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  • Alberta’s sunshine list to disclose high-level public-sector salaries

    December 23, 2013 3:13 AM 18

    Alberta Premier Alison Redford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark BlinchIn a climate where the term "government transparency" seems to be an oxymoron, people are entitled to be cynical about so-called "sunshine lists" that disclose salaries and benefits of higher-paid civil servants. Alberta this week joined British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia

  • ‘No one likes you’ B.C. teacher disciplined for comments

    December 23, 2013 2:22 AM 6

    A Coquitlam, B.C., high school math teacher who placed watermarks telling his students “no one likes you” on a practice package — and started class by telling his students “don't piss me off” — has been disciplined by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch. According to the branch, Kevin Alan Startin, a teacher at Charles Best Secondary School, had taught

  • Canada’s territories worried they could be could be shut out of Senate reform debates and decisions

    December 23, 2013 12:57 AM 6

    When the Supreme Court rules next year on whether or how the Senate can be reformed or abolished, Canada’s territories could find themselves shut out of the decision. The Constitutional amending formula at the heart of the Senate case — which requires unanimous support of all provinces or consent of seven provinces representing 50% of the population

  • Canada departs Afghanistan in 100 days

    December 22, 2013 10:22 PM 8

    In less than 100 days, the last Canadian soldier will have left Afghanistan. "Canadian Armed Forces members will leave Afghanistan confident that they helped Afghans to reclaim their country from terrorism, and helped them to provide for their own security," said Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of defence staff, in a statement Sunday. There are about 375 Canadian

  • Charges laid in crash involving stolen truck

    December 22, 2013 10:09 PM 15

    Police laid several charges against an 18-year-old man in an early-morning crash involving a stolen truck that sent the driver to hospital on Saturday. A truck slammed into a tree just after 8:00 a.m. on Crystal Avenue off St. Anne's Road. Police said the vehicle involved was stolen. Officers in the area tried to stop the truck, but the driver refused

  • Ice storm in eastern Canada impacts air travel through Calgary

    December 22, 2013 9:50 PM 16

    Wintery conditions throughout Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes, and sections of the United States, are prompting delays and cancellations of some flights departing from or arriving at the Calgary International Airport on Sunday. As of Sunday afternoon, Air Canada and United Airlines have cancelled select flights arriving from Toronto and Chicago, and flights

  • Airdrie area checkstops lead to drug trafficking and stolen property charges

    December 22, 2013 8:53 PM 20

    Overnight enhanced checkstops near the communities of Airdrie and Beiseker captured more than just impaired drivers. Early Sunday morning, members of the RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit pulled over a 33-year-old man from Edmonton. As a result of the traffic stop, officers determined the man was on parole and had been suspended from driving. The licence

  • Canada Post aims to reduce costs, injuries associated with rural delivery

    December 22, 2013 8:20 PM 22

    OTTAWA — Less than two weeks after Canada Post announced it would end door-to-door delivery for urban Canadians, the Crown corporation is looking into standardizing rural mailboxes and adopting widespread use of reaching devices and right-hand drive vehicles to cut costs of rural mail delivery. The belt tightening proposals were outlined Friday in the Canada

  • Return of the Native: Idle No More reminds Canada of unresolved issues with First Nations

    December 22, 2013 3:51 PM 24

    Idle No More demonstration at Blue Water Bridge, Sarnia. (TARA JEFFREY/QMI AGENCY) Idle No More demonstration at Blue Water Bridge, Sarnia. (QMI Agency files) Idle No More aboriginal protesters took over Manitoba's Highway 1 on Dec. 15, 2012. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/Portage Daily Graphic) Hundreds of native protesters walk towards the CN underpass north

  • New prostitution laws should consider 'consenting adults': Terri-Jean Bedford

    December 22, 2013 3:11 PM 20

    The federal government "should take consenting adults into consideration" as it crafts its response to the Supreme Court decision that declared three key prostitution laws unconstitutional, says one of the sex workers involved in the case. In a unanimous decision released Friday, the court found that the laws that prohibit keeping a brothel, living on the avails