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Tootoo little, Tootoo late

Jul 29, 2016 / 2:15 pm
The Liberals need to own up and explain why Hunter Tootoo — billed as star candidate in the last election — is no longer a member of cabinet or caucus, a former Nunavut politician said Friday. Jack Anawak, a former Liberal MP and the federal NDP's nominee in Nunavut in the last...

Fear for friendly beluga

Jul 29, 2016 / 12:47 pm
A young beluga whale appears to have taken a liking to a small Newfoundland village, where some residents have made of habit of patting its head and rubbing its belly. The eight-foot-long whale showed up at the wharf in Admirals Beach about four months ago. Since then, it has been spotted...

Surplus: so far, so good

Jul 29, 2016 / 12:23 pm
The federal government ran a budgetary surplus of $114 million over the first two months of the 2016-17 fiscal year. The Finance Department's latest fiscal monitor says Ottawa's surplus of $706 million in April was followed by a deficit of $592 million in May. The document says for...

Bail as killer cop appeals

Jul 29, 2016 / 7:00 am
A Toronto police officer sentenced to six years for gunning down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago has been granted bail while he appeals the conviction. The appeal judge, Justice Eileen Gillese, said in her decision that Const. James Forcillo poses no risk to the public...

Close call with a giant

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:19 pm
When his son's small boat hit a 40-tonne humpback whale and almost capsized, 79-year-old Tony Morgan remembers flying through the air, hitting the water and then — utter blackness. He thought he was about to drown as he inhaled a few gulps of sea water from eastern Newfoundland's...

6 years for killer cop

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:02 pm
A Toronto police officer who gunned down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust in law enforcement and the justice system, a judge said Thursday in sentencing him to six years in prison. In letting loose a second volley of...

Prison deaths weigh heavily

Jul 28, 2016 / 1:58 pm
Families with relatives who die in federal jails aren't consistently getting the full story of what happened, sometimes waiting for a year or more for heavily censored investigation reports, Canada's correctional investigator said Thursday. Howard Sapers provided some of the preliminary...


Indian Act to get revamp

Jul 28, 2016 / 1:52 pm
The Liberal government plans to rid the Indian Act of rules that discriminate based on sex. The move is partly in response to a Quebec Superior Court decision last August that ruled certain sections of the Indian Act having to do with the registration of status violated the Canadian Charter of...

Payday woes for thousands

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm
Federal officials say they expect to have resolved all of the pay delays created by the government's problematic Phoenix pay system by the end of October — but undoing the damage won't be cheap. Dealing with the months-long debacle, which has caused serious payday headaches for...

Slight reprieve from oil slick

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:33 am
A precautionary boil-water advisory for several Saskatchewan communities affected by a leak of oil into the North Saskatchewan River has been lifted. The advisory covered the city of Melfort, a number of outlying communities and many rural users. The region normally takes its drinking water...

Teens found dead were shot

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:27 am
RCMP say two teens found dead in northern Alberta earlier this week were both shot. The body of Dylan Laboucan, who was 17, was found Monday night on the Whitefish River First Nation. The body of his girlfriend, 19-year-old Cory Grey, was found the following day in a rural area outside of...

From rags to riches

Jul 28, 2016 / 7:00 am
Canada sits on an enviable top-10 perch when it comes to quality of life around the world, but a new analysis points to significant disparity among its provinces and territories. Albertans, for example, enjoyed a quality of life in 2014 comparable to that found in countries like Switzerland or...

Concerns over oil spill

Jul 27, 2016 / 6:15 pm
First Nation leaders are worried about how the Husky Energy oil pipeline spill will affect their people and wildlife in and around the North Saskatchewan River. Chief Crystal Okemow of the Lucky Man Cree says First Nations need to be part of the monitoring and regulating of the oil...

10 years for fatal crash

Jul 27, 2016 / 6:13 pm
A Saskatoon woman who admitted to impaired driving in a highway crash that killed a couple and their two young children has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Catherine McKay pleaded guilty last month to four counts of impaired driving causing death. Police said that McKay was driving an...

