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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 …

Trudeau rejects call for five per cent tax on broadband Internet services

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped the presses Thursday on the idea of imposing a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way of “levelling the playing field” in Canada’s rapidly evolving news industry. Liberal members of the Commons heritage committee released a long-awaited report Thursday with 20 proposals aimed at helping the …

‘Only fair’: McKenna on excluding Saskatchewan, Manitoba from $2B carbon fund

OTTAWA—Manitoba and Saskatchewan have been given until the end of December to sign on to the federal government’s national climate change agreement to avoid losing out on millions of dollars to help cut emissions. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna unveiled details Thursday of the Trudeau government’s promised $2-billion Low Carbon Economy Fund, to be spent in …

Shania Twain accentuates the positive on new single, picks album release date

TORONTO—Shania Twain promises fans will hear more new music this summer, starting with her positively optimistic new single “Life’s About to Get Good.” The Timmins, Ont.-raised country star released the track online Thursday to coincide with the announcement that “Now” — her first full-length album in nearly 15 years — arrives on Sept. 29. “The …

Alberta premier says opponents should stand down if won’t fight for human rights

EDMONTON—Premier Rachel Notley is taking aim at Alberta’s two conservative parties over online abuse of an openly gay staffer by saying leaders should either step up to fight for human rights or step aside. Notley says Wildrose Leader Brian Jean’s comments on Cody Johnston were late and done “a bit reluctantly” while the comments of …

Trump nominates Kelly Knight Craft as U.S. ambassador to Canada

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a big-money political donor and philanthropist with personal ties to the coal industry as the next American ambassador to Canada. The White House said in a statement Thursday that Trump has picked Kelly Knight Craft for the post, which has been vacant since January, and sent the nomination to …

Victoria mayor floats plan to billet homeless to ease housing crisis

Victoria’s mayor wants people to open their homes to those sleeping in parks and their cars because they can’t afford or find accommodation. Lisa Helps said residents in the city opened their homes to workers during the Second World War and people should considering doing it again for the hundreds of people who can’t find …

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