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Canada News Dec 3 to 9, 2017

New trial for alleged hitman

Dec 9, 2017 / 10:08 am

A Nova Scotia man convicted of committing a Hells Angels-ordered killing in October 2000 has been granted a new trial by the province's Court of Appeal....

Memorial for Good Sam

Dec 9, 2017 / 10:03 am

Community members will gather at Hamilton City Hall tonight to grieve the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi, a 19-year-old Good Samaritan who police say was killed...

Charges in double murder

Dec 9, 2017 / 6:54 am

Halifax police say a man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder more than a year and a half after the deaths of two...

'Soul-crushing scene'

Dec 9, 2017 / 6:52 am

A heart-wrenching video of a starving polar bear is going viral. The thin, sickly polar bear struggles to walk as it scrounges for food in garbage barrels,...

Trump about disagreement

Dec 8, 2017 / 7:27 pm

President Donald Trump regaled a rally of supporters Friday night with a story about a disagreement with Canada's prime minister, and sprinkled his tale...

Huge coke bust at border

Dec 8, 2017 / 3:50 pm

Border guards in Southern Alberta have made a significant drug bust. Nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine was seized over the weekend at the Coutts Port of Entry....

City bans combat sports

Dec 8, 2017 / 1:56 pm

Edmonton councillors have voted to impose a one-year moratorium on any new combative sports events in the city following the June death of a boxer. The bylaw...

No opt out for pot shops

Dec 8, 2017 / 12:51 pm

Communities across Ontario cannot opt out of hosting a government-run pot shop if they are selected for a site. Ontario's Ministry of Finance says that if a...

Invasive beetle coming

Dec 8, 2017 / 12:21 pm

An invasive beetle that has already ravaged millions of trees in Central Canada and the U.S. has made its first appearance in the West. The emerald ash borer, a...

CRA backtracks on diabetics

Dec 8, 2017 / 12:06 pm

The Canada Revenue Agency took steps Friday to quell a furor over what critics were calling its heartless treatment of diabetics. Disability advocates and...

Ski coach sentenced

Dec 8, 2017 / 11:57 am

UPDATE: 11:57 a.m. The 20 years that have passed since Bertrand Charest's crimes cannot erase the pain he inflicted on his young victims, a judge said...

CRA backs down again

Dec 8, 2017 / 11:26 am

The Canada Revenue Agency is taking steps to quell a furor over what critics were calling its heartless treatment of diabetics. Disability advocates and...

SCC: Text messages private

Dec 8, 2017 / 11:08 am

Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme...

Pipeline bylaw impass

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:40 am

The National Energy Board has allowed Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C. that stand in the way of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion...

Serenaded in the sky

Dec 8, 2017 / 5:21 am

Passengers on a recent flight out of Cape Breton were treated to a musical performance by one of the island's most celebrated choirs. Song erupted on the...

MMIW inquiry in turmoil

Dec 7, 2017 / 2:46 pm

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is keeping mum on a call by First Nations chiefs for the ouster of the head of the inquiry into missing and...

Softwood rhetoric heats up

Dec 7, 2017 / 2:42 pm

The federal government vowed to aggressively defend Canada's softwood lumber industry after the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously voted that...

Licence plate fight escalates

Dec 7, 2017 / 12:15 pm

The great licence plate fight between Alberta and Saskatchewan may be escalating into a much larger conflict. Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous...

Eco talks with China moving

Dec 7, 2017 / 12:12 pm

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada and China have made good progress on environmental laws and regulations that are among the barriers to...

Court blocks drug testing

Dec 7, 2017 / 12:10 pm

A union that represents thousands of oilsands workers at Suncor Energy sites in Alberta has won a court injunction against random drug testing. Unifor Local...

Hehr condescending?

Dec 7, 2017 / 11:13 am

A Calgary woman engaged in a class action lawsuit against the federal government has come forward with new allegations about Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr,...

Goodbye Brad Wall

Dec 7, 2017 / 10:46 am

There were tears and tributes as Brad Wall bid farewell to the Saskatchewan legislature after a decade in the premier's office. Wall gave his final speech...

Billions needed for FN water

Dec 7, 2017 / 9:25 am

The parliamentary budget officer estimates it will cost at least $3.2 billion in capital investment to bring First Nations water systems up to the standards of...

Prohibition parallels

Dec 7, 2017 / 6:40 am

A notorious 1922 police shooting in southwestern Alberta and the sensational trial that followed caused many to wonder whether enforcing alcohol prohibition was...

A.I. cyber wars heat up

Dec 7, 2017 / 5:45 am

Technological advances in artificial intelligence are fuelling a new race between hackers and those toiling to protect cybersecurity networks. Cybersecurity is...

Ski racer dead after crash

Dec 6, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A 17-year-old German ski racer is dead after being severely injured during a race at Lake Louise. Max Burkhart was racing in a Nor-Am Cup downhill race at the...

Feminism push at G7

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:38 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is bringing his feminism to the G7 summit next year, which could involve stirring up the issue of sexual and reproductive health...

Canada appeals for calm

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:25 pm

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland added her voice to a chorus of global leaders appealing for calm in the Middle East on Wednesday in the wake of the...

Police chief suspended

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:20 pm

Quebec's public security minister suspended the Montreal police chief on Wednesday after a damning report criticized Philippe Pichet's inability to...

Fed Minister has leukemia

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:18 pm

Dominic LeBlanc was on his feet in question period Wednesday, cheerfully batting down opposition queries with his customary partisan enthusiasm — just two...

