TORONTO—Outfitted in new winter coats and clutching their yawning 16-month-old daughter in the wee hours of this morning, a Syrian refugee family on the first large government flight began their new life in Canada—or, as they call it, “paradise.”
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EDMONTON—Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale says he knows of no reason why school boards should cancel international student trips over terrorism fears but conceded the decision ultimately is up to educators.
Goodale suggests school boards should consult with RCMP and other federal authorities if they are concerned.
HALIFAX—A judge has struck down Nova Scotia’s ground-breaking cyber-bullying law inspired by the Rehtaeh Parsons case.
Justice Glen McDougall of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia also declined a Crown request to suspend his declaration that the law is invalid for 12 months to allow the legislature time to amend it.
WINNIPEG—Petitions are circulating in some countries to ban Donald Trump.
Some mayors in the U.S. are joking about banning him themselves.
But Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman is ready to welcome the controversial Republican presidential hopeful.
PARIS—Ontario’s Liberal government will hand out $20 million in grants next year to help create a network of public charging stations for electric vehicles.
The province wants public- and private-sector partners to build fast-charging electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways, and at workplaces, apartments, and condominiums, said Premier Kathleen Wynne.
OTTAWA—The RCMP says media reports from Switzerland about possible threats against Canadian cities are being taken very seriously.
One report cited Geneva, Toronto, and Chicago as possible targets in connection with an investigation of four men alleged to be supporters of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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.
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.