Category Archives: Politics

Murray Sinclair honoured with Order of Canada at Rideau Hall ceremony

OTTAWA — Murray Sinclair received the companion of the Order of Canada today for dedicating his life to championing Indigenous Peoples' rights and freedoms. Governor General Mary Simon presented Sinclair with the award at Rideau Hall, several months af...

Canada’s big banks treat Indigenous, visible minority customers unequally: watchdog

OTTAWA — A federal consumer watchdog has found that visible minority and Indigenous customers at Canada’s big banks more often received inappropriate treatment from sales staff. In a mystery shopping review conducted in 2019 by the Financial Consumer A...

Newfoundland and Labrador cuts gas tax, promises $15 minimum wage by Oct. 1, 2023

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The Newfoundland and Labrador government is temporarily cutting the provincial gas tax in half and promising a minimum wage of $15 an hour by October 2023. Premier Andrew Furey told reporters the "temporary and targeted" measures are...

Spain: Parliament backs “Only yes means yes” consent bill

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament voted Thursday to approve a bill that makes consent a key determinant in sexual assault cases, freeing victims of having to prove that violence or intimidation was used against them.

329 years later, last Salem ‘witch’ who wasn’t is pardoned

BOSTON (AP) — It took more than three centuries, but the last Salem “witch” who wasn’t has been officially pardoned. Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday formally exonerated Elizabeth

Despite Uvelde, National Rifle Association sticks with plans for Houston convention

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is pressing ahead with its annual meeting in Houston despite the mass shooting tragedy in Uvelde, Tex.  The association, easily one of the most powerful political groups in the United States, has issued a sta...

Former B.C. legislature clerk to be sentenced July 4 for $1,900 in misspending

VANCOUVER — A former clerk of the B.C. legislature is set to be sentenced on July 4 after he was found guilty of fraud and breach of trust. The fraud charge against Craig James was stayed last week because it was

West mulls having Russian oligarchs buy way out of sanctions

BERLIN (AP) — Western allies are considering whether to allow Russian oligarchs to buy their way out of sanctions and using the money to rebuild Ukraine, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

Texas shooting is new test for Biden’s long battle over guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, surveyed the collection of black, military-style rifles on display in the middle of the room as he denounced the sale of guns whose “only real function is

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult question...