VANCOUVER—The recent appointment of a minister of loneliness in the United Kingdom to tackle social isolation is an acknowledgment of a problem Canadian experts say needs to be addressed here, as well.
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OTTAWA—Conservative leader Andrew Scheer promised an independent, third-party investigation of the Rick Dykstra controversy yesterday as his own caucus members wondered aloud how the Ontario MP was allowed to run in 2015 despite facing serious allegations of sexual assault.
BATTLEFORD, Sask.—The son of a Saskatchewan farmer on trial for killing an indigenous man says his father looked like he was going to be sick after the shooting and told him the gun “just went off.”
Sheldon Stanley told a jury at Gerald Stanley's murder trial yesterday that an SUV drove into the family's farmyard near Biggar, Sask. in August, 2016.
WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questions on immigration, pipelines, and indigenous issues—and dealt with a few disruptions—during a town hall meeting with some 1,800 people at the University of Manitoba last night.
Trudeau was asked by some people whether he would boost the number of immigrants accepted into Canada every year.
OTTAWA—The Senate has passed a bill to make the national anthem more gender neutral, fulfilling the dying wish of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger.
The Senate has given its final approval to the legislation, which would change the second line of the anthem from “in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command.”
TABER, Alta.—A southern Alberta town has turned down a request from a community group to fly a rainbow “Pride” flag.
Taber council also has approved a motion that calls for only the Canadian, Alberta, and Taber flags to be flown on town-owned designated community flagpoles, except in special circumstances.
TORONTO—Ontario doctors who have a moral or religious objection to treatments such as assisted dying, contraception, or abortions must refer patients to another doctor who can provide the service, after a court found it is necessary to guarantee that vulnerable patients can access the care they need.
OTTAWA—The federal government says it immediately will begin fully funding the actual costs for child welfare agencies to allow them to help indigenous families without having to take kids away from their parents.
Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott has written to 105 indigenous child welfare agencies to make the commitment, which she says will be retroactive to Jan. 26, 2016.
OTTAWA—Longtime Sen. Colin Kenny is calling it quits months before his scheduled retirement later this year.
Kenny officially notified the Governor General yesterday morning that he will leave the Senate at the end of the week, ahead of his mandatory retirement date in December.
TORONTO—The newly-appointed interim leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives says he won't make a bid for permanent leadership of the party.
Vic Fedeli says he's focusing on dealing with in-fighting and fixing issues within the party ahead of the upcoming provincial election.