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A list of recent railway accidents involving oil-laden tank cars

OTTAWA – A list of railway accidents involving oil-laden tank cars since the Lac-Megantic, Que., disaster last July: January: Seventeen cars on a 122-car train in northwestern New Brunswick come off the tracks, resulting in a fire and evacuation of about 150 people. December: Eighteen cars on a 106-car oil train derail in southeastern North …

Bugs will travel: Public health watches foreign outbreaks because diseases move

TORONTO—A Toronto grandmother came home from Hong Kong with SARS. A Colorado woman visited a Ugandan cave and brought back to the United States an alarming souvenir Marburg fever, a cousin of Ebola. And now H5N1 bird flu has jumped the Pacific in the body of an Alberta woman. If you ever wonder why public …

Is “reverse racism” keeping Filipino couple from adopting a Métis child?

“It is reverse racism,” says Paul Walsh. Paul Walsh is an attorney representing a Filipino-Canadian couple in Winnipeg who are in the middle of a dirty legal battle for the child they considered their own for the last two years. The 2 ½ year old little boy is part Métis, one of the constitutionally recognized …

Justice Minister MacKay wants to revamp impaired driving legislation

EDMONTON — “I can tell you I did numerous trials on impaired driving cases, first as a defense lawyer and then prosecuting cases,” said MacKay in an interview with the Canadian Press. Currently, impaired driving causing death does not carry mandatory jail time as per Canadian law. In a report by Lorne Gunter of QMI …

Major Gary Law: Independent Candidate for MLA Richmond Centre

“WHATEVER I say, whatever I do, I represent myself, not any party. When you are part of a party, it is hard to voice out your opinion. I want to show my leadership, and not to copy other people’s ideas,” says Major Gary Law, independent candidate for MLA Richmond Centre. In order to pursue his …

Getting to Know Teresa Wat

RICHMOND Centre BC Liberal candidate Teresa Wat is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation CHMB AM1320, and was named one of B.C.’s top 100 most influential women by the Vancouver Sun in 2010. She also served as the News Director at Channel M Television (now OMNI TV), and previously served as …

The Tories: Conservative Party 101

THE Conservative Party of Canada evolved with the merger of Canadian Alliance (formerly Reform Party of Canada) and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (Tories). The merger was an effort to unite a right political front against the then-dominant Liberal Party. The merger was accomplished in 2003, but came to power only in 2006, as a …

The Greens: Green Party 101

FOUNDED in 1983, the Green Party is, at its core, geared toward sustainability. Environmentalist, writer, lawyer, and former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada Elizabeth May stands at the helm of this federal party. May secured a spot in the House of Commons—the first, for herself, and among the Greens—in the 2011 federal …

The Socialists: NDP 101

THE New Democratic Party (Nouveau Parti Démocratique) or NDP is left-of-center in Canada’s political spectrum. At present, it has 36 Members in the House of Commons, the second most in number and, as such, it is the Official Opposition, the first time in its history that it achieved the influential status. Thomas Mulclair was elected …

Grits 101: Canada’s Liberal Party

CANADA’S Liberal Party. The Grits, colloquially. Parti libéral du Canada, French-ily. Its poster-boy is Justin Trudeau: media darling; eldest son of Margaret Trudeau and former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; and, on April 14, 2013, elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Initially elected as Member of Parliament for Papineau on October 14th, 2008, Justin Trudeau’s platform …

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