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  • Winter storm hits southern Saskatchewan

    December 3, 2013 12:49 PM 17

    Blizzard-like conditions gripped many parts of Alberta and bore down on Saskatchewan as a massive storm system trekked across the Prairies. Storm warnings were out for many areas as the system packed a combination of heavy snow and, in some cases, freezing drizzle. Several flights at the Calgary and Edmonton airports were cancelled, while Calgary Mayor

  • Canadian students' math, science scores dip: OECD

    December 3, 2013 12:35 PM 21

    TORONTO, Ontario -- A new international study ranks Canadian students among the top of the class in key subject areas, but there has been a noticeable decline over the years in math and science scores among the country's pupils. Canada was among 65 countries and economies participating in the assessment by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

  • Conservative MP to table private member’s bill to give party caucuses more power

    December 3, 2013 11:33 AM 8

    Conservative MP Michael Chong will table a private member’s bill Tuesday morning that would give more power to party caucuses, including the ability to oust their leaders. Chong, who has served as the MP for Wellington-Halton Hills for nearly 10 years, was so overwhelmed by the interest in his bill generated by media reports last week that he is tabling

  • Canadian students front-runners in study of worldwide math skills; Quebec students rank highest

    December 3, 2013 10:02 AM 11

    Canadian students are showing up youth around the world when it comes to math, science and literacy skills, but their math and science scores have decreased significantly over the last decade, says a new report released Tuesday. “If you looked at this without the context of where we came from 10, 12 years ago, you’d say ‘boy, this is a great study

  • ‘We need greater clarity’: Senate expense rules ‘not crystal clear,’ says Tory senator claiming housing allowance

    December 3, 2013 3:58 AM 35

    The Conservative senator who now chairs the committee overseeing senators’ living expenses has been claiming a housing allowance for a home he bought in Ottawa before joining the upper chamber. Property records show that Noël Kinsella, who is also the Senate Speaker, purchased a home in Ottawa before becoming a senator. A Liberal senator, Pierrette Ringuette

  • Surrey Six trial: Accused's ex-girlfriend heard talk of shooting

    December 3, 2013 3:23 AM 6

    VANCOUVER -- Two men on trial for the murders of six people, including two innocent bystanders, who were found dead in a Vancouver-area highrise were full members of a gang that trafficked crack cocaine and used violence to take care of its problems, a former girlfriend told their trial Monday. The woman, who can only be identified as K.M., is the latest

  • How Reform Act could empower MPs and save democracy or snarl Canadian politics in an anarchic web of insanity

    December 3, 2013 12:53 AM 13

    On Tuesday at 10 a.m., Conservative MP Michael Chong is set to unveil his much-anticipated (and loftily named) Reform Act. “Due to the interest surrounding the content of the bill, I have decided to introduce it in the House of Commons earlier than previously planned,” he declared Sunday. The MP for the Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills was otherwise

  • Gilles Duceppe joins growing chorus against Quebec's values charter

    December 2, 2013 9:36 PM 11

    MONTREAL — Add another separatist heavyweight to the critics of Quebec Premier Pauline Marois' state secularism proposal. Gilles Duceppe, who led the Bloc Quebecois on Parliament Hill for 14 years, says a proposed PQ ban on religious symbols in the public service goes too far. Duceppe joins former Quebec premiers Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard

  • With a little help from Canada, Afghan forces have come a long way

    December 2, 2013 8:02 PM 12

    KABUL — Of the nearly 40,000 Canadians who have served in Afghanistan, Sgt. Matthew Aseltine may be the only one who knows what it was like at the beginning of Canada’s involvement and what it is like at the end. The 34-year-old infantryman from Consort, Alberta was in Kandahar when the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry first fought the Taliban

  • ORNGE’s Chris Mazza received almost $10 million from air ambulance firm

    December 2, 2013 5:25 PM 15

    New accounting documents obtained by the Star reveal former CEO was paid $9.3 million in public funds during his tenure — much more than previously disclosed — including salary, stipends, bonuses and loans. ORNGE founder Dr. Chris Mazza received $9.3 million in public money from the air ambulance firm during his six years there, according to new documents