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Older News ~ December 2014 -- October 2015

NOTE: not in pure chronological order

 

National Post editorial: We hope Canadians re-elect
a Conservative majority


Saskatoon StarPhoenix editorial: Harper, Tories best choice

#Elxn42: Trudeau hounded by tough questions on Gagnier-gate

Ottawa Citizen editorial: The case for returning
the Conservatives to power


#Elxn42: NDP call for Elections Canada investigation into Gagnier-gate

#Elxn42 Ekos poll: Conservatives up 2.6%,
Liberals down 0.6%, NDP down 1.2%

#Elxn42: Liberal economic policies full of huge holes, deceptions

Montreal: Conservative Federal Govt blocks outrageous Liberal plan
to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into St. Lawrence River


The controversial Liberal plan to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into St. Lawrence River in Montreal also caught the attention of celebrity environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who added her voice to the growing public outcry over the dump in a Facebook post. She described the plan as "ridiculous and shameful." The Conservative federal govt has blocked the plan, while Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, a Montreal MP, has refused to to oppose or even comment.

#Elxn42: Harper outlines low-tax, balanced-budget plan to protect
benefits for families and seniors


Stephen Harper warns againt Liberal tax hikes at Waterloo rally Thanksgiving Monday. He cautioned against Canada being ruined by Liberals the same way they destroyed Ontario's economy.

#Elxn42: Conservatives release platform: 'Protect Our Economy' —
balanced budget, low taxes, security, safe streets, strong communities

#Elxn42: Conservatives announce 18-month parental leave benefits

Mainstreet/Postmedia poll: Conservatives lead as NDP slips
Conservatives 37%; Libs 29%; NDP 24% among decided/leaning voters

#Elxn42: Liberal Montreal Mayor vows to push ahead with plan
to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into St. Lawrence

Moldova: Nuclear smugglers tried selling radioactive materials to ISIS

#Elxn42: 'Trade wins hands down': TPP big winner on hustings

#Elxn42: 'This deal is, without any doubt whatsoever, in the
best interests of the Canadian economy': Harper lauds TPP


Stephen Harper speaks during press conference regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in Ottawa on Monday, October 5, 2015.

Burney and Hampson: TPP deal a clear win for Canada

Toronto: Canadian business owners applaud signing of TPP

#Elxn42: TPP will supercharge beef, pork, fruit, alcohol, grain,
mineral and forestry product exports from Canada; only minor
impact on dairy and other supply-managed sectors


The TPP was negotiated between Canada, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.

John Ibbitson: TPP deal reached, "biggest regional trade agreement
in history is golden news for Stephen Harper's Conservatives"

#Elxn42: Canada at risk of fiscal ruin if opponents win: Harper

Atlanta: TPP talks may be extended again as talks bog down over drugs

Atlanta: Harper to release TPP details if deal reached

Saskatoon: Many Saskatchewan farmers eagerly await signing
of TPP trade deal; big markets await for beef, grains, cash crops

Paul Wells: ‘As far as I can tell, Stephen Harper is winning’

Ottawa: New photos reveal moment of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo shooting

9:53:50 A.M. — French tourist snaps a photo of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau pointing his rifle at Cirillo, who has moved from his post to seek cover, as has Cpl. Stevenson. Zehaf-Bibeau shot Cirillo three times.

#Elxn42: CBC poll tracker: Harper Conservatives inching toward victory

Toronto Star: Forum Research poll: CPC 34%, NDP 28%, LPC 27%

Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff attributes the latest bump in Tory fortunes to the party scoring points amid the recent flare up in the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony controversy over the niqab, the face veil worn by some Muslim women.

#Elxn42 Bombshell: South China Morning Post: The courting of
would-be Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, by Chinese
corruption suspect Michael Ching Mo Yeung


Justin Trudeau, flanked by Raymond Chan (left) and graft suspect Michael Ching (circled) at a June 2, 2013, fundraiser that a pro-Trudeau organization based in Ching’s office helped stage. Photo: GCPnews.com

Harper: TPP trade deal will be decided by Canadians, not 'foreigners'

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is promising to protect Canada's dairy industry and says any international trade deal must be a benefit to the entire economy. ~ CBC

Jen Gerson: The Munk Debate was the moment the Left began to eat itself

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, right, walks on stage as Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair prepare for Munk Debate on Canada's foreign policy in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

#Elxn42: Liberal fundraiser charged in by-election bribery scandal

Gerry Lougheed, Jr., shown here with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, has been charged with unlawfully influencing or negotiating an appointment, contrary to the anti-corruption provisions of the Criminal Code. Premier Wynne had refused to remove him as Chair of the Sudbury Police Commission, a provincial appointment.

Mecca: Stampede at haj kills 717 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia
at least 863 pilgrims injured in the crush

Cairo: Canadian Mohamed Fahmy a free man after presidential pardon

Canada sends more officials abroad to speed up refugee processing

75 years: Battle of Britain re-enactment as Spitfires and Hurricanes scramble to battle the Luftwaffe once more

A group of Hawker Hurricanes and Spitfires fly in formation above the crowds gathered at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

#Elxn42: Leap Manifesto reveals 'Tommunism' behind NDP centrist façade

Conservatives pledge $2,000 Single Seniors Tax Credit for 1.6M seniors

#Elxn42: Liberal lies and incompetence start at the top, blatantly

Harper to lower small biz tax rate from 11% to 9% over next 4 years
Largest tax cut for small business in 25+ years
Will provide $2.7B in tax relief to 700,000 small businesses

#Elxn42: Ottawa beats estimates again
posts $1.9B surplus for fiscal 2014-2015

#Elxn42: Canadian Govt creates $100M Syrian emergency relief fund

#Elxn42: Mulcair refuses to axe top aide for anti-Catholic tweets

London: Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning
monarch on a day of characteristic modesty


The Queen was all smiles as she broke record for reigning monarch.

#Elxn42: Left launches blitz of wildly inaccurate anti-Conservative ads

Las Vegas: British Airways jet taking off at 100 mph as flames erupted

A passenger photo shows smoke from a a British Airways flight as it burned on the McCarran Airport tarmac on September 8, 2015. ~ David L. Somers twitter

#Elxn42: $8B hole in NDP spending plans means massive tax hike in store

#Elxn42: Anti-Conservative campaign gets even nastier as Montreal candidate Valérie Assouline's posters target of sexist graffiti

Valérie Assouline plans to file a police report after several campaign posters were crudely vandalized. Photo has been censored due to language.

Ottawa: Harper Govt ran $5B surplus over first quarter: Finance Canada

At the open: Stocks jump on strong U.S. GDP

Virginia: Gunman kills reporter and cameraman live on air; kills self

Terror: European ministers to talk security in Paris after train attack

Paris: Train attack suspect hit with terror charges

Police lead French train attack suspect, 26-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub el-Khazzani, into a Paris court, Aug. 25, 2015. ~ AP/ITELE

#Elxn42: Conservatives promise tax credit for parents who adopt children

Toronto: Blue Jays fever grips nation from sea to sea to sea

With the Toronto Blue Jays riding a thrilling 11-game winning streak that has propelled them into first place in the American League East, fans from coast to coast to coast are falling back in love with the franchise that captured their hearts with back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

#Elxn42: Debate chaos as Mulcair, Trudeau camps waffle, delay;
NDP leader demanded late changes for Munk Debates

#Elxn42: Why Harper & Co. don’t seem all that worried;
rivals' gaffes are mounting, candidates being dropped


Conservative leader Stephen Harper shakes hands at a rally Monday in Brampton, Ontario. ~ Sean Kilpatrick Canadian Press

#Elxn42: Harper will ban travel to extremist hotspots

Neil Macdonald: "Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister.
And he looked like one." in Macleans debate

#Elxn42: Mulcair hesitant in leaders debate, but keeps 'Angry Tom'
at bay with a 'creepy' grin no matter the subject

#Elxn42: Harper effectively defends record, makes positions clear on economic & national security issues as he wins Macleans leaders debate

Harper had the advantage of looking exactly like the current prime minister; otherwise it was more a question of who didn’t look prime ministerial. This was a missed opportunity for Tom Mulcair. Despite his reputation as a seasoned performer in the House of Commons, he seemed uncomfortable for large portions of the debate and was not as engaged as Justin Trudeau, who jumped into the debate assertively and challenged Harper. ~ Frank Gunn Canadian Press

MH370: Malaysia confirms wing part is from missing Malaysian jet

Ottawa: Canada's trade deficit narrows dramatically as exports surge

#Elxn42: Harper steps up attacks on Trudeau, Mulcair;
Canadians face "choice between risk and stability,
between half-baked ideas and proven track record"

#Elxn42: Harper: a re-elected Conservative government will
increase and extend its apprenticeship job creation tax credit

Kingston: Harper brings campaign into Ontario heartland,
takes aim at riding with weak Liberal candidate

Ottawa: Federal election campaign is underway!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at front door of Rideau Hall, announcing the campaign has begun with critical decisions to be made by Canadians on issues of safety and security.

Ottawa: Harper headed to Rideau Hall, election call expected

John Ibbotson: Stephen Harper: The making of a Prime Minister
"He has brought peace to a fractious federation. Under his leadership, Canada speaks with a very different voice in the world."


"He has made the federal government smaller, less intrusive, less ambitious. He has made Canada a less Atlantic and a more Pacific nation."

Final election audio messages from Stephen Harper: Liberals will raise taxes and reduce benefits; Conservatives will cut taxes and increase benefits, especially for seniors

Ottawa: Conservatives appoint trio of scientists to study Montreal's Liberal sewage dump plan

Kelly McParland: The case for re-electing Stephen Harper

Vancouver Sun editorial: Conservatives best choice to manage the economy

Peter Foster: Vote against hate

Robert Fulford: In 1988, Liberals fear-mongered a trade deal they asserted would destroy our country. Now, we barely discuss the TPP

Lillooet: Dead native perpetrator identified after savage hammer attack at BC band office

#Elxn42: Stephen Harper looks to win back seats in Quebec City area

#Elxn42: NDP satellite office fraud could claw back severance for defeated MPs; 5 dozen MPs ordered to re-pay $2.75M for illegal use of parliamentary funds

Edmonton Journal editorial: The choice, still, is Harper

Globe and Mail: Campaign co-chair controversy may curb a late Liberal surge in Quebec; memories of Adscam revived

Lawrence Solomon: On Harper, you be the judge; he has outshone his predecessors on the environment, the economy, clean government and native empowerment

William Watson: Stephen Harper’s Canada good for kids; rate of child poverty lower now than in 2007, before the crash

Toronto Sun: Our choice is clear -- Stephen Harper

Michael Den Tandt: Gagnier episode casts doubt on Trudeau’s ability to deliver democratic reform

Toronto: Liberals raising Ontario energy rates again on November 1st; as power costs drop elsewhere

#Elxn42: Liberal campaign co-chair started working for TransCanada last spring

#Elxn42: Liberals knew about TransCanada work, says Gagnier

Gagnier-gate: Fantino calls for criminal probe of Liberal co-chair

Ottawa: Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran, dead at 81

Barrie Cooper: Stephen Harper is a rare Canadian statesman

Kady O'Malley: Campaign co-chair lobbying email a throwback to the dark days of Liberal scandals past; denied guilt, then resigns when evidence made public

#Elxn42: Liberal campaign co-chair resigns, faces possible lobbying investigation; as usual, blames Conservatives

Withrow: Three sisters dead in Alberta farm tragedy

Crux of the Matter: The one on the right is on the left

MLB: Harold Reynolds says Canadians can’t catch, Larry Walker disagrees

#Elxn42: Another Conservative campaign office vandalized

Montreal: Kayakers rally against planned St. Lawrence River sewage dump

#Elxn42: Two Calgary Liberal candidates ordered out by returning officer during advance poll; broke elections laws

Toronto Sun: Harper clear choice on the economy

Trevor Tombe: Why the TPP is such a big—and good—deal for Canada; we can expect TPP trade liberalization to deliver higher productivity, higher GDP, and higher incomes to Canadians

#Elxn42: Conservatives' $6.8B in promises modest compared to rivals: Harper

#Elxn42: Conservatives' full party platform includes 4 years of surpluses; with Trans-Pacific trade deal completed, Stephen Harper releases final promises in time for advance polls

Toronto: Hydro One IPO to offer 81 million shares at $19 to $21 each; for 15% ownership; Wynne didn't mention in 2014 election

#Elxn42: Long line-ups reported as advance polls open across Canada

Portland: U.S. bankruptcy judge approves $446 million settlement for victims of Lac-Megantic disaster

Canadian Business: With this TPP deal, chalk up a victory for Stephen Harper

#Elxn42: If the election happened today: 75% chance Conservatives get most seats; 22% chance Liberals get most seats; 4% chance NDP gets most

David Akin: On trade, the Harper Conservatives get the picture right

#Elxn42: Conservative military veterans aim to counter 'cowardly' anti-Conservative group

Terry Milewski: TPP: The disaster that didn't happen for dairy and auto sectors; fearmongering by NDP and Liberals fails again

Kelly McParland: TPP should end coalition talk: Mulcair may have condemned the NDP to third-party status

Stephen Gordon: The Tories have done so well on the economy that the other parties fear to change course

Kelly McParland: Canada would gain no honour in abandoning Syrians to their fate

Toronto: Oil sands takeover bid helps TSX bounce higher

#Elxn42: Farmers continue to fight false information about supply management

Raheel Raza: Past time to stop barbaric treatment of women and girls

#Elxn42: Marijuana 'infinitely worse' than tobacco, should be discouraged: Harper

Montreal: Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe confuses Bank of England Governor Mark Carney for actor Art Carney in debate

#Elxn42: Conservatives buoyant over election, see boost in votes

David McLaughlin: How to play the campaign endgame

#Elxn42: Liberals’ proposed child benefit would offer biggest boon in Trudeau’s own riding, analysis suggests

Crux of the Matter: How are Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau connected to Michael Ching?

Toronto: Iceland airline to offer ultra-cheap flights to Europe from Canada

Toronto: Ex-CBC announcer Jian Ghomeshi pleads not guilty to sex assault, choking charges

#Elxn42: Vancouver candidates promise to track down Canadians flouting foreign-asset disclosure laws

#Elxn42: Liberals try to distance themselves from Trudeau donor wanted by China

#Elxn42: Canadians agree on spending for infrastructure, but not about deficit spending; Harper Govt spends $5B a year on infrastructure while balancing budget

#Elxn42: Another one bites the dust: Cheryl Thomas, Victoria Liberal candidate, quits after anti-Muslim, anti-Israel remarks surface; can't be replaced

#Elxn42: Conservative Andy Brooke: 'I'll go to the mat for Kingston and the Islands'

MLB: O Canada: Nationalism soars as Blue Jays head into post-season glory

Metro interviews Stephen Harper: PM talks terrorism, Syrian refugees and 'elite political correctness on steroids'

#Elxn42: Economy’s bounce back from recession bigger than expected; annualized growth above 2.5%

World Economic Forum: Canadian banks ranked world’s soundest for 8th straight year

#Elxn42: Better news for Conservatives as economy ‘appears to be picking itself back up’

#Elxn42: Canadian economy turning a corner from recession to sustainable growth

#Elxn42: Victim surcharge constitutional, judge rules in appeal

#Elxn42: Sinking NDP sets sights on Trudeau in bid to recapture momentum

#Elxn42: Clueless NDP candidate Johnstone quietly steps aside as education board vice-chair to focus on campaign; didn't know what Auschwitz was

#Elxn42: BC Liberal candidate quits race over 9/11 Facebook post

Kelly McParland: Mulcair to promise special treatment for civil servants, and other reasons to fear for humanity

Vaughan: Man faces 18 charges after 3 siblings, grandfather killed

#Elxn42: Harper promises legislation to ban federal tax hikes, touts latest surplus numbers

Crux of the Matter: Wake up Canada to NDP Obama-lite PC socialist multi-culture relativism

#Elxn42: Death of Jack Layton and arrival of Tom Mulcair led to Thibeault's bolting from NDP

Toronto: Lougheed charges put Ontario Liberals other scandals -- deleted gas plant emails and ORNGE air ambulance fiasco -- back on front burner

#Elxn42: Ekos/La Presse poll: Conservatives 35.4 % among decided voters, Liberals 26.3%, NDP 24.5%

Crux of the Matter: Undecided Canadians can check out these 100 reasons to vote Tory!

#Elxn42: Canada wasn't and isn't in a recession; Canada is world's 11th-biggest economy and suffered far less damage from financial crisis and great recession than U.S.

Kinburn: Man arrested after three women found murdered in Wilno, Cormac and Bancroft; small towns in shock

Toronto: Life in prison for two men convicted in VIA terror case; Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser must each serve at least 10 years before eligible to apply for parole

#Elxn42: Covered faces should be allowed during citizenship oath, Mulcair says

#Elxn42: Two new polls find Stephen Harper’s Conservatives on the rise in B.C.

Montreal: Justin Trudeau's 'anyone but Harper' moment

#Elxn42: Harper: Conservatives won't abandon allies, fight against ISIS, our military or our aerospace industry, unlike Trudeau Liberals

Ottawa: Canada remembers the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

#Elxn42: NDP's plan to run surplus next year is not realistic, experts say

Crux of the Matter: 15 economic reasons Canada better off with Harper

#Elxn42: Trudeau in trouble in Papineau riding: poll

Jeffrey Simpson: The Prime Minister looked, well, prime ministerial; Justin Trudeau appeared the opposite of prime ministerial

Toronto: Loonie up as U.S. dollar declines, markets fall

Lewis Furey: Justin Trudeau the big loser in Calgary debate

#Elxn42: How to watch The Globe and Mail leaders debate tonight (September 17)

Peter Foster: Naomi Klein’s great leap backwards

National Post View: Enough with the fallacy of a Liberal Golden Age

#Elxn42: NDP wants to burden job creators with more taxes to pay for expensive election promises

Toronto: Two-thirds of Canadians oppose rollback of TFSA limit: Angus Reid poll

#Elxn42: NDP puts 17.5% cap on corporate tax hike; backtracks on call to raise capital gains taxes

Toronto: TSX rallies as energy stocks soar

Montreal: La Presse to cease print editions, save for Saturdays; goes digital-only with website and app

Ottawa: Manufacturing sales up 1.7% in July, and May and June revised higher

Stats Can: Canada’s July factory sales ‘have banner summer’

Montreal: Canadien' star P.K. Subban donates $10M to children's hospital; largest donation by a pro athlete in Canadian history

Crux of the Matter: Is Canada 'ready for change' and 'hidden agenda' NDP would offer?

