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August 13, 2018 2:54 AM U.S. Pentagon chief defends his reversal on Space Force

BRASILIA, BRAZIL—U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. Mattis, who last year opposed moves in U.S. Congress to create a separate space service, said his emphasis then was on establishing a consensus about 12

August 9, 2018 5:10 PM Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020

WASHINGTON—Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfils U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to ensure America’s dominance in space — a domain 12

August 8, 2018 5:28 PM Some vets forced to wait months for case manager, records show

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino was warned in May that nearly 300 veterans had been waiting months for a case manager to help them gain access to support services. The warning, contained in internal documents obtained by the Citizen, was delivered as Fantino prepared to defend millions of dollars in Veterans Affairs Canada budget cuts. Veterans 23

July 31, 2018 7:56 PM Ontario government scraps basic income pilot project, limits welfare increase to 1.5 per cent

“They spent money the province didn’t have,” MacLeod said of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government, whose ill-fated budget projected a multi-billion dollar deficit this year. She described the 1.5 per cent increase as “compassionate” and said the basic income pilot program in three locations across the province as “quite expensive.” “It was certainly not going 8

July 23, 2018 8:17 PM Ford says Horwath attacking him as a radical extremist is ‘the pot calling the kettle black’

While the 1998 curriculum will temporarily be taught in schools starting in September, Ford again promised an extensive public consultation on a revamped syllabus with hearings in every constituency in Ontario, though no budget or timetable has yet been set. “We’re going to go right across the province. We’re going to contact 124 ridings, the constituents 13

July 17, 2018 6:09 PM Bunnies are still swarming Canmore despite a cull

Jay Honeyman, a human-wildlife conflict biologist, said the rabbits do attract large predators to the town. “We’ve certainly got coyotes and we’ve got bears and cougars known to be feeding on rabbits within the urban footprint,” he said. “The reality is that the rabbits are a potential food source and the town has been trying to get a handle on that. Canmore’s 12

July 10, 2018 3:51 PM Trudeau won’t double defence budget despite calls from Trump

Canada did agree to the two per cent benchmark, but the Trudeau government’s spending projections show plans to reach only 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2024. Trudeau says that while the two per cent target remains an “important metric” for commitment to NATO, he considers tangible and consistent resources and leadership, which Canada continues to demonstrate 10

July 5, 2018 2:38 PM Puerto Rico to sue U.S. federal control board over budget differences

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that his administration will sue a federal control board to resolve a disagreement over two competing budgets that aim to pull the U.S. territory out of an 11-year recession. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he is seeking an injunction to stop the board from imposing an $8.76-billion budget that contains 77

June 29, 2018 1:47 PM Trump considering replacement for Chief of Staff John Kelly amid shake-up: sources

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump’s embattled Chief of Staff John Kelly is back in the spotlight this week as Trump prepares to overhaul his communications team amid a string of staff departures. In what has become a parlour game in Trump’s Washington, rumours swirled about Kelly’s fate Thursday as the president sounded out allies about potential 12

June 25, 2018 5:31 PM Federal government to spend $75 million studying seniors’ quality of life

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 10