KAMLOOPS, B.C.—The favourites going into the 2014 Canadian men’s curling championship are the favourites coming out as the round-robin drew to a close with Alberta, Manitoba, and B.C. sitting one, two, three.
Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton and B.C.’s John Morris won their final round-robin games last night to finish the Tim Hortons Brier preliminary robin at 9-2.
OTTAWA—Canada’s chief electoral officer has provided fuel to opposition claims that new election rules being proposed by the Harper government are designed to tilt the field in the Conservative party’s favour.
GOSPORT, England—Two lines of trenches face off across No Man’s Land.
A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch.
These are instantly familiar images of World War I . But this is Britain—a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields of the Western Front.
MONTREAL—Drink ’til dawn.
If a pilot project being proposed by Mayor Denis Coderre is successful, Montrealers might be able to do just that.
Coderre says he doesn’t see any reason why watering holes shouldn’t be allowed to sell booze until 6 a.m.—a three-hour extension of current licensing laws.
“Listen, we are a metropolis,” he said in an interview yesterday.
HAMILTON, Ont.—The mother of a dead Canadian soldier sent a one-penny payout cheque received a formal apology from Canada’s defence minister yesterday along with a promise to take another look at whether his death was related to his military service.
OTTAWA—Canada’s jobs market continues to sputter as the economy gave back some of January’s gains by shedding 7,000 workers overall in February—a disappointment to those hoping for a strong start to the year.
The loss was tiny in relative terms and insufficient to alter the 7.0 percent unemployment rate.
WINNIPEG—The federal government says it will introduce an order-in-council forcing railways to move a minimum amount of grain each week.
Transport minister Lisa Raitt said that minimum will be set at 500,000 tonnes, which works out to 5,500 grain cars each for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific.
MONTREAL—A fireball exploded and lit up the skies over Yellowknife early yesterday morning but was not believed to have caused any damage.
One expert compared it to a similar incident that took place over Montreal back in November.
An image of the explosion was posted on the website of Spaceweather.com
It was captured by a photographer who was leading a tour of the Aurora Borealis.
OTTAWA — The Transportation Safety Board says formal lab tests confirm the train that crashed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Que., last summer was carrying oil that was more volatile than advertised.
The board says it was actually as flammable as gasoline.
The board took oil samples from nine tank cars that were intact after the crash and subjected them to a rigorous analysis.
TORONTO—Ontario’s provincial police now is overseeing an investigation into the activities of Mayor Rob Ford, who repeatedly has attacked the legitimacy of the probe, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said yesterday.
Ford’s lawyer immediately denounced the oversight change, which leaves senior city investigators on the case, as “meaningless.”