Lost gecko, lost no more

Jul 27, 2016 / 4:03 pm
A pet gecko that disappeared after its owner put it on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Vancouver last Sunday has been found alive. Meryl Bishop, the owner of Nom the gecko, received a call from the airline on Wednesday afternoon to say she's been found. The 11-centimetre lizard...

Wheelchair train death

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:03 am
A 29-year-old New Brunswick man in a wheelchair was killed when he was struck by a CN train at a crossing in Moncton, police said Wednesday. RCMP Const. Derek Black said the man from Moncton was on the tracks when he was hit by the train at 1:45 a.m. "Police are trying to determine why...

Will and Kate coming to BC

Jul 27, 2016 / 8:58 am
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pay a visit to Canada this fall — their second since getting married five years ago. Prince William and his wife, Kate, will visit British Columbia and Yukon later this year, Gov. Gen. David Johnston announced Wednesday. "Our true Canadian...

Giant hose to deliver water

Jul 27, 2016 / 8:50 am
The city manager for Prince Albert, Sask., says a temporary pipeline to bolster the city's water supply during an oil spill cleanup on the nearby North Saskatchewan River won't be ready until Friday. The line — essentially a giant hose — runs about 30 kilometres to the South...

Ontario eyes BC tax

Jul 27, 2016 / 7:02 am
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says he will be examining British Columbia's new tax aimed at foreign homebuyers "very closely" as he looks for ways to address eroding affordability in Toronto's housing sector. Sousa spoke enthusiastically about an announcement made...

Search finds second body

Jul 27, 2016 / 6:45 am
RCMP say they are dealing with a second death as they investigate the disappearance of a young couple in northern Alberta last weekend. Police say the body of Cory Grey, a 19-year-old woman, was discovered late Tuesday afternoon in a rural area outside High Prairie. The discovery came after...

Muslims want investigation

Jul 26, 2016 / 7:01 pm
An Ottawa community is finding itself conflicted over how to respond to the death of a Somali-Canadian man following a physical confrontation with police. Ray Miron said he has had nightmares about what he saw and heard from the window of his west Ottawa apartment Sunday when 37-year-old...

$33M despite promises

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:54 pm
Canada has so far forked over more than $311 million to develop the F-35 — without any guarantee it will actually buy the multibillion-dollar stealth fighter. The most recent instalment was made June 24, when the Liberal government quietly paid $32.9 million to the U.S. program office...

Ludwig a robo-chatterbox

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:43 pm
A retirement home in north Toronto is preparing to welcome an unusual resident: Ludwig, an artificially intelligent robot. Adorned with spiky mauve-coloured hair, green-tinged eyes and a few quirky facial expressions to mimic a range of emotions, the two-foot-tall robot is made to look and act...

Social media Olympics

Jul 26, 2016 / 3:12 pm
Ready for the Rio Olympics? So are Canada's top summer athletes and, thanks to social media, they can share their experience with fans every step of the way. Here are 10 Canadian Olympians to follow on your favourite social media platform: ROSIE MACLENNAN Twitter:...

Shots fired at Poke players

Jul 26, 2016 / 2:00 pm
Police have charged a 29-year-old woman they allege shot a pellet gun at a group of people playing Pokemon Go north of Toronto. York Regional police say they received a call around 10:30 p.m. Saturday that someone was shooting at several people playing the popular smartphone game in Newmarket,...

Pipeline spill hush, hush

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:51 pm
It appears Husky Energy knew something was amiss with one of its oil pipelines about 14 hours before the Saskatchewan government was notified. An incident report says Husky discovered a pipeline leak on the south shore of the North Saskatchewan River around 8 p.m. last Wednesday. The...

A BlackBerry for everyone

Jul 26, 2016 / 11:06 am
In a bid to once again make its struggling hardware business profitable, BlackBerry is launching a new smartphone billed as the most secure Android device available. The company says the DTEK50 target audience is "everyone" due to the increasing threat that mobile security risks now...