Toronto Sun: Surprise surplus lifts Tory fortunes; budget more than balanced a year ahead of schedule

Toronto: Ontario Premier Wynne withholding details on Hydro One sale to spare Trudeau’s Liberals

Globe and Mail: Surprise surplus good news for Conservatives ahead of Globe leaders' debate

Anthony Furey: The moral need for conservatism

#Elxn42: Majority of Canada’s veterans appreciate efforts of Harper Conservative Government

Crux of the Matter: Mansbridge interview proves PM Harper best leader for Canada

#Elxn42: Trudeau blasted for smearing small business owners

Toronto: GO trains resume commuter service after police clear bomb threat

Montreal: Canadian court hears teen terror suspect blast 'infidels'

#Elxn42: Canada a leader in Syria refugee resttlement

#Elxn42: Mulcair and Trudeau KNOW Canada doing a lot for Syrian refugees

#Elxn42: Can Trudeau think on his feet?

#Elxn42: Harper takes blame for Canadian recession that likely never was

#Elxn42: Harper says economy ‘back on track’ as data points to technical recession

#Elxn42: Economy shrinks; Canada faces ‘strangest’ recession; excluding the oil, gas and mining sector, the economy actually grew in the second quarter due to higher consumer spending on the strength of the housing market as well as a jump in exports, led by the automotive and energy sectors

#Elxn42: Harper slams ‘ridiculous’ laws against cross-province alcohol transport

Crux of the Matter: Toronto Star editorial by Healey intolerant to label Trump evil

#Elxn42: Globe and Mail editorial: Three questions to ask about the Liberals’ deficit promise

#Elxn42: Online petition calls for resignation of Liberal Oakville Mayor Rob Burton after he likens Canadian veterans to Nazi thugs

#Elxn42: General Rick Hillier post to Facebook expresses dislike of disgusting Friends of Canadian Broadcasting ad

Cairo: Egyptian court sentences Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and two other Al Jazeera journalists to prison

Toronto: TSX set to open higher on strong U.S. economic data

But won't it 'balance itself'? Trudeau says will take "years" for Liberals to re-balance budget after their spending binges

Toronto: TSX set to open higher on oil prices, RBC results

Toronto: Royal Bank reports $2.4B profit on record-high earnings in Canada

#Elxn42: Parties take shots with unique error pages

Calgary: Drivers charged $20 'toll' after fatal crash triggers emergency detour through First Nation territory

Ottawa: Canada wholesale trade rebounds in June, rising 1.3%

Laurie Graham: Harper's son Ben in spotlight on Conservative campaign trail

#Elxn42: Ontario teachers’ unions taking on Stephen Harper with pledges to campaign against Conservatives

David Frum: The delusions of the Canadian mind

Corey Laroque: Stephen Harper won week 2 of election campaign

#Elxn42: Harper tours far north, reiterates local infrastructure and national security are pillars of Conservatives' northern outlook

Crux of the Matter: Like Nigel Wright, ALL politicians & staffers do 'issues management'

Colby Cosh: Of course Justin Trudeau would like to turn this election into a campaign of feelings

#Elxn42: The nerd who came from nowhere: Stephen Harper knows you don’t need to like a politician to elect him

Regina: Justin Trudeau's pie-in-the-sky platform

Toronto: Sexual assault lawsuit filed against former Ontario Liberal Premier David Peterson; when alleged victim complained to Pan Am officials she was told to ignore it

Vancouver: $267309 tax-free: Chief of 90-member BC First Nation may be Canada's highest paid politician

London: Butter is all right, but margarine just might kill you, massive Canadian study finds

Hamilton: Small business body calls Ontario pension plan a ‘job-killer’

#Elxn42: CBC biased headline 'Canada loses 6600 jobs' an outright untruth!!

#Elxn42: Stephen Harper's travel ban won't apply to fighters against ISIS

#Elxn42: Nova Scotia NDP candidate resigns after Israel Facebook post emerges

Paul Wells: Stephen, Thomas, Elizabeth, Justin… and me

#Elxn42: Wynne wants rest of Canada to suffer like Ontarians already suffer; re-directs federal health transfers, blocks pipeline

Parapan Am Roundup: Canada collects 16 medals on Day 1

#Elxn42: NDP star candidate raises eyebrows with oil sands comment; cavalierly endorses killing tens of thousands of jobs

#Elxn42: Canadian Israelis launch crowdfunding campaign to re-elect PM Harper; money raised will support GOTV

#Elxn42: Mulcair’s wage promise minimally truthful

Ottawa: Canadian recall of certain Heinz and Mott's products over potentially defective seal

Ottawa: Canada adds jobs in July, unemployment rate steady

#Elxn42: Quotes from Macleans debate

#Elxn42: Cautious Mulcair, pugnacious Trudeau jockey to be Harper’s main foe

#Elxn42: NDP numbers plateau as Conservatives have strong July: Nanos

#Elxn42: Harper Government fiscal record vs Notley NDP’s $120M tax increase

#Elxn42: Wynne needs to fix her mess in Ontario before she tries to put fix on in Ottawa; Ontario deficit bigger than rest of federal and provincial deficits combined

#Elxn42: Chicken strategy: Mulcair fear of debates raises ugly head again; says he didn't agree to Munk and Globe and Mail debates

Gwyn Morgan: Some vital perspective on Conservatives’ economic record

At midday: TSX gains for fifth day as oil rise lifts energy stocks

Margaret Wente: With Liberals squeezed out, a new two-way race

#Elxn42: Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau confirm Globe and Mail debate attendance on September 17th in Calgary

Toronto: Muzik nightclub shooting: 2 dead, 3 in hospital

Lorrie Goldstein: Welcome to our nightmare; If Justin Trudeau becomes Prime Minister, backed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, it's not going to be pretty, Canada

#Elxn42: Which “leader & party can you trust” likely ballot question

Michael Den Tandt: Relaxed, forceful and confident Harper bets extra-long campaign will favour Conservatives

Teviotdale: Tornado hit Ontario village with 220 km/h winds, left 9-km trail of damage, Environment Canada says

#Elxn42: Stephen Harper’s remarks at launch of election

#Elxn42: Opposition AND media versus Conservative Party on election spending; LPC and NDP have been taking free rides

Diane Francis: Why Stephen Harper’s opponents are critics, not contenders

Ottawa: NDP threatens to pull out of consortium debates; Conservatives already pulled out, want to accept broader group of debates; first debate is August 6th, hosted by Maclean's Magazine

Federal election 2015: 5 things that change when the campaign (really) starts

Toronto: U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114M federal grant, the largest in the University's history

Crux of the Matter: The media, not PM Harper, have effectively dropped election writ

Egypt: Cairo court postpones verdict for Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy

Lorrie Goldstein: The fall of Justin Trudeau

Crux of the Matter: NDP leader Tom Mulcair has the audacity & arrogance to play victim after ripping off taxpayers for $2.75M

Peter C. Newman: The centre-left’s divine right: The arrogance of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Iqaluit: Sergey Ananov, Russian helicopter pilot missing in Davis Strait between Baffin Island and Greenland, found alive; shared ice floe with polar bears after crash and loss of round-the-world copter

Geoffrey Stevens: Flora MacDonald was an exceptional Canadian; 1926-2015

Toronto: Canadian math whiz wins international competition

Toronto: Mega armoured vehicle made in Ontario by hand attracts the rich and powerful; but not in Canada "because Canada is a very safe country"

Chris Selley: The Liberals are missing the mark: the NDP’s real weaknesses don’t lie with the Unity Bill

Ottawa: Federal government ‘well ahead’ on path to surplus, Harper says; NDP and Liberals shy away from previous commitments to balanced budgets

Says 'no' to abolition: Nova Scotia Senate seats won't be given up says Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil

How low can they go? NDP begs parents to send child benefits to them; NDP puts Mulcair martinis ahead of ending child poverty

Pressure on provinces: Stephen Harper puts moratorium on Senate appointments

Crux of the Matter: Some Canadian media in full “Harper Derangement Frenzy”

David Rosenberg: An NDP federal election win would not be Loonie friendly

Reuters: Canada bouncing back, further rate cuts unlikely, economists say

Montreal: Quebec NDP candidates, including incumbent MPs, having trouble raising election funds, putting seats at risk

Mississauga: Liberal candidate Spengemann called a "proven cheater" by retired Liberal MP Paul Szabo; says he cheated on nomination expenses, and should be barred from election

Terence Corcoran: Media in grip of pre-election Harper Derangement Frenzy, but Canada still tops global rankings in growth, reputation

Anthony Furey: Trudeau fizzles out this summer; dithering further reveals lack of leadership skills

John Ivison: NDP MP will regret saying party’s top priority is toppling Harper government

Loose cannon? NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen advocates post-election coalition with Liberals; leadership needed during unsettled world economy, not coalition uncertainties

Ottawa: Crime rate up for child porn, ID fraud, sexual violation against children, and abduction; youth accused of attempted murder up 37%

Picton: Ontario Government signs new death sentence for millions of migrating birds; international groups point out the birds "don't belong to the province"

Toronto: What you can learn from the Pan Am Games marketing disaster

Toronto: Ontario PC MPP Garfield Dunlop steps down so new leader Patrick Brown can run for Simcoe North seat in Ontario Legislature

Delta: Safety Minister Blaney says Anonymous threats against RCMP taken seriously

Toronto: Finance Minister Oliver confident about federal budget surplus

Ottawa: Canada’s federal finances in good shape, but provinces not so much: PBO

Ottawa: Modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) announced

World’s most indebted sub-sovereign borrower: Ontario, more indebted than California, ignores S&P in borrowing

Long-time Liberals turn on Trudeau arrogance & incompetence: Warren Kinsella: Team Trudeau: the news is in… and the news is not good

Ottawa: Third-place Justin Trudeau switches targets in bid to cut Mulcair’s momentum in polls

Montreal: Separatist NDP candidate in Papineau riding resigns after past comments come to light

Éric Grenier: Poll Tracker: Liberals falling further behind NDP-Conservative race

Windsor: PC leader Patrick Brown consults with auto sector; decries job-killing hydro costs and payroll taxes

Tom Flanagan: The irony of the AFN leadership’s call for an anti-Tory vote

Ottawa: NDP eager to shed big-spender image as party crafts social policies; needs to make people forget 8 decades of tax-and-spend socialist promises

Balanced budget bonus: Conservatives hand out child benefit cheques as campaign ramps up

Ottawa: What you need to know about the Universal Child Care Benefit; or some of it, anyway

Ottawa: Harper scraps Arctic trip, expected to start election campaign early

Toronto: Four Pan Am athletes test positive for drugs; from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic

Ottawa: Gen. Jonathan Vance becomes chief of defence staff, vows to tackle harassment

Toronto: Court refuses to stay federal voter ID rule after late appeal of new proof requirements

Ottawa: RCMP no longer releasing names of crash victims due to Privacy Act

Dawson Creek: Masked man shot dead after confronting police during Site C dam open house

Steve Simmons: Closing Pan-Am Games with Kanye West is wrong because he isn't Canadian

Mulcair pulls a PET: Whistles different tune depending on province he's in; lacks national view

Ottawa: Canadian inflation inches up to 1% in June; held back by dropping energy prices; core inflation up 2.3%

Montreal: Rona buying 20 stores in Quebec, Ontario, eliminating franchise structure

Crux of the Matter: Canada ranked as “most admired” in the world

Transmission maker changes owners: Magna to buy Germany’s Getrag for $2.5B

Vancouver: Canada’s largest First Nations newspaper says it was responsible for offensive Liberal ad which stereotypes natives and ran 3 weeks ago; but only apologizes now, says ad salesperson to be fired

Crux of the Matter: PM Harper on interest rate cut and Canada’s financial future

Bloomberg: Canadian, New Zealand and Australian currencies drop as demand for raw materials dips and interest rates cut

Ottawa: Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose demands action on drug costs; Feds want into provincial buying alliance to reduce prices

Ottawa: New Sovereign's Medal to honour Canadian volunteers

Ottawa: Stephen Harper announces conclusion of Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine

Ottawa: Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre reminds Canadians of coming increases in Universal Child Care Benefit payments, and the need for some to apply for benefits for older children

Vancouver: New grain terminal will allow full trains to unload much more quickly

Ottawa: Canadian Press reporter apparently believes Canada being "pro-European, pro-democratic” is hot news; non-story is old news reported in 2014 at time of Ukrainanian uprising against Putin puppet Yanukovych

Crux of the Matter: Remember, Conservatives enacted Rouge National Urban Park Act!

Pickering: PM Harper announces the expansion of Canada’s first national urban park, adding 21 sq km of new lands to Rouge National Urban Park on eastern edge of Toronto

Forum Research poll: Conservatives and NDP tied at 32%; Liberals continue steep drop, now down to 26%

Toronto: Fiat Chrysler CEO fires warning shot at Ontario

NASDAQ: Unemployment rate holds steady; Canada jobs data eases concerns about economy

Ottawa: Canada gains 64,800 full-time jobs, beats analysts' expectations as part-time jobs drop

Ottawa: Health Canada addresses serious acetaminophen (aka tylenol) overdose risks

Windsor: Wheatley company to build $43M mini-fleet of Coast Guard search and rescue boats

Ottawa: Pace of Canadian housing starts picks up in June, better than expected

Ottawa: Canadian economy in lockstep with U.S. as low energy prices bite production sectors; IMF reduces Canadian growth forecast in 2015 to 1.5%

Montreal: 2 men shot dead Wednesday night; residents nervous as Marieville manhunt continues

Hamilton: Dog attack wasn't cause of man's death, police say

Hamilton: Sharpei Fila dog being walked allegedly kills one of men walking it; nearby residents heard screams and rushed to help, 1 used bat to try to fend off animal

Pinhorn: Newly-discovered Alberta Wendiceratops dinosaur had crown of horns

Kelly McParland: Europe is in crisis, China is in turmoil, ISIL is expanding, Mulcair is gaining. So why isn’t Harper panicked? Canada an island of tranquility in volatile world

National Post: Ontario has to get its house in order now, while it still can

Toronto: Ontario's credit rating downgraded again over heavy debt load, budgeting; borrowing costs go up

Bounceback: Rainfall pushes levels on Great Lakes to their highest since 1990s

Forbes: Why Canada's Prime Minister should be re-elected

New Jersey: Bruce Springsteen to release comprehensive ‘The River’ box set; 4 CDs, 3 DVDs

Sredets: Migrant shot dead by border guards trying to enter Bulgaria

London: MH17 report suggests efforts were made to cover up causes of disaster

updated ~ New York: Anheuser Busch InBev clinches deal to take over SABMiller with $106B bid

New York: Dell to buy EMC in deal worth about $67B

Ankara: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'hit during air strikes' near Syrian border, claims Iraqi military

Carbon Engineering: Canadian start-up is removing CO2 from the air and turning it into pellets

Egypt: Electoral Commission to ban Niqab-wearing women from voting

NY Times Editorial: Obama's incoherent Syria war strategy

Judith Curry: Global climate agreements could be counterproductive

Washington: Government was wrong to steer people away from consuming whole milk

New York: Stocks rise as weak dollar lifts commodities, emerging assets

Wolfsburg: Volkswagen chief warns on existential threat of cheating scandal

Kabul: Afghan forces called for air strike in Kunduz: U.S. General

Yemen: Gulf Arabs wrest strategic Yemen island from Iran-allied group

Santa Catarina Pinula: Hundreds still missing as Guatemala mudslide death toll reaches 56

Kabul: U.S. says conducted air strike near Afghan hospital, MSF says 19 killed

Roseburg: Oregon gunman may have killed more if not for heroic combat veteran who stopped him

Roseburg: Media narrative: Half-black Oregon killer is a "White Supremacist"; was he a half-white supremacist?

Oregon: ‘ISIS’ claims Chris Harper-Mercer Umpqua College shooting

Beirut: Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria: sources

Moscow: Putin signs decree drafting 150,000 conscripts into the Russian military

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Why the world economy as we know it is about to be turned on its head

Georgia: Mars study finds evidence of liquid, salty water on surface

Washington: Obama's dithering over Syria has cost lives and triggered Europe's massive refugee crisis

Washington: John Boehner announces resignation as U.S. House Speaker

Los Angeles: VW scandal threatens to ensnare BMW as EU urges wider probe

Wolfsburg: Europe's carmakers caught up in VW storm

Los Angeles: U.S. judge rules 'Happy Birthday' song is public domain

New York: Yogi Berra, Yankees hall of fame catcher with a one-of-a-kind wit, dies at 90

Refugees or economic migrants? Not every migrant is fleeing Syria’s war; Australia deploys first bombs on ISIS forces in Syria

Washington: GM pays $900M in U.S. criminal settlement over ignition switches

Sydney: Australia deploys first bombs on ISIS forces in Syria

Syria: ISIS advance pushes France to begin air strikes

Hawaii: Wind turbines killing more hoary bats than expected

Afghanistan: Afghan Taliban storm Ghazni prison, freeing hundreds

Lebanon: ISIS jihadis 'may be posing as Syrian refugees'

New York: Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria: Brutality of Mideast regimes fuel refugee crisis

Paris: Majority of French people favour sending troops to Syria: poll

Berlin: Germany 'to reinstate border controls' as country struggles with influx of refugees

Ankara: India restaurant blast in Madhya Pradesh kills 89

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia blames Mecca Grand Mosque crane collapse on high winds

Ankara: Turkey announces first airstrikes on ISIS as part of U.S.-led coalition

Parndorf: Austria finds dozens of migrants dead in truck on roadside

Moneta: Emotional newscast after shooting that shocked millions

Newark: Trump's lean campaign structure breaks the mold

Reuters: 10 automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

Virginia: Vester Flanagan’s family apologizes for on-air murders as others from his past remember him as ‘a different person’

Shootings 'timed to our live shot': WDBJ-TV news director

New York: Asian stock markets mixed after China rate cut

Sacramento: U.S. student who helped stop France terror train attack arrives home

Detroit: New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

Karlsruhe: Apple loses 'swipe to unlock' patent battle in Germany's top court

Beijing: China meltdown has burned global carmakers

Havana: Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' at U.S. flag ceremony in Cuba

Athens: Greek PM Tsipras wins bailout vote, faces widening rebellion

PPP poll: Trump's momentum keeps rolling

Cohen and Levin: How ISIS gained traction in the Middle East

Missouri: State of emergency called in Ferguson after gunfire mars protests

Istanbul: U.S. consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills 9

Afghanistan: Kabul bombings leave at least 50 dead and hundreds wounded

Abha: Suicide bomber kills 15 in Saudi security site mosque

TPP boat rocking: Obama goes rogue and blindsides NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico in parts supply concessions to Japanese; Japan stunned that U.S. didn't consult its neighbours

Rome: Spain emerges as Europe's economic star after years of austerity

Athens: Greek government concedes early elections likely; stock market suffers losses

Nigeria: Commodities rout erases billions from Africa's biggest fortunes

Beijing: China limits stock market short selling to curb volatility

Charles Krauthammer: George Weidenfeld’s attempt to repay Christian kindness

Toronto: Cerebral palsy linked to genetic anomalies

Paris: Suspected Flight MH370 wing flap reaches France for analysis

Dannemora: Former New York prison worker Joyce Mitchell pleads guilty, agrees to 7-year prison term

New York: Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back 500,000 defective pick-up trucks, 1.5 million Jeeps

Islamabad: Pakistan condemns militant attack in Gurdaspur, India

New Delhi: Rebels attack police station in India, killing 10

Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton’s private email practice ’criminal’

Rex Murphy: Don’t blame Trump … blame America

Bar fun: Makers of new machine to make Jello Shots predict huge market

Drunks or terrorists? Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

Harsh realities sinking in: Crimea is now Putin's problem child

Edmund S. Phelps: What is wrong with the West’s economies?

