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B.C. throne speech marks beginning of the end for provincial Liberal government

B.C. throne speech marks beginning of the end for provincial Liberal government

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VICTORIA - British Columbia’s politicians will return to the legislature in Victoria, marking the beginning of the end for the minority Liberal government. Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals have recently announced a number of campaign-style promises that will be included in throne speech, including hikes for welfare rates, reforms to campaign…

Kim Campbell urges Senate to pass Rona Ambrose’s ‘modest’ judge training bill

Kim Campbell urges Senate to pass Rona Ambrose’s ‘modest’ judge training bill

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OTTAWA – Former prime minister Kim Campbell is urging the Senate to pass Rona Ambrose’s bill requiring sexual assault education for would-be judges, saying the legislation will simply give force to a 25-year-old law. Ambrose, a Conservative MP and former interim party leader, is stepping up lobbying efforts on behalf…

Torture, detention would be forbidden CSIS disruption tactics under new bill

Torture, detention would be forbidden CSIS disruption tactics under new bill

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OTTAWA – The Liberal government’s new security bill adds torture, detention and serious destruction of property that would endanger a life to the list of things Canada’s spy agency cannot do when disrupting terror plots. The legislation introduced this week retains controversial derailment powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service,…

Architects say former U.S. embassy ‘not culturally appropriate’ space for new indigenous centre

Architects say former U.S. embassy ‘not culturally appropriate’ space for new indigenous centre

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The federal government has announced plans to convert the former U.S. embassy across from Parliament Hill into a space dedicated to Canada’s indigenous people. But indigenous architects are calling the building at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa a “hand-me-down” and say it is “not a culturally appropriate space” for an…

Replica Vimy biplane damaged during takeoff attempt in New Brunswick

Replica Vimy biplane damaged during takeoff attempt in New Brunswick

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WOODSTOCK, N.B. – One of the First World War replica biplanes that took part in commemorative ceremonies in Vimy, France, in April has been damaged while attempting a take-off in New Brunswick. The replica Nieuport 11 was set to take off on a flight to Gatineau, Que., when it veered…

Rewriting history: Advice from a 93-year-old university graduate

Rewriting history: Advice from a 93-year-old university graduate

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Robin Guard had a bit of trepidation walking into his first class as an English Lit major at Ontario’s Brock University several years ago. Then an Octogenarian, Guard was returning to school more than 60 years after studying engineering in his hometown of London. And, this time around, his new…

Vancouver’s Pirate Joe’s shuts down, ending legal battle with Trader Joe’s

Vancouver’s Pirate Joe’s shuts down, ending legal battle with Trader Joe’s

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Mike Hallatt, the owner of Pirate Joe’s – a store that resells merchandise from Trader Joe’s – is throwing in the towel in a long-running legal dispute, after five years in business, he closed his doors for good after coming to an agreement with Trader Joe’s. “I had to face…

B.C. legislature returns June 22, confidence vote on Clark’s Liberals expected

B.C. legislature returns June 22, confidence vote on Clark’s Liberals expected

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VICTORIA – Politicians have been called back to the British Columbia legislature on June 22, setting the stage for a showdown between the ruling Liberals and two opposition parties that want to defeat them. Premier Christy Clark has said she expects to lose a confidence vote in the house after…

Canada deploys alternate numbers as secret weapon in defence-spending fight

Canada deploys alternate numbers as secret weapon in defence-spending fight

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OTTAWA – The federal government has been using a secret weapon to fight back against pressure from NATO and some allies like the United States to increase Canadian defence spending. The Department of National Defence has compiled new figures to illustrate more directly how different countries calculate their defence spending…

‘Final stretch’: Conservatives to gather Saturday to announce next leader

‘Final stretch’: Conservatives to gather Saturday to announce next leader

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OTTAWA – Conservative leadership candidates are working on getting out any remaining votes ahead of final event in Toronto, at which the party will announce the successor to Stephen Harper. Officials estimate they’ve already received 125,000 ballots from the party’s 259,010 members, or nearly 50 per cent turnout. That sets…

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