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QuickList: November inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples (Previous month in brackets): _ St. John's, N.L., 0.6 (1.8) _ Charlottetown-Summerside, 0.1 (1.2) _ Halifax, 1.5 (2.2) _ Saint John, N.B., 1.0 (1.5) _...

QuickList: November inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories

OTTAWA — Canada's national inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. Here's what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets): _ Newfoundland and Labrador, 0.7 (1.8) _ Prince Edward Island, 0.1 (1.2) _ Nova Scotia, 1.5 (2.1) _ New Brunswick, 1.1 (1.6) _ Quebec, 1.6 (2.2) _ Ontario, 2.4 (2.8) _ Manitoba, 1.1 (1.3) _ Saskatchewan, 2.1 (2.5) _ Alberta, 2.0...

Lower gas prices help slow inflation rate to 2.0 per cent: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — The big drop in prices at the pump helped slow Canada's annual inflation rate last month to 2.0 per cent. Statistics Canada found prices rose in every major category of its survey compared to a year earlier except for transportation — in large part due to the sharp fall in gasoline prices. The agency's November reading was lower than...

Palestinians tell Canada to back Geneva Conventions meeting on Israel

OTTAWA — The top Palestinian diplomat in Canada says the Harper government should not have boycotted a United Nations conference this week that harshly criticized Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Said Hamad says Canada should have joined other countries at a conference in Geneva examining the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the rules of war and...

Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta trial set for fourth day of deliberations

MONTREAL — Jurors at Luka Rocco Magnotta's murder trial will begin their fourth day of deliberations this morning. Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder and four other charges in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin in May 2012. The eight women and four men began deliberating on Tuesday and have emerged just once over the three days. That...

Majority of Canadians still have holiday shopping to do this weekend: poll

TORONTO — A new poll suggests that most Canadians are procrastinators when it comes to holiday shopping. According to CIBC (TSX:CM), 64 per cent of those recently surveyed said they had yet to finish shopping for holiday gifts this year. The poll found people between 18 to 34 years of age were the most likely to have put off hitting the...

No smoke: Americans still can’t puff with impunity on Cuban cigars

WASHINGTON — At the cigar lounge two blocks from the White House, Cuban smokes aren't on the menu just yet. That's because the historic policy announced this week by U.S. President Barack Obama has only a limited effect on America's unique tobacco taboo. Certain travellers will be allowed to bring some home now. But commercial sales of Cuban cigars remain illegal....

Wynne hopes Harper doesn’t have a ‘vendetta’ against Ontario

TORONTO — Ontario's premier hopes Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't have a "vendetta" against the people of the province, saying the well-being of Canadians should dictate their working relationship, not his "feelings." Kathleen Wynne's last meeting with Harper was more than a year ago, on Dec. 5, 2013, and she has since embarked on a public campaign urging him to...

Ice bucket challenge misfires for drunk man who ended up arrested

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — A man has been arrested in North Battleford, Sask., after his ALS ice-bucket challenge misfired. Mounties were called to a hotel after getting a call about a drunken, agitated man causing a scene and claiming he had been assaulted. Witnesses said he wanted to take the challenge and convinced people to dump a bucket of ice water...

Police say exact cause of fire at seniors’ home likely won’t ever be known

RIVIERE DU LOUP, Que. — The exact cause of the fire at a Quebec seniors' home last January that killed 32 people will likely never be known, a coroner's inquest into the tragedy heard Thursday. Provincial police fire experts unanimously concluded, however, that the blaze began in the kitchen. "That cannot be disputed," said fire expert Carol de Champlain, who testified...

Alberta’s political earthquake has Tories, NDP considering federal fallout

OTTAWA — Federal Conservatives say they're gobsmacked over the political tectonic shifts in Alberta this week, but they don't have to reach too far into their own history to see parallels with the political pragmatism that's at play. Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith crossed the floor this week with eight MLAs to join the majority Progressive Conservative government. Federal members...

Prisoner swap bumps restoration of relations with U.S. to No. 2 story in Cuba

Amazingly, the restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States and the sea of potential consequences that opens up appeared not to be the biggest news story in Cuba on Friday. The country's most famous newspaper trumpeted a very narrow component of that story. So did the folks onstage at Havana's jazz festival. The big news was the prisoner swap that...

Ottawa police say 101-year-old man neighbours ID as WW2 vet was tied up, robbed

Ottawa police say a 101-year-old man neighbours identified as a Second World War veteran was tied up in his home and robbed this morning by a man posing as a city employee. Investigators say the man was alone in his apartment around 7:30 a.m. when a man claiming to work for the city asked to be buzzed in. They say the...

Dispute between Christian university, B.C. law society now court bound

VANCOUVER — A Christian university in British Columbia is taking the debate between religious freedoms and same-sex equality rights into the province's courts. Trinity Western University has announced it is launching legal action against the Law Society of B.C. over the regulatory body's recent decision not to accredit graduates from its proposed law school. In contention is a community covenant at...

Ghiz reiterates he won’t run for the federal Liberals in 2015

QUEBEC — Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz is again ruling out running for the federal Liberals in next year's election. Ghiz says he has three young children and needs a break from politics after 12 years as either premier or Liberal leader. He told reporters in Quebec City today he could reconsider his position in four or eight years. Ghiz was...

Man accused of shooting Mountie in Kamloops, B.C., now faces six charges

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Two new charges have been laid against a man accused of shooting a Mountie in Kamloops, B.C., during a traffic stop. When 36-year-old Kenneth Knutson appeared in court for a bail hearing on Thursday he learned he now faces six charges. The new counts are for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm contrary to order in the...

Fewer in-person hearings being heard by social security tribunal

Ottawa's backlogged social security tribunal has been working to reduce the number of in-person hearings for Canadians denied employment insurance or Canada Pension Plan disability benefits. But government statistics show those ailing, injured or jobless Canadians are much more likely to successfully appeal those decisions when they meet face-to-face with tribunal members. That's opposed to hearings held over the telephone or...

Police lay assault charges against South African woman after flight diverted

HALIFAX — The Mounties have charged a 30-year-old South African woman with assault after an international flight was diverted to Halifax on Wednesday. Investigators said the Air Canada flight was travelling from London to Toronto with 239 passengers on board. They allege flight attendants were assaulted. Police say nobody was hurt in the incident. Nomantangwa Angel Babhekile Johansson of Sandhurst, Sandton, in South...

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