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House explosion kills 1

Apr 20, 2015 / 5:13 pm

An explosion has killed one person, injured another and levelled a house in northeastern Toronto. Paramedics say a man was pulled from the rubble of the house following the Monday afternoon blast and pronounced dead on the scene. Toronto EMS duty officer Danny Antonopoulos says another person...

Expense account faceoff

Apr 20, 2015 / 5:09 pm

Senators will have to account more openly for how they spend taxpayers' dollars under soon-to-be updated rules, the Speaker of the Senate says. Pierre Claude Nolin made the promise Monday as Mike Duffy's fraud, breach of trust and bribery trial entered its third week. The court has...

And they're off and running

Apr 20, 2015 / 2:42 pm

The symbolism of Finance Minister Joe Oliver donning a pair of Tory blue sneakers Monday for the traditional new-budget-shoes photo opportunity shouldn't be lost on anyone. A federal election date may yet be six months away, but Tuesday's promised delivery of the Harper government's...

3 ways budget not like yours

Apr 20, 2015 / 2:32 pm

When the Conservative government talks about how it builds — and intends to balance — its budget, it often relates it to the way Canadian families sit around their dinner tables figuring out their personal finances. "Canadians understand the importance of living within their...

New Q... Gian who?

Apr 20, 2015 / 2:24 pm

So is it "q" or "Q"? Last week, CBC announced the new Shad-hosted version of its arts and culture radio program "Q" was getting a little makeover. The show would keep its name but would be branded with a lower-case "q." But the public broadcaster...

Bail in navy sex case

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:54 pm

Four members of the British navy charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm have been granted bail following an alleged incident at a Canadian Forces base in Halifax. A provincial court judge ordered Simon Radford, Joshua Finbow, Craig Stoner and Darren Smalley to be released from custody...

Second twin gets transplant

Apr 20, 2015 / 12:25 pm

A three-year-old girl from Kingston, Ont., has undergone a liver transplant two months after her twin sister had the same surgery to combat a potentially fatal genetic disorder. A post on the family's Facebook page says Binh Wagner received her "gift" from an anonymous donor,...

Can your pet make you sick?

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:34 am

Pets are a wellspring of love and joy for their owners. But they can also be a source of disease and should be chosen with care if someone in a household has health problems, some experts suggest. In a review article published in this week's Canadian Medical Association Journal, two...

Sailors face sex charges

Apr 20, 2015 / 7:35 am

Four members of the British navy are set to appear in a Nova Scotia court today on charges of sexual assault following an alleged incident at a Canadian Forces base in Halifax. The Crown says the men are alleged to have participated in a "group sexual assault'' in a barracks at CFB...

First black top cop for T.O.

Apr 20, 2015 / 7:10 am

Toronto has its first black chief of police. Mark Saunders is a 32-year veteran of the force. He takes over from Bill Blair, whose contract was not renewed after a decade on the job. Saunders takes over at a time of tension over the police practice of "carding" — stopping...

Ottawa has its hands full

Apr 20, 2015 / 6:13 am

It will be a busy week ahead for politicians and journalists alike in the nation's capital as this Parliament sprints toward the finish line. Members of Parliament return to Ottawa as the House of Commons resumes sitting following a two-week break. While they were away, the trial of...

Do Canadians shop Green?

Apr 20, 2015 / 6:06 am

A new global poll of consumers in 23 countries suggests Canadians are middle of the pack when it comes to concern over the environment and how their shopping choices affect it. But the poll of 28,000 people by the international survey firm GfK still found that most Canadians believe companies...

Queen honours regiments

Apr 20, 2015 / 4:58 am

Queen Elizabeth honoured the First World War contributions of three Canadian regiments on Sunday. The Queen and Prince Philip attended an event at Canada's High Commission in London to pay tribute to the Calgary Highlanders, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and the Canadian Scottish...

Housing market still hot

Apr 19, 2015 / 2:45 pm

According to a report from a major realty company in Canada, high confidence and low inventory is fueling homes sales across the country. Re/Max Canada just released its 2015 Spring Market Trends Report, which shows the average residential sale price projection up three per cent this year. In...

Report: Ghomeshi scandal

Apr 19, 2015 / 12:25 pm

A damning report detailing CBC management missteps in stopping alleged inappropriate behaviour by former radio host Jian Ghomeshi reinforces the need for safe work environments and mechanisms for employees to freely voice concerns, experts say. The probe by outside investigator Janice Rubin...

Coronation now horse race

Apr 19, 2015 / 6:08 am

The Alberta election was supposed to be a coronation for Premier Jim Prentice — and it still might be. But at the campaign's midpoint, the Progressive Conservative leader finds himself rewriting the script as he gets squeezed by the left-leaning NDP and by a Wildrose party dispatched...

Bird flu at second farm

Apr 18, 2015 / 9:37 pm

Avian influenza has been detected at a second farm in southwestern Ontario, prompting food safety officials to place it in quarantine. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of avian flu at the chicken farm in Oxford County. Further testing is...

Canadian actor dies

Apr 18, 2015 / 7:26 pm

Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for his role on the Anne of Green Gables movies, has died at the age of 48. Anne of Green Gables producer Kevin Sullivan says Crombie died from complications from a brain hemorrhage in New York City on April 15. Crombie became famous for portraying...

Raptors GM curses to fans

Apr 18, 2015 / 4:04 pm

Masai Ujiri was at it again Saturday. The Toronto GM used an expletive when addressing fans talking about Washington forward Paul Pierce prior to the Raptors' playoff opener. Last year, Ujiri was fined US$25,000 by the NBA for ending a speech by pairing an F-bomb with Brooklyn prior to the...

Sask. legislature will pray

Apr 18, 2015 / 2:37 pm

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the opening prayer at the province's legislature will remain despite a recent Supreme Court ruling. Wall says the province's justice department doesn't believe the top court's ruling about a prayer at council meetings in Saguenay, Que. has any...

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