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Ontario election campaign likely to get much nastier, experts predict

TORONTO — Despite allegations of corruption, recklessness, dishonesty, and possibly criminal behaviour that have sprouted like noxious weeds on Ontario’s campaign trail, this election has not been especially nasty, experts say. However, they say, that’s likely to change before voting day. “It doesn’t look that much out of the ordinary,” said Dennis Pilon, a political …

Health Canada swamped with medical marijuana business applications

OTTAWA — There’s no business like grow business. Health Canada is struggling to process a mountain of applications for licences to grow medical marijuana as the country experiences a “greenrush” of firms wanting to grab a piece of the coming boom. The department had received 858 applications as of late last month, and new ones …

Montreal to host International Space University’s space studies program

MONTREAL — These summer classes are unlike any other: they’re out of this world. For nine weeks an international space-themed university will be offering a wide array of sessions in Montreal, including a robotics competition and an all-female astronauts’ panel. The International Space University, founded in 1987 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will gather …

Nova Scotia Mounties investigating suspected arson case in Annapolis Valley

NICTAUX, NS — RCMP in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley say they’re investigating a suspected case of arson. Police say officers were called to a home on Old Runway Drive in Nictaux around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. They say investigators found black smoke billowing from the home. The Nictaux Fire Department arrived shortly after and quickly extinguished …

Alberta’s minimum wage increases to $10.20 September 1

Minimum wage earners in Alberta will get a raise September 1 when the province’s two minimum wage rates increase to keep pace with rising provincial incomes and the cost of living. Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $10.20 from $9.95 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise to $9.20 from $9.05 per …

Harper goes on full scale verbal attack against ‘evil’ communism

TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched into a full-throated attack on the evils of communism at a fundraiser on Friday for a monument to its victims. In a lengthy key-note speech to the dinner, Harper took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin and past adherents to communism. “During the 20th century, communism’s poisonous ideology …

Testimony in sexual assault case wraps up in Nova Scotia lawyer’s trial

HALIFAX — Testimony in the trial of a Halifax lawyer charged with sexual assault and administering a stupefying drug wrapped up Tuesday with the lawyer being cross examined by the Crown. Lyle Howe was charged after the alleged incident involving the woman in March 2011. The final day of testimony saw Howe sparring with the …

Harper’s kids, moms aid plan for poor countries polarizes at home

OTTAWA — One polarizing question will hover over the prime minister Wednesday when he opens his international conference on helping dying kids and mothers in poor countries: does Stephen Harper truly care, or is it just another cynical political ploy? The answer, which depends on which side of a very deep divide it is asked, …

Liberal MP apologizes to Justin Trudeau for ‘bozo eruption’ comment

OTTAWA — A Liberal MP has apologized to Justin Trudeau for questioning the leader’s decision to veto would-be candidates who don’t support a woman’s right to choose abortion. John McKay apologized Tuesday after the release of a secretly recorded conversation in which the Toronto MP says he initially thought the Liberal leader’s edict on abortion …

Ottawa to open office in B.C. to woo B.C. First Nations on energy projects

PRINCE RUPERT, BC — The federal government will set up a major projects management office in British Columbia to try to woo West Coast First Nations for the myriad of energy projects proposed in the province. Tuesday’s announcement was the third in as many weeks from the federal government as it prepares to make a …