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Minister Steve Ashton resigns, says he will seek leadership of Manitoba NDP

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba cabinet minister has resigned and says he is running to become the province's next premier. Steve Ashton, who was the province's transportation and emergency measures minister, says he met with Premier Greg Selinger and told him he was stepping down. He says he plans to make an official announcement Tuesday. Ashton joins former cabinet colleague Theresa Oswald in...

Ottawa posts $3.2B deficit for October, including impact of income splitting

OTTAWA — The federal government says it posted a deficit of $3.2 billion in October due in large part to its new income-splitting plan for families and the doubling of the children's fitness tax credit. The result for the month compared with a deficit of $2.5 billion in October 2013. The tax changes resulted in a $1.6-billion adjustment to revenue and,...

Going to pot: As attitudes to marijuana mellow, could legalization be next?

TORONTO — Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it — marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor's prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a...

Man arrested in Montreal for allegedly threatening police officers

MONTREAL — A man has been detained for making alleged threats against Montreal police stations. Police say he is scheduled to be arraigned in Montreal this afternoon. He was arrested last Friday after police were tipped off by his family. The arrest came a day before a man fatally shot two New York City police officers as they sat inside their patrol...

Tech trends for 2015: virtual reality, wearables, streaming video

TORONTO — Will 2015 be the year that virtual reality goes from sci-fi fantasy to real world play thing? Facebook thinks so, having spent more than US$2 billion to acquire the company Oculus VR, which is expected to release a potentially game-changing virtual reality headset next year. Samsung and Sony are racing to release their own virtual reality gear too. Virtual...

Trudeau promises he’d be accessible PM, unmuzzle bureaucrats, ministers

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is promising to scrap Stephen Harper's brand of message discipline if he becomes prime minister, giving more freedom to bureaucrats, ditching the scripts for cabinet ministers and making them and himself more accessible to journalists. The Liberal leader says Harper's penchant for strictly controlling the flow of information — and the select few who are allowed...

Canada faces new Cold War in Europe and hot war against ISIL in Iraq in 2015

OTTAWA — It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others. The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the ghostly Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding extremist targets in...

Jurors in Magnotta trial back at work today still trying to reach a verdict

MONTREAL — Jurors deciding the fate of Luka Rocco Magnotta worked through the weekend, but still failed to reach a verdict. Today will mark Day 7 of their deliberations in Montreal. Since getting the case last Tuesday the panel of eight women and four men have contacted the court only twice — once to ask a legal question and once to...

White Christmas doubtful for many in more populated parts of Canada: Forecast

TORONTO — The Weather Network says Canadians' dreams of a white Christmas likely won't come true for many of those living in the more populated parts of the country. Chief meteorologist Chris Scott says there should generally be snow on the ground in many areas from the Prairies to the Maritimes as presents are unwrapped Thursday morning. But he says those...

Harper and Prentice talk about energy sector during “challenging times”

CALGARY — Stephen Harper held a private meeting Sunday with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in Calgary. Only a few broad details about the session were disclosed in a short news release from the Prime Minister's Office. It stated the two leaders focused on "the provincial, federal and global economies and on working together to keep Canada's energy sector strong through challenging...

Five powerful earthquakes strike off the coast of B.C. over the weekend

VANCOUVER — A series of powerful earthquakes shook the coast of B.C. over the weekend. The federal agency that monitors earthquakes in Canada says there were five offshore quakes on Saturday and Sunday. The first struck at around 3 p.m. Saturday about 517 kilometres west north west of Vancouver. Another hit at about 7 p.m., and then there were three additional quakes...

Bail denied after charges re-activated in Alberta missing couple case

EDMONTON — Police say bail has been denied to Travis Vader after charges of first-degree murder he faced in the deaths of an Edmonton couple were re-activated. RCMP say Vader was brought to court on Saturday to determine whether bail should be granted, but was ordered to be held in custody until his next court appearance on Tuesday. Vader was first...

Toronto man ordered to pay $1.5 million in international credit card scheme

FARGO, N.D. — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed. Years...

BlackBerry looks to autos, connected homes as avenues for growth in its recovery

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry is hoping not only to return to the hearts and minds of smartphone users but, starting next year, the company wants to get into their cars and homes too. With its finances slowly improving, plans are being made for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company to become a bigger player in the Internet of Things movement, which links...

Canadian man shot by U.S. border guards after pointing gun at them: officials

DETROIT — The U.S. border agency says a Canadian man was shot after allegedly pointing a handgun at guards at the Ambassador Bridge crossing between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement the man stopped his car before the U.S. inspection booth around 3 a.m. Sunday and starting walking towards border officers while waving...

A look at what went wrong with the Nutrition North food subsidy program

IQALUIT, Nunavut — For years, northerners have complained about Nutrition North to anyone who would listen, grumbling that the $60-million annual federal food subsidy was doing little to ease their staggering grocery costs. No one, it seemed, took much notice. That all changed last month, when auditor general Michael Ferguson revealed that the program's overseers are largely in the dark about...

Federal polls show race is tightening but can’t explain the reasons why

OTTAWA — A spate of public opinion surveys this autumn has prompted the usual end-of-year parsing of political fortunes and chin-stroking prognostications about a federal election that may still be 10 months in the future. Stephen Harper's Conservatives are up. Justin Trudeau's Liberals are down. Tom Mulcair's New Democrats are out of it. Reader beware. In fact, a look at months of...

Social justice found online voice in 2014: Experts say

TORONTO — Celebrity watchers and armchair coaches may have produced the most social media chatter over the past 12 months, but those tuned into the web's global conversations believe 2014 will be remembered as the time when social justice advocates found their voice. Twitter, Facebook and other key social networks were peppered with loosely related hashtags throughout the year flagging...

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