Thursday, October 30, 2014

National

Kuwait gracious but uneasy host to Canadian warplanes

KUWAIT CITY—Canadian warplanes have taken up position in Kuwait—a country straining in its own way to hold back the tide of Islamic extremism from its borders.
The CF-18 jet fighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance planes are expected to join a U.S.-led coalition’s bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant within days.

Canoe getaway tried

HALIFAX—Halifax police say a man attempted an ocean getaway yesterday afternoon after allegedly breaking into a home and using a canoe to flee the scene.
A spokeswoman for the police said it’s rare for pursuits to occur in the cool waters of the Northwest Arm, especially with the suspect paddling away in an effort to evade arrest.

Income-splitting plan coming

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance minister Joe Oliver will make a major announcement today that’s expected to include some of the fiscal measures for families promised in the last election campaign.

Bargain turns into bonanza

BRANDON, Man.—A 14-year-old boy got more than he bargained for when he tried on a black suit jacket at a recent church rummage sale in Brandon.
Tom Campbell slipped on the jacket last Saturday while shopping with his grandmother, Vivian Mitchell, at the Knox United Church event.

Expand memorial scope: Legion

OTTAWA—This week, the National War Memorial wears a necklace of flowers, candles, poppies, and teddy bears in memory of the young corporal killed last Wednesday while standing guard there.
But once they are removed, the memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo should be among those permanently honoured by an upcoming re-dedication of the site, say veterans’ advocates.

Tory elected as mayor of Toronto

TORONTO—A former CFL chairman and business executive who ventured into politics only to fall flat in both municipal and provincial elections finally has earned a measure of political redemption, alongside a chance to revamp Toronto’s reputation after four years of scandal.

Baird, Kerry lay wreath

OTTAWA—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Affairs minister John Baird placed a wreath at the National War Memorial today in honour of two Canadian soldiers killed last week.
The two then drove to Foreign Affairs headquarters for a brief formal welcome.
“We’re thrilled to have you here,” Baird said. “Wish it was under better circumstances.

Child poverty rate drop lauded

HALIFAX—UNICEF is commending the Canadian government and its provincial counterparts after it found the country’s overall child poverty rate decreased during the recession five years ago.
The child poverty rate decreased from 23 to 21 percent during the recession from 2008-11, pulling roughly 180,000 children out of poverty, UNICEF Canada said today in a new report.

Royals hoping to light deer twice

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A two-foot-tall image of deer in multi-coloured neon, with a bull’s-eye on its tail, is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals’ locker-room.
It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a “W” underneath a crown.

Funeral underway for soldier

HAMILTON, Ont.—Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamilton this morning to pay respects to an unarmed soldier gunned down as he stood ceremonial guard in Ottawa in what the prime minister called a terrorist attack.

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