Sub-Saharan: GE books $2.5B African orders from oil to locomotives

Brave New World: Do new brain implant technologies bring dystopian reality to life?

Jeff Jacoby: Iran can buy a lot of terror with $100B

Calgary: Man who flew over city in chair carried by helium balloons charged with mischief by police

Winnipeg: Police warn justice officials to watch their mail for next day or so

Winnipeg: 'Harrowing' bomb events in Winnipeg impact many, mayor says; 3 bombs detonated in city on weekend, leaving 1 woman seriously injured

LaRonge: Canadian military called in to help nearly 8,000 forced from their homes by Saskatchewan wildfires

Killer: Paul Bernardo wants day parole in Toronto area

Tasha Kheiriddin: In HarperPAC’s demise, a lesson about democracy; why are only only Conservatives worried about third-party spending?

Thomas Walkom: Justin Trudeau’s climate change plan disappoints; rich in many details but vague on how to curb carbon emissions

Over Uber: Taxi disruption during Toronto Pan Am Games 'possibility'

Ottawa: Canada manufacturing activity expands in June

Calgary: Poll shows 'honeymoon' over for NDP, Notley; Wildrose surges past

Macleans double dipper bombshell: Mulcair’s secret meetings with the Tories; he wanted more money, instead joined NDP from Quebec Liberals

Ottawa: Greece says crisis won't affect tourists, but Canada urges travellers to take cash

Winds of November come early: Cold, rain, wind batter Ontario, Quebec and Great Lakes states; high water destroys docks, flooding on both sides of border

Ottawa: Trade Minister Ed Fast calls TPP compensation reports 'speculation'

Ottawa: HarperPAC, Engage Canada highlight confusion over 3rd-party ads

Ottawa: Harper condemns today's terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, offers condolences on behalf of Canadians

Ottawa: Independent HarperPAC shuts down; founder said group glad to have kickstarted a “fevered discussion” around the issue of third-party money in “pre-writ political campaigns”; donations to be returned

Treason: Winnipeg man defends ISIS, cowardly attack on Parliament Hill that killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, but traitor to his country denies he's a threat; 'They had it coming to them. They deserved it.'

Under appeal: Former MP Dean Del Mastro sentenced to month in jail, 4 months house arrest for 2008 election overspending

Kady O'Malley: New election rules force Elections Canada to put their rulings in 'Opinions, Guidelines and Interpretations Registry'

Toronto: Rogers to buy Mobilicity, Shaw airwaves, sell some spectrum to Wind Mobile

Toronto: Vaughan café shooting kills 2, injures 2

Windsor: 70 Canadian universities receive new federal funding for research in a wide variety of fields

Thomas Walkom: Justin Trudeau’s boldly wrong-headed take on Canada-U.S. relations

Ottawa: Army chief orders mandatory briefings on sexual misconduct

Edmonton: Alberta bans union and corporate donations to political parties; loan loophole remains

Robyn Urback: Trudeau explains 11-month slide in polls, saying it’s not him — it’s you

Kelly McParland: Liberal voting plan requires a leap of faith that would bring change now and plenty of unknown repercussions later

Montreal: Extremist Longueuil mayor wants English banned from city council meetings

Ottawa: Senator Cools says Senate should ask media for help in hunt for source of audit leaks

Calgary: Don't give up on carbon capture technology, Saskatchewan tells Alberta NDP

To replace ship that burned: Ottawa to talk with Davie shipyard about temporary naval supply ship

British Columbia: 'Moose rider' under investigation after video posted to YouTube

Hijacking democracy: NDP and Liberals want to be elected before they'll share details on how they'll change electoral system; Conservatives back previous referendum results

Antonia Maioni: Federal Liberals need more than a facelift to win Quebec

Toronto: Harper announces details of $1B Public Transit Fund

Ottawa: Senator Don Meredith dumped by Conseratives after sexual revelations by Toronto Star

Christie Blatchford: At trial, Mike Duffy’s lawyer paints the suspended senator as victim of a $90,000 gift; no one believes it

Ottawa: Anonymous hackers prove need for Bill C-51 by attacking Govt

Breaks silence: Ader was 'fully complicit in my suffering', Lindhout says

Toronto: Fear of gridlock prompts City Council to keep Gardiner Expressway

Lies our leaders tell us: Mulcair preys on citizens' Constitutional naivete about MPs' ability to dump Senate; Supremes made it clear, provincial consent and dissent matter

Whitehorse: Ice age camel DNA discovered in Canada changes theories on species

Malaysia: Canadian mocks Govt Minister who linked tourist nudity to earthquake; says it's foolish to swallow local superstitions

Edmonton: Hate crimes unit was probing police killer; Raddatz is presumed dead after body found burned in fire

Gdynia: Harper sees shadowing Russian ships in Baltic Sea while sailing on HMCS Fredericton

Ottawa: CBC's firing of Evan Solomon over ethics takes another high-profile public broadcasting TV-radio star off the air under a cloud

Éric Grenier: How Gilles Duceppe's return to the Bloc changes the game in Quebec; former leader's comeback could complicate things for NDP

Gdansk: Harper’s visit to Canadian frigate leaked by Polish PM

Participaction: Canadian kids get D-minus for physical activity

Ottawa: Gilles Duceppe to return to lead Bloc Québécois in upcoming election

Crux of the Matter: Should Canadian taxpayers pay expenses related to Senators' 'community service'?

Toronto: Canada's CPPIB has agreed to buy GE private equity lending arm for $12B

Montreal: Quebec to give police, courts new tools to fight extremism

Ottawa: Canada housing starts jump, bode well for economic snapback

Ottawa: Canada's job gains biggest in 7 months, buoyed by manufacturing

Kelly McParland: Mulcair pledges an infrastructure project in every pot

Gananoque: Teen charged with arson after barn fire kills 30 cattle

China: Tianjin inferno kills at least 50 as massive fireballs
shot high above the port city's skyscrapers


Fire from two explosions at a logistics facility in Tianjin, China, envelops parked cars on August 12.

Election watch: Will Stephen Harper pull plug, drop writ
and join election trail this weekend?

Telegraph: MH370 search: plane debris 'almost certainly from Boeing 777'

NY Times: Debris in Réunion is met warily
amid speculation it’s from missing MH370


Police officers inspecting a piece of debris on Wednesday that appeared to be an airplane part found on the western Indian Ocean island of Réunion. ~ Prisca Bigot/Zinfos974 Reuters

Other side of ocean: Officials probe plane debris
found in Indian Ocean far from MH370 search area


French investigators were probing plane debris that washed ashore on Réunion island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean, but officials cautioned it was too soon to say whether it was linked to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing over a year ago.

Leaving Las Vegas: British Airways Flight BA274
forced to land in Montreal after bomb threat

Melita: Huge tornado touches down in Manitoba
as band of storms hammer the region


Giant tornado north of Pierson, Manitoba Monday night. ~ Greg Johnson @TornadoGreg / Twitter

Financial Post: China stocks fall most in 8 years
as IMF warns Beijing to butt out of market

Toronto: TSX and NYSE fall after Shanghai stock exchange dives

Shanghai: After quick 8.5% crash, confusion reigns in Chinese stocks

Liberal leader loses big time: Eve Adams crashes,
Toronto grassroots repudiate Justin Trudeau's judgement

Rhode Island: Newport Folk Festival marks
50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric


Bob Dylan plays electric guitar on stage for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The shockwaves lasted decades. Is he one of 'mystery performers' in the closing-night tribute to that long ago mark in time? ~ Alice Ochs

Washington Post: Toronto will bid for 2024 Olympics; joins 5 others

Mainstreet poll: Conservatives jump to huge lead; NDP, Liberals plunge;
Large sample of 5,000+ voters: CPC 38%, NDP 27%, LPC 25%

Hartley Bay: Beached B.C. orca whale saved by dedicated volunteers

Dedicated volunteer rescuers used buckets, wet blankets and a hose and hand pump to protect the crying orca from sunburn and dehydration for 8 hours until the tide rose and she swam back to her nearby fretting pod.

We've been misled by bad science: Nina Teicholz's
big surprise: 'Fat doesn't make you fat'

Pacific phenomenon: Heavy storms in California signify return of El Nino

Oil warning: Crash could be the worst in more than 45 years;
OPEC continues over-supply in face of slow demand growth

Kelowna: B.C. wildfires force dozens from homes;
lightning storms spark 60 new blazes in 24 hours


Flames from a wildfire close in on Kelowna, B.C. as the forest fire spreads near the Westside Road in West Kelowna by Lake Okanagan Resort. ~ Shawn Talbot Photography

Conference hears findings: Bad sleep habits linked to Alzheimer's risk

Ottawa: Smart parents have been voting Conservative;
they support and gain from child benefits, says CP analysis

Ajax: Blue Jays alumni and minor league players lead Canada win
of Pan-Am baseball gold in dramatic fashion over American rivals


Team Canada's Pete Orr celebrates after scoring the winning run for gold against the U.S. in extra innings. Canada is now the only country other than Cuba to win back-to-back Pan-Am gold.

Toronto: Canada continues to lead Pan-Am medal totals

After the first week of the Pan-Am Games Canada continues to lead medal count. Athletes from the host country are performing at a high level against much larger countries.

Tokyo: Japan scraps $2B 2020 Olympic stadium plan & starts over

The scrapped 80,000-seat stadium, designed by Iraq’s Prizker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and predicted to be the most expensive ever built, had long been a source of controversy in Japan because of its design and size, which seemed to run against the “compactness” promised by Tokyo’s Olympic plan.

Former ISIS fighter: Better prison in Germany than freedom in Syria

Reputation Institute: Canada 'most admired' country in world; praise for
"effective govt," "absence of corruption", "friendly & welcoming people"


Ottawa: Bank of Canada cuts interest rate to 0.5%

Vienna: Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is wild card in nuclear deal

Wall Street Journal: U.S. stocks rise on Greece deal

Athens: Greece will be on a tight timetable to implement reforms

Greece: Deal reached; economic reforms to cover taxes,
pensions, labour markets, banks and privatization

Harper: Canada will ride out domestic impact of
global downturn with 'strong fiscal discipline'

400 fires raging in 3 provinces: Wildfire threat lessens near Jasper,
and for some Saskatchewan evacuees; B.C. fire destroying homes


Jasper National Park's Maligne Valley remains closed because of this nearby forest fire.

Ottawa: Cancer targeted by 2 viruses in made-in-Canada therapy

Genetic mutations that make cancer cells grow quickly also make them susceptible to viruses.

Petition: Reinstate conservation officer suspended
for refusing to kill bear cubs


The two orphaned bear cubs whose lives were spared; brother and sister Jordan and Athena.

Toronto: PM Harper welcomes Pan-Am competitors from 41 countries

Prime Minister Harper PM Harper plays table tennis with Matthew Buie prior to attending the opening ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Games Friday night.

Athens: Greek lawmakers approve austerity reforms as basis for talks

Toronto: Pan-Am Games to kick off with sold-out
Cirque du Soleil spectacular at the Rogers Centre


Pan Am mascot Pachi runs past Canadian athletes as they attend the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games welcome ceremony at the Athlete's Village in Toronto on Wednesday, July, 8, 2015. ~ Chris Young CP

Athens switch: Greece's Tsipras to sell austerity deal to reluctant party

Washington: IMF downgrades 2015 outlook for global growth to 3.3%

China crisis: Asian markets plunge despite Beijing's measures to halt
financial meltdown; main market index down 30% since early June

Greek crisis: Tsipras pleads for fair deal for Greece in EU Parliament

Vancouver: Iconic WWII-era Martin Mars water bomber
could be pressed into service to fight B.C. wildfires


The bomber is stationed in Port Alberni, B.C. and was originally built for the U.S. Navy for the Second World War, but has spent more than half a century dropping its 27,000-litre load of water on domestic and international forest fires.

Winnipeg: Suspicious package reports prompt more evacuations

Hours after a suspect was charged in connection with explosive devices sent to addresses in Winnipeg, a Canada Post depot and city hall were evacuated after reports of suspicious packages.

Greek crisis: Finance Minister resigns after 61% reject bailout

Athens: Greeks reject bailout terms, choose chaos

Greek crisis: Polls say referendum outcome now a toss-up;
Greece will collapse without fresh aid says head of European Parliament

Another Ontario Govt fiasco? Fears of a Pan Am Games flop:
Toronto faces empty hotel rooms, unsold tickets and angry locals


A cyclist rides past a large banner and temporary seating on the lakeshore near CIBC Pan Am Park, the temporary name for the CNE, in Toronto. With only a week to go before the games open, there are fears that the event will turn out to be an expensive flop.

Delamaide: Greek vote a pivotal moment for Europe

IMF: Greece needs another €50B to prevent bankruptcy and will not
survive without massive debt relief after over-spending for too long

London: UK PM Cameron paves way for RAF air strikes in Syria

Washington: U.S., Cuba agree to establish full diplomatic relations

Socialism fails again: Greece defaults as last-ditch plea for aid fails

History in making? A crowdfunding campaign tries to save Greece

Sumatra: 113 killed as Indonesia Air Force C-130 crashes into hotel

Rescuers surround crashed C-130B Hercules military airplane in Medan, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Triple threat: Greece, Puerto Rico and China shake world finances

Greek debt: European markets dive, Wall Street slides

Tokyo: Euro, stocks slide on looming Greece default

Athens panic: PM Tsipras calls for referendum at 1 am Greek time;
vote on terms of bailout pushes Greek banks to brink of meltdown

Elections matter: Greek banks and stock exchange in shutdown

Cape Canaveral: Bad things come in 3s as third supply mission explodes

Cape Canaveral: Here’s why today's SpaceX explosion matters

Catastrophic failure: SpaceX rocket breaks apart minutes after lift-off

Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Sunday, June 28, 2015 in three composite images. ~ John Raoux AP

Kuwait: 25 dead, 202 wounded; mosque explosion during midday prayers

Tunis: Twenty-seven killed in attacks on Tunisian hotels

France 24: Suspect arrested in terror attack on French factory

France: Decapitated body, scrawled with Arabic, found at French blast site

Africa: Canada delivers on 2010 Harper promise to mothers & newborn;
PM's Muskoka Initiative shifted world focus to saving lives;
"The Canadian leadership has been really important,"
said Dr. Mickey Chopra, chief of health for UNICEF

Ottawa: Signing Pacific trade deal is ‘essential’: Stephen Harper;
will protect farmers and Canada’s supply management system

BBC: Iran nuclear talks: Khamenei rejects key U.S. demands

Ottawa: Trudeau says he'd soften how Canada deals with ISIS

Vancouver: Footprints found on Calvert Island off B.C. coast
could be oldest in North America; over 13,000 years old


Impressions of footprints buried at a shoreline archeological site on Calvert Island, B.C. ~ Joanne McSporran Discovery Islands Archeology Project

Ottawa: New charges laid for Lac-Mégantic train brake failure

Kabul: Taliban attack on Afghan parliament ends

Afghanistan: Taliban attack Afghan parliament building in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on Afghanistan’s parliament building that prompted the evacuation of lawmakers as they prepared to review the nomination of the country’s new defense minister. The attack began around 10:30 a.m. local time with a massive blast outside the parliament, said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Afghanistan’s ministry of interior. ~ Dr. Naqibullah Faiq Twitter

Toronto: Harper announces $2.6B in funding for Mayor Tory's SmartTrack

Planet watching: Latest in reality TV; live HD video from ISS

Pictured is a screenshot of footage taken from Boston from the ISS at an incredible 3.2ft (1 metre) resolution. This is detailed enough to be able to see cars and even people moving around, and it's only a teaser of what's to come.

Jack Kelly: Trump tells it like it is; and he’s willing to take on illegal immigration

Donald Trump: I pay my own way, unlike Bush, Walker or Clinton

Washington: Criminal inquiry is sought in Clinton email account abuse

Ed Hubbard: Now I get it, #BlackLivesMatter

Autopsy: Marijuana in Sandra Bland's system; family ponders civil suit despite suicide history and no evidence of homicide

Texas: Autopsy of Sandra Bland finds injuries consistent with suicide; is family exploiting daughter's sad death?

