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Unifor splits with Canadian Labour Congress over workers’ right to choose union

The largest private sector union in Canada said Wednesday it is splitting with the Canadian Labour Congress over issues which include disagreements about the rights of workers to choose what union should represent them. In a notice posted on its website, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and Quebec director Renaud Gagne said the congress has …

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce says it supports province’s legal pot plan

REGINA—The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce says it likes the provincial government’s private sector-friendly marijuana policy. The chamber says it supports the government’s plan to allow businesses to sell and control the distribution of recreational cannabis when it becomes legal in July. “As the voice of business in the province, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is …

Solitary confinement rules struck down by B.C. judge as unconstitutional

VANCOUVER—Forcing federal inmates into solitary confinement for indefinite periods is unconstitutional because it puts them at significant risk of psychological harm and suicide, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has ruled. But Justice Peter Leask suspended his decision Wednesday for 12 months to give the government time to draft new legislation, which he said must …

Trudeau speaks in G7 host town to kick off two day trip to Quebec

LA MALBAIE, Que.—The G7 summit taking place in Quebec’s Charlevoix region later this year is an opportunity to have “frank and open” discussions on environmental and economic issues, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. “The region represents the message that Canada sends to the rest of the world: that it is not only possible but …

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

VANCOUVER—A civil rights group has filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, alleging officers told witnesses to delete cellphone video of the arrest of a man who later died. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association filed the complaint under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act on Tuesday in the case …

Overdose deaths and medical responses in Vancouver reached new peak last year

VANCOUVER—The number of overdose deaths in Vancouver increased by 43 per cent last year compared with 2016. The city says there were 335 overdose deaths last year, compared with 234 the year before. There was also a dramatic jump in response to overdose calls by firefighters and ambulance paramedics. In 2017, the city says there …

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

VANCOUVER—A government communications director who pleaded guilty to breach of trust in connection with a plan to win votes from ethnic groups was “an instrument of others” including ministers in former premier Christy Clark’s cabinet, a defence lawyer told a sentencing hearing Wednesday. Ian Donaldson said Brian Bonney has admitted to some missteps as part …

Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain project could be a year behind schedule

CALGARY—Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays. The estimate is three months further behind from the company’s last estimate in December, and now potentially puts the $7.4-billion project in service by Dec. 2020 depending on regulatory, …

Liberals try to allay fears of faith based groups over summer jobs program

OTTAWA—Faith-based organizations are welcome to seek federal funding to create summer jobs for youth, the Liberal government says, but it has not budged from a new requirement that recipients demonstrate they respect a woman’s right to have an abortion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is willing to work with churches and other religious …

Garneau and transportation industry ‘cautiously optimistic’ about NAFTA: minister

MONTREAL—Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he shares the cautious optimism of Canada’s transportation industry that a deal will be reached to modernize NAFTA. The minister said the sustained efforts by the federal and provincial governments to reinforce the importance of the trade deal to American politicians are bearing fruit. He points to the U.S. Chamber …

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