiheb Esseghaier, Dr. Philip Klassen said that the...

Stolen car back with extras

Sep 1, 2015 / 10:02 pm

A Calgary woman says her stolen car was recently returned to her by police – but they did a lousy job of searching it before giving it back to her. Courtney Pickering says the thieves appeared to have left drugs, identification and weapons behind in the vehicle. She says she has filed a...

PM deflects, rivals pounce

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:01 am

Fresh data showing that Canada's economy now meets the definition of a recession sent immediate ripples across the federal election campaign trail today. Statistics Canada reported that the economy contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2015. It's the...

Cop dragged, jumper saved

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:01 am

An RCMP officer was injured after being dragged across the Confederation Bridge while dealing with a man who was reportedly going to jump off the link between P.E.I. and New Brunswick, police said Tuesday. Sgt. Leanne Butler said a bridge patrol officer came in contact with the man after someone...

Trudeau sets sights on Que.

Sep 1, 2015 / 6:55 am

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is focusing his political sights on Quebec this week as the party tries to improve its electoral fortunes in the province. Trudeau will begin the day at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., where he is expected to react to gross domestic product data...

Unicorn chase no joke

Aug 31, 2015 / 4:29 pm

A 911 caller in Victoria was adamant that he saw a unicorn chasing a screaming man through a cemetery on Sunday night. Police say officers responding to the emergency call found a man wearing a unicorn mask waving a large black hunting knife as an apparently terrified victim tried to get...

Pardon sought for Fahmy

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:29 am

Ottawa has formally asked Egypt's president to pardon imprisoned journalist Mohamed Fahmy or allow his deportation to Canada, his wife said Monday as she implored Prime Minister Stephen Harper to secure her husband's release. The development comes after an Egyptian court sentenced Fahmy...

Harper dodges the R word

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:25 am

Stephen Harper is dodging questions about a possible recession a day before the release of new economic numbers that are expected to show a second quarter of negative growth. Technically, two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP signal a recession, but the prime minister isn't talking about...

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