OTTAWA—The Liberals say the Harper government was guilty of “abuse of process” when it went on a patronage binge on the eve of the election, making or renewing appointments for federal positions that didn’t need to be filled until weeks—or even months—after the Conservatives were defeated.
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TORONTO—The Ontario legislature has passed a private member’s bill aimed at combating abuse of the pain-killer fentanyl, which is blamed for at least 655 deaths in Canada in the past six years.
YELLOWKNIFE—In a dramatic example of how climate change is altering the Arctic landscape, a small northern lake has fallen off a cliff after bursting through the melting earthen rampart that restrained it.
VANCOUVER—A much-loved sea otter that won the hearts of Vancouver Aquarium’s staff and visitors while recovering from gunshot wounds has died.
“Walter,” also affectionately known as “Wally,” was rescued from a Tofino, B.C. shoreline on Oct. 19, 2013 after locals reported a sea otter that appeared lethargic.
OTTAWA—They escaped a civil war that has left millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead, their homes in some cases bombed to pieces, along with their livelihoods and future hopes.
TORONTO—Alcohol remains the most popular drug of choice among Ontario youth, according to the most recent biennial survey of Grade 7-12 students by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Almost 46 percent of the 10,426 respondents from across the province reported having imbibed in the past year, said Robert Mann, a senior scientist at CAMH who co-authored yesterday’s report.
TORONTO—Only about seven percent of eligible families have applied for a program that starts in the new year to help low-income Ontarians pay their electricity bills.
About 34,000 of 500,000 eligible households have applied for assistance under the Ontario Electricity Support Program, which will provide ongoing rate reduction directly on hydro bills.
OTTAWA—Sen. Mike Duffy finally has begun testifying in his own defence against 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust, and bribery.
The controversial senator’s testimony comes some eight months into Duffy’s protracted criminal trial, which has been slowed by adjournments and delays in scheduling witnesses.
WASHINGTON—Let the record show that this was the moment in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign that Donald Trump effectively was yanked from the funny pages.
Media that frequently derided him as a buffoonish sideshow in the serious process of picking a president suddenly were comparing him to things far more sinister than a clown.
OTTAWA—The Liberal government will lift a long-standing cap on First Nations’ funding, Justin Trudeau said today as he promised a fresh fiscal partnership with indigenous communities—even as the economic and political pressure on the federal pocketbook continues to mount.