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Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding

OTTAWA — When newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attended the campaign kick-off for his party’s candidate in the Scarborough-Agincourt byelection, he enthused that it was like coming home. “This is incredible,” he told supporters gathered at the Black Gold Cafe. “This is literally where I was born. This has a nice homecoming feel.”While it might … Continue reading “Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding”

Annual food bill for Canadian family in 2018 expected to rise by $348: study

MONTREAL — Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a forward-looking report into food prices. Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per cent next year, says Canada’s Food Price Report, which was crafted jointly for the first time by researchers … Continue reading “Annual food bill for Canadian family in 2018 expected to rise by $348: study”

Liberal MP Jean Yip wins Scarborough-Agincourt byelection

OTTAWA — The Liberals retained two safe seats and the Conservatives hung onto a safe seat of their own in three of four federal byelections held Monday. But the results were just starting to trickle in late Monday in the one riding — British Columbia’s South Surrey-White Rock — where the Liberals were hoping to … Continue reading “Liberal MP Jean Yip wins Scarborough-Agincourt byelection”

Wynne sues Brown for defamation six months ahead of provincial election

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sued the Opposition leader for defamation Monday, less than six months away from the June provincial election. The legal action stems from comments Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown made in September, a day before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals … Continue reading “Wynne sues Brown for defamation six months ahead of provincial election”

B.C. man charged with animal cruelty after dog nearly dies of fleas

VANCOUVER — An advocacy group says an animal cruelty charge has been laid against a British Columbia man after a dog nearly died of a serious flea infestation. The SPCA says in a release that an older terrier named Rascal was rushed to an animal hospital on Vancouver Island earlier this year after losing about … Continue reading “B.C. man charged with animal cruelty after dog nearly dies of fleas”

Voters in four federal ridings pick new MP today in byelections

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will get a chance to test its popularity today with four federal byelections. The most heated race is the British Columbia riding of South Surrey-White Rock where the Liberals are making a concerted effort to steal the seat from the Conservatives. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew … Continue reading “Voters in four federal ridings pick new MP today in byelections”

Morneau insists federal government still has no plans for a Netflix tax

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government still has no intention of imposing a Netflix tax because it would result in a financial hit for middle-class Canadians. Morneau’s remarks about the online streaming giant come a couple of days after Heritage Minister Melanie Joly insisted she never agreed to exempt Netflix from … Continue reading “Morneau insists federal government still has no plans for a Netflix tax”

Parents fear changes to Toronto schools’ gifted, special ed programs

TORONTO — A Toronto District School Board task force has walked back a proposal to restructure gifted and special education programs, which stoked major concerns among parents and advocates last week. Many families were alarmed by an initial draft report from a TDSB task force which recommended, in part, that gifted students and students who … Continue reading “Parents fear changes to Toronto schools’ gifted, special ed programs”

Watch China’s efforts to influence as Canada pursues trade, says former envoy

GUANGZHOU, China — He was a curious 23-year-old in a bustling train station somewhere in China, at the height of its busiest season, Chinese New Year. He and his two friends didn’t have tickets, but it didn’t matter. “It was wonderful,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week in Beijing as he recalled his first … Continue reading “Watch China’s efforts to influence as Canada pursues trade, says former envoy”

N.L. government makes deal with company to provide marijuana once legalized

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador has made a deal with Canopy Growth Corp. to supply pot in the province once it’s legal next July. The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country with eight licences across Canada. It will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two … Continue reading “N.L. government makes deal with company to provide marijuana once legalized”