VANCOUVER—The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s promise to meet with all kinds of Canadians took them to Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside yesterday, where they met with mothers recovering from addiction who said the visit helped show them they are respected despite their struggles.
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TORONTO—The bottled water industry in Ontario is coming under renewed government scrutiny after a small township was outbid by multinational giant Nestle in its attempt to purchase a well to secure water supply for its growing community.
Premier Kathleen Wynne said today her government will look for ways to put community needs ahead of bottled water corporations.
CALGARY—Canada’s position as a big player in the global diamond industry will be further crystallized today when it formally opens Gahcho Kue, estimated to be one of the 10 biggest diamond mines in the world.
The site will be the sixth diamond mine opened in Canada in the 18 years that the country has mined the precious stone.
OTTAWA—Auditor general Michael Ferguson has been asked to determine how a move to modernize the federal government’s payroll system turned into a fiasco in which more than 80,000 public servants were paid too much, too little, or not at all.
Public Services minister Judy Foote said Ferguson has agreed to conduct an audit of the problem-plagued transition to the Phoenix pay system.
NEW YORK—A New York City museum is offering visitors a chance to sit on a golden throne—but only in private.
As part of his “America” exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum’s fourth-floor restroom with a fully-functional replica cast in 18-karat gold.
WINNIPEG—Lab tests are being done on samples taken from hundreds of drug doses seized in Winnipeg this week to determine whether a dangerous opioid 100 times more powerful than fentanyl has arrived in the city.
Police say officers discovered upwards of 1,500 doses at a west-end hotel on Monday that they suspect is carfentanil—a drug used on elephants.
KAMLOOPS, B.C.—A British Columbia family’s difficult summer has been relieved by an unexpected lottery windfall.
Sarah Ross of Lumby, B.C. won $1 million in Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 draw—a few months after her family lost their home to a fire in June.
The 33-year-old mother of two said her family has had a challenging few months, but was supported by great friends and relatives.
CHURCHILL, Man.—A study suggests food from the land is not going to save polar bears.
The study, published in the journal “Physiological and Biochemical Zoology,” was undertaken by the University of Alberta and the Manitoba and federal governments.
OTTAWA—Peter MacKay has decided against joining the Conservative leadership race.
“After much soul-searching, advice from trusted friends, and weighing of the impact on my young family, I have decided not to seek the leadership of the party,” the former cabinet minister from Nova Scotia said in a statement yesterday.
VANCOUVER—The youngest royal will arrive in British Columbia later this month for her first international appearance alongside her brother and parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Princess Charlotte will be 16 months old when she and three-year-old Prince George begin a week-long trip starting Sept. 24 in Victoria, where they will be based.