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A test of conscience

May 28, 2015 / 8:56 pm

MPs have begun to grapple with an issue that's sure to become a hallmark of the next Parliament: what does one do if a piece of legislation flies in the face of their fundamental beliefs? One Conservative MP proposed an answer in the form of a motion debated in the Commons Thursday: their...

DART team comes home

May 28, 2015 / 4:49 pm

Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team is leaving Nepal after a month of work in the earthquake-shattered country. The military team will turn over its base camp to non-governmental organizations. The departure comes after the Canadian government, the United Nations and Nepal...

Creationist finds fossils

May 28, 2015 / 2:06 pm

An Alberta creationist who believes the Earth is 6,000 years old has discovered fish fossils that scientists estimate lived 60 million years ago. Edgar Nernberg, who sits on the board of the Big Valley Creationist Museum, also works as a backhoe operator in Calgary. He was excavating a...

Noisy kid, no plane ride

May 28, 2015 / 12:43 pm

Walk Off the Earth singer Sarah Blackwood says she wants compensation and an apology after being kicked off a United Airlines flight because her young child was being fussy. The Burlington, Ont., musician, who is seven months pregnant, said it happened while she and her nearly two-year-old son...

Tensions rise in Arctic

May 28, 2015 / 11:54 am

U.S. and Canadian jets are to practise intercepting foreign aircraft high in the Arctic this week as Russian flights bordering on North American air space increase. American Admiral William Gortney, commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command, says the number of Russian flights up...

Three-way tie in polls

May 28, 2015 / 11:09 am

"For the first time in Canadian political history, the NDP is in first place in a national public opinion poll." For newshounds watching the CBC's national newscast on May 13, 1987, anchor Knowlton Nash's declaration raised the prospect of a seismic shift in federal...

Life with MS

May 27, 2015 / 3:06 pm

Life expectancy for people who have multiple sclerosis is lengthening but is still about 7.5 years shorter than that of people who do not have the disease, a new study suggests. A team of researchers led by Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie of the University of Manitoba looked at health system billing data...

Math skills tanking

May 27, 2015 / 2:55 pm

A new report suggests that Canada's math teachers need to shift their focus away from discovery-based learning and move back towards traditional methods. The report from the C.D. Howe Institute says that Canadian students' math performance in international exams has been declining...

'Angels on a pinhead'

May 27, 2015 / 2:46 pm

Treasury Board President Tony Clement says concerns over a Conservative move to retroactively rewrite the law in order to stop an investigation of alleged RCMP wrongdoing are akin to angels dancing on the head of a pin. The latest omnibus budget bill from the Harper government quietly inserted...

Massive mouse seizure

May 27, 2015 / 12:24 pm

The Calgary Humane Society says it has seized more than 1,000 animals from a property. It says staff, along with police and fire crews, took 1,123 animals from the property in northeast Calgary on Tuesday. Most of the animals were domesticated mice, along with three dogs, three cats and 80...

Notley's first big meeting

May 27, 2015 / 6:41 am

New Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is to hold her first cabinet meeting in Calgary today. Notley and 11 other New Democrats who make up the 12-member cabinet were sworn in at the Alberta legislature on Sunday. With the ministers picked, the hard work begins. The legislature is to resume...

Cancer wave forecast

May 27, 2015 / 6:38 am

The annual number of new cancer diagnoses in Canada will increase by 40 per cent by 2030, the Canadian Cancer Society predicted in a report released Wednesday. At first blush that projection seems alarming. But the cancer society was quick to point out that demographics will fuel the increase,...

Evacuees can return home

May 26, 2015 / 10:35 pm

Many of the nearly 5,000 Albertans evacuated from their homes due to forest fires have started to be allowed to return home. Late Tuesday night, the Municipal District of Opportunity announced an evacuation order had been lifted for residents of the hamlet of Wabasca. The MD said RCMP would...

Trapped miners freed

May 26, 2015 / 9:46 pm

Nine miners who were trapped underground in northwestern Quebec have been rescued and are not injured. Mine manager Sylvain Lehoux said that after being trapped for nearly 18 hours, the evacuated miners were exhausted but were able to talk to family members. They were rescued by a tunnelling...

Calgary's code-breaker

May 26, 2015 / 9:43 pm

An 88-year-old Calgary woman has been honoured for her work as a code-breaker in the Second World War. Marion Booth received the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge on Tuesday in recognition of her "vital, secret service" as an employee of the British government's code and cypher...

Defence not all that lame

May 26, 2015 / 4:01 pm

Canada's military is doing a better job of protecting Arctic sovereignty in an increasingly busy North than Canadians think, says a new think-tank report. "Canadians need to understand what I believe the military already understands," said Adam Lajeunesse of the Canadian Defence...

Senate's new expense cop

May 26, 2015 / 2:41 pm

The Senate is turning to a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada to referee any disputes arising among senators over dubious expense claims flagged by the auditor general. It's the latest attempt by the Senate to get ahead of what is widely expected to be a critical report on past...

Fires force out thousands

May 26, 2015 / 10:57 am

About 5,000 people remained out from their homes Tuesday as wildfires continued to burn in north-central Alberta. The evacuees included people from Wabasca, the Bigstone Cree First Nation and two municipal districts in a rural area north of Edmonton. Reeve Murray Kerik of the Municipal...

Hundreds mourn girl

May 26, 2015 / 8:40 am

More than 200 mourners have attended a memorial service in Winnipeg for an 11-year-old girl whose partial remains were found on a northern Manitoba reserve. At first officials on the Garden Hill First Nation thought Teresa Robinson had been the victim of a bear attack, but RCMP later determined...

B.C. Salmonella outbreak

May 25, 2015 / 7:15 pm

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it's investigating an outbreak of salmonella in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan linked to live chicks from an Alberta hatchery. Thirty-four people reported getting sick — 17 in Alberta, 13 in B.C. and four in Saskatchewan —...

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