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  • House in Nanaimo, B.C., broken into and gifts stolen on Christmas Day

    December 26, 2018 10:52 PM 111

    NANAIMO, B.C.—Police say grinches broke into a home in Nanaimo, B.C., on Christmas morning and stole “gifts and memories.” RCMP say the thieves entered the house on Stonewater Drive around 3 a.m. and took several “nicely wrapped gifts,” as well as stockings hanging in the living room. They say the suspects entered the house through an unlocked kitchen

  • Nature Conservancy recommends a better fate for your Christmas tree

    December 26, 2018 3:35 PM 106

    Canada’s Christmas tree farms produce over three million pine, spruce and fir trees each year — and most of them are simply abandoned at the curb soon after Santa makes his annual visit. Now, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is suggesting that people should instead haul their tree to the backyard, to help nature and learn a bit about ecology

  • Ottawa, Irving Shipbuilding ask trade tribunal to toss challenge to warship contract

    December 25, 2018 10:58 PM 115

    OTTAWA—The federal government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are asking a trade tribunal to throw out a challenge to their handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy’s new $60-billion fleet of warships. In separate submissions to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the federal procurement department and Irving say the challenge

  • Still sending mail? Canada Post stamp prices to increase in January

    December 24, 2018 9:37 PM 131

    OTTAWA—Unless you really hurry, sending a letter to Santa for next Christmas will cost you a nickel more. Starting Jan. 14, Canada Post says the cost for an individual stamp on a letter sent within Canada will be $1.05, instead of a loonie. Other increases for mail within the country range between a dime and 35 cents depending on the size of the letter

  • Most Canadians won’t get a white Christmas, Weather Network forecasts

    December 23, 2018 8:34 PM 129

    Scott said much of Quebec will get a high of -7 C on Christmas Eve and a high of -9 C on Christmas Day, and the province will generally be free of snow. Southern Ontario can expect a light snowfall on Christmas Eve of about a centimetre, Scott said, adding that it won’t stick as mild temperatures are expected at around zero. Scott said northern Ontario

  • New Brunswick releases guidelines to help employers accommodate staff with addictions

    December 23, 2018 8:32 PM 102

    It says the guidelines address the use of cannabis inside and outside the workplace, alcohol and drug testing, and differences between unionized and non-unionized workplaces. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against staff based on mental and physical disabilities under the human rights act, and human rights law recognizes addiction as a disability

  • A majority of Canadians say their holidays are stress-free, poll says

    December 22, 2018 9:48 PM 109

    Many Canadians simply consider the holiday season as a time to be with their families, Bozinoff said. According to the poll, more than 80 per cent of respondents said they’ll spend the holidays with their families, while only 5 per cent said they’ll be by themselves. The poll found an overwhelming majority of Canadians (88 per cent) say they enjoy the holiday

  • Mattis resignation not likely to damage Canada-U. S. security ties, according to experts

    December 21, 2018 9:59 PM 118

    He says Canada should be concerned about losing this ally close to the White House, although this concern could be eased depending on who President Donald Trump nominates as his replacement. Mattis was widely seen as a moderating influence on U.S. President Donald Trump over the last two years, which is why concerns have been raised by ally nations about

  • Transport minister orders new fatigue rules amidst oil-by-rail ramp-up

    December 21, 2018 4:45 PM 131

    Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules. The order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels

  • Three-year-old girl who was run over in Prince George will make full recovery

    December 20, 2018 10:17 PM 110

    PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—A three-year-old girl whose midsection was run over by an SUV in Prince George, B.C., is expected to make a full recovery. Investigators say a woman in the SUV jumped over a meridian and travelled against the flow of traffic before entering the parking lot. The toddler was standing near a parent who was tending to a younger child