Tuesday August 19, 2014

Justin Trudeau: Harper 'all hat and no cattle' on pipelines Justin Trudeau is accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of botching both the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline files. The Liberal leader made the comments in Alberta, where pipelines are needed to transport oilsands crude to offshore markets.

Transport minister defends reaction to Lac-Megantic disaster Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is promising action in light of a damning final report from the TSB on the Lac-Megantic disaster. The report says the government failed to ensure the railway was managing risk effectively.

Railway, feds contributed to Lac-Megantic tragedy: Safety board The Transportation Safety Board says a "weak safety culture" at Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway was among factors contributing to last year's deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic. The board also blames a lack of government oversight.

Doctor aims to move on after terror charge acquittal: Lawyer Khurram Syed Sher, a doctor who once sang on "Canadian Idol," has been found not guilty of conspiring to facilitate terrorism. His lawyer says Sher is going to spend time with his family and try to move on with his life.

Veteran cycling across Canada to raise PTSD awareness, support Martin Spriggs served in the military for 15 years. Now he's riding his bike across the country to convert "awareness into action" to help veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder.

Election marks 'turning point' for New Brunswick: Premier Conservative Premier David Alward says he's looking forward to campaigning ahead of New Brunswick's September 22 election. The province's legislative assembly will be dissolved Thursday.

Just the Facts: Polls suggest students expect big debts Pursuing a university or college education can be an expensive endeavour for many students. However, according to a recent poll, many of them do believe that it's a debt that can be paid off relatively quickly.

Just the Facts: Post-Secondary education as costly endavour Pursuing a university or college education can be an expensive endeavour for many students. However, according to a recent poll, many of them do believe that it's a debt that can be paid off relatively quickly.

'Prince of Pot' sets sights on 2015 federal election Activist Marc Emery is campaigning in support of marijuana legalization for the 2015 federal election. The self-styled "Prince of Pot" was welcomed Sunday in Vancouver after spending more than four years in prison in the U.S.

Sailing renews athlete's career after eyesight loss Jim Kerr thought his days of being an Olympian were over when he lost his sight. But he's in Halifax this week with his team making a bid to qualify for the Rio Paralympic Games at the IFDS world championship.

Collector preserves ill-fated Canadian WW1 rifles The Quebec-made rifle Canadian soldiers took to fight in the First World War was plagued by problems in the trenches. But a collector and restorer of Ross rifles says the gun's bad reputation is not wholly deserved.

Rob Ford defends his handling of City Hall bomb threat The union representing Toronto's city hall employees says the mayor didn't follow policy when he alerted the media about a bomb threat on Monday. But Rob Ford says he followed instructions given to him by security.

Residents upset as CP Rail bulldozes community gardens A bulldozer is demolishing trees and gardens along a stretch of Canadian Pacific Rail line running through Vancouver. CP Rail and the city are in a dispute over the purchase of the land, which the company hasn't used in decades.

Top justice: Tension between politicians & courts not uncommon Canada's chief justice says it's time to move on from a recent spat with the prime minister and justice minister. Beverley McLachlin says she does not feel the feud has affected politicians' respect for the courts.

Family of missing boy & grandparents still 'in pieces': Friend A friend of the Calgary grandparents who went missing in June says the family is struggling and needs help. Kathy and Alvin Liknes and their grandson Nathan O'Brien disappeared June 29th. Their bodies have not been found.

Judge's findings are 'complex' in robocalls verdict: Lawyer A former Conservative party staffer has been found guilty of trying to prevent voters from getting to polls during the 2011 federal election. Michael Sona faces up to five years in prison, and his lawyer says he's "disappointed."

Dispute with Rob Ford's brother 'resolved': Toronto's top cop Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has accepted a written apology from Mayor Rob Ford's brother Doug. Blair had filed a defamation notice against the city councillor after comments the chief says attacked his reputation.

Investigation finds dryer to blame for deadly Ontario fire Ontario's fire marshal says a blaze that killed four members of a family in East Gwillimbury, Ontario last year started in the clogged vent of a clothes dryer. The marshal says a number of factors contributed to the deaths.

Emotional 'Prince of Pot' thanks his wife upon return to Canada Self-styled "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery has returned to Canada after five years in a U.S. prison for selling marijuana seeds to customers stateside. Emery says he was lucky to have the support of his wife Jodie throughout his sentence.

Statue honors missing and murdered aboriginal women A monument to missing and murdered aboriginal women was unveiled in Winnipeg Tuesday. The mother of a teenage girl killed in 2009 says she hopes the statue raises awareness on the issue of violence against women.

Rob Ford deflects questions on defamation notice against brother Rob Ford isn't saying much after his city councillor brother was served with a defamation notice by Toronto's police chief. The mayor says the issue concerns only Doug Ford and Chief Bill Blair.

Commons committee says NDP 'broke the rules' A parliamentary committee says the NDP misspent federal funds and owes money for salaries improperly paid to aides who worked out of Quebec satellite party offices. Tory MP John Duncan says the party "misled" the committee.

Ontario premier tours tunnel for future LRT line in Ottawa Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Ottawa Monday to tour a downtown tunnel that will house the future light rail transit. The east to west line will travel along a 12.5 kilometre route when completed, estimated to be in 2018.

These fire hydrants make big bucks for Toronto & Ottawa Fines for parking in fire hydrant zones can be big revenue generators for municipalities. A Canadian Press analysis of parking ticket data revealed the most lucrative hydrants in Ottawa and Toronto.

Raw Video: Team of 20 unicyclists rehearse performance A team of unicyclists practice its act ahead of the Freestyle Group competition at Unicon 17 in Montreal. Group artistic performance demonstrate links and combinations of various freestyle tricks in a choreography.

Business Forecast: Escalating conflicts create market uncertainty Conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza are causing more uncertainty in the markets. Worries that Russia could invade its Ukrainian neighbour is of particular concern to investors.

Mayoral candidate's portraits made with cans for a good cause The CNE has canned portraits of the three leading Torontonian mayoral candidates. Rob Ford, Olivia Chow and John Tory have had their faces sculpted out of cans of tuna by American non-profit Canstruction to raise hunger awareness.

B.C. premier promises changes 'for every mine' if warranted Preliminary testing shows some water near British Columbia's Mount Polley mine is within drinking guidelines after a mining-waste spill. Premier Christy Clark toured the affected area Thursday and said more investigation is needed.

Other staff felt 'trapped' by Redford and her office: Alberta AG Alberta's auditor general has delivered a scathing report on how former premier Alison Redford and her office improperly used taxpayer money. Merwan Saher is blaming the power and influence he says Redford's office held.

Canada sends military aid to help Ukraine fight insurgents Canada is providing Ukraine with non-lethal military equipment to help troops fight pro-Russian insurgents. The defence minister says the supplies will provide "physical and medical protection" for troops.

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