Bail for boozy pilots

Jul 26, 2016 / 10:45 am
Two airline pilots charged with being drunk as they prepared to fly a passenger jet on a trans-Atlantic route to Toronto have been granted bail on condition they surrender their passports. Jean-Francois Perreault, who is 39, and 37-year-old Imran Zafar Syed were arrested at Glasgow Airport on...

BC home tax may catch on

Jul 26, 2016 / 10:07 am
Ontario's finance minister says he will be looking "very closely" at British Columbia's tax aimed at foreign homebuyers as he looks for ways to address eroding affordability in Toronto's housing market. Charles Sousa says he welcomes the 15 per cent tax that the B.C....

Taxing foreign home buyers

Jul 25, 2016 / 1:34 pm
Foreign nationals who buy real estate in Metro Vancouver would pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 per cent under legislation introduced Monday by the British Columbia government. Finance Minister Mike de Jong unveiled the tax as part of legislation aimed at addressing low vacancy...

Cabbie sex assaults probed

Jul 25, 2016 / 12:07 pm
Halifax police have released new details about their investigation into a string of alleged sexual assaults by cab drivers, confirming there have been a dozen similar cases in the past five years. Of the 12 cases, five were reported to police in the past three months alone, prompting a heated...

From Russia, with Libs

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:56 am
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion sat down Monday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov — the first meeting of its kind in years. The 30-minute discussion took place in the tiny country of Laos on the margins of an annual meeting of Southeast Asian nations. It represented the...

Duffy pay to be clawed back

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:47 am
Sen. Mike Duffy is going to find his Senate paycheque will soon be a little lighter. The Senate is going to start clawing back Duffy's salary after the Prince Edward Island senator refused to repay almost $17,000 in disputed expense claims before Saturday's deadline. Duffy also opted...

Now easier to give blood

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:06 am
Thousands more people may now be eligible to donate blood, thanks to recent changes to a number of Canadian Blood Services policies. Each year, about 100,000 new blood donors are needed to support the national blood supply. The following notable changes are now in effect across the...

Toddler on street reunited

Jul 25, 2016 / 9:50 am
A toddler who walked out of her family's Toronto home in the middle of the night has been reunited with her parents. Police say a three-year-old girl got dressed, put on her rain boots, unlocked the door and walked to a nearby grocery store while her parents slept. They say they received...

Water pipe to skirt oil spill

Jul 25, 2016 / 7:04 am
Provincial officials in Saskatchewan say a riverside city whose water supply is threatened by an oil pipeline spill is building a hose, dozens of kilometres long, to draw water from another river. Sam Ferris with Saskatchewan's water security agency said Prince Albert is constructing a line...

Paralympian's bike stolen

Jul 24, 2016 / 7:57 pm
A paralympic cyclist whose two racing bicycles were stolen in Quebec City just weeks before the Rio Olympics said on Sunday she's overwhelmed by the support she's received. Marie-Eve Croteau added that police believe they may have found one of the two bicycles, but she won't be able...

Safe after chopper crash

Jul 24, 2016 / 5:30 pm
A search for a helicopter that began when an emergency beacon began transmitting has ended well with all three people on board being found safe on an Alberta mountain. RCMP Sgt. Jack Poitras says the helicopter made a hard landing in a remote area above the tree line near Ice Lake west of Sundre...

Bring back the nuts

Jul 24, 2016 / 7:00 am
A Canadian Transportation Agency study says air travellers with severe allergies to peanuts, nuts or sesame seeds face little risk from other people on a plane who may be eating snacks containing those products. The probe, which was launched following a directive by former transport minister...

Summer camp for refugees

Jul 24, 2016 / 6:36 am
It's a familiar chant belted out at summer camps across the continent, but the call-and-response uttered at one Toronto day camp on a sticky July day is hesitant, even shy. "I don't know what you've been told!" an eager counsellor bellows in sing-song fashion at a group of...
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