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Oil spill in Vancouver waters would quickly stain beaches: Analysis

VANCOUVER — Oil pipeline opponents have developed computer-animated models illustrating how rapidly Vancouver’s inlets and beaches could become coated in crude under a worst-case oil tanker spill scenario. The analysis, which claims between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of spilled oil could spread to shorelines within 24 hours, will be submitted in a …

Long term vision for immigration in Nova Scotia lacking: Report

HALIFAX — Members of focus groups commissioned by the provincial government last year were critical of the immigration process in Nova Scotia and felt a long-term vision for the province was lacking. A report done by Corporate Research Associates based on the results of nearly a dozen focus groups conducted in June of 2014 says …

Poilievre won’t apologize for taxpayers’ dollars spent on ‘vanity videos’

OTTAWA — Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre won’t apologize for using taxpayer dollars to produce YouTube videos of himself promoting the universal child care benefit. Poilievre insisted Friday that he’s simply using innovative ways to inform Canadians about the newly enriched and expanded child benefit. But opposition MPs denounced the “vanity videos” as a new low …

Is the teachers’ strike putting school year at risk? Ontario asks for advice

TORONTO — The Ontario government is asking the province’s Education Relations Commission for advice on whether an ongoing strike by high school teachers is placing the school year at risk. High school teachers in the Toronto-area regions of Peel, Durham and the Sudbury-area Rainbow District are on strikes that have kept more than 70,000 students …

Canada sets new greenhouse gas reduction target; critics call it weak

WINNIPEG — Canada has set a new greenhouse gas emission reduction target as it prepares for international talks later this year, but critics say the goal is the weakest among G-7 countries. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Friday that Canada proposes to cut emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 — a …

Justin Trudeau on meeting PNoy: ‘It was an honour and privilege’

OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on his meeting with the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III: “It was an honour and privilege to meet with President Aquino in Toronto late last week. “Canada and the Philippines enjoy a successful bilateral relationship based …

More changes coming in wake of military sex misconduct report: Ministers

OTTAWA — The military accepts and will implement all 10 recommendations from a hard-hitting report on sexual misconduct in the military, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday. And he said the government also intends to introduce a victims’ bill of rights for the military. The government went on the offensive as opposition politicians responded to …

Not a money issue: B.C. First Nation says No to $1.15 billion deal

PORT SIMPSON, B.C. — Members of a First Nation in northwestern British Columbia have rejected a $1.15-billion deal that would have paved the way for a liquefied natural gas terminal to be built in their traditional territory. The Lax Kw’alaams say their stance is about more than just money. Members voted against the Pacific NorthWest …

U.S. bank reform violates NAFTA, Finance Minister Joe Oliver says

OTTAWA — The Harper government is urging the United States to make changes to a post-financial crisis banking regulation, a policy Canada insists violates the North American Free Trade Agreement. But despite the warning it appears the Canadian government has no immediate plans to launch a formal challenge under the trade deal. Finance Minister Joe …

Quebec says school officials will no longer strip search students

QUEBEC — School officials in Quebec will no longer be permitted to strip search students as the provincial government moved to act on a report recommending that only police officers conduct such examinations. The report, made public Wednesday, was ordered following the highly publicized strip search of a 15-year-old girl at a Quebec City school …

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