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  • Federal government to spend $75 million studying seniors’ quality of life

    June 25, 2018 5:31 PM 8

    Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also a New Brunswick MP, says the research done in the province will provide valuable information on how best to help Canadians live well as they age. The federal government announced in its 2018 budget that $75 million over three years will be directed towards the project for a wide range of research initiatives

  • Students in poorer neighbourhoods may miss out on ‘vital programs,’ report says

    June 25, 2018 9:00 AM 9

    The number of Ontario schools offering before- and after-school care has jumped dramatically in the last six years — but families in the poorest neighbourhoods are less likely to benefit, a new report shows. While school boards must provide child care for elementary students where there is a demand, “there may not be equitable access to these vital programs

  • New trust fund rules meant to crack down on tax evasion

    June 25, 2018 1:07 AM 10

    While trust funds have been used by wealthy families for decades to manage their inheritances, offshore trusts based in tax havens like the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands are also used by the wealthy to move their riches beyond the reach of tax authorities. A Toronto Star/CBC investigation last November revealed that the chief fundraiser

  • Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec maximum-security prison, says victim’s aunt

    June 24, 2018 8:57 PM 11

    VANCOUVER—Notorious serial killer and pig farmer Robert Pickton has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in Quebec, the family of the one of his victims said Sunday. Joyce Lachance, whose niece Marnie Frey was one of six women whom Pickton was convicted of killing, said she received a phone call from Correctional Services Canada on Thursday

  • Feds to make it ‘fair’ for those with criminal records for marijuana possession

    June 24, 2018 5:26 PM 16

    Goodale’s office says once Bill C-45 is enacted, the government will examine how to make things fairer for individuals who have been previously convicted for minor possession offences, adding that it’s committed to reforming the pardons system. The government’s legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana passed last week, but it won’t come into effect

  • Woman in her 30s, two men killed in separate overnight shootings in Toronto

    June 24, 2018 3:03 PM 11

    Two men, both in their 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene, police say. Toronto has faced a rash of shootings in the past months. At the end of May, Mayor John Tory issued a statement condemning increasing incidents of gun violence. A shooting in early June left the city in shock after two sisters, aged five and nine, were shot and seriously injured

  • Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Mali as yearlong mission begins

    June 24, 2018 1:38 PM 13

    The Liberal government committed two large Chinook transports and four smaller Griffin escorts for medical evacuations and transport, but the Canadian Forces is sending one more of each as spares in case any of the others break down in the harsh desert heat and dust. The total force will include about 250 Canadian service members who will call a German-run

  • Syrian children's choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

    June 23, 2018 10:05 PM 11

    Tang says most of the choir members immigrated to Canada within the last two years, and some parents worried that travel documents from their home country would raise red flags under a U.S. policy that bans travellers from five majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travellers

  • Saskatchewan man who bulldozed house with people inside sentenced for attempted murder

    June 21, 2018 11:30 PM 13

    YORKTON, SASK.—A Saskatchewan man who bulldozed a house with two people inside, including his son’s wife, has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder. Ronald Fatteicher, who is 60, knocked down the house last summer on rural property near Calder east of Yorkton. Fatteicher pleaded guilty to nine charges in total

  • Michael Thompson broke city council code of conduct, report concludes

    June 21, 2018 7:06 PM 14

    Toronto’s economic development chair broke the city council’s code of conduct by “going to bat” for a longtime developer friend, the integrity commissioner ruled in a report released Thursday. Valerie Jepson recommends Michael Thompson’s council colleagues reprimand him, officially note he broke the rules and tell him to cease providing assistance to Albert