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  • Canada can hit Paris promise if we switch to electric cars and public transit

    December 20, 2018 4:08 PM 117

    Canada is promising to cut current emissions nearly 200 million tonnes a year by 2030 but recent reports suggest it has to do almost twice that to do its part in curbing global warming. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will increase its goals by 2020, as is required under the Paris agreement. Environment officials are also updating

  • Police continue to watch for anyone possessing or uploading the St. Mike’s video

    December 19, 2018 11:22 PM 130

    The alleged continued circulation of the video is one of the “terrible” outcomes of the rise of social media, said Judith Taylor, a sociology and gender studies professor at University of Toronto. “It’s hard to believe that this kind of thing happens,” said Taylor, whose research includes issues of toxic masculinity. “It is a shocking thing, and so people

  • Live: Seventh St. Mike’s student arrested in ongoing sex assault investigation as police set to update media

    December 19, 2018 12:55 PM 116

    A seventh former St. Michael’s College School student is facing criminal charges in an ongoing investigation into assault and sexual assault at the prestigious boys’ school, according to the boy’s lawyer. Lawyer Nicholas Xynnis confirmed the 15-year-old boy turned himself in to police Wednesday morning, but said he could not confirm what charges the boy is facing

  • Saskatoon police cleared in starlight tour complaint, says Chief Troy Cooper

    December 19, 2018 4:22 AM 123

    Saskatoon Police Chief Troy Cooper issued a statement saying the investigation cleared his officers of wrongdoing. “Yesterday afternoon we received the results of the investigation by the Provincial Complaints Commission into a complaint made by Mr. Ken Thomas in April 2018,” Cooper said Tuesday. “The PCC has determined the complaint is unfounded

  • Saskatchewan to spend up to $3.3 million on scrap tire cleanup

    December 19, 2018 3:48 AM 125

    REGINA—The Saskatchewan government says it will spend up to $3.3 million to clean up more than 6,600 tonnes of scrap tires at a defunct recycling plant. The Assiniboia Rubber Recycling plant closed in February 2014 and the company that operated it went into receivership later that year. That left residents of the town with an eyesore and the government

  • New Brunswick government loosens requirement for bilingual paramedics

    December 19, 2018 12:33 AM 123

    “Does anyone really care what Kevin Arseneau has to say? He’s obviously a radical. He can go and do his thing and I’ll do mine,” Austin said. Health Minister Ted Flemming said ambulances should not be sitting idle just because fully bilingual paramedics can’t be found. He said last year’s court ruling holds no weight because it was simply a consent order

  • Atlantic Canada on track for a ‘bad ice year,’ Coast Guard official says

    December 18, 2018 10:53 PM 116

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Coast guard officials say Atlantic Canada is on track to see an uptick in sea ice this winter, with cold temperatures and high winds contributing to early ice growth. Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic region, told a media briefing Tuesday that the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking operations have already

  • Ontario education cuts to hit vulnerable youth the most, students say

    December 17, 2018 11:26 PM 119

    NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called the changes “callous” and “shocking.” If the government isn’t replacing the axed programs, “then they are leaving a whole lot of very vulnerable and marginalized kids without the supports that we know — based on lots of research, and reports, and inquests — that we need,” said NDP education critic Marit Stiles

  • Street closure designed to speed up Eglinton Crosstown construction postponed

    December 17, 2018 11:16 PM 135

    A lengthy closure of a midtown intersection intended to accelerate work on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT has been postponed due to local opposition, a decision that comes on the heels of questions about whether the massive transit project will be done on time. Earlier this month Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees transit planning in the GTHA, announced

  • U.S. border towns fret as fewer Canadians use mailbox stores

    December 17, 2018 10:15 PM 207

    But Michael LeBlanc, a senior retail adviser at the Retail Council of Canada, a trade group, said Trump had stirred Canadian pride. “They were generally insulted by the tone,” he said of Canadians, “and it kind of put steel in their spines; ‘Well, I’m just not going to shop in America.’” Steve Hagen, who runs a mailbox store in Blaine, said he was closely