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Coming Liberal bills to reform Access to Information, national security measures

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government plans to cap the spring sitting of Parliament with long-awaited legislation on Access to Information and national security—bills unlikely to be debated by MPs in a serious way until the fall. With just days left before MPs are slated to retreat to their ridings for the summer, the bills will—at the very …

Dinosaur skull discovering in northeastern B.C. a first in the province

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C.—A piece of dinosaur skull unearthed in northeastern British Columbia earlier this month is the first of its kind discovered in the province, an expert says. The fossilized tyrannosaur skull was found near Tumbler Ridge, in an area that has produced hundreds of dinosaur teeth, bones and footprints since 2001, but until this …

High school? Colorado outfit offers niche program for marijuana sommeliers

VANCOUVER—A marijuana aficionado in Colorado has launched a program he hopes will make the title of cannabis interpener as familiar as wine sommelier, cheesemonger and chocolatier. Max Montrose, the 29-year-old president and co-founder of the Trichrome Institute in Denver, said he designed the niche curriculum, which teaches students how to become marijuana experts, after he …

Canada’s fed prov finance ministers to start deep dive on marijuana taxation

OTTAWA—As the country’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa, the Trudeau government should expect to hear concerns about the added burden marijuana legalization could heap onto provincial shoulders. The agenda for the two-day, federal-provincial-territorial gathering, which starts Sunday, will include discussions on how best to apply taxes on a regulated market for cannabis. The federal government …

Philippines eyes truce with communist rebels amid siege

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government said Sunday that it would suspend offensives against communist guerrillas to reciprocate a similar plan by the insurgents and allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has dragged on for nearly a month in a southern city. Philippine negotiator Silvestre Bello III said …

Philippine rebels storm police station, seize assault rifles

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine police say communist guerrillas have stormed a police station in a central province and seized a dozen assault rifles and pistols, two-way radios, cash, jewelry and a patrol car. Regional police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag condemned the attack by about 50 New People’s Army guerrillas Sunday in Iloilo province’s Maasin town, saying …

Senate probe on BPI, BDO glitches will be ‘sensitive’ to confidential matters

MANILA — Sen. Francis Escudero on Friday assured the Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) and the BDO Unibank, Inc. that the upcoming Senate probe into the technical glitches that occurred in the accounts of the banks’ clients will be “sensitive” to confidential matters. The Senate probe is expected to take place on June 21 …

‘Significantly degraded’ terrorist forces no longer capable of launching Marawi-like attacks — AFP

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday assured that terrorist forces in Mindanao have been considerably weakened that they could no longer mount an attack that is similar in scope to what they did in Marawi City. “Safe to say, I can tell you, they (Maute group) don’t have the capacity …

Alvarez mulls disbarment raps vs 3 CA justices

MANILA — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Friday said the House of Representatives is looking into the possibility of filing disbarment charges against the justices of the Special Fourth Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) for ignorance of the law. Alvarez was referring to the three CA justices, Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonino-Valenzuela, …

Marawi attack could have been plotted for a long time – AFP spokesperson

MANILA–It is very likely that the Maute Group terrorists have planned their attack for some time as evidence by their continued resistance to government forces despite suffering severe losses. This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla when asked on how the remnants are still being able to …

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