Category Archives: National

Rebuild of Lytton, B.C., after devastating wildfire to begin by September: minister

OTTAWA — Rebuilding in the fire-ravaged village of Lytton, B.C., is likely to begin in September, according to the province's minister of public safety. That would be 15 months after an out-of-control wildfire swept through and burned 90 per cent

Quebec wants federal language law reform to drop reference about promoting English

MONTREAL — The Quebec government wants the proposed federal language law reform to take a different approach toward the province's English-speaking minority and francophone minorities in other parts of the country.  The province has sent 14 suggested a...

High streamflow advisory issued for rivers overwhelmed by November’s flooding in B.C.

VICTORIA — A high streamflow advisory has been issued by the River Forecast Centre for some of the same British Columbia rivers where flooding last November ripped away roads and devastated communities.  The centre says snowmelt above the North Thompso...

Canada suspends random COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers at airports

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has announced that the government will pause all mandatory random COVID-19 tests at Canada's airports for vaccinated travellers from Saturday until the end of the month. After that, mandatory rapid tests for in...

New Canadian regulations would put warning on each cigarette, not just packaging

Canada is poised to become the first country in the world to require that a warning be printed on every cigarette.  The move builds on Canada's mandate to include graphic photo warnings on tobacco products' packaging — a groundbreaking policy that

Quebec legislature rises ahead of fall election with CAQ riding high in polls

MONTREAL — As the Quebec legislature met Friday for the last time before the fall election, the opposition parties attempted to position themselves against a government they say has used language and identity as a distraction.  But they face a difficul...

Canada’s SOA commitment: $27M on irregular migration, 4,000 more migrants by 2028

LOS ANGELES — Leaders from across the Americas, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, signed on Friday to what U.S. President Joe Biden called a "historic commitment" to ease the pressure of northward migration.  The agreement, the central accomplis...

Unemployment rate falls to new record low as wages ramp up: StatCan

OTTAWA — The Canadian job market continued to tighten in May as the unemployment rate hit another record low and wages continued to push higher, maintaining the pressure on the Bank of Canada to keep raising interest rates. Statistics Canada said

HMCS Halifax commanding officer under investigation, removed from post: military

OTTAWA — The Department of National Defence says Cmdr. Dale St. Croix has been temporarily removed from his position as commanding officer of HMCS Halifax and is under investigation. In a statement released late Thursday, the department says the invest...

Quebec politicians say more time is needed to pass expanded assisted dying bill

Quebec's health minister says an end-of-life care bill that would have expanded access to medical aid in dying will not be passed before the legislature breaks for the summer. Christian Dubé says the members of the committee studying the bill have