TORONTO—Ontario reached tentative contract deals yesterday with public elementary teachers as well as support staff in most schools, ending their work-to-rule campaigns.
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OTTAWA—Graduates who owe the federal government money on their student loans soon have the chance to use travel reward points to help pay their debts.
TORONTO—The Ontario government is considering a big expansion of the black bear hunt in the spring.
For the last two years, the province had a pilot project to allow a bear hunt from May 1-June 15 in eight of Ontario’s 88 wildlife management units, in the areas around Timmins, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and North Bay.
OTTAWA—A former Assembly of First Nations regional chief-turned-federal MP says she’s confident the Liberal government can reshape Ottawa’s strained relationship with Canada’s aboriginal peoples.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was elected last week in the riding of Vancouver Granville, says aboriginal affairs remain among the biggest public policy issues that must be addressed.
RUSTON, La.—After more than 45 years of saving pennies, a Louisiana man decided it was time to cash them in.
The News-Star reports 73-year-old Otha Anders, of Ruston, took 15 five-gallon plastic water jugs full of the coins to the bank on Tuesday.
His grand total: a deposit of $5,136.14 into his account.
He says it will go toward a recent dental bill.
TOFINO, B.C.—Twin sisters with British roots say the deaths of five people in a whale-watching boat that capsized off the west coast of Vancouver Island cut even deeper knowing the deceased were from the United Kingdom.
Trudi and Astrid Castle said yesterday they feel connected to the disaster, which is under investigation.
GATINEAU, Que.—Sen. Patrick Brazeau said yesterday he’s focused on getting back to the upper chamber “as quickly as possible” after a Quebec judge agreed to grant him an unconditional discharge on assault and drug charges.
The decision means Brazeau avoids the prospect of jail time and even a criminal record—despite having pleaded guilty to the charges in September.
TORONTO—Ontario is proposing new regulations that would ban the random stopping of citizens by police—known as “carding”—and require officers to provide a written record of any such exchanges.
TORONTO—The three Ontario teachers’ unions promised $2.5 million by the Ontario government to help them cover the cost of contract negotiations will have to provide receipts.
OTTAWA—Snowbirds beware: the federal government will use its planned border exit-tracking system to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in social benefits now going to those who shouldn’t receive them due to absences from Canada.