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NDP’s Malcolmson seeks secret ballot vote of MPs to save bill on abandoned boats

OTTAWA — In a show of backbencher strength, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson could become the first MP in history to force her colleagues in the House of Commons into a secret ballot to save a piece of legislation. Malcolmson plans to appeal directly to House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan today hoping he’ll let her …

Tie new affordable housing money to outcomes, former watchdog tells Liberals

OTTAWA — Parliament’s first budget watchdog is warning the federal government to be careful how it spends billions in new housing money over the next decade to ensure it actually makes a lasting impact. In an analysis published today, former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page says Ottawa currently doesn’t tie homelessness and housing funding to …

Canadians told to brace for a ‘classic’ Canadian winter with lots of snow

TORONTO — One of Canada’s high profile weather forecasters is warning Canadians across the country to brace for a whole lot of snow this winter. Chris Scott, The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, says the message from his forecast team is “’buckle up’ because it looks like a stormy winter.” Scott says this year’s La Nina …

Northern Quebec police force’s only female Inuit officer beating the odds

MONTREAL — Though she’s only 22, Constable Pamela Stevenson is undoubtedly one of her northern Quebec police force’s most coveted new recruits. When she joined last month straight after graduation, Stevenson became one of three Inuit officers on the 70-person Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), whose vast territory includes everything in Quebec that lies north …

Disabled groups fight immigration law they say is ‘demeaning’

TORONTO — A national advocacy group is pushing for the government to repeal immigration criteria that it calls discriminatory toward people with disabilities. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is calling for the repeal of a provision that bars immigrants with disabilities from settling in Canada on grounds that they could place too much demand …

Abbotsford, B.C., officer didn’t like guns, but didn’t hesitate when call came

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — An Abbotsford, B.C., police constable killed in the line of duty was remembered as dedicated and caring, a man who had a gut-busting sense of humour and a dislike for guns. Thousands of officers and first responders jammed into Abbotsford Centre on Sunday while members of the public filed into spill-over centres …

Ottawa Humane society says dog shot in head will undergo surgery on Wednesday

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Humane Society says a beagle in its care has a long road to recovery after police found it in the woods suffering from a gunshot wound. The humane society has been caring for the dog since last week, after officers found her wandering near Ottawa. “She was in critical condition when …

One person was killed in an accident during training at CFB Shilo

OTTAWA — The Canadian military has launched an investigation after a reservist died during a training accident in Manitoba on Saturday. Cpl. Nolan Caribou, who was an infantryman with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the 38 Canadian Brigade Group, was found dead at Canadian Forces Base Shilo. The military said in a news release that …

Members of Canada’s Zimbabwean community disappointed with Mugabe speech

Members of Canada’s Zimbabwean community have been waiting days for news the country’s president for 37 years would resign, so when word finally came that Robert Mugabe would make the announcement in a live broadcast on Sunday, they made sure they tuned in. But when Mugabe, 93, spoke, he didn’t step down and said he …

Ohio justice issues another apology over Facebook post

CLEVELAND — An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate has issued another apology on Facebook after a post Friday outlining his sexual history with women drew widespread condemnation. William O’Neill’s latest post Sunday morning says he admits he was wrong and that he was headed to church to “get right with God.” He …