LOS ANGELES—The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song “Happy Birthday To You” for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the most widely-sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
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REGINA—Air Canada says an unclaimed cellphone was behind a decision to divert a Toronto-bound flight from Edmonton to Regina.
The Airbus A320, with 136 passengers, landed in the Saskatchewan capital at 9:25 a.m. yesterday after the phone was found on board.
OTTAWA—Anticipation of the first televised French-language debate loomed large on the campaign trail yesterday, with the parties jostling for position in advance of the showdown that promises to put NDP leader Tom Mulcair in the cross-hairs.
Mulcair moved to pre-empt one line of attack: his refusal to demand that face coverings be banned during citizenship ceremonies.
INVERNESS, N.S.—The organizer of a wildly-popular fundraising game that has drawn thousands of people to a small Cape Breton town will bring the event to an end on Oct. 3, saying “Chase the Ace” simply has grown too big.
Cameron MacQuarrie said if no one wins the jackpot this Saturday, they will play until someone draws the ace of spades the following weekend.
TORONTO—Ontario’s Liberal government hopes to have six packs of beer for sale in at least 60 grocery stores by Christmas, and in 450 supermarkets within three years.
A 10-year agreement between the government and foreign-owned Brewers Retail, which owns 447 Beer Store outlets, will keep the same prices wherever beer is sold.
TORONTO—Ontario’s Liberal government is promising a “top to bottom” review of the way it delivers home- and community-based health care following a critical report from the province’s auditor general.
WILNO, Ont.—Residents of a small eastern Ontario town were ordered to seek shelter TOday as police combed the area for a gunman believed to have killed at least one person.
The OPP offered few details about the shooting in Wilno, a small community about 180 km west of Ottawa, but confirmed someone was killed during the shooting that took place mid-morning.
IQALUIT, Nunavut—Nine crew members from a Newfoundland fishing boat have been rescued from Arctic waters off Baffin Island.
The Halifax-based Joint Task Force Atlantic issued a Tweet last night saying the mission was a success and the fishers had been taken aboard FV Pamiut.
TORONTO—Ontario’s Liberal government took another step Friday towards selling Hydro One and said an initial public offering in the huge electricity transmission utility was expected by early November.
WINNIPEG—A two-day conference cannot put an end to racism in Winnipeg and may not undo the accusation that it is the most racist city in Canada, Mayor Brian Bowman conceded Friday.
But it is a starting point to help make the city a more inclusive place, he said in his closing remarks.