OTTAWA—Gold necklaces, hockey tickets, camcorders, iPods, spa visits—even a gift card to the liquor store.
This is some of the half-million dollars of booty one federal department handed out to favoured workers in the last five years.
The Treasury Board Secretariat, with about 1,900 employees, now spends well over $100,000 each year on rewards for staff.
NEW YORK—It started with a dinosaur pelvis protruding through the rock at a Montana ranch.
Three more months of chiseling and digging revealed a remarkable discovery: two nearly complete, fossilized dinosaur skeletons of a carnivore and herbivore—their tails touching.
A pushed-in skull and teeth of one dinosaur embedded in the other suggested a mortal confrontation between them.
OTTAWA—Federal Environmentminister Leona Aglukkaq arrives at a climate change conference in Warsaw today amid exceedingly low expectations.
A European report released to coincide with the United Nations’ conference ranks Canada 55th of 58 countries in terms of tackling greenhouse gas emissions—ahead of only Iran, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia.
TORONTO—Embattled Rob Ford challenged city council today to call a snap election as the besieged mayor—who says he wants to be prime minister some day—was about to face a vote that essentially would leave him as a glorified ribbon-cutter.
Blasting what he called a “coup d’etat,” Ford said voters should be able to pass judgment on him; not his fellow councillors.
NEW YORK—A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction while a sculpture by Jeff Koons broke a world auction record for a living artist at a Manhattan sale Tuesday.
“Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was purchased for $142.4 million at Christie’s post-war and contemporary art sale Tuesday evening.
TORONTO—Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s jaw-dropping use of explicit language on live television to deny another allegation against him once again was a heaven-sent gift to late-night comics who can’t seem to get enough of the ongoing saga.
CHILLIWACK, B.C.—Smoke from a campfire under a bridge on Highway 1 east of Vancouver is blamed for a multi-vehicle pileup involving 17 vehicles, including a Greyhound bus.
RCMP Insp. Tim Shields said 14 people were taken to hospital following the collision early this morning on the Vedder Canal Bridge, 90 km east of Vancouver.
OTTAWA—Bilateral efforts to ease trade, travel, and commerce across the Canada-U.S. border are in desperate need of a shot-in-the-arm, says the head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
John Manley warns a historic opportunity to slash red tape at the Canada-U.S. boundary is in real danger of slipping away.
TORONTO—Ontario will consider offering “new tools” to Toronto if the city’s government decides it simply can’t function as a result of its scandal-plagued mayor.
The first significant move towards intervention was suggested yesterday by Premier Kathleen Wynne, who previously maintained it wasn’t the province’s place to respond to the controversy around Rob Ford.
LEAMINGTON, Ont.—After more than a century operating in the heart of Ontario’s tomato country, ketchup-maker Heinz Canada is closing the doors of its plant in Leamington next year.
The food manufacturer and processor said yesterday that the shutdown will be phased in over the next six-eight months and will cut 740 full-time, permanent jobs.