Category Archives: National

Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair: police did not ask for Emergencies Act

OTTAWA — Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland say they didn't hear recommendations from police to enact the Emergencies Act.  Both ministers were called to testify before the special parliamentary commi...

Trudeau says Canadian attendance at Russian embassy event ‘absolutely unacceptable’

OTTAWA — It was "absolutely unacceptable" that any Canadian representative attended a party at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. "It never should have happened, and we denounce it thoroughly," Trudeau ...

Federal government gives $77 million for new fire-resistant buildings in Lytton, B.C.

LYTTON, B.C. — Harjit Sajjan toured the ruins of Lytton, B.C., on Tuesday, witnessing the full impact of what a wildfire did to the community when it raced through the village in June last year.  Just before the tour, the minister

Police sergeant says slain Quebec teenager holding air pistol was perceived as threat

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Quebec provincial police officers who responded to an emergency call that left a 17-year-old dead testified on Tuesday about a quick interaction with a teenager in crisis that lasted just over a minute. Their testimony was part of

U.S. wants Canada to join probe of cross-border pollution from B.C. coal mines

The United States government, including President Joe Biden's White House, has joined calls for Canada to participate in a probe of cross-border pollution coming from coal mines in southern British Columbia. In a statement released last week, the U.S. ...

New drug price regulations could save Canada billions of dollars: PBO report

OTTAWA — New drug price regulations set to come into effect next month could lower spending on patented drugs by about seven per cent over the long term and save billions of dollars, the parliamentary budget officer reported Tuesday. Health Canada

Police face growing questions, calls for investigation into false Parliament bomb tip

OTTAWA — Police are facing mounting questions about the origin of a false bomb tip that led to the arrest of two Sikh rally organizers near Parliament Hill on Saturday, with some calling for an investigation into those who alerted

Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates to be suspended for domestic, outbound travellers

OTTAWA — The Canadian government will "suspend" COVID-19 vaccine mandates for domestic and outbound international travellers and federally regulated workers, ministers announced Tuesday. The new rules will come into effect on June 20, though the requir...

177 Ukrainian refugees land in Newfoundland on second provincially-chartered flight

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — As a plane carrying 177 Ukrainian refugees touched down in St. John's, N.L., Tuesday night, Pamela Ryder Lahey was at the front of the crowd inside the airport waiting for five young people to walk through

‘Whisky war’ with Denmark over tiny Arctic island ends peacefully with deal

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has struck a historic deal with Denmark, settling a dispute stretching back five decades over a 1.3-square-kilometre island in the Arctic. Joly and the Danish foreign affairs minister Jeppe Kofod signed an...