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  • Mayor John Tory says Toronto should have say over pot shops

    December 10, 2018 9:46 PM 6

    Toronto council will debate on Thursday whether to opt out of provincial legislation permitting private cannabis stores to operate in the city beginning April 1. “It’s not that we want to ban cannabis sales, but we want some sort of mechanism that gives us local control,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 4, Parkdale—High Park) comparing what’s happened

  • Alberta’s finance minister says Quebec premier lacks understanding of energy industry

    December 10, 2018 4:27 PM 8

    OTTAWA—Alberta’s finance minister says Quebec’s resistance to a pipeline carrying western Canadian oil across its territory shows the provincial premier’s lack of understanding about the Alberta energy industry. Speaking ahead of a federal-provincial finance ministers’ meeting today in Ottawa, Joe Ceci argues Alberta has been innovative in removing carbon

  • Alleged impaired driver gives hamburger to officer instead of licence

    December 10, 2018 3:50 PM 6

    VICTORIA—A Victoria police constable says officers had a “very scary” encounter with an alleged impaired driver during a roadside check. Const. Cody Lapierre says on Twitter that the man tried to give his hamburger to the officer instead of his driver’s licence. Lapierre says the incident happened on Friday night and the man was so impaired he could

  • GoFundMe page raising money for family of murdered Mississauga boy

    December 10, 2018 2:36 PM 6

    The 14-year-old’s dead body was found several hours later in Meadow Park, near Southdown Rd. and Truscott Dr., not far from his home Friday morning with obvious signs of trauma. Three days after the brutal killing, the Driver-Martin family is struggling to pay for the child’s funeral, a family friend says. “Riley’s body was found alone and cold early

  • Canada’s Donna Strickland collects Nobel Prize for Physics

    December 10, 2018 2:21 PM 7

    The Nobel committee says Strickland and French scientist Gerard Mourou will each receive a quarter of the $1.01 million (U.S.) prize for their joint work generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses, which have become a key part of corrective eye surgeries. Strickland’s win makes her only the third woman to win the Physics prize, and the first

  • Lawyer versus consultant? Immigration data shows visa applicants have best shot with former

    December 10, 2018 1:11 AM 7

    Foreign nationals who prepare their own Canadian visa applications are nearly as successful in being accepted as those who spend money on a consultant to do the job. But chances of success are much higher if they hire an immigration lawyer to help get their study, work or visitor visas, according to immigration data obtained under an access to information

  • City of Kelowna takes steps to preserve 147-year-old log house

    December 9, 2018 2:11 PM 7

    KELOWNA, B.C.—The city of Kelowna, B.C., is taking steps to preserve a 147-year-old log house built by one of the area’s first European settlers after it was damaged in a fire earlier this year. In a close vote last week, the city decided to earmark $29,000 for the construction of a temporary roof to protect Fleming House from the elements. The city’s

  • Canada could be at risk of ‘nasty’ retaliation from China

    December 9, 2018 2:52 AM 11

    VANCOUVER—Canada is at risk of retaliation from China, including the arrest of Canadians in the country, said a former ambassador to China after the chief financial officer of Chinese-owned Huawei was taken into custody this week. With the bail hearing of Meng Wanzhou currently underway in a Vancouver court, Canada is “caught in the middle” between an extradition

  • Federal whale-saving efforts threaten Vancouver Island livelihoods, coalition says

    December 6, 2018 9:26 PM 11

    B.C. Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin says its member organizations across the Island have formed a coalition called Thriving Orcas, Thriving Communities to protect their cities, towns and villages. The federal government has extended a 5,000 square kilometre critical habitat zone off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island that could result

  • Fundraiser for Humboldt Broncos raises over $15 million — the second-largest GoFundMe campaign in 2018

    December 6, 2018 8:56 PM 10

    It’s second only to the fundraising campaign for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which was launched in December 2017 as part of the #metoo movement in the United States. That fundraiser, which helps defray legal costs for victims of sexual harassment, assault, abuse and retaliation in the workplace, has raised nearly $22 million (US) to become the largest