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  • Peter Van Loan praises private member’s bills, silent on Reform Act

    December 13, 2013 12:50 AM 21

    OTTAWA – As he wrapped up the fall session with a press conference praising his government’s legislative agenda, Government House leader Peter Van Loan noted the “unprecedented success” and strong record of private member’s bills that were passed this year. But he had absolutely nothing to say about a fellow Conservative’s democratic reform act making

  • SPCA recommend charges in disturbing animal cruelty case in Port Hardy

    December 12, 2013 11:02 PM 22

    The SPCA says it’s “one of the most horrific cruelty cases” they’ve ever seen. RCMP in Port Hardy were called to a home on November 25 after a complaint of animal cruelty. Officers found an 18-month-old Shepherd-cross dog named Molly; extremely emaciated and near death on the owner’s porch. “She was in critical condition, non-responsive and shivering

  • Senate ethics officer urged to probe allegations Gerstein tried to impede Duffy audit

    December 12, 2013 10:01 PM 21

    OTTAWA — A Liberal senator wants an investigation into the actions of a Conservative counterpart whose named has been linked to allegations of interference and attempted manipulation of Sen. Mike Duffy’s audit. Sen. Celine Hervieux-Payette officially asked the Senate ethics officer to look into allegations Sen. Irving Gerstein used a senior manager at auditing

  • Judge certifies class-action lawsuit alleging abuse at Halifax orphanage

    December 12, 2013 8:28 PM 21

    HALIFAX -- Former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children who allege they were abused at the Halifax orphanage can proceed with their class-action lawsuit against the province, a provincial Supreme Court judge says. In a ruling released Thursday, Judge Arthur LeBlanc sanctioned the proceeding but said he wanted more information from the plaintiffs

  • Van Loan likens Canada Post cuts to time trash pickup was kicked to curb

    December 12, 2013 7:44 PM 17

    OTTAWA - Government House leader Peter Van Loan is striking back at critics of Canada Post's planned service cuts, comparing them to wealthy big-city dwellers who complained about having to lug their trash to the curb. The Crown corporation says it will phase out door-to-door mail delivery in Canada's urban centres as a way to stem rising financial losses

  • Frozen sprinkler causes water damage to donated food, medical supplies at Siloam Mission

    December 12, 2013 5:57 PM 22

    Close to 400 people had to flee outside into the cold when a fire alarm went off around 9 a.m. Thursday at Siloam Mission in Winnipeg. Firefighters responded and “found significant water damage caused by a frozen sprinkler head in the medical supply room of Saul Sair Health Center,” said Siloam Mission in a statement. They also spotted water damage in the basement

  • John Furlong claims RCMP letter exonerates him in abuse case, says case is closed

    December 12, 2013 5:36 PM 31

    VANCOUVER -- Former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong says the RCMP have completed an investigation into allegations of sexual assault levelled against him by a former student and found no evidence to support criminal charges. Furlong has faced allegations stemming from his time teaching in northern B.C. in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which first

  • Cold may have caused death in Gatineau

    December 12, 2013 5:27 PM 24

    Gatineau Police is investigating after the body of a 47-year-old woman was found in a parking lot this morning. Police say there was no obvious sign of trauma to the body and that the cold weather may have been a factor in the woman's death.

  • RCMP probe whether suspected carjacker was carjacked himself

    December 12, 2013 5:18 PM 41

    A would-be car thief likely got a taste of his own medicine after he tried to steal a car at a Surrey gas station – only to have it stolen from him in return, according to Surrey RCMP. A driver told Mounties he was carjacked at an Esso gas station at King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue Wednesday night. He claimed an Indo-Canadian man and woman approached

  • Police lay charges in bike blitz

    December 12, 2013 4:55 PM 35

    Calgary Police say they’ve managed to recover over 50 bikes and lay charges against 17 people connected with their theft. The operation was conducted over two months, primarily by the District 1 Mountain Bike Unit, District Operations Team, Beat Unit, and patrol officers. They say their main focus was on the downtown core and in the Beltline, two of the areas