Great licence plate fight

Dec 6, 2017 / 5:04 pm

Alberta promised a court fight and mocked Saskatchewan's lagging economy following a move by its neighbour to the east to ban Alberta licence plates on...

New jet delivery delayed

Dec 6, 2017 / 4:59 pm

The Royal Canadian Air Force may have to keep its aging CF-18s airborne even longer than already expected after industry sources warned Wednesday that the...

Bizarre new dinosaur

Dec 6, 2017 / 10:08 am

It had feathers and looked as if it were part penguin, part duck and part swan. It was between the size of a chicken and a turkey and ate the same sorts of...

BOC holds interest rates

Dec 6, 2017 / 7:02 am

The Bank of Canada stuck with its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday — but it offered fresh, yet cautious, warnings to Canadians that increases are...

Montreal memorial

Dec 6, 2017 / 6:48 am

Canadians are commemorating the 28th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre when a gunman shot 14 women to death and injured 14 other people. Dignitaries,...

Halifax marks 100 years

Dec 6, 2017 / 6:05 am

Poets and politicians remembered those who died and those who struggled to rebuild a shattered city as a sombre ceremony was held Wednesday to mark 100 years...

Good boy, Hix

Dec 5, 2017 / 8:35 pm

An RCMP service dog named Hix has earned a hero biscuit for helping save two frozen kittens in rural Manitoba. RCMP say Hix and his handler were exercising on a...

QMJHL improves safety

Dec 5, 2017 / 10:09 am

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has announced safety changes that include life-saving training for more team staff and more thorough health screening of...

Gas plant 'gamed' system

Dec 5, 2017 / 8:43 am

The Ontario Energy Board has found that a Brampton natural gas plant "gamed" the system out of nearly $100 million — costs borne by ratepayers....

Lotto winner has to pay

Dec 5, 2017 / 8:37 am

An Ontario man who left his common-law partner after buying a winning lottery ticket has been awarded half the roughly $6 million jackpot while the rest of the...

Off the endangered list

Dec 5, 2017 / 6:32 am

For the first time in four decades, a bird known for its speed could be removed from the list of threatened species in most of Canada. The peregrine falcon,...

Trade fight a wash

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:47 am

Canada's softwood lumber exports to the U.S. have fallen since the Americans imposed new duties earlier this year, but thanks to near-record wood prices the...

Black market boom or bust?

Dec 5, 2017 / 5:46 am

For the owner of Uncle Ike's, one of the biggest marijuana shops in Seattle, the teenagers who come through his legal storefront to score weed are some of...

Creep catcher convicted

Dec 4, 2017 / 7:40 pm

An Alberta man has been convicted of criminal harassment for his involvement in a Creep Catchers sting. Court in Red Deer heard over the summer that Carl Young,...

MP accused of harassment

Dec 4, 2017 / 1:00 pm

A Liberal member of Parliament from Quebec is accusing a Conservative MP of making comments towards her that were "humiliating" and "sexual in...

Zaun apologizes

Dec 4, 2017 / 11:20 am

Former Sportsnet broadcaster Gregg Zaun apologizes "for any harm or distress which may have been caused by my comments with any female colleagues over the...

Pleads guilty in wife murder

Dec 4, 2017 / 11:14 am

A Calgary man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting he killed his common-law wife and hid her body outside the home they shared. Joshua Burgess...

Accused cop killer cries

Dec 4, 2017 / 10:00 am

A Halifax jury is being shown a video of a sobbing Christopher Garnier being interviewed by police following his arrest in the killing of an off-duty police...

Endangered trees chopped

Dec 4, 2017 / 9:45 am

A world-renowned Alberta ski resort has pleaded guilty to cutting down a stand of endangered trees. The Lake Louise ski resort in Banff National Park was...

Trade talks delayed

Dec 4, 2017 / 6:44 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded talks with the Chinese premier in Beijing, but they were not able to announce the start of formal free trade talks....

Airbnb changes coming?

Dec 4, 2017 / 6:31 am

Politicians in Toronto will be scrutinizing proposed rules for short-term rentals this week that could spell major changes for those who offer secondary...

Black market impact

Dec 4, 2017 / 6:28 am

From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada's black market for recreational marijuana has seen...

Feds willing to share pot tax

Dec 4, 2017 / 6:21 am

The Trudeau government is willing to give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue from a federal excise tax on cannabis, provided that the extra...

No guns in urban areas: poll

Dec 3, 2017 / 10:40 am

The vast majority of Canadians favours a total ban on guns in urban areas, a new poll suggests. According to the poll, conducted by Ekos Research Associates for...

Too hot for housing plan

Dec 3, 2017 / 10:20 am

The federal Liberals are having second thoughts about a 2015 campaign promise out of concern that expanding the popular Home Buyers' Plan would throw fuel...

Devastating blast recalled

Dec 3, 2017 / 10:03 am

A memorial service will be held today in honour of the children and staff of the Halifax Protestant Orphanage who died in the massive explosion that devastated...

School tackles sex claims

Dec 3, 2017 / 7:51 am

The bucolic university campus is set in a small Nova Scotia town: A cluster of steeples, ivy-covered brick and stone buildings and manicured sports fields. St....

Alberta ski resort in court

Dec 3, 2017 / 7:14 am

A world-renowned Alberta ski resort faces some legal moguls in a Calgary courtroom Monday over charges it cut down a stand of endangered trees. But an...

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