OTTAWA—The federal Liberal government was warned yesterday that its plans to overhaul Canada’s electoral system could wind up plunging the country into constitutional wrangling—a spectre Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to avoid.
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OTTAWA—The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think-tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task.
OTTAWA—A United Nations’ human rights expert says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s talk of a “pervasive culture” of discrimination against Canada’s aboriginal peoples lends legitimacy to the issues and those tackling them.
WIARTON, Ont.—Canada’s celebrity groundhogs issued clashing forecasts this morninig but one of the country’s most prominent meteorologists said the debate over spring’s arrival is moot.
“Spring has been here from the get-go,” David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said as the four-legged forecasters made their predictions.
TORONTO—An upcoming provincial byelection east of Toronto is starting to vaguely resemble an “Abbott and Costello” skit.
One candidate legally changed his name to Above Znoneofthe so he appears last on the Whitby-Oshawa ballot, inviting voters to literally pick none of the above in both name and concept.
MONTREAL—It’s universally accepted that parents want to die before their children, but outliving Cecilia Laurent has proven difficult.
Laurent is believed to have turned 120 on Sunday and is possibly the world’s oldest person.
Her 28-year-old great-grandson, Ronald Chery, said only three of Laurent’s 12 children are still alive, with the eldest in her 80s.
OTTAWA—Democratic Institutions minister Maryam Monsef concedes Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system has its advantages.
And, whatever its flaws, she acknowledges it would be welcomed in fledgling democracies like Afghanistan, from whence she fled as a youngster.
But a mature democracy like Canada can do better, she adds.
WINNIPEG—Internal government documents say Manitoba First Nations live in some of the most dilapidated homes in the country and it will cost $2 billion to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding in that province alone.
That’s almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year.
McBRIDE, B.C.—The day after a colossal avalanche killed five snowmobilers in eastern B.C., Thea Pelletier climbed aboard her machine and returned to the backcountry wilderness.
She unfastened a yellow plastic lily from her backpack and planted the flower in pristine snow to pay her respects.
“I had a moment. It was intense. It was bigger than thou,” Pelletier said.
TORONTO—An Opposition member of the Ontario legislature wants to change the province’s “antiquated” liquor laws so small distillers are treated the same as craft brewers and wineries.