Washington: U.S. Department of Justice to review videos showing Planned Parenthood illegally selling aborted baby body parts

Contradicts family claims: Sandra Bland previously attempted suicide and was depressed when arrested, say jail documents she filled out

Athens: Greece faces recession warning as bailout talks set to open

Growth continued in 2014: Arctic ice 'grew by a third' after cool summer in 2013

New York: Lockheed to buy Sikorsky for $9B to add military copters

Moscow: The $42B debt trap that Putin has three years to escape

New York: Commodity rout extends toward 13-year low as gold shunned on Fed

Germany: ‘You’re either dead or dead': former ISIS fighter says joining organization is a death sentence

Montvale: A&P files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2nd time in five years

Los Angeles: I-10 bridge collapse in California desert cuts off main route between Arizona and U.S. West Coast; forces detours in "hundreds of miles"

Diyarbakira: ISIS suicide bombing kills 27 in Turkish border town

Havana: U.S. Embassy in Cuba re-opens after more than 50 years

Athens: Greek banks open, under restrictions

Athens: Merkel says Greece must act fast as banks prepare to re-open

Tehran: Iran leader vows opposition to U.S. despite nuclear deal; vow ensures leading regional role as state sponsor of terror will continue

Berlin: German Parliament approves Greek bailout plan

Lake Chad: Chad troops kill 19 insurgents after Boko Haram raid on army

Chattanooga shootings: Shooter Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez's trips to Middle East investigated

Why not part of deal? Kerry: 'very, very hopeful' Iran will release detained Americans

Berlin: Back Greek talks or face chaos, Merkel tells German lawmakers

Cairo: Islamist demonstrators clash with Egyptian police, at least 5 killed

Denver: Despite quick conviction, James Holmes theater shooting trial isn't over

Los Angeles: ESPY Ashe award for reality show actor Jenner meets controversy over more deserving athletes who were ignored

London: Syria air strikes conducted by UK military pilots

updated ~ Chattanooga: Shooter identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez; five dead including 4 Marines as terrorist gunman attacks Tennessee military facilities

Athens: Greek lawmakers debate reforms aimed at avoiding bankruptcy

Donald Trump on Iran deal: 'We look so desperate, and it's a disgrace'

Vancouver: Canadian company developing 'breathalyzer for pot'

Undercover video: Planned Parenthood caught illegally trafficking in aborted baby body parts

ISIS puppet: Son of Boston police captain arrested for plotting terror attack at college campuses

Vienna: Iran talks hit final stage but deal remains elusive

Mexico City: Escape by top drug lord a strong blow to Mexico's government

Moscow: At least 23 Russian servicemen killed in barracks collapse

Khost: 25 killed in suicide bombing outside U.S. base in Afghanistan

NY Times: The myth of big, bad gluten

Washington: NSAID pain relievers' heart warnings boosted in U.S.

Toronto: Ferrari IPO filing to come in days: Fiat Chrysler CEO; says no histile takeover plan for GM

London: Is a mini Ice Age on the way? Scientists warn the sun will 'go to sleep' in 2030 and could cause world temperatures to plummet

Why Not? dept: Fox introduces Homer Simpson favourite Duff Beer in Chile

Vienna: U.S., Iran admit nuclear talks could fail

Moneywatch: Subway's woes started well before the Jared mess

Dhaka: 23 killed in rush for charity in Bangladesh

Andrew Coyne: Greece's culture of victimhood

Washington: Will Donald Trump move the needle on illegal immigration debate? He's not being cowed by financial extortion

San Francisco fall-out: Candidates call for changes in 'sanctuary city' policies

Washington: What were the Greeks thinking? Here’s a poll taken just before the referendum

New York: Here’s how much Greece owes Germany, others

Athens: The Latest: Greece to submit proposals 'in next few hours'

Washington: Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia is top security threat to U.S.

Vienna: Iran nuke talks set to bust another deadline

Beijing/Shanghai: Greece crisis: Merkel says debt relief is off table as Tsipras pitches €12B reform deal

Hong Kong: Investors breathe a sigh of relief as mainland China, Hong Kong stocks swing to higher close

Beijing/Shanghai: China stems stocks rout, but market faces lengthy hangover

Vienna: U.S. stocks rebound after big loss; European, China markets up

New York: NYSE suspends trading of all securities due to technical problems

Vienna: Iran says makes new proposal in nuclear talks, West unimpressed

Jos: Extremist attacks across Nigeria leave more than 60 dead

Athens: Greece to propose alternative bailout plan as banks face collapse

Athens: Greece sways on the edge of collapse: How did it come to this?

Tokyo: Euro, stocks hit by Greek vote; China bounces after rescue moves

Vienna: Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says U.S. ready to walk

Jeff Ritterman, MD: Four decades of the wrong dietary advice has paved the way for the diabetes epidemic

Athens: Greek army and police prepare for street battles

Goldfarb: Five paragraphs spell out the big problem Greece faces after the referendum

London: BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs as viewers trade TVs for Internet

Houston: BP pays record $18.7B to settle claims in Gulf oil spill

Mark Gilbert: Is anyone ready for a 'No' vote in Greece?

Athens: Greeks prepare landmark referendum on future like it’s 1974

Washington: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: How the 13 Colonies rank today

Baghdad: Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from ISIS

Los Angeles: Dodgers open international signing period with a flurry at above-pool prices

Bulgaria: Greece gets little sympathy from poorer neighbors

Sanaa: 1200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects

Greece crisis: No vote would mean euro exit, leaders warn

Malone: New York prison break saga ends with shooting of second fugitive less than 2 miles south of Canadian border

TPP: Pacific trade pact would link U.S. to fastest-growing economies

Taipei: Taiwan investigating water park inferno as tally of injured put at 498

Malone: Hunt for remaining escaped N.Y. prisoner David Sweat intensifies after escapee killer Richard Matt shot dead

Ketchikan: 9 killed when plane crashes on sightseeing trip in Alaska

Beirut: ISIS kills at least 145 civilians in Syria's Kobani: monitor

Washington: U.S. Supreme Court rules gay marriage legal nationwide

Sitting Sony duck: Inside the hack of the Century, part 1

Washington: U.S. Supreme Court again slices and dices legalities to uphold Obamacare; dissenting Justice Scalia said, "We should start calling this law SCOTUScare."

Paris: France summons U.S. envoy over 'unacceptable' spying

South Carolina: Ben Carson: GOP candidates need to unequivocally denounce church shooting as 'act of racism'

Colby Cosh: Pope’s encyclical on climate change reads like the Unabomber Manifesto

Athens: Greek government confident despite backlash over debt deal

New York: Greece hopes lift European stocks; dollar gains

San Francisco: Google launches free streaming service ahead of Apple Music debut

Athens: Key points in Greece's cash-for-reform proposals

Athens: Greece offers new proposals to avert default, creditors see hope

UNESCO World Heritage site: ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old shrines in Palmyra, Syria

San Jose: eBay to stop selling Confederate Flag products

D-Wave: Huge leap ahead for processing as 1000 qubit quantum computing level reached

London: FOREX-Euro falls Monday as jittery investors eye Greece talks

Belgrade: Serbia claims 'shocked' by Hungary's plans to build border fence

South Carolina: Church massacre suspect identified, was up on felony drug charges

South Carolina: Charleston black church shooting suspect still at large after 9 killed; suspect attended meeting at church, stay for almost an hour before shooting, police say

Seven-month hibernation: Philae lander space probe thought lost contacts Earth

Seoul: South Korea cuts rates as MERS clouds outlook; 10th patient dies

John Scully: Video will be the REAL gamechanger for Apple

Bombshell: Baltimore prosecutor asked police to target area where Freddie Gray was arrested

NY Times: Vincent Musetto, 74, dies; wrote ‘Headless’ headline of ageless fame

Detroit: GM CEO rejects Fiat Chrysler merger

Author of 'Helter Skelter': Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor in Manson trial, dead at 80

Moscow: Russia orders quicker build-up of military facilities in Kurile Islands

Kiev: Fuel depot blazes in Ukraine, explosion kills firemen

Detroit: Worst U.S. bird flu outbreak in history expands to Michigan; Canada Geese diagnosed

Switzerland: 'Russia & Qatar may lose World Cups' - FIFA official

Schloss Elmau: G7 leaders arrive in Bavaria for 2-day summit; about 200 protesters demonstrating outside venue but presence smaller than in past years

Ghana: Update: over 250 dead in Accra filling station explosion

Sydney: Brilliant student uses 'radio eyes' capture images of plasma tubes floating above our heads

Zurich: Blatter's exit prompts call for new face, fresh start for FIFA

Baghdad: ISIS closes Iraq dam gates, sparking humanitarian fears

Switcheroo: Sepp Blatter resigns: 'Smoking gun' at head of Fifa puts Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups in jeopardy

Sky wasn't falling: The unrealized horrors of population explosion

Hay-on-Wye: Cli-fi authors openly brag about brainwashing children

Seattle: Microsoft releasing Windows 10 as a free upgrade on July 29th

Washington: Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate

Widely mocked: Warner 'fooled' by fake article

Trinidad: Indicted ex-FIFA executive cites bogus article in satirical magazine as he slams U.S.

Soccer scandal: Will UEFA defect from FIFA?

Nomura: India at early stages of recovery, growth to rise to 8%

London: Russia ban shows sanctions are working, Sir Malcolm Rifkind says

BBC: European Union anger at Russian travel blacklist

Japan: M7.8 quake big but deep, so damage very limited

Strike back: Saudi coalition kills 40 rebels in Yemen's Aden

Dammam: Social media tributes pour in for Saudi hero who thwarted ISIS attack

Jeddah: Three killed, but alert security prevents catastrophe by suicide bomber at Dammam mosque

Wall Street Journal: CPPIB near deal to buy GE private-equity lending unit for $12B

Dr. Tim Ball: Hijacking the weather agenda Canadian-style; behind the scenes as Environment Canada's public manipulation agenda plays out

Kiev: Ukraine, Canada negotiating on free trade area

StatsCan: Canada adds 59,000 jobs in May; jobless rate remained at 6.8%, because more people were looking for work

Ottawa: Conservatives to back NDP push for ban on pay-to-pay bank fees; fits with EAP 2015

Senate Expenses: Two sitting senators among the 9 cases to be sent to RCMP

Ottawa: Boisvenu quits Tories as expense scandal engulfs Senate once more

Toronto: High Park Zoo peacock struts home after gallivanting about town and causing social media storm

Ottawa: Canada’s April trade deficit narrows to $2.39B

Toronto: Ontario increases penalties for drivers who text, email, talk on hand-held phone

Toronto: Microsoft to build two data centres in Canada as it expands cloud services; Federal Government wants data stored in Canada

Montreal: Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau dead at 84

Ottawa: New law coming to compel vehicle recalls in Canada

Global News/Ipsos poll: Three-way race to fall election

Montreal: Liberal candidate accuses opponent of breaking party rules

Ottawa: Liberals enlist Canadian Press to back claim they're back in political game

Michael Den Tandt: Harper proves he can be warm and funny in political eulogy for MacKay

Crux of the Matter: NDP’s Horwath correct on need for Ontario Hydro One referendum

Trenton: DART back; Disaster Assistance Response Team returns to Canada after month in Nepal

Halifax: Main Street Canada businesses say old property tax methods of cities not fair

Montreal: Quebec journalist Bugingo admits serial fraud, yet plays victim card

Toronto: Benjamin Levin, ex-deputy education minister, sentenced to 3 years in prison for child porn-related offences

New Glasgow: Central Nova Tories still hopeful despite loss of Peter MacKay

New Glasgow: For the record: Stephen Harper toasts Peter MacKay

Nova Scotia: Peter MacKay chooses family over another election; nearly 20 years in the political spotlight

Crux of the Matter: C.D.Howe Report blaming 'discovery' method for lack of math skills irresponsible

Toronto: Ex-Ontario deputy minister Benjamin Levin to be sentenced today for three child porn offences

Ottawa: Bank of Canada holds rates, sees exports lifting growth

Look at me: School dress codes are part of life

Toronto: China's Zijin buys stakes in gold, copper projects

Macleans: BlackBerry blow-up: How a leadership rift ripped RIM apart

Crux of the Matter: Latest CIBC Angus Reid poll: Is it 34% won’t take advantage of new TFSA limits or 42% who will?

Cornwall: Federal Government moves to settle longstanding land claim; Mohawks must release all claim to disputed Quebec territory to get $239M

Montreal: Children's hospital move praised by parents

Cache Creek: B.C. village declares emergency, orders evacuations following violent flooding

Edmonton: Notley pledges 'chapter of stability' in Alberta; 12-member cabinet

Waterloo: BlackBerry consolidation of its device software, hardware and applications business means shrinking workforce, while expansion underway in other business areas

Ottawa: Most young Canadian ISIS recruits targeted online: Kenney

Toronto: Ontario industries hammered by energy costs; destruction of jobs, towns

As the caucus crumbles: Premier-elect Rachel Notley forced to boot NDP MLA before her new Alberta government even sworn in

Cold Spring continues: Frost advisory in effect for Toronto, much of Ontario

As the caucus crumbles: Premier-elect Rachel Notley forced to boot NDP MLA before her new Alberta government even sworn in

Windsor: Property acquisition starts in Detroit for Gordie Howe bridge

Toronto: Wynne documentary pulled by TVO amid allegations the Premier's Office trying to control content

Toronto: Brain aging research centre to open Baycrest Health Sciences this fall

Toronto: Mike Babcock says goodbye to Detroit in full-page newspaper ad

Kevin Mitchell: Babcock's journey starts with a firing

Ottawa: CRTC asks internet users for help testing broadband speeds; results will show whether services are delivering as advertised

Theophilos Argitis: Stephen Harper in ‘sweet spot’ as Canada gears up for October election

Ottawa: Canada to hold conference over jihadist youth fears

Ottawa: Canadian jets strike Islamic State staging area in Syria

Crux of the Matter: B.C. canoeists find human ashes & note in bottle “to see the world”

Toronto: Mike Babcock joins Maple Leafs on 8-year deal

Crux of the Matter: CBC & PSAC faux Conservative scandals in lead up to October 19th election

Charlottetown: Liberal wins P.E.I. seat through a coin toss after recount tie

B.C.: Surrey RCMP get 100 new officers to fight gang crime

Indianapolis: Oakville's James Hinchcliffe in intensive care after slamming into wall in fourth major Indy 500 practice accident since Wednesday; 'unpredictable, unproven' aero package fingered

Nanos national poll: Conservatives 32.9%, Liberals 31%, NDP 25%; Trudeau decline continues

Crux of the Matter: The bogus class struggle and the abuse of labels by so-called 'progressives'

Prague: Canada thumps Russia 6-1, wins gold at hockey worlds

Prince George: Fire crews suffer setback in battle against wildfire in B.C.'s Interior

Ottawa: Conservatives, NDP attack Liberals for not committing to any election debates; reminiscent of Pierre Trudeau hiding from media during campaigns

Ottawa: Tory Minister Dr. Kellie Leitch to lead Canada’s first all-female trade mission, to Brazil

Toronto: American widow, former soldier move to finalize civil suit against Omar Khadr

Crux of the Matter: Comparing the 'left' in UK & Canada shows so-called 'progressives' are sore losers

Vancouver: B.C. student wins $75,000 top prize at world's largest high school science fair

Ottawa: Consortium whines over loss of monopoly on election debates; only they can pull the strings, operate cameras, they say

Windsor: Canada giving manufacturers 10-year tax incentive to upgrade equipment to boost productivity

Ekos national poll: NDP surge pushes Liberals back into third place

Montreal: Bombardier cuts 1,750 jobs in Belfast, Toronto and Montreal as it adjusts to weaker demand for business jets

Halifax: Low energy prices hurt Atlantic Canada's economy, but non-energy exports up 11%

Ottawa: Omar Khadr should be declared adult offender, federal government to tell Supreme Court

Toronto: Judges decide fate of remaining $7.3B of Nortel assets

Ottawa: Friendly-fire death in Iraq 'tragic case of mistaken identity': Canadian military report

Toronto: Jahanzeb Malik, man accused of Toronto bomb plot, decides to stop testifying

Ottawa: The next attack ad might already be written; Justin Trudeau misfires. Stephen Harper pokes fun.

John Ivison: Liberals’ behaviour after their tax plan blunder proves they’re OK with muzzling dissent

Alberta: Man convicted in 2005 Mayerthorpe shooting gets parole

Shows poor judgement: Elizabeth May's Press Gallery Dinner speech will haunt her, experts say

Cairo: Mohamed Fahmy sues employer Al-Jazeera for $100M

John Ivison: No excuse for Elizabeth May's meltdown at the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner

Toronto: Patrick Brown in conversation: the new Ontario Tory leader discusses his 'pragmatic' conservative vision

Toronto: Beekeepers warn store-bought plants may carry deadly pesticide

Then makes excuses: Elizabeth May goes 'off the rails' in awkward press gallery dinner speech

Salt Lake City: Khadr's release criticized by U.S. soldier Layne Morris who was blinded in one eye by shrapnel during 2002 firefight

Toronto: Barbara Turnbull, Toronto Star journalist and victim of high-profile shooting which left her a quadriplegic, dead at 50

Christina Blizzard: Brown's decisive win only the start of Ontario PC makeover

Economists: Better times still ahead even after Canada drops nearly 20,000 jobs

William Watson: Why higher taxes don’t raise extra revenue

Facebook confession killings: B.C. man kills wife, sister and daughter in Langley and Rosedale, then self; house burns

Toronto: Rob Ford associate Sandro Lisi found not guilty on drug-related charges as judge slams Crown for shoddy evidence

Ottawa: Harper not backing down on Omar Khadr: He ‘pled guilty to very grave crimes, including murder’

Rex Murphy: A good night in Alberta

Ottawa: Terrorism and radicalization main threats to Canadian security, spy agency says

Toronto: No country for old doctors: Growing number of senior citizen MDs fighting regulators’ calls for them to retire

Toronto: Wynne fails Ontario education system; Premier ignores parents, common sense, bargaining

Toronto: 3,400 new jobs; Walmart to buy 13 former Target Canada stores and a distribution centre

Calgary: Fearful energy industry demands NDP clarify policies

Toronto: Child pornography bust spanning 17 countries leads to 41 arrests

Overreach or worse? Quebec town makes it illegal to insult its cops and workers online

Toronto: Ontario Liberals take heat for offering Hydro One shares in labour settlement; government by looting, pillaging?

Alberta: 5 election night surprises

Edmonton: Premier Prentice shows grace after fired: "While I am personally saddened by the decision, the voters are always right in our democracy, and so it is this evening"

Alberta: As Notley Crew goes from 4 to 53 seats and a majority government, questions arise about economic meltdown in Canada's engine

Ottawa: Federal Government cuts costs of satellite TV for rural residents

Edmonton: Prentice resigns as Alberta PC leader and elected member

Edmonton: Alberta election: NDP wins majority, ending 44 years of PC rule

Edmonton: Oil hits $60 a barrel for first time since December as Albertans head to the polls

Vancouver: Few would escape injury had bombs gone off at B.C. legislature, court hears

Netherlands: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation: "70 years ago, the advancing Canadian soldiers were heralded as heroes and greeted by entire towns of grateful Dutch citizens. We gratefully acknowledge the service and sacrifices, and honour the achievements of the brave Canadians in uniform who fought and died during the Liberation of the Netherlands. We will remember them."

