OTTAWA—The strain of what seems like never-ending conflict overseas in the last two decades is hurting the children and spouses of Canadian Forces members, says an in-depth study by military ombudsman Pierre Daigle.
His latest report, released today, found the health and the grades of children suffer when their parents deploy to Afghanistan, Haiti, or another of the world’s trouble spots.
VANCOUVER—British Columbia and Alberta both have their reasons, but the bottom line is the two provinces still are wrangling over conditions linked to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
And those arguments have forced the last-minute postponement of talks between Premier Christy Clark and Premier Alison Redford.
WINNIPEG—A new federally-funded human rights museum is to open in Winnipeg next September.
Officials with The Canadian Museum For Human Rights announced the Sept. 20 date today.
The museum has been in the works since 2003, and has been the subject of controversy over its content and its cost.
TORONTO—Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged yesterday that he has made mistakes in his life—including being “hammered” in public—but left unanswered questions about the alleged crack video that has propelled him into the international spotlight.
“I’m the first one to admit I am not perfect, I have made mistakes,” Ford told his weekly radio show.
OTTAWA—Conservatives are hoping a vote to suspend three errant senators without pay this week might help turn the page on a scandal that has jammed their political momentum for months.
MPs and a handful of senators are returning to Ottawa from Calgary after wrapping up a two-day biennial policy convention that just might have added another chapter or two to the saga, however.
OTTAWA—Canada’s federal MPs were saying little yesterday about what everyone else across the country was talking about: police confirmation of a video that allegedly appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.
WETASKIWIN, Alta.—An elderly man and woman are dead after one tried to save the other from the path of a freight train at a crossing in a community south of Edmonton.
RCMP said the man, who was in his 80s, tripped and fell on the tracks at a major railway crossing in downtown Wetaskiwin.
Insp. Scott Tod said the woman, who was in her 70s, was pushing an empty wheelchair ahead of him.
OTTAWA—After repeatedly blaming the Liberals for stalling its bid to suspend three disgraced former Conservative senators, the Harper government has decided it’s in no rush after all.
The government leadership in the Senate moved to adjourn early yesterday and to take today off entirely.
CALGARY—A flood postponed their convention in the spring. Now Conservatives are facing a deluge of political challenges as they gather in the party’s heartland.
The ongoing Senate expenses scandal and allegations of a cover-up at the most senior levels was a hot topic in the convention corridors—even if the upper chamber is not officially on the agenda.
MONTREAL—Nearly three-quarters of Canadians recently polled say they plan to start their holiday shopping early this year, and will use the Internet to check and compare prices before buying gifts, two holiday retail studies suggest.