EDMONTON – A study suggests that fish are fretting about at least one of the effects of climate change. A neuroscientist at Edmonton’s MacEwan University has found that ocean rockfish act worried as the water they swim in becomes more acidic. Ocean acidification is one effect of carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, the main
Canada Post will phase out home delivery in urban centres within the next five years.
The postal service says it will replace foot delivery with community mail boxes.
Ikea has voluntarily recalled a wall-mounted lamp because it has lose cords that can present a strangulation hazard to infants and young children.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and an entourage of Canadian dignitaries paid last respects Wednesday to former South African president Nelson Mandela in Pretoria.
OTTAWA – Advocates for enhancing the Canada Pension Plan say they are approaching the consensus required to press ahead with reform that would see both premiums and benefits rise in the future.
OTTAWA – Canada’s aerospace industry could be in line for slightly more benefits than previously estimated, if the Harper government decides to buy the oft-maligned F-35. Documents tabled late Tuesday, as Parliament adjourned for its Christmas break, project that businesses in this country could land as much as $9.9 billion in contracts to construct and
LONGUEUIL, – Two Quebec caregivers face criminal charges after an elderly woman living in a long-term health-care centre was allegedly assaulted and given a noxious substance. Immacula Eugene, 51, and Marie-Margaret Petime, 46, were each arraigned near Montreal on Tuesday on two charges of drug trafficking, two of conspiracy and two of administering a noxious
An RCMP spokeswoman says the Mounties were concerned about Francis’s well-being when they found him Friday on a street in downtown Fredericton.
OTTAWA – A fall parliamentary session that got off to a late start but then produced some raucous moments — as the Conservatives were grilled over the Senate scandal — has gone out with a whimper. Members of Parliament agreed to rise Tuesday evening, and they will not sit again until late January. The extended
CALGARY – A self-proclaimed white supremacist convicted in the beating death of a Calgary man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years. Robert Reitmeier, who is 26, was found guilty last month of second-degree murder in the October 2010 death of Mark Mariani. Mariani was walking down
MONTREAL – Quebec’s corruption inquiry has wrapped up its public hearings until the new year. Inquiry chair France Charbonneau says the probe will continue studying organized crime in the construction industry in January before switching to other topics of interest. Public hearings will resume Jan. 13. The probe has focused on several themes this year,
WINNIPEG – Some of the cities, along with Winnipeg, that have joined the UN Safe Cities Global Initiative aimed at reducing violence against women: — Quito, Ecuador — New Delhi, India — Kigali, Rwanda — Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — Cairo, Egypt — Greater Beirut, Lebanon — Dushanbe, Tajikistan — Metro Manila, Philippines —
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Public Safety Department says a Mountie who publicly complained about not being able to smoke medicinal marijuana while on the job was subdued with a stun gun and charged with assaulting another RCMP officer. Alycia Morehouse, a spokeswoman for the department, says Cpl. Ron Francis is undergoing a psychiatric assessment at
OTTAWA – Russian President Vladimir Putin is pawing the snow over Canada’s claim to the North Pole. A day after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed Canada is extending its Arctic territorial claim beyond the area mapped by federal scientists, Putin responded with a highly visible message to the Russian military. In televised comments at
TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford sparked yet another controversy and the threat of legal action when he appeared to accuse a newspaper reporter of having pedophilic tendencies in a televised interview. The Toronto Star journalist, Daniel Dale, denounced any such suggestion as “categorically false.” “It’s amazing. I don’t know what to say about it,” Dale
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg is the first Canadian city to join a United Nations campaign aimed at reducing violence against women. The UN Global Safe Cities Initiative is responsible for including women’s safety audits in urban planning for some cities and for banning sexual harassment in public places. In Winnipeg, police plan to team up with
Following are remarks made by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, before the Nobel Prize in Literature was presented to Alice Munro’s daughter Jenny in Stockholm on Tuesday. Munro herself was too unwell to travel to the event. ____ It may seem like a paradox but it is actually quite logical. What we
OTTAWA – Canada says it will try to extend its territorial claims in the Arctic to include the North Pole, although it hasn’t yet fully mapped the area, doesn’t have the scientific evidence to back the claim and faces major diplomatic hurdles. A formal scientific submission was made to the United Nations Commission on the
VANCOUVER – The founder and chairman of clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica is stepping down, about a month after he made controversial comments seemingly blaming customers’ weight for the company’s recent sheer pants problem.
JOHANNESBURG – Some members of Canada’s delegation in South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life are being left out of Tuesday’s memorial service for the former president.