Kelly McParland: Canadians want to save more money. Liberals say no

Charlottetown: Liberals win PEI election, but Tories gain and Greens make history

Forum Research poll: Wynne's approval numbers drop like rock to 29%

Montreal: Bombardier Transportation says consortium finalizing Cairo monorail contract

Toronto: Canada exchange operator TMX Group to trim fees, rebates

Time for recall vote? Wynne’s green scheme dealing massive blow to Ontario and Canada

Nepal: Canadian planes prevented from landing

Holten: Doing the right thing comes at a cost Harper tells vets in Netherlands

Ottawa remembers: ‘In Flanders Fields’: Canada’s national poem turns 100

Changing the world: The history of Quebec and Canada's Internet networks from the people who were there

Kuwait: Iraqi fighters' ‘fatigue’ played role in Canadian’s death: General Lawson

Crux of the Matter: 50+ tax relief measures since Canada’s Harper Conservatives came to power

Ontario: Why Toronto is 'hottest' city in the world for real estate for the ultra-rich

Toronto: Poll finds 60% of Ontarians unhappy with Liberals' Hydro One privatization plan

Eric Grenier: Liberal support dropping in Atlantic Canada, previously their only stronghold; polls say they're down by 8% or more, to pre-Trudeau numbers, while Conservatives rebounding

Kashechewan: Northern Ontario First Nation community expects to finish pre-flood evacuation Thursday

Toronto: Pan Am CEO defends taxpayer-funded salary as fair and reasonable

Hamilton: Dofasco thrives as U.S. Steel topples off the cliff

Ottawa: China train makers eye controlling stake in Bombardier rail

Ottawa: Jordan's King Abdullah II, key Canadian anti-terrorism ally, visits today

Ottawa: Harper to announce military training, humanitarian aid for Jordan

Sesquicentennial: Canada's 150th anniversary winning logo designed by Waterloo U. student Ariana Cuvin; jealous professional designers who missed big payday upset open competition held

Social media cutting edge: Twiplomacy ranks Canada as having 2nd largest ‘twiplomatic’ network

Ottawa: Canada pledges 200 more military members to Nepal earthquake relief

Ottawa: PBO says TFSA 'cost' a non-issue after week of leftie handwringing; miscasts issue: letting people keep more of their own money is not a 'cost'

Bloomberg: Air Canada seen best North American airline bet as stock sidles

Oshawa: GM Canada expands Ontario R&D centre to focus on 'connected car'; 100 more software and controls engineers being hired for 'innovation hub'

Ottawa: Federal Government matching personal donations to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund between April 25 and May 25

Oakville: Tim Hortons finds sales footing in U.S. markets after Burger King merger

Mississauga: Nepalese-Canadian groups meet with Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Nepal's Ambassador Kali Pokhrel to discuss how to streamline fundraising efforts

Ottawa: Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance next chief of defence, Ottawa confirms

Ottawa: Canada to join international treaty to get more reading materials to the blind

CFB Trenton: DART team on way to Nepal; disaster relief experts spring into action with C-17 Globemasters

British Columbia: Prehistoric dinosaur 'highway' discovered in northeast seen as major future tourist attraction

Montreal: Canada's largest hospital move underway as Royal Victoria hospital transfers patients and staff to new superhospital

Montreal: Conservatives recruiting top candidates in Quebec push as polls rise

La Presse/CROP poll: Trudeau collapse continues in Quebec; among francophone voters, Liberals down 2% in a month, down 8% since February, down 13% since August 2014

Nepal: Canadians among Mount Everest climbers hit by quake, avalanche

Ottawa: At least 388 Canadians registered in Nepal

TFSA: Making middle class dreams come true

Nuisance legislation: Dion introduces bill so passengers can sue airlines for failing to take drink orders in French

Ross McKitrick: A cap and trade system won't help cut carbon, but it will hurt consumers

Bank of Canada: Oil price shock soon to be positive overall for Canada: Poloz

Ottawa: Senate Speaker Pierre Claude Nolin dead at 64

Edmonton: Convicted war criminal Omar Khadr granted bail, but release isn't immediate

Winnipeg: Harper says confident of electability of Manitoba 'replacement' candidates following MP retirements

UN: Canada moves up another notch, now 5th 'happiest' country in world; highest GDP of closely bunched top five

Crux of the Matter: Myths of RRSPs & why Conservative TFSA such a winner

Budget 2015: Charities expect donations to rise in wake of proposed tax changes

National Post editorial: Correcting a tax injustice

Sorry, Justin: But your Dad balanced one budget in 15 tries

Kelly McParland: Harper continues to bamboozle opposition with his instinct for the pocketbook

Saskatchewan: Woman, three young children murdered in Tisdale, male killer found dead with surviving baby

Toronto: Investment industry hails balanced budget that will boost investment and growth

Jack Mintz: Big TFSA = smaller government

Crux of the Matter: 100+ reasons to vote for Harper Conservatives in 2015

Federal Budget 2015: Small business comes out a big winner

Peter Foster: Oliver’s deft handling of the budget serves to underline the government’s fiscal competence

Victoria: B.C. says federal budget recognizes its needs

Budget 2015: No losers, but parents, students, seniors and caregivers among the many who will benefit immediately

Toronto: Victory in Ontario Court of Appeal for Blanding's Turtles over industrial wind turbine scheme in Prince Edward County

Economic Action Plan 2015: The Oliver budget in brief

Carol Goar: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s charm and magnetism aren’t enough to counter his weak economic credentials

Lawrence Martin: The sagging Liberals need a shakeup; Wynne hurting Trudeau in GTA

Memphis: CN announces big profits and $2.7B investment in rail infrastructure safety

Christine van Geyn: Cap-and-trade — or rather, tax-and-grab — comes to Ontario

Toronto: Finance Minister Oliver opts for 'New Balance' running shoes in federal budget tradition

Ottawa: Oil drop just a bump in the road for federal budget making

Charlottetown: PEI man arrested on suspicion he would commit terrorism offence back in court

Montreal: Cirque du Soleil sells majority stake to U.S. private equity firm

Kingston: Second twin sister receives life-saving liver transplant

Ottawa: Most Russian air force activity in Arctic in decades, NORAD tells Kenney

Tom Bradley: Loonie, oil decline all part of the ‘Great Rebalancing’

Ottawa: Federal Budget to benefit seniors, including relaxation of RRIF rules

updated ~ Montreal: Ambassador Lawrence Cannon denies paper's report he's returning home to run for Conservatives in Quebec

Andrew Coyne: The lies Ralph Goodale tells

National Post view: CBC’s abuse nightmare may only be beginning

Toronto: Accused men in court after shooting spree injures five

Rex Murphy: Whatever Trudeau may say now, if he can unseat the Harper by supping with Mulcair, he will

Ottawa: Loonie rallies most in 3 years as data back Poloz’s optimism

Toronto: Bell faces $750M class-action lawsuit over selling internet customer data

WSJ: Canadian retail sales rebound in February; gain is biggest in eight months

Ottawa: Governor General Johnston to visit Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota and deliver keynote address to the Council of the Great Lakes Economic Forum

John Ivison: Federal budget will fund up to $1B annually on transit projects in biggest cities, sources say

Quebec: Two Montreal teenagers held in custody after terror plot foiled

Toronto: First IPO will sell 15% of Ontario's Hydro One

Toronto: Clark panel: sell beer in supermarkets, standardize prices, still no answer on wine sales; bars will now pay lower prices

Toronto: Study commissioned by public broadcaster concludes CBC management to blame for 'mishandling' Ghomeshi; "CBC management condoned this behaviour"

Toronto: Wynne Liberals will sell 60% of Hydro One to fund transit infrastructure, not reduce debt

Dramatic change: StatsCan report finds marijuana use down among Canada's teens; studies finding marijuana especially dangerous for developing brains

Cambridge: Toyota replacing low-priced Corolla lines with higher value-added vehicle production that "should give Canadian workers job security in the longer run"

Alberta: PC Leader Jim Prentice commits to freeze public sector wages until budget is balanced; will cut number of agencies, boards and commissions by 25% in next year

updated ~ Winnipeg: Government privatizes former Canadian Wheat Board in return for $250M infrastructure investment by new owners; 49.9% of new company will be owned in trust by farmers who sell it their grain

Halifax: Trailer Park Boys lead the way at Nova Scotia legislature to protest Liberal government's broken promise on film tax break; thousands of jobs to be lost

Latest flip-flop took less than 24 hours: Justin Trudeau now says he is 'unequivocally opposed' to Liberal-NDP coalition

Scott Masson: Why the critics of the Ontario sex-ed curriculum are right

Toronto: Wynne buddy and ex-Deputy Minister of Education Benjamin Levin was a ‘leader’ in a depraved Internet community: Crown

More proof Supreme Court out of control: Rules Quebec town can’t have prayers at council meetings

Paul Wells: Trudeau slide continues on multiple measures: suitability, trust, efficacy, motives, ability; more people see a Trudeau 'hidden agenda'

Éric Grenier: Justin Trudeau Liberals lose lead to Tories, support to NDP; as public starts to pay attention, Liberals drop in averaging of polls

Toronto: Canada's egg business cracking open the market; sales, consumption up

New Brunswick: Hospitals still flunk cleanliness tests

British Columbia: Carson Air Flight 66 fell from sky in uncontrolled descent; bodies of 2 pilots recovered

Ottawa: New Quebec Forces et Démocratie Party says if Elizabeth May participates in election, they should also particpate; will crash meeting to make their point

Toronto: Ex-Ontario Deputy Minister of Education claimed to have had sex with his own daughters in online chats, court hears; served on Premier Wynne's transition team

Toronto: Sousa says April 23rd Ontario budget to be dominated by asset sales and booze changes; hides it in shadow of federal budget

Ottawa: Canada to send 200 military trainers to Ukraine

Ottawa: Out-of-touch Supreme Court rules against Ontario and federal governments and says 'no' to mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes

Nova Scotia: The film tax fandango: saving pennies, losing the future

Nova Scotia: Liberal Premier breaks detailed film industry commitment; job losses imminent; Trudeau frets firestorm, cancels trip

Daniel Dickin: NDP missteps all but ignored by pack media, while distracting from Trudeau's many shortcomings

Montreal: Ontario joins Quebec carbon cap-and-trade scheme, but at what cost? Don’t ask, says Wynne

Chatham: Bail hearing set for Ontario man accused of threatening to blow up Parliament

Toronto: Former Ontario Deputy Education Minister and Premier Wynne associate faces sentencing on child porn charges

Ottawa: Aglukkaq writes provincial counterparts, asks for better emissions numbers

Panama: Canada to announce carbon emissions targets before June’s G7 meeting

Air rage siren: Air Canada flight diverts to Ireland after 87-year-old woman bites attendant

Toronto: Premier Wynne uses global warming scam to push new carbon tax grab on Ontario

Bob Hepburn: Trudeau the big loser in ugly Toronto riding fight? "he has stirred the wrath of party loyalists" and "he is clearly hand-picking and unofficially backing some candidates"

Crux of the Matter: Comparing media coverage for Senators Jim Munson & Mike Duffy; one a bump on a log, the other a lump on a bog?

Summit of the Americas: Harper today announced support for initiatives to promote health, security, democratic governance and border management in the Americas

Ottawa: Canada to send troops to Ukraine in non-combat role

Toronto: Ontario drivers overpaid billions of dollars in auto insurance: study

Toronto: Liberals’ latest angst: It’s all about Eve Adams

Montreal: Tories land another high-profile Quebec candidate in Jean Pelletier

Quebec: Second Montrealer suspected of being a terror threat ordered to wear tracking bracelet

Crime, not racism: RCMP says 70% of female aboriginal homicides committed by aboriginals; 5% committed by unknown perps

Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield: Police investigating second Quebec chainsaw attack in four days

Ottawa: Canada orders 7 more Quebec-made Bell helicopters for Coast Guard

Rogers press release: U.S. roaming plan a success; expanding it to Europe

Ottawa: Harper en route to Summit of the Americas in Panama

Michael Den Tandt: Tories score point on Trudeau Liberals with balanced-budget law proposal

Quebec: Occupation at Montreal university ends in arrests, calls for resignation

Toronto: Bell Media fires President; link made to Kevin Crull's attempt to influence CTV news coverage of CRTC last month

Quebec: Victoriaville Mayor Alain Rayes to seek Conservative nomination

Miami: Canadian diplomat's son told Miami police he and his brother had done other drug rip-offs in Canada and the U.S.

Crux of the Matter: PM Harper and his gov’t “not” on trial, Senator Mike Duffy is

Ottawa: Why invest in Canada? Canada led all G7 countries in economic growth over the past decade; unparallelled world market access with free trade agreements

Ottawa: Oliver expected to announce legislation committing federal government to keeping a balanced budget, except during recession, war

Making poor: Ontario’s decades of debt will resonate with taxpayers for years to come

Vancouver: Canada Student Grants program expanded to include educational programs with minimum duration of 34 weeks; previous limit was 60 weeks; 42,000 additional students per year will benefit

Jumpin' Jupiter: NASA spies 3-mile high pyramid on Ceres

The reflective area around the crater in the top right of the image is what the Dawn team calls 'spot 1'.

Dallas: Police sniper ends stand-off; a 'miracle'
no police hit when gunman attacked HQ

Texas: Dallas police in stand-off after shootout, attempted bombing
of HQ; one or more suspects in armoured van with gun ports on sides


Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Road and Interstate 45, just south of Dallas, during a standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a van, used in an overnight shooting outside the Dallas police headquarters. ~ Brandon Wade Associated Press

Ottawa: 'Extremely high risk' Amanda Lindhout kidnapping probe took RCMP operations into Somalia; no hiding from Canadian justice

Rome: Pope creates tribunal for Bishop negligence
in child sexual abuse cases

Kevin Donovan: CBC host Evan Solomon fired after Toronto Star
investigation finds he took secret cut of art deals


CBC host Evan Solomon was brokering sales of art to wealthy Canadians he dealt with in his journalistic job – including one buyer who had no idea Solomon was collecting a lucrative commission. ~ CBC

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Mere hours into the G7 summit,
Stephen Harper may have already got what he wanted


Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, jokes around with U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders during a dinner at the G7 meeting in Germany on Sunday.

Harper: Russia can't rejoin G7 with Putin in power

PM Harper participates in closing event of Truth and Reconciliation Commission he established in 2007; thanks Commissioners, witnesses

Ottawa: Killer Zehaf Bibeau shot 31 times: OPP police report

Six minutes of terror: OPP report details Hill shooter's rampage

A still from RCMP surveillance video on Parliament Hill from October 22, 2014, shows killer Michael Zehaf-Bibeau running toward the East Block where he commandeered a car that took him to the Centre Block showdown.

China: Complaints Beijing is censoring news on ship disaster

Beijing: Hope fades for finding more China ship survivors

Divers brought out bodies from the upturned hull of a Chinese cruise liner Wednesday as hopes dimmed of finding more survivors nearly two days after the ship capsized with 456 people on board. So far, just 14 people are known to have survived the disaster, while 19 bodies have been recovered, leaving more than 420 people unaccounted for, most of whom are by now feared dead.

Vancouver: Nuttall and Korody found guilty in 2013 Canada Day
Victoria bombing conspiracy

updated ~ China: Passenger ship sinks in Yangtze River
during storm; just 13 of 458 aboard rescued

Class action: Canadian tobacco companies
ordered to pay $15B in damages

South Korea: Nearly 700 isolated as health
officials seek to block spread of MERS

Calgary: Entrepreneurship in Canada ranks 2nd in world

Harper: Liberal plan for mandatory CPP expansion
'a $1,000 pay cut'; favours voluntary approach

Ottawa: Missing 18 seconds of Bibeau video revealed;
encouraged others to kill Canadians, too

Sydney: Japan to join U.S., Australia war games
amid growing China tensions

Beijing warns: US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington
drops demands over disputed South China Sea island building


Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the South China Sea.

Indianapolis: Juan Pablo Montoya wins second Indy 500;
returns to kiss bricks after years away at F1 & NASCAR


Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia driver of the #2 Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara drives during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 24, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Canada = energy: Vast shale oil reserves under Northwest Territories

The first official estimate of how much oil may lie beneath the central Northwest Territories says there could be nearly 200 billion barrels of the resource in two separate fields.

Hamilton: Breakthrough as blood turned into nerve cells
by Canadian researchers at McMaster University

Harper: 'Totally unacceptable' for Canadians to turn to violent jihad

"There is no legitimate reason of any kind in this country for someone to become a violent jihadist or a terrorist or to join any kind of group that is involved or advocates that kind of activity. It is totally unacceptable to Canada and Canadians, and unacceptable to this government."

Montreal: 10 young people arrested on suspicion of joining ISIS
in Turkey and Syria; arrests made at airport

Adnan R. Khan: ISIS isn’t actually winning in Iraq

Iraq: Iranian Defense Minister in emergency
talks in Baghdad after ISIS advance

Baghdad: ISIS seizes control of Iraqi city of Ramadi

Washington: Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria

Cairo: MB Ex-President Morsi gets death penalty for 2011 jail break

Boston: Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

Windsor: Harper announces Detroit River International Crossing
to be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge


Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (left to right), Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Murray Howe, Gordie Howe's son, announce that the new Detroit River International Crossing will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge, in Windsor, Ontario, Thursday, May 14, 2015. ~ Dave Chidley CP

Ottawa: Conservatives want more TV leader debates from more
broadcasters, break monopoly of so-called "broadcast consortium";
NDP onboard but Liberals fear too much Trudeau exposure

Nepal: Another major quake hits, kills dozens; M7.3 shakes Mt. Everest

The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday's earthquake struck 68 km west of the town of Namche Bazar, which is near the Tibetan border and an entry point for many Mount Everest travellers. ~ Google Maps

Blue Beach tetrapods: Missing link between fish and 4-legged beasts?

