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CBC lays off 244 staff

Mar 26, 2015 / 2:57 pm

CBC is slashing 244 jobs from local news services across the country as its plans to shift some of its limited resources to its digital operations. The cuts include 144 positions from English-language services and 100 jobs on the French side, which include 20 vacant positions and...

Kitty, kitty video goes viral

Mar 26, 2015 / 2:48 pm

BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE!!!!!!I was leaving my shop this evening when I met up behind the building with a beautiful Lynx/ Bobcat (whichever you call it) and followed it (crazy.....maybe....NAH) and for a few pics and this awesome video of Terrace Bays wildlife. P.s yes I called it like a little...

TSB confident in Cdn safety

Mar 26, 2015 / 12:48 pm

The chief aviation investigator for the federal transport watchdog is reassuring people boarding flights on major Canadian airlines not to worry about the psychological well-being of their pilots. "I don't have any concerns, I'll fly on any airline in Canada," said Mark...

2 must always be in cockpit

Mar 26, 2015 / 12:43 pm

Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. The federal government imposed the emergency directive in the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash in...

CSIS has better things to do

Mar 26, 2015 / 11:10 am

Many demonstrators are flattering themselves when they publicly fret about coming under the scrutiny of security services, says a former spymaster. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service had the resources to monitor only those threats "in the red, high-risk, high-probability zone"...

Debate on troop withdrawal

Mar 26, 2015 / 8:30 am

Proposed NDP amendments to the federal government's motion to expand its mission in the Middle East will seek to end most of Canada's military role as soon as possible. MPs are currently debating the Conservative proposal to extend the current mission for as long as another year and...

8 years for butt injections

Mar 26, 2015 / 8:15 am

A woman who injected industrial silicone into the buttocks of customers as an illegal cosmetic procedure has been sentenced to eight years in prison. With credit for time already spent in custody, the sentence means Marilyn Reid has five years and three months left to serve. Superior Court...

Real 'Get Hard' no joke

Mar 26, 2015 / 6:09 am

Lee Steven Chapelle had heard of "Get Hard," a new flick about a white-collar criminal prepping for a prison sentence, but was surprised to learn it was a comedy. In the movie, opening Friday, Will Ferrell plays a desperate millionaire who seeks expert advice on how to survive behind...

Why we lie about money

Mar 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

More than half of Canadians admit to telling lies about their financial situation. A new poll by BDO Canada Limited and Ipsos-Reid reveals 51 per cent of us are not truthful with family, friends and co-workers about our finances. The survey found 36 per cent fib about their finances to...

Cuts to follow Kraft merger?

Mar 25, 2015 / 3:09 pm

A merger between H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods is expected to generate about $1.5 billion in cost savings, but the companies say it's too early to say whether they will shutter any of their Canadian operations. "We'll be looking at all of our operations over the coming months, but...

Gov. peels back strip clubs

Mar 25, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Premier Brad Wall says the government is reversing its decision to allow licensed strip clubs because it is concerned about human trafficking and sexual exploitation. He says he believes it was a mistake to change provincial liquor laws last year to allow partial stripping in bars. "If...

Cross-country cat reunion

Mar 25, 2015 / 12:30 pm

A cat lost six years ago in eastern Ontario will soon be reunited with her owner in Alberta, thanks to a Belleville, Ont., veterinarian and an animal rescue agency. Betty-Jean Matthews, president of Stuck in the Mud Animal Rescue, says the female calico cat was found wandering the streets of...

Alberta to pay for health

Mar 25, 2015 / 6:44 am

Premier Jim Prentice says Albertans will face a new health-care levy to help fill a multibillion-dollar revenue hole in the provincial budget. Prentice made the announcement in a provincewide TV address just two days before Thursday's budget. "We will be asking Albertans to begin to...

Charitable advocacy unclear

Mar 25, 2015 / 6:14 am

Canada needs to catch up with Europe, Australia, New Zealand and even the United States when it comes to unshackling public policy advocacy by charities, says a new study. While businesses are free to deduct the cost of ad campaigns for tax purposes — even when they promote a public policy...

Church deacon goes to jail

Mar 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A Montreal deacon charged with producing and distributing child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to two years less a day in prison. William Kokesch was handed the sentence after being arrested in December 2012 and pleading guilty. Investigators seized more than 2,000 images during a search...

Ban sought on microbeads

Mar 24, 2015 / 4:20 pm

The Conservative government says Environment Canada is studying the dangers posed to wildlife and the environment by the plastic microbeads found in shower gels, toothpaste and facial scrubs. The findings of the study will determine a federal-provincial action plan on the tiny beads, said Colin...

Sculpture rustlers nabbed

Mar 24, 2015 / 2:28 pm

Two men accused of rustling a 25-kilogram bronze sculpture of a cowboy out of a Seattle antique store and then making a run for the border have been arrested by Canadian authorities. Seattle police say the store owner arrived at work Sunday and noticed two men loading a 60-centimetre-tall...

Sparks fly over ISIS mission

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:31 am

Political battle lines came into sharp relief Tuesday as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's proposal to extend and expand Canada's mission in Iraq prompted dire opposition predictions of an open-ended quagmire in the Middle East. A new government motion proposes an additional year-long...

Khadr deserves bail: lawyer

Mar 24, 2015 / 10:49 am

A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr says his client's appeal in the United States is taking too long and he should be released on bail. Nathan Whitling is asking an Edmonton judge to grant the 28-year-old Khadr bail while he appeals his war-crimes conviction before a U.S....

Terror bill called anti-native

Mar 24, 2015 / 10:40 am

The federal government's omnibus security bill would hand extremists what they want by shackling civil liberties, a prominent aboriginal lawyer and activist says. There is no way to fix the legislation, which "makes us all suspects," said Pamela Palmater, chair in indigenous...

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