MONTREAL – Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard has won a byelection that will allow him to sit in the national assembly. Couillard strolled to victory in the Montreal riding of Outremont on Monday with more than 50 per cent of the vote. The win was hardly surprising because the riding has traditionally been Liberal and
OTTAWA – The watchdog over the national eavesdropping agency says many recent leaks about the Five Eyes intelligence network are being taken out of context by the media. Jean-Pierre Plouffe, who keeps an eye on Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC, says the leaked tidbits often then become misinformation. Plouffe told senators on the national
OTTAWA – Here’s the scenario: Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds himself besieged with questions about whether he knew of unethical — possibly even criminal — activity that transpired in the past and failed to take action. Documents are central to the controversy, as is the question of how much information he was provided by his
VANCOUVER – A freelance journalist behind an article alleging former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong verbally and physically abused British Columbia students in the 1960s and ’70s is asking a judge to force Furlong to put up a $100,000 security. Furlong is suing Laura Robinson for an article she wrote for the Georgia Straight newspaper,
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Peter Pocklington is confident the appeal of his conviction for a probation violation will be successful. The former Edmonton Oilers owner says in a statement that he’s been told by his lawyer that he has a strong case. Pocklington was supposed to start serving a six-month jail sentence this week, but was
MONTREAL – The federal public safety minister has announced the creation of an RCMP enforcement team to help fight human-trafficking. Steven Blaney says significant progress has been made over the past year but that much work remains to be done on what he calls the despicable crime of modern-day slavery in Canada. Blaney also released
TORONTO, Cananda – Toronto’s embattled mayor has told ex-media mogul Conrad Black he’s willing to submit to a urine test to prove he has no drugs or alcohol in his system. Rob Ford’s comments have aired in a promotional clip for an interview with Black that was recorded last week and will air on Vision
OTTAWA – The Commons is set to debate a bill this week that would revoke the pensions of MPs and senators convicted of indictable crimes.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and three of his predecessors — Jean Chretien, Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell — are due to arrive in South Africa, Monday, to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela.
OTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office says three former PMs have confirmed they will accompany Stephen Harper to South Africa to pay final respects to Nelson Mandela. The PMO says Harper will leave for Johannesburg on Sunday with a delegation that will include Jean Chretien, Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney. Harper will attend a public
REGINA – Fans of a once-a-year holiday beverage in Saskatchewan kept up their tradition of queuing overnight for the treat, even though they had to endure wind chill temperatures below —40 C. Eleven hours before Regina’s Bushwakker Brew Pub released its 2013 edition of blackberry mead on Saturday, there was a lineup forming outside its
OTTAWA – A member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inner circle has been tapped to run the Conservative Party.
GARRICK, Sask. – A man in northern Saskatchewan is accused of killing a three-year-old boy one year ago. The boy died in December 2012, three days after police say they were called about a child in medical distress at a rural property near Garrick, a hamlet 230 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. Police say the child
Short story author Alice Munro says growing up in rural Ontario grew her confidence during early days of writing, nurturing a gift that earned her worldwide acclaim and now a Nobel Prize.
OTTAWA – Three former PMs have confirmed they will accompany Stephen Harper to South Africa to pay final respects to Nelson Mandela, the Prime Minister’s Office said Saturday.
OTTAWA – The movers and shakers on Parliament Hill usually know where the bodies are buried. But deposits of human bones uncovered within sight of the Peace Tower seem to have caught everyone off guard. Construction workers digging out part of downtown Queen Street have come across yet another burial under the busy road, the
OTTAWA – It’s the time when tourists usually begin posing for family photos with the newly strung holiday lights on Parliament Hill. This year the festive visits will almost certainly be captured by RCMP lenses, too. The Mounties have recently added new video cameras near pedestrian entrances and a vehicle screening facility along Wellington Street,
QUEBEC – Premier Pauline Marois says her government was more focused in the current session of the legislature than when it was first elected last year. Marois says her team concentrated on employment and identity and that she is pleased with the results. She indicated some disappointment at being unable to balance the budget as
Canadians are remembering South African president Nelson Mandela who passed away on Dec. 5, 2013.
Leona Aglukkaq posted a photo of the bear on Twitter with the caption: “Enjoy!!”
CAMROSE, Alta. – A judge has ruled there is enough evidence to send a man to trial on charges of attempting to kill two Mounties in rural Alberta. Sawyer Robison was arrested following a standoff on his family’s farm near Killam in February 2012. The two officers were searching the property when they were shot.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were gunned down at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Almost $500,000 is being spent by the federal and Newfoundland and Labrador governments to enable the Atlantic Seal Development Association to develop a frozen seal meat product for the wholesale market and a vacuum packed product for retailers. Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says Ottawa will spend $292,000 through the Atlantic
Canada’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.9 per cent in November, as the economy added 21,600 jobs in the month, Statistics Canada said Friday.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is expected to attend Mandela’s funeral next week, said the world had lost one of its great moral leaders and statesmen.
OTTAWA – It’s a day of reflection in Ottawa as federal politicians look back on the life of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. Mandela was remembered in all-party statements in the House of Commons on Thursday a short time after his death was announced. Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted the world had
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she remembers Nelson Mandela as a man of courage and patience amidst the violence of South Africa. Redford worked with Mandela in the early 1990s as they strove to rebuild South Africa’s legal system and lay the groundwork for the first all-race elections that led to Mandela becoming
DAWSON CITY, Yn – It’s a whopper — a Yukon hunter has bagged a world-record-breaking behemoth of a bull moose, according to an initial measurement of its antlers in Dawson City, Yukon. After a two-month waiting period the antlers of the almost-600 kilogram moose that Heinz Naef shot in late September were given an antler
OTTAWA – The Conservative government has once again postponed rules on serial numbers for guns until 2015. The decision was taken by decree in late November and posted on the Privy Council’s website on Wednesday. The announcement comes just before Friday’s commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the massacre at Montreal’s Ecole polytechnique, Canada’s worst
An honorary Canadian citizen, Mandela died Thursday at age 95.