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  • Relatives mark 50th anniversary of Trans-Canada Air Lines crash that killed 118

    November 30, 2013 9:21 AM 41

    MONTREAL - It took Robert Page nearly 50 years to come to grips with the death of his father in one of Canada's worst air disasters. He and about 350 relatives of the 118 people who died in the Nov. 29, 1963, crash of a Trans-Canada Air Lines flight came together in the community where it happened to mark the tragedy's half-century anniversary

  • CP Rail defends officer who was on cellphone at scene of deadly car crash

    November 30, 2013 6:13 AM 35

    SUDBURY, ONT. - CP Rail said it stands behind one of its police officers who appeared to be idle at the scene where a woman died, and said he followed proper protocol. Lise Levac, 62, died overnight Friday after four men rescued her when her SUV ran off the road, flipped over and landed upside down in the creek. The men managed to pull her out after

  • Alberta MLAs approve three-year wage freeze

    November 30, 2013 6:09 AM 37

    EDMONTON — Alberta politicians are taking a pay freeze for the next three years. The freeze was approved by Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose members sitting on the all-party member services committee. Premier Alison Redford says it’s the right thing to do, given that teachers and doctors have already accepted multi-year wage freezes

  • Private eyes to look for alleged residential school abusers

    November 30, 2013 3:12 AM 31

    The federal government is hiring private investigators to track down people who are accused of abusing students in Indian residential schools. The investigators will be deployed across Canada to find those who have been accused by former residential school students of abusing them, according to officials. Those identified as alleged abusers and who are then found

  • Soon-to-be 80 Jean Chretien ready to hit the ski hills

    November 30, 2013 12:46 AM 35

    MONTREAL -- Even with his 80th birthday fast approaching, former prime minister Jean Chretien isn't slowing down -- in fact, he can't wait to get back on the ski slopes. In a brief chat with The Canadian Press on Friday, Chretien described his health as "first class." "I'm still walking a lot and I will be skiing when the ski hills open," he said while

  • PMO hired three law firms to handle RCMP investigation into $90,000 cheque from Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy

    November 30, 2013 12:38 AM 39

    The prime minister’s office has hired three law firms to provide legal advice to current and former employees in relation to the RCMP investigation of former chief of staff Nigel Wright’s $90,000 payment to Mike Duffy. The PMO didn’t provide an estimate of the cost of the legal fees, but they are likely to be steep. The lead lawyer on the file, Bay Street

  • Feeling social? Feds to watch tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube

    November 29, 2013 10:22 PM 42

    OTTAWA — Big Brother is watching you — on just about every social-media platform you can imagine. Tweets, public Facebook posts and YouTube videos could soon be subject to round-the-clock scrutiny by the federal government, a procurement document posted this week by Public Works and Government Services Canada suggests. Welcome to media monitoring in the 21st century

  • Committee recommends pay hike for Quebec MNAs

    November 29, 2013 9:51 PM 30

    Basic pay of an MNA now is $88,186 – recommendation calls for $136,010 QUEBEC — A committee headed by retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé has recommended a huge increase in the pay of Quebec MNAs, one day after the province’s finance minister admitted that instead of a balanced budget, the province is heading for a $2.5-billion

  • Liberals ask RCMP to look into Tories’ alleged role in Duffy expenses

    November 29, 2013 8:56 PM 25

    Liberal MP Sean Casey sent a letter to RCMP commissioner Robert Paulson asking them to probe whether someone in the party promised to pay off Duffy’s contested living expenses. Casey points to an RCMP affidavit filed in court last week, which suggests party fundraiser Sen. Irving Gerstein was prepared at one point to use party funds to reimburse Duffy

  • Third suspect charged in death of Lukas Strasser-Hird

    November 29, 2013 8:09 PM 35

    Calgary police arrested a third man in connection to Saturday morning’s stabbing death of an 18-year-old near a Beltline nightclub. On Thursday, police arrested and charged 20-year-old Joch Pouk in connection to the fatal attack on Lukas Strasser-Hird. Pouk faces a charge of second degree murder. Pouk is the third person facing charges in relation to Strasser-Hird’s