EDMONTON—Calgary MP Jason Kenney’s rumoured plan to come home to unite Alberta’s two right-leaning provincial parties is shaping up to be a bumpy ride.
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OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal from an Alberta man who was convicted of sexual assault after police ordered him to swab his own genitals for evidence of the victim’s DNA.
Ali Hassan Saeed was arrested and charged in 2011 after a complaint from a 15-year-old.
While he was in custody, police had him swab his penis for DNA and matched it to the victim.
WINNIPEG—Controversy over gay and lesbian rights flared up on two fronts yesterday in a conservative-leaning rural area of southeastern Manitoba sometimes referred to as the province’s “Bible Belt.”
GATINEAU, Que.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in vintage form this morning as he took part in a ceremony marking the 20th-annual National Aboriginal Day.
Trudeau attended a sunrise ritual on the shore of the Ottawa River wearing moccasins and a buckskin jacket that his office said was owned by his father, the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
VANCOUVER—Most of Canada’s finance ministers reached an agreement-in-principle yesterday to revamp the Canada Pension Plan, although Quebec and Manitoba have not signed on to the deal.
Under the agreement, which would go into effect in 2019, an average Canadian worker earning about $55,000 will pay an additional $7 a month in 2019.
That would increase to $34 a month by 2023.
MONTREAL—Less than two weeks after a woman died following a dog attack in her backyard, Montreal’s mayor has announced a plan to ban pit bulls and other breeds that are deemed to be dangerous.
Denis Coderre said the new rules likely will be brought before city council in September.
BROOKS, Alta.—An organizer of an Alberta golf tournament, where a cut-out of Premier Rachel Notley was placed on the course as a target, says it was meant to be humorous and never intended to promote violence.
OTTAWA—Health Canada makes some on-reserve patients jump through hoops or wait longer than non-indigenous Canadians to access prescription drugs their doctors believe they need to treat mental illnesses, a psychiatrist who has worked in First Nations’ communities says.
OTTAWA—If the federal government won’t seek court advice on the constitutionality of its restrictive new law on assisted dying, Serge Joyal is hoping a provincial government will.
VANCOUVER—Police in West Vancouver have released photos of a car they believe was torn apart by a black bear over the weekend.
The photos show the rear passenger door of the car ripped back, its frame bent, side airbags trashed, and seats shredded.
The attack was reported yesterday at a home in the upscale British Properties, and officers estimate damage at about $10,000.