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How parking became a 'hot button issue' for two RCMP detachments in British Columbia

OTTAWA – “Parking is a hot button issue.” So begin two labour decisions ending one-to-three year fights between RCMP members and management about changes to free parking rules in two different detachments in British Columbia. In 2019, RCMP brass and the National Police Federation...

'They already have all the freaking information': Federal government revives plan to file some people's taxes for them

OTTAWA – The federal government wants the Canada Revenue Agency to start filing taxes for some Canadians, particularly those who are missing out on potentially crucial benefits. It was a short line in Wednesday’s throne speech that took all of eight seconds for Governor General...

'Canary in the coalmine': Kenney slams Ottawa's decision to review resource projects after C-69 changes

OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney criticized Thursday a recent decision by the federal government to launch environmental reviews of a pair of mining projects, saying it was yet another sign of jurisdictional overreach by Ottawa. As part of a heated rebuke of Prime Minister...

Liberals boost proposed pandemic benefits to $500 per week, a move that should gain them NDP support

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is boosting its proposed pandemic benefits, a move that should give them the NDP’s support for looming confidence votes on the government’s throne speech. The soon-to-expire Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) — where unemployed people have...

'A fantasy plan for a mythical country': Jason Kenney says throne speech an attack on federalism

EDMONTON — The federal government’s speech from the throne represents a “full-frontal attack” on Canadian federalism, the constitution and provincial jurisdiction, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told reporters at a fiery news conference on Thursday morning. The premier, speaking...

COVID-19 vaccines are being developed at record pace. And that's a serious concern

Vaccines will be the best shot at liberating the globe from COVID-19 , but will enough people cooperate? Or be willing to go first? ...

Ontario to invest over one billion dollars into expanding COVID-19 testing, contact tracing: Ford

Ontario will invest over $1 billion dollars to dramatically expand testing and contract tracing capacity for COVID-19, Premier Doug Ford has announced. The funds will go towards creating new testing locations as well as increasing case and contact management resources to trace,...

B.C. teacher files claim, says she caught COVID but hadn't been told about student's positive test

A Vancouver high-school teacher who tested positive or COVID-19 was never contacted by public health officials after a student in her class was confirmed to have the illness, she says. Renee Willock, West Vancouver Teachers Association president, ...

To galvanize the nation, Justin Trudeau tries the Winger Speech — glib, compelling, meaningless

Last night, live across Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a nationally broadcast address to rouse, galvanize and hearten the nation. He said basically nothing. Persuasive oratory, however, doesn’t demand much in the way of concrete meaning — just a tide of credible emotion and a little argumentative panache. His message lacked clarity,...

How police confusion and a killer’s duplicity led to ambush of two RCMP officers

While hunting for a Nova Scotia killer who was masquerading as an RCMP officer, a real Mountie was inside his marked cruiser waiting for a colleague. Then he spotted a police car approaching. Const. Chad Morrison was apprehensive. Was this his colleague or the rampaging gunman?...

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