Early tetrapods like this one, called Acanthostega, were fish-like, with tail fins, gills and up to eight fingers. Acanthostega, seen in an artist's reconstruction, lived in East Greenland, but was closely related to some of the fossils found at Blue Beach, N.S. ~ David Hammond CBC

Macedonia: Gunfight kills eight police, 14 terrorists

Nepal: Fresh avalanches force end to body search in buried village

Kathmandu: Three fresh tremors hit Nepal as toll crosses 8,000

Premier-in-waiting: Patrick Brown, MP, wins Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership by a landslide; has a messed-up province to fix

Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader Patrick Brown speaks after winning the PC party leadership in Toronto on Saturday, May 9, 2015. ~ Frank Gunn CP

Melbourne: Australian police arrest 17-year old on terror charges;
charged with plan to detonate three home-made bombs in city

NY Times: British election’s other losers: pollsters

Results of an exit poll were projected onto BBC's Broadcasting House early Friday in London. ~ Eddie Keogh Reuters

London: Three UK party leaders resign in election fallout: Clegg,
Miliband and Farage all out as Cameron heads to Buckingham Palace

London: PM David Cameron, Conservatives win majority

London: Election results 2015 UK LIVE: Ed Miliband 'set to lose job'
as exit polls give Conservatives huge lead

VE-Day: Canada marks 70 years after guns
fell mostly silent in Netherlands


Canadian General Charles Foulkes accepted the German surrender in a simple signing ceremony at a smashed and ruined hotel in Wageningen, which was to be followed two days later by the more formal unconditional surrender of all German forces accepted by Allied Supreme commander U.S. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower at Reims, France.

London: Royal princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

VE-Day: Why Dutch-Canadian connections have stayed so strong

Texas: Timeline of Garland shooting attack

Threats: Ominous tweets about attack sent before Garland shooting began

Texas: Two gunmen open fire outside Garland exhibit
of Muhammad cartoons; shot dead by police

Edmonton: Federal Govt to seek emergency stay in Omar Khadr case

Holten: 60 Canadian WWII vets in Holland at war remembrance

About 2,000 people, including 60 Canadian World War II veterans between the ages of 90 and 97 years, attended the memorial service at the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, Groesbeek ~ @Cathy_McLeod Twitter

It's all about you: Microsoft app guesses your age from a photo

Nepal: 3 pulled alive from rubble; but many trekkers dead

London debut: Kate and William show off new princess

The new baby princess, just ten hours old and whose name is still to be announced, slept peacefully through her first Royal appearance on the steps of the hospital when the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William showed her off before returning to their London home, Kensington Palace. Prince William said he was "very happy" when he briefly left the hospital to pick up Prince George but the couple did not say anything to the world’s media outside of the hospital.

Baghdad: Harper pledges $139M in refugee aid during Iraq visit

Iraq: Prime Minister Stephen Harper goes to the front lines

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Defence Jason Kenney, right, look out toward active ISIS fighting positions during a visit to members of the Canadian mission in Erbil, Iraq, on Saturday.

London: It's a girl! Now the name game begins

Making it official, a formal bulletin confirming the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl has been displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace. The message, signed by key medical staff, was taken by a royal aide from St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington where the baby was born. The young princess was "safely delivered" at 08:34 BST, the palace said, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg). Oddsmakers say Alice and Charlotte are the favoured names so far.

Nepal: Thousands still missing nearly a week after quake

Globe: Grumbling over logo for Canada’s 150th birthday is a bit rich


No shame: Newsweek disgracefully links Nepal earthquake to rising CO2

Baltimore: Orioles and White Sox to play first MLB game without fans

Flashpoint: U.S. dispatches destroyer after Iran boards commercial ship

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia arrests 93 members of ISIS cells; foils plots

Nepal quake: UN says 8 million hit, PM Koirala puts death toll at 10,000

Nepal quake: Death toll now 4,438 in 3 countries

Baltimore: Crime-wracked city on fire after day of continuing violence

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were investigating several fires in Baltimore as possible arsons, including a massive structure fire Monday night at an under-construction senior center.

Aftershocks: Nepal & India rocked by M6.7 quakes and new damage

updated ~ Kathmandu: Nepal quake regional death toll surpasses 4000;
destruction heavy/widespread; aid arrives from India, Pakistan, beyond

Christopher Booker: Telegraph — Top scientists start
to examine fiddled global warming figures

Nepal: Canada sends DART to earthquake zone

India: 'Nepal's pain is our pain', says PM Modi

Kathmandu: Toll now at least 1,457 after massive Nepal quake

Damage in the city of Kathmandu after 7.8M quake strikes Nepal. ~ Twitter/@sanjogdutta

Nepal: More than 1,400 killed by M7.8 quake

The earthquake was the worst in Nepal in decades; the country suffered a devastating earthquake in 1934, when thousands died. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. in Lamjung and was considered a “shallow quake,” which can be worse than deeper tremors. It was the largest shallow quake since the 8.2 temblor off the coast of Chile on April 1, 2014. Avalanches were reported on the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, with government officials saying that at least 30 people have been injured on the mountain so far and eight climbers believed dead.Damage in the city of Kathmandu after 7.8M quake strikes Nepal.

Winnipeg: Harper vows to stand up for victims
and their rights in speech to advocates

Shallow M6.2 quake hits off B.C. coast north of Vancouver Island

Wyoming: Supervolcano at Yellowstone stretches far underground;
3 giant eruptions in past 2.1M years; repeat odds now 700,000 to 1


Lurking beneath Old Faithful, scientists have long known there was a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park with the potential to make the devastating Mount St. Helens' eruption look like child's play. They have discovered and mapped a blob-like reservoir of hot, partly molten rock reaching 12 to 28 miles beneath the surface. It is 4.5 times larger than the shallower, long-known upper crustal magma chamber. This deep reservoir, according to findings published Thursday in the journal Science, could fill the 1,000-cubic-mile Grand Canyon as much as 11.2 times over.


Hole new game: FootGolf kicks new life into struggling golf courses

Footgolf is a new sport taking U.S. by storm, with over 400 courses so far. A precision sport, footgolf combines soccer and golf. Each player needs only a soccer ball. Footgolf uses the basic model of golf with a teebox, a green, bunkers, hazards and 9 or 18 holes of play. Players kick a soccer ball into an oversized cup - like golf, the goal is to use the fewest kicks. Being compared to snowboarding in changing industry. ~ CFFG

Full text: Finance Minister Joe Oliver's Budget 2015 speech

Budget 2015: $1.4 Billion surplus budget introduced by Oliver

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivers his balanced budget in the House of Commons.

Iraq: ISIS leader al-Baghdadi 'seriously wounded in March air strike';
recently, air strikes increasingly effective in targeting ISIS leadership

Terrorist threat to Canada has "never been as direct or immediate"
CSIS boss Michel Coulombe to Senate national security committee

USS Theodore Roosevelt heads to Yemen to block Iranian weapons

The nuclear-powered carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is shown in the Gulf of Oman last week. ~ US Navy

Rome: Migrant ship sank with hundreds locked in hold

Al Arabiya News: ISIS executes 30 Ethiopia Christians in Libya; video

Libya: 700 feared lost as migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean

Halifax: Liberal axe beheads Nova Scotia film industry

Filmmakers are facing problems acquiring permits, scouting locations and applying for funding, after Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia suddenly shut its doors last Thursday. Much of recent debate has been about funding & tax incentives available to film projects. But with office closure and lack of a clear transition plan, those in industry say even a fully-funded project not seeking tax relief has difficulty accessing support it needs to begin Nova Scotia projects.

Jalalabad: ISIS kills 33 with suicide bomb in first Afghanistan attack

Fisher: Flying with the Canadians fighting ISIS from above Iraq and Syria

The crew of a CP-140 Aurora at their workstations during Operation IMPACT. ~ DND

Ottawa: Modi gets 'rock star' welcome to Canada; supporters line
front lawn of Parliament, chanting his name before 21-gun salute



Greeted enthusiastically at the Ottawa airport, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Prime Minister Stephen Harper “It’s a very important relationship for our country… it’s wonderful,” on Parliament Hill on Wednesday.

Ottawa: Canada, India agree to major uranium supply deal

The agreement was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landmark visit to Canada Wednesday – the first bilateral visit by a sitting Indian Prime Minister in more than 40 years.

Toronto: Canada and India have many links: history, peoples, growth

New York: Oil rises on U.S. production dips, Middle East tensions

El Paso: ISIS camp a few miles from Texas, Mexican authorities confirm

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, according to the same sources.

IMF: Booming India to grow faster than China

Ottawa: Indian PM Modi comes to Canada; first visit since Ghandi in 1973

Global News Ipsos Reid poll: 38% say Harper best choice for PM;
Trudeau now in third place at 30% as his numbers continue tumble

IMF: Canada GDP growth still 'solid' at 2.2% in 2015 after oil drop;
Euro-using countries to grow at 1.2%, U.S. growth up on energy drop

Near-tragedy: France's state railway company lodges criminal complaint after dozens of bike racers ignore descending crossing barriers on live TV


Around 30 cyclists crossed the tracks as the barrier came down. The high-speed TGV screamed past seconds after the cyclists nipped across the tracks.

Clinton announces for President: Incompetence and corruption cloud former First Lady's 2nd White House bid; Benghazi bungle looms big

International hero: 35 years ago today, Terry Fox began legendary run against cancer; his brother sets $1 per person goal for 35th anniversary

Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 1977. Doctors amputated his right leg 15 centimetres above the knee. During Terry's subsequent chemotherapy treatments, he struggled with watching other young people die from cancer. "I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer," Terry wrote in a letter to the Canadian Cancer Society, asking them to support his run. "But, I believe in miracles. I have to." Fox ran a marathon a day, averaging 42 kilometres daily. He covered 5,373 kilometres over 143 days. Fox reached his goal for one dollar per Canadian ($24.17 million) on February 1, 1981. He died less than five months later. He inspired a nation and then the world.

al-Adnani: ISIS spokesman calls for more Ottawa-style
attacks in Canada, warning ‘what lies ahead will be worse’

Corruption rewarded: 79-year-old Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes

South China Sea: U.S. surveillance reportedly shows Chinese artillery on artificial islands

Deutsche Welle: Angela Merkel named most powerful woman in the world for the ninth year in a row

Kabul: Taliban militants gunned down in attack on guesthouse in Afghanistan

Neil Macdonald: Free speech on the run, even in the home of the brave

Zurich: U.S. indicts world soccer officials in $150M FIFA bribery scandal; 47 count indictment early Wednesday charges 14 world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud

Washington: Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30 – French envoy

Washington: Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers' information: IRS

Beijing: Fire sweeps through privately run home for the elderly in central China, killing 38

Ciudad Acuna: Mexican tornado near Texas border kills 13

Baghdad: Iraq opens operation to choke off Islamic State lifelines in Ramadi

Downpour: Flooding hits Texas and Oklahoma

Santa Ana: Feds: 2 men arrested in California wanted to be martyrs for ISIS

updated ~ Mexico City: 43 dead, including one federal police officer, after 3-hour shootout between drug gangsters and police in West Mexico cartel area

Washington: Authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of D.C. family

Washington: Senate clears White House-backed trade bill as Democrats split

updated ~ al-Qadeeh: 20 dead, 50+ injured after suicide bomb attack during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia; ISIS claims responsibility

Toronto: Cold temps cause 20 times more premature deaths than heat: study

Washington: Takata expected to recall nearly 34 million vehicles, biggest in history

Lawrence Solomon: The worldwide crackdown on NGOs

New York: A record 222 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines this summer

Kiev: Russian soldier captured in Ukraine admits on video to spying mission

Yemen: Saudi-led air strikes hit Aden after truce expires

ME updates: U.S.-led coalition conducted 19 air strikes against ISIS in Ramadi

Waco: 9 dead after shooting between biker gangs in Texas

Beirut: Syrian state TV: Army kills five ISIS leaders in eastern Syria

Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan: U.S. special forces storm Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, change war with new tactics

Washington: With deadly swoop on ISIS compound, U.S. commandos seek to disrupt group's financing

Washington: Army's elite Delta Force conducted raid that killed top ISIS official, Abu Sayyaf, and captured his wife

NY Times: Was Philadelphia Amtrak train derailed by a rock or gunshot?

Las Vegas: Blues legend B.B. King dead at 89

Philadelphia: 8th body found in wreckage of Amtrak train derailment

Bujumbura: Burundi army chief says coup attempt failed

Hollywood: Simpsons renewed but is Harry Shearer really gone along with Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders?

Tokyo: Honda recalls nearly 5 million vehicles over airbag issues

Valenzuela: Philippine factory fire traps, kills 72; lapses investigated

Afghanistan: Taliban claim responsibility for guesthouse attack on Kabul party honouring Canadian, 14 dead

Philadelphia: Amtrak train was travelling at 160 kph (100 mph) at time of killer crash, double the speed limit

Baghdad: Iraq ministry says an Islamic State leader killed; U.S. denies any attack

New York: U.S. 'Volcker Rule' violates NAFTA: Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver

Chautara: Nepal officials tell people to evacuate damaged buildings

CNN Money: Why Facebook is starting a new partnership with 9 news publishers

Kim Jong Un purges continue: North Korea executes defense chief with an anti-aircraft gun at firing range

Pakistan: ISIS gunmen storm an overcrowded bus in Karachi and kill more than 40 Shiite Muslims

updated ~ Train 188: 6 killed, 8 critical, 71 injured as Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

Nepal: U.S. military helicopter aiding earthquake victims missing with eight on board

Australia: Major El Nino declared by Bureau of Meteorology; drier, hotter conditions predicted

"You lie!" NBC investigation says Barack Obama DID edit out the role of Pakistani special forces in killing Bin Laden and change the facts so he could take all the credit; what will Hillary admit?

Sylhet: Bangladesh blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death in the street

Washington: Kerry to meet Putin in Russia for the first time in two years

San Francisco: Flexport wants to be Uber of the oceans

Madrid: Airbus shares fall after Spain test flight crash

Stockholm: Sweden’s supreme court upholds Julian Assange’s detention order

Columbia: Volvo chooses South Carolina for new $500M auto plant; will employ 4,000

Beijing: China cuts interest rates for 3rd time in 6 months to boost economy

Marilynn Marchione: New blood tests, liquid biopsies, may transform cancer care

Beijing: China's auto sales plummeted in April

Jakarta: 1,600 Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants rescued, thousands more stranded at sea

Cairo: Iran-backed Houthis pushing Arab League into joint armed forces; almost entire Arab Middle East sees Iran as an enemy

Cairo: Moroccan F-16 jet from Saudi-led coalition in Yemen goes missing

Sanaa: Saudi-led airstrikes pound Yemen: Deets on the coalition

NY Magazine: The lost laughs of Letterman; writers share the greatest jokes he never told

New York: Top 50 U.S. boardroom hoarders sit on $1Tn in cash

updated ~ Wuerenlingen: Five people shot dead in northern Switzerland town

Hattiesburg: Two police officers shot dead in Mississippi after stopped car

Moscow: Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine

Terror and embarassment: BUK missile system catches fire during Russian WWII victory parade of military hardware

Baghdad: 36 guards and inmates die in riot, 40 inmates escape from prison

Monrovia: Liberia is free of Ebola, says World Health Organization

Cairo: Court sentences Egypt's Mubarak to 3 years in prison, fine

London: How David Cameron's Conservatives won their majority

London: UK PM Cameron: 'We'll scrap funds for windfarms'

Maha Mussadaq: Pakistan: "I was in the helicopter behind the one that crashed"

Pakistan: Two ambassadors killed after helicopter crashes into school; among the six dead are the Norwegian and Philippine Ambassadors

Paris: Germanwings co-pilot tried controlled descent on previous flight: French investigators

New York: ISIS boasts of ‘71 trained soldiers in 15 different states’

Death threat: ISIS says it will kill free speech advocate and blogger Pamela Geller and everyone who protects her; proclaims war

Garland: FBI had past run-in with one Texas suspect

Phoenix: Arizona apartment of Dallas Muhammad attacker searched by police

Kathmandu: Nepal government puts priority on re-opening Mount Everest to climbing; the foreign climbers help economy, put their personal quests first

New York: Carly Fiorina launches bid for Republican 2016 nomination

Kiev: Ukraine, in snub to Moscow, adopts West's poppy as war-time symbol, ditches Soviet WWII war name and adopts VE Day

Rome: Thousands of migrants rescued from flimsy boats in Mediterranean over weekend

Montana: Obama falsely claims Keystone XL pipeline would carry only Canadian oil

Capability gap: Is Syria's Assad losing power?

Yola: With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

U.S. economy: The 3 things that killed GDP in the first quarter

East New Britain: Papua New Guinea hit by M6.8 quake

New York Times: Tesla ventures into solar power storage for home and business

Salafist militant links: German police foil Islamist attack ahead of Frankfurt cycle race

Michael Bloomberg: Let David Cameron’s Conservatives continue fixing the British economy

Latest whine: Apple Watch and other electronic devices functioning is thwarted by tattoos; pampered ink-stained wretches call it 'tattoogate' and claim discrimination

Washington Post: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘banging against the walls’ during ride, trying to hurt himself

Baltimore: Mom who smacked son during riots: "I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray" - Youtube

Athens: Greece considers selling ports to reach deal with EU/IMF

Niger: Island battle with Boko Haram killed 230

Nepal: ‘Miracle Man’ pulled from earthquake rubble after 80 hours entombed

Communications breakdown: Out-of-control Russian cargo ship plunging to Earth

Not Chibok kidnapees: Nigeria army rescues 200 girls and 93 women kidnapped by Boko Haram

Book review: The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 by Eugene Rogan

Delay or scrub? Russian cargo ship suffers glitch after launching toward space station

Quake experts: Bigger earthquake coming on Nepal's terrifying faults

Baltimore riots: Troops fan out to maintain order, week-long curfew begins as firefighters continue to douse fires set by rioters

Nepal quake: Mobile phone footage shows huge landslides as tremors hit Tibet

Nepal quake: Waiting in limbo for the flight home

National Guard and curfew: Baltimore declares state of emergency as Freddie Gray riots erupt

Baltimore: Mayoralty incompetence: ‘Gave those who wished to destroy space to do that’

Global feminism: 'Headscarves and Hymens' author says Middle East needs a sexual revolution

Montreal: Scientists identify new gene linked to breast cancer

Poland: Russian pro-Putin bikers turned back at Polish border

Aden: Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen

Nepal: Travellers scramble to leave as locals contemplate rebuilding

Las Vegas: George W. Bush speaks his mind on Obama failures, coming White House race

Golan Heights: Israel says airstrike today on Syrian border targeted armed terrorists preparing an attack

Washington: Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake

New York magazine: The disastrous Clinton post-Presidency

Israel: IDF double hits Hezbollah-bound missiles in Syria base attack

Nepal: ‘Complete chaos’ at airport as foreigners try to leave quake-stricken country

Nepal: Ancient city of Bhaktapur suffers heavy damage

New Delhi: India rushes 13 military aircraft with aid to quake-hit Nepal

Kathmandu: Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for "nightmare waiting to happen"

Richard J. Petschauer: I am a climate skeptic who believes in global warming

Gallipoli: Fallen soldiers honoured 100 years after WWI campaign

George Petrolekas: Is fighting ISIS a moral dilemma? I think not.

