Twenty-five years ago, Quebec nearly divorced Canada

OTTAWA — Twenty-five years ago today, Quebec came within a small margin of separating from Canada. The referendum on Oct. 30, 1995, saw 4.7 million Quebecers vote on whether the province should "become sovereign," yielding a razor-thin victory for the ...

In battleground Pennsylvania, Trump supporters are still all in for their president

YOUNGSTOWN, Pa. — Along a scenic stretch of historic Lincoln Highway, a meandering two-lane strip of east-west pavement that runs through southern Pennsylvania, partisan devotion to Donald Trump is on full display.  The Make America Great Again br...

Feds to unveil more pandemic support for Indigenous communities

OTTAWA — More federal financial support is on its way to help Indigenous people and communities cope with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today additional funding, targeted specifically...

Mail-in ballots bump Saskatchewan NDP to 13 seats after election night

REGINA — Two Saskatchewan Party candidates have conceded their close election races to the NDP, bumping the Opposition party's seat count to 13 from 11.  Former advanced education minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor posted on Facebook congratulating New ...

Open arms in an era of closed borders: pandemic-era immigration plan to be released

OTTAWA — Canada's tradition of welcoming newcomers with open arms is being challenged in an era of closed borders.  How great that challenge is will become apparent today as the federal Liberals release a status update on immigration to Canada so

Auditor general blames government incompetence for costly Quebec ferry saga

MONTREAL — Quebec's auditor general is blaming incompetence within the province's ferry service corporation for the ill-fated acquisition of a vessel that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Guylaine Leclerc said Thursday she was surprised ...

Advocates, opposition parties push feds for action on long-term care

OTTAWA — Opposition parties and long-term care advocates said Thursday that Ottawa needs to stop delaying action to help fix the country's troubled nursing and retirement homes.COVID-19 infections haven't been as widespread in long-term care residences...

Manitoba health minister hints at tighter rules after record COVID-19 jump

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is expected to tighten restrictions in the Winnipeg region after a record number of new COVID-19 cases. Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the government has been analyzing its next steps and the chief public health...

Alberta panel recommends no-fault auto insurance to address rising, costly premiums

EDMONTON — A government panel is recommending a fundamental overhaul of automobile insurance in Alberta to move away from costly, protracted court fights to a collaborative no-fault model. Chris Daniel, who heads the panel, says the change is critical ...

Saskatchewan reports record daily high of COVID-19 cases

REGINA — Saskatchewan has hit a record of daily number of COVID-19 cases less than a week after it reported an all-time high.  Health officials reported 82 new cases Thursday,, surpassing the previous high of 78 set on Saturday.   Some 37