New York: Comcast dropping its $45B Time Warner Cable bid

London: Asthma could be cured within five years after researchers make breakthrough discovery

Rome: Vatican shrugs off reports of a 2010 Islamist suicide plot targeting Pope Benedict by same Pakistani terrorists who had killed 100 in a Peshawar market in 2009

Yerevan: Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5 million

Chicago: Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry; Wisconsin calls in National Guard to disinfect trucks

Detroit: Ford to lay off 700 at Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne; declining sales of small cars, hybrids and electric vehicles

Washington: Iranian ships moving away from Yemen after U.S. warning

Amman: Rebel seizure of Syrian border post hits exporters across region

Bloomberg: Low prices now mean big energy costs in future

Jakarta: Conference speakers call for a post-Bretton Woods system that better serves emerging economic powers

Asian African Summit: Indonesian President calls for new global economic order

Paris: Man ‘planning terror attack on churches’ arrested

Al Arabiya: Saudi coalition's 'Operation Decisive Storm' against Yemen rebels ends, replaced by 'Operation Restoring Hope'; will "include diplomatic and political efforts along with military operations"

Eli Lake: Obama kept Iran's short breakout time a secret

Tauranga: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd admits to threatening to kill and drugs charges

American Thinker: Scientist confesses he made up polar bear population estimates

Cairo: Morsi gets 20 years

Philadelphia: Taking too many vitamins 'increases risk of heart disease and cancer', study warns; findings presented at American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

Finally: Immune system drugs melt tumours in new study, leading a cancer revolution

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi: Arab alliance — Iran’s overdue nightmare!

National Journal: Marco Rubio is the rock star they feared he would be

St. Paul: Minnesota Six charged with trying to join ISIS

Yemen: Saudi airstrike on Scud missile base near Sanaa causes massive explosion

CNN: Arsonist: The Middle East is in flames -- and Obama's making it worse

Miami: Canadian diplomat's 15-year-old son pleads not guilty to murder in Florida case

Athens: Tsipras seizes public-sector funds to keep Greece afloat

Star Wars returns: "Chewie, We're Home"; the anticipation builds

Anaheim: Star Wars lovefest starts up marketing machinery for next two films

Mogadishu: Bomb explodes on UN bus in Somalia; al-Shabab claims attack

Barcelona: 13-yr-old kills teacher with crossbow, stabs 4 students

Moscow: Russia consumer confidence collapses

London: Airlines slash routes to Moscow in latest sign of Russia's growing isolation

Australia: Queensland police reassess Anzac Day security after Melbourne raids

Melbourne: Australia arrests 5 teenagers; included ISIS-inspired terror plot to kill soldiers on Anzac Day

Montreal: Maple syrup could help fight bacterial infections, Canadian scientists find

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri dead: Co-founder of ISIS and chief henchman to Saddam Hussein killed in battle near Tikrit

New York: NBC News credibility takes another hit as it's now revealed they fell for 'fake kidnapping' of their own correspondent in Syria

Islamabad: Chinese President to visit Pakistan, hammer out $46B deal encompassing a network of roads, railways and energy projects

TIME: Beginning of fateful Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against Nazis in 1943 chosen as date for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel: Netanyahu likens Iran to Nazis on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Durban: Zuma to address South Africa Parliament on attacks on immigrants

Telegraph: Drug that 'reboots' immune system could ward off the onset of Alzheimer's Disease, scientists believe

Washington: Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down, warned Secret Service; any closer and he would have been shot down, say police

Journalistic malpractice: Tampa Bay Times knew about Capitol lawn gyrocopter stunt months in advance; had reporters on scene; culpable if had resulted in death?

Retirement soon for lord of the ring: Floyd Mayweather: Manny Pacquiao will be penultimate fight

Scientific American: American Physical Society steps back from brink; removes 'incontrovertible' from its previous global warming claims due to scientists' dissent

Shabwah: Yemen tribal fighters take rebel Houthi hostages

BBC: Russia lifts ban on S-300 missile system delivery to Iran

Whitewater: Explained for those who don't remember the bumpy Clinton Presidency

Misinformation motive? Warming propagandists push lies despite fact Antarctic sea ice has been steadily growing over past 35 years, and is near record levels now as waters around Antarctica continue to cool

Lübeck: Günter Grass, German novelist and social critic, dies at 87

Vatican City: Pope sparks Turkish anger by calling Armenian slaughter a 'genocide'

Vandals: ISIS destroys ancient ruins of Nimrud, video shows; bulldozing came amid other attacks on antiquities in Iraq and Syria

Wichita: Forest products industry takes a hit as paper towels and toilet tissue latest uses for wheat straw

Stockholm: Sweden to join coalition against ISIS

London: Twitter suspends 10,000 accounts linked to ISIS in just 24 hours 'for tweeting violent threats'

Italy: Gunman opens fire in Milan courthouse, killing lawyer, judge and co-defendant

Power naps and gum: New research offers memory-boosting tips

Black gold: A tiny UK company's stock is surging massively after announcing a 'world class' oil discovery near Gatwick Airport

Boston: Reaction to conviction of Tsarnaev in Marathon bombings

Paris: 40% of flights cancelled in France because of air-traffic controllers

Stan Freberg: Beloved genius of radio, comedy and advertising, dies at 88

Bye-bye: Don McLean's original lyrics and songwriting notes for American Pie sell for $1.2M

London: Shell mega-merger keeps global stocks fizzing

Nashua: Rand Paul starts White House campaign with visit to New Hampshire

Will number 2 in race try harder? Libertarian Republican Paul will position himself as 'conservative with a human face'

Louisville: Rand Paul launches much-anticipated 2016 Presidential campaign; read his launch speech

"A damning indictment of our media": A satirical journalist is the first to ask Edward Snowden tough questions

Telegraph: Russia ready to offer Greeks cash in return for 'assets'

Global warming ‘pause’ continues: Temperature standstill lengthens to 18 years, 4 months

Paul Homewood: Satellite temperatures fall again in March; 'warmest year evah' scam appears to be dead in the water again this year

London: Global stocks boosted by M&A pipeline, Fed outlook

Amsterdam: FedEx buys TNT for $4.8B

Gotnews: Rolling Stone's alleged rape ‘survivor’ drunken Emily Renda is rape hoaxer’s best advocate

NY Times: University of Virginia fraternity to sue Rolling Stone for libellous, unsubstantiated rape article

Kenya: KDF air raid destroys Al-Shabaab camp with 800 militia, three other camps destroyed

Just returned from Syria: Malaysian police detain 17 for plotting terror acts in Kuala Lumpur

Kenya university attack: Government official's son identified as one of gunmen

UK: Boy, 14, and 16-year-old girl arrested in Blackburn and Manchester on suspicion of 'preparing for acts of terrorism'

New York: Rolling Stone to officially retract botched rape story as damning review by Columbia School of Journalism is released

Yemen: Iran-backed rebels advance in battleground Aden

Kenya: Churches hire armed guards after Garissa attack that claimed 148

Nottingham: Medieval garlic and bile potion kills MRSA superbug

Gallup: In U.S., concern about environmental threats eases; despite government claims about so-called global warming, Americans' worry about it is no higher now than when Gallup first asked about it in 1989

Washington: AP Analysis: Holes, questions remain for Iran's nuclear deal

LA Times: Nuclear deal unlikely to make Iran a docile U.S. partner; and longtime allies Egypt and Saudia Arabia were upset by U.S. flirtation with Iran

Washington: U.S. job growth brakes sharply, clouds Fed rate hike timing

France: Second black box confirms Germanwings crash was deliberate; co-pilot increased plane speed to 700 kmph

Egypt: Grenade attacks kill 17 in Sinai Peninsula

New York: Two women arrested in ISIS domestic IED bomb plot; radicalized Americans

Andrew Coyne: In defence of TFSAs: It’s a myth that they mostly benefit the rich

Edmonton: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announces election for May 5th

Quebec City: CAQ MNA Gérard Deltell jumps to the federal Conservatives for 2015 election

Ottawa: Tories expected to double tax-free savings account annual amount

Propaganda just keeps on coming: More alarmist nonsense about glacier retreats; but that's what glaciers do

Freeman Dyson: "Whole earth is growing greener as a result of carbon dioxide, so it’s increasing agricultural yields, it’s increasing the forests and it’s increasing growth in the biological world and that’s more important and more certain than the effects on climate" [video]

New York: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and partner outbid Ontario Teachers' pension plan to take business software maker Informatica private in $5.3B leveraged buyout deal

Vancouver: Harper announces 10-year Canadian contribution to Thirty Meter Telescope project; joins Japan, China, India and U.S.

Toronto: TSX opens higher as banks lead broad gains

Saint-Jérôme: Quebec man arrested after chainsaw used to threaten family; camera video uploaded to social media was used by police

Religion in Canada: Canadians hanging on to personal faith as organized religion declines

Charlottetown: New Premier of P.E.I. calls election, voters go to polls on May 4

Ottawa: Key Crown witness in Duffy trial expected to admit to acting as middleman for questionable payments

Ottawa: Canada sells final 73.4 million shares of GM stock from recession bailout; beats estimates, pulls in $3.3B (CDN)

Crux of the Matter: Liberal desperation for power starts with former PM Martin’s criticisms; Trudeau in hiding as failed 'Mr. Dithers' rolled out

Toronto Sun editorial: UN climate scheme rife with fraud

Ottawa: 'Very large' infrastructure announcements on the horizon: Industry Minister Moore

The unease spreads: Liberal rank-and-file increasingly uneasy with Justin Trudeau’s leadership; his only hope a Pierre Trudeau-scale economic collapse which isn't happening

Stewart, BC: Overnight border closings won't block emergency aid to small adjacent Hyder, Alaska; alarmist media report was wrong

Winnipeg: Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, not running in 2015 election; after 10 years as MP will return to previous work as police officer; Minister Paradis also returning to private life

St. Lawrence Seaway: First ship of 2015 navigation season runs aground near Beauharnois, Quebec after hitting heavy ice

Jose Bautista: The Cycle; Third World baseball a low-chance casino

St. John's: Divers find 20-cm puncture in Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Ann Harvey; under tow; pumps on

Ottawa: Canada to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria 'within days'

Miramichi: Canada to save millions with new centralized civil service pay centre in New Brunswick; will serve 46 departments and agencies

Ekos poll: Conservatives maintain national lead; Liberals decline continues with NDP rising and nipping at their heels

Toronto: Federal budget to be balanced says FinMin Oliver; delivery date is April 21st

Toronto: Ontario Govt apparently kicks off $500+M Hydro One asset sales before enabling budget

Montreal: La Presse says Trans-Canada will ditch port in Cacouna, Quebec to respect beluga whales; says Energy East pipeline will be extended to Saint John, New Brunswick

Sarnia: Firm at centre of Mississauga gas plant scandal in hot water again

Ottawa: Cost of 18-month ISIS mission in Iraq and Syria estimated at $528M; includes $122M spent for first six months

Toronto: Canadian auto sales edge higher in March

Miami: Canadian diplomat's son killed, other son arrested; two dead in apparent drug deal gone bad

Ottawa: House of Commons Board of Internal Economy waiting until April 21 before garnisheeing NDP MPs' wages to recover $2.7M owing

Miami: Canadian diplomat's son killed, other son arrested; two dead in apparent drug deal gone bad

Halifax: Hero who carried injured elderly woman from Air Canada Flight 624 crash identified and thanked [video]

Ottawa: At least 40 current, former senators asked to account for questionable expense claims

Just lies: No, Ontario’s deficit isn’t really down. In fact, current projections show it’s grown by $400M

Ottawa: Wallin expensed private, business trips to Toronto and Guelph, RCMP allege

Richard Landau: SECU chair Kramp gives C-51 seminar in Oakville; reveals details of legislative processes and government security goals

David Reevely: Crashing oil prices, plunging dollar do Ontario's finance minister a big favour; but numbers still worse than predicted in 2013

Crux of the Matter: Onatario 'Health & Physical Ed' curriculum embeds sexual & gender politics

Toronto: CIBC says corporate profit margins at 27-year high amid falling loonie, labour costs; bodes well for corporate tax take

Toronto: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan brings net assets to $154.5B with 11.8% ROI

Ottawa: Bill C-57 to increase Family Benefits by $60 for every child under 17 introduced in House of Commons; formally implements Family Tax Cut

London: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board teams up on $2.9B stake in UK’s top ports manager

Ottawa: Despite brutal cold and oil slide, Canada's economy shrinks less than expected in January

John Ivison: Weak showing in new poll has Liberals wondering if Trudeau has lost his lustre

Saanich: Mayor gets to say "I told you so"; B.C. privacy commissioner vindicates complaints by Richard Atwell that city hall staff spied on him

Alliston: Honda Canada expansion will produce CR-V models for export to Europe under CETA free trade agreement

Alberta: Best Buy Canada and Future Shop consolidation an effort to cut costs

Ottawa: Takata class-sued for $1.9B in Canada over defective airbags

Alberta: Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith loses PC nomination; out of politics?

Election Moneyball: Trail of donations favours Tories in coming vote

Punch drunk? Trudeau taking punches from all corners

Rex Murphy: The modern university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and anti-intellectualism

Toronto: Canadian Olympic 400m runner Daundre Barnaby drowns during training camp on St. Kitts

Hugh Segal: How complexity imperils faith in our public institutions

Victoria: Health Dept study minimal risk in BC frontier gas and oil development in North West

Ottawa: CBC claims it knows amendments coming to Bill C-51 next week

Ottawa: Montreal man signs inclusive peace bond amid RCMP terrorism fears

Ottawa: Canada Post turnaround produces $194M profit in 2014; more parcels, less mail

Toronto: Ontario Sunshine list reveals 111,438 public sector workers in Ontario were paid more than $100,000 in 2014

Ottawa: Supreme Court rules Quebec has 'no legal right' to federal long-gun registry data; "dismantling of an ill-advised regime and overdue restoration of privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners"

Saint-Apollinaire: Harper details 42 infrastructure projects in Quebec; includes federally-owned small craft harbours, regional airports, and education, scientific, agricultural and forestry development and cultural heritage assets in the province

Waterloo: Blackberry reports profit, record cash balance on hand

Oakville: Tim Hortons borrows Burger King’s global expansion plan

Canada dumb: New Brunswick Education Minister angry after learning French and English students have been sharing a school bus

Alberta budget: Calgary business groups applaud province for maintaining tax rate

Ottawa: Majority of Canadians back CRTC on pick and pay: poll

Ottawa: Canadian airlines ordered by Transport Minister to have 2 people in the cockpit

Toronto: Air Canada to require two people in cockpit after revelations about Germanwings co-pilot

Crux of the Matter: On Siddiqui column that "PM’s flip flop on war fits pattern of deceit"

Quebec: Timid Liberal ads fail, like their leader

Ottawa: CRTC chair blasts Bell for alleged meddling in CTV News coverage

Ottawa: Huge online dating site fined $48,000 for spam

Ottawa: Transport Minister Raitt says spate of CN Rail accidents no fluke; railroad on notice, investigation ongoing

Scourge of 'Big Wind' destroying Ontario's finances, jobs and countryside: 'Get organized,' wind turbine opponents urged; people power works; industry floods comments with propaganda

Toronto: Postmedia given Competition Bureau green light to buy 173 Sun Media publications for $316M

Iraq: Canada 'doing its share' in humanitarian aid, Nicholson tells reporters

Montreal: Discount chain Dollarama's profit jumps by 21% as it adds 27 stores

Big cities in agreement: New era as Toronto, Montreal mayors say they will be joining forces on politics, business and security

updated ~ Chemical weapons link: PEI police make terror arrest, peace bond issued

La Presse translation: Quebec in favour of extending Canadian mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

TD Report: Oil price drop will slow growth for parts of Canada but help other parts; "growth should accelerate in the last half of the year"

Margaret Wente: Harper Derangement Syndrome gives victims tunnel vision; delusions common in columnists

Ottawa: 'Patrice Vincent must not have died in vain,' sister tells Bill C-51 hearing

Chantal Hébert: Trudeau Liberals fall into unhappily familiar pattern in Quebec; could be shut out of francophone Quebec for a third consecutive election

updated ~ Ottawa: White powder sent to Senators' offices is non-toxic; return address says 'Ottawa shooting'

Florence: Canadian soldier and family, and Pennsylvania couple, die in fiery I-95 crash in South Carolina on trip home from Spring Break

Toronto: Private sector workers earn less, work more: CFIB report

Ottawa: Mulcair makes transparent political calculation to seek support from head-in-the-sand voters; NDP will oppose further action against ISIS by Canadian Forces

Peterborough: Odin Camus overwhelmed after worldwide outpouring of support from strangers for his 13th birthday; from Japan, India and Russia to Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida

Ottawa: PM Harper marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: "We are proud of Canada’s diversity and inclusiveness. The promotion of these values has helped to build our great country where pluralism thrives. Our Government is committed to combatting racial discrimination in all its forms."

Global News/Ipsos Reid poll: 88% of Canadians say faces should be bare during Citizenship ceremony; 72% say niqabs, burkas are symbols of oppression of women

Global News/Ipsos Reid poll: How do supporters of Canada’s major political parties feel about requirement to show face while taking citizenship oath?
Supported by 96% of Conservatives, 85% of Liberals, 83% of NDP, 81% of Bloc Quebecois

Rex Murphy: Sexual misconduct scandal involving Liberal MPs should have a full and open hearing

Ottawa: Tories call for opposition support on motion to extend ISIS mission

Tarek Fatah: The niqab is the flag of Islamism

Ottawa: CRTC introduces new cable/satellite regime with $25 basic package and pick-and-pay for additional channels; start deadline is March 2016 but at least Rogers has suggested it could make the offer earlier

Toronto: Don Cherry launches pet rescue foundation

Milton: CN Rail building $250M intermodal hub north of Hwy 407; will create 1,000 direct and indirect jobs; each train removes 280 trucks from road

Alberta: Woman extradited from Germany for allegedly stalking — and impersonating — a CTV Edmonton anchor

Saskatoon: Canada support program promotes processed lamb exports; new, unique market being developed

Toronto: Jury reaches unanimous verdict against one of VIA Rail Terror plot accused; judge instructs to finish deliberations

Mississauga: Iraq mission will be extended, Harper tells press conference details will come in House of Commons next week

Mississauga: Harper announces support to open new export markets for small and medium-sized businesses

Trenton: 50-vehicle crash closes Canada's busiest highway west of Belleville; 401 eastbound still being cleared

Crux of the Matter: Political correctness or gender equality: Miller chooses equality

Halifax: Another winter storm batters Atlantic Canada

Ottawa: Liberal MP Andrews says 'astounded' by reports of permanent ousting from caucus

Ottawa: Trudeau breaks pledge; Liberal MPs Massimo Pacetti, Scott Andrews to be booted from caucus; left in limbo for months, were assured they'd be informed before public

Ottawa: Status of Canada's 4 current terror trials/cases

Redmond: 'Internet Explorer' to go into witness protection plan, get new name and identity in upcoming version of Windows, says Microsoft, of once-reviled and dominant browser

Owen Sound: MP Miller apologizes for 'stay the hell where you came from' radio comment

Ottawa: New legislation for injured veterans and their families will give new benefits to family caregivers, expand existing allowance

Ottawa: Canada joins global treaty to ban cluster bombs

Vancouver: 'Whole world' will be laughing at Canada, B.C. bomb plot accused told his wife

Ottawa: David Johnston to remain Governor General until 2017; 2 year extension

Toronto: Fresh blood no better for transfusions in very ill patients: study

St. Patrick's Day: The Irish things that aren't, really

David Frum: Trudeau didn’t just defend the niqab. He defended the niqab by trivializing the Holocaust

Konrad Yakabuski: Where's the logic in Ontario's power play?

Manitoba: Currency exchange rate has more Canadian growers selling grain crops across U.S. border

Vancouver: Safety concerns raised after fatal double stabbing at boarding house hotel on downtown eastside

Barrie: OPP union CAO fired amid fraud allegations; Walsh ran for Liberals in 2011 election; OPPA ran controversial ads supporting Liberals in 2014 election

Christina Blizzard: Spring budget is Liberals' fire sale to cure 12 years of mismanagement

Montreal: NDP tones down its defence of face-covering niqab in Quebec

Toronto: Ontario to auction off licences to sell beer, wine in supermarkets; complex cash grab being used to distract from Hydro One privatization

Barrie: Four in hospital; police investigating explosion, house fire

Edmonton: Principles, what principles? Alberta Liberal MLA to run for 3 parties simultaneously

Ottawa: Good news buried as Canada unemployment rate at 5-month high; full-time employment up by 34,000, part-time down by 34,900

Vancouver: 6 quarantined after suspicious envelope found in downtown tower

Calgary: Earnings loss benefit increased for part-time reserve force veterans: Kenney

Toronto: Ontario police union leaders defrauded members through sweetheart business deal, court documents allege

Halifax: Nova Scotia awaits another huge blizzard; 40 cm in forecast

Halifax: Part-time reservists to have same benefits as regular forces

Ottawa: Sgt. Andrew Doiron's colleagues held fire when Kurds mistakenly turned guns on them

Saskatchewan: Canada's railways can't dictate terms on grain backlog: Harper

FLASHBACK - October 7, 2009: Toronto Star: 'Muslim lobby group urges Ottawa to ban burkas, niqabs'

Terry Glavin: Chest-thumping isn't protection of liberty; Trudeau's "narcissism on methamphetamines"

FLASHBACK - March 27, 2010: Liberal Leader Michael 'Ignatieff backs Quebec veil ban'; Liberal MP Justin Trudeau doesn't make a peep

Lewis Furey: Trudeau needs a broken Canada

Mexico: Calgary woman dies after whale jumps onto boat near Cabo San Lucas

Ottawa: Misinformation, false accusations show desperation of Trudeau attack on transparency during citizenship ceremonies

Ottawa: Life Means Life Act will give juries bigger role in determining life without parole

Ottawa: Transport Canada introduces new, tougher tank car standard to be phased in by 2025; welcomed by railways

Macleans: Jason Kenney responds to Justin Trudeau’s bizarre speech

updated ~ Calgary: 38 Canadian Imams issue fatwa against ISIS; condemn radicalization, recruitment, actions; declare them to be "outsiders" to the faith

Kelly McParland: Hydro One sell-off is Wynne Liberals' way of testing whether Ontarians will believe anything

Windsor: Extremist who had no valid passport and was labelled a ‘high-risk traveller’ joins jihadists in Syria

Quebec City: IBM, Revenue Quebec employees arrested in UPAC raid

VIA Terror trial: The strange non-defence of Chiheb Esseghaier

Crux of the Matter: Trudeau’s disgraceful misrepresentation re: Harper, Citizenship & niqabs

Ottawa: CIJA responds to speech overreach by Liberal Leader Trudeau

Andrew Leach: Oil sands production will continue to increase in near term, likely through 2020 if not beyond, unless prices decrease materially relative to today

Blair King: The Energy East pipeline: dispelling some myths

Beryl Wajsman: Mr. Trudeau have you no shame? Pandering for votes while ignoring history; does Liberal leader still believe honour killings and female genital mutilation aren't 'barbaric'?

Gogama: Fire out in latest tanker train derailment; bypass line could be open Tuesday afternoon; train was travelling at 43 mph when it derailed

Ottawa: Transport Minister Raitt blasts CN over cluster of fiery derailments near Gogama, Ontario; demands better rail operation; is there intentional track sabotage?

Toronto: RCMP search OPP union offices; senior leaders take leaves of absence

Ottawa: Pamela Wallin used public funds to pursue 'private and business interests,' RCMP allege

Regina: Mosaic announces $1.7B Saskatchewan potash mine expansion; 900 construction jobs

Ottawa: Wounded vets with no military pension to get retirement support; fixes problem caused by Liberals' 2006 veterans charter

Ottawa: Canadian official 'strongly refutes' Kurdish account of friendly-fire death; Canadian soldiers followed protocols

Toronto: Record cold puts chill on Canadian housing starts in February

Elizabeth Renzetti: For some Canadians, winter is a cruel prison of ice and snow; arrest warrant issued for 'Old Man Winter'

Toronto: Loblaws to create 5,000 permanent jobs in $1.2B program to build 50 new stores and renovate 100 others in 2015; also upgrading back-end processes and adding new services; total of 20,000 jobs to be created

Winnipeg: Manitoba NDP Premier Greg Selinger holds onto his office in second ballot squeaker as divided party blinks; dead politician walking?

Crux of the Matter: Why do progressives see conservative views as unworthy or worse, evil?

Ottawa: PM Harper notes Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2015, 'Strong Women, Strong World', highlights the vital contributions women make to the domestic and global economy

Toronto: Benefits of Daylight Saving Time come with traffic fatalities, heart attack, other health risks say researchers

Ottawa: There will be an inquiry into the "failure of identification" in dark that led to death of Canadian soldier in Iraq; three others were wounded and are in stable condition

Ottawa: MNC15: Jason Kenney praises efforts of Canadian Muslim community: "potentially violent instances have been prevented, radicalization has been diminished" because of their "proactive co-operation"

Ottawa: Statement by Stephen Harper on the death of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron

Iraq: Petawawa soldier Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment was killed Friday in a friendly fire incident

Tim Naumetz: Zehaf-Bibeau video shows that 'there was a terrorist threshold that has been met' connected to Oct. 22 attack on Parliament, says NDP MP on SECU

Ottawa: "We don't have liberty without safety": Kramp

Aaron Wherry: SECU Chair Kramp: We're facing "what many people consider one of the challenges of our generation" in Islamist terrorism

Cairo: Mohamed Fahmy case not as simple as previously suggested; retrial strategy to reveal his disputes with Al-Jazeera over re-airing dubbed reports

Montreal: Canadian charged in spam scheme involving a billion email addresses

Toronto: Canada's largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, to end paid digital subscriptions on April 1st; all content will then be available free on all digital devices

Ottawa: Boost in anti-terror staffing 'unprecedented', says RCMP chief

Ottawa Citizen: Others were 'involved' with Zehaf-Bibeau in Ottawa attack, RCMP chief says

Ottawa: Zehaf-Bibeau investigation by Mounties ongoing and extensive: Paulson

Gogama: Another CN train with crude oil derails in northern Ontario; no injuries, fire at site

Zehaf-Bibeau video: Room holds its breath during killer's final words

Ottawa: AWS-3 wireless auction raises $2.1B; Wind fills its sails

Ottawa: Estonians blast Liberals for opposing site of victims of communism memorial

Toronto: PC leadership candidate Christine Elliott would cut corporate tax rate to get Ontario's economy 'back on track'

Toronto: Christine Elliott reports her campaign sold 34,000 party memberships in Ontario PC leadership race; Patrick Brown team says they sold 40,000+; distribution, turn-out critical

Ottawa: Missing Canadian pastor being held by North Korea

Victoria: Family of murdered BC teen applauds new federal legislation; removes chance of parole for those convicted of first-degree murder involving killing of police officers or correctional officers, terrorism, kidnapping or sexual assault and crimes of “particularly brutal nature”

Scarborough: Harper announces upcoming legislation to keep Canada’s most heinous criminals behind bars for life; no parole, no revolving door for worst of worst

Scarborough: Harper: economy will continue to grow despite oil slump

Ottawa: Liberals apologize for Justin Trudeau's confusion over living and murdered Russian politicians he may or may not have met with

Ottawa: Court rules defamation of Ottawa blogger was 'fair comment'; can person using pseudonym Dr. Dawg be defamed? Yes, says judge

In like a lion: Blackouts hit thousands across Greater Toronto Area as crews scramble

Ottawa: Canada’s economy grows faster than forecast, dimming hopes of second rate cut

Ann Brocklehurst: Who built the Toronto Tunnel? The public has a right to know

Weather Network: East of Rockies to remain colder than normal for next two months in Canada; just as it did in 2014

Washington: Canada doesn't trust Iran, John Baird tells American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Q&A session

Joe Warmington: Liberals can't deny Levin's role with sex-ed curriculum

Warren Kinsella: The 15-point down-trend and the inevitable election debate meltdown for Justin Trudeau

Keystone XL: With veto, it’s time for the NAFTA option; TransCanada can launch a Chapter 11 claim against U.S. worth $$ billions; and Canadian Govt could file a similar claim under Chapter 6

Toronto: CPR's Hunter Harrison says terrorist attack a bigger concern than derailment for railroads; reason to keep cargo confidential

Alzheimer's breakthrough? Critical amyloid protein clumps found in people as young as 20, study finds

Summerland: Okanagan company behind non-browning apples bought by U.S. corporation

Party bunker? Toronto Police abruptly claim tunnel puzzle solved; built by two men for 'personal reasons', and case now closed; sorry, police, not a 'man cave' if no big-screen TV

Toronto: Math skills declining in Ontario; educators conveniently blame it on kids not doing enough homework, not system failures

Tom Adams: Do Ontario’s freedom of information laws apply to Green Energy?

Toronto: Public to Wynne Govt in pre-budget consultation: open up booze market

Michael Platt: Calgary Trudeau Liberal Cam Stewart says Canada shouldn't be battling ISIS barbarians; foot-in-mouth expert got Liberal 'green light'

Warren Kinsella: Who is a “traitor to the Liberal Party” now?

Billion dollar bullies: Anti-turbine families in Ontario fight $340,000 legal bill from wind farm companies

Mild isn't it? February coldest month on record for Quebec, parts of Ontario

Edmonton: Terror threats cause 12 teams to withdraw from Alberta cheerleading championships

Ottawa: Trudeau hints at supporting extension of ISIS mission in Iraq after read riot act by party elders

Charlottetown: New Progressive Conservative leader Rob Lantz says bring on house-cleaning PEI election; priorities will be "integrity, communities, economy"

Securities frolics in Liberal PEI: Small island, big bet: How PEI lost its online gambling gamble

Ottawa: Harper expresses condolences to Boris Nemtsov’s family, friends and associates on behalf of Canada

Winnipeg: Manitoba Review Board allows bus beheader Vince Li unsupervised passes in the city; victim Tim McLean's family upset

Robert Fulford: No matter how much Muslims despise it, the truth is that ISIS has grown out of their religion

Ottawa: CSIS has little power to stop terrorist recruitment, experts say; no current mandate 'to intervene to prevent terror plots from developing'

Ottawa: Senior trade bureaucrat Ian Burney given highest honour in Canadian Public Service

Ottawa: Harper marks key anniversary in Ukraine struggle for peace, democracy and freedom

Ottawa: Federal budget surplus increases to $2.4B in December 2014; 2014-15 full-year budget deficit down to $902M, with 3 months to go

Stratford: Canadian city sues U.S. guardrail maker for $500M

Are NDP and Liberals engaged in cultural appeasement? Bloc Quebecois attacks NDP for supporting covered faces in citizenship ceremonies and during voting

Montreal: Syrian ISIS jihadists believed to have recruited 6 young Quebeckers

Terence Corcoran: The last climate science witch hunt

CES 2015 interview: Paul Paetz on 'Disruption by Design: How to create products that disrupt and then dominate markets' [video]

Oakville: Ford adding 400 more jobs to produce new Edge crossover SUV; in addition to 1,000 jobs announced in October; new trade agreements enable worldwide export

Ottawa: Liberals fretting election debates? Trudeau trap seen as time to shine for Harper, Mulcair

Quebec City: Quebec Education Minister expected to quit politics in wake of strip search comments

Ottawa: Supreme Court won’t hear oath to Queen challenge; no citizenship without oath to Queen, Canada's Head of State

Quebec City: Quebec Education Minister expected to quit politics in wake of strip search comments

Montreal: RCMP says it fears man, 22, will commit terrorism offence; to appear in court today to sign 'peace bond'

New York: America’s favourite dog breed is still Canada's Labrador Retriever

Ottawa: Harper and Gates renew pledges to promote maternal, newborn and child health

Kane: Manitoba farmhouse fire leaves 4 boys dead; three children saved by parents, who are in hospital

Ottawa: Defence gets $1B boost in Conservative spending plans as 2015-16 federal estimates released

Edmonton: Alberta headed for budget surplus despite falling oil prices and doom-and-gloom predictions

Ottawa: Assisted suicide not a partisan issue, federal government "will listen to Canadians from all backgrounds" before choosing how to respond to Supreme Court ultimatum, says Harper; Trudeau says his eagerness based on own anecdotal experience with dying father

Ottawa: NDP hits Liberals for inviting foreign diplomats to partisan events, fundraisers

Toronto: Record Great Lakes ice cover in 2014-15

Abacus poll: Majority of decided Canadians say Canada should extend ISIS mission in Iraq, including Liberal & NDP supporters

Ottawa: NDP 'satellite-gate' abuse of House of Commons budgets may be turned over to police; party refusing so far to pay back $2.75M it misused

Winnipeg: Glover criticizes prospect of beheader Li's release into community; cites Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, need to keep dangerous offenders behind bars

Ottawa: Labour Minister congratulates CN and union for reaching tentative agreement and avoiding strike

Ottawa: Bertschi sues top Liberal advisers to Justin Trudeau after blocked from nomination

Ottawa: Local imams 'categorically' denounce ISIS member's calls for violence

Panama: Obama, Castro hold historic meeting, vow to turn the page

The gang's all here. Decades after the Castros bloodily overthrew the Batista Government in Cuba, they were allowed to participate in the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Panama: Harper meets with Castro, Obama at Summit of the Americas

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with U.S. President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro at Summit of the Americas in Panama. "We also are pleased that all the countries of the hemisphere are represented here and also of Canada's role of facilitating the American-Cuban dialogue that has allowed this to happen," Harper said, in reference to the broker role Canada played in helping the U.S. and Cuba agree to move toward normalizing relations.

Moscow: Greek PM Tsipras serious misstep, raises hackles with trip

Ottawa: Canada beats predictions, adds 28,700 jobs in March

New York: GE pulls plug on finance, dumps $26.5B in real estate holdings

Toronto: TSX rises a sixth day as oil producers advance on crude rebound

Raqqua: Canada's first airstrikes in Syria; 4 CF-18s hit ISIS garrison

Boston: Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 charges in 2013 Marathon bombing;
17 of charges punishable by death; bombs killed 3, wounded 260+

U.S. to speed up delivery of weapons to Saudi-led forces in Yemen

Hot war? Iran deploys warships off Yemen coast

London: Shell challenges Exxon dominance, boosts reserves by 25%

The Hague: Royal Dutch Shell buys BG Group for $70B (US)

Blockbuster: The third-biggest oil and gas deal ever by enterprise value will bring Shell assets in Brazil, East Africa, Australia, Kazakhstan and Egypt, including some of the world's most ambitious liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. Shell is already the world's leading LNG company and it would get BG's capacity in LNG logistics -- complex infrastructure that includes terminals, pipelines, specialized tankers, rigs, super coolers, regasification facilities and storage points.

Peter Edwards: Mike Duffy trial: 5 things to watch

Hassaka: ISIS blows up Syrian church on Easter Sunday

New York: Netanyahu tells U.S. TV networks he's 'trying to kill a bad Iran deal'; it'll spark nuclear arms race among Sunni countries in Middle East

Toronto: Sunnybrook determines Barrie patient doesn't have Ebola

Ontario: Suspected Ebola patient transferred from Barrie
hospital to Toronto's Sunnybrook for testing

Washington: More claims, fingerpointing & denials after Iran nuke deal

Post-agreement: Iran says U.S. lying about details of nuclear deal

Kenya: Shock, defiance after Al-Shabaab massacre 148 at university

Students evacuated from Moi University during terrorist siege in Garissa. ~ ©Carl de Souza AFP

updated ~ Kenya: 148 dead, 79 wounded, as Garissa University College
stormed by ISIS-linked Al-Shabaab gunmen targeting Christians

Jerusalem: Netanyahu tells Obama Iran deal threatens Israel's
survival; moderate Arab states agree with him

Lausanne: Tehran and world powers (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and U.S.) say reach initial deal on slowing Iran's nuclear program

NY Times: iPad browser history tells tale; Germanwings co-pilot had researched suicide and cockpit door locks week before mass murder

updated ~ Kamchatka: 56 dead as Russian trawler sinks in Sea of Okhotsk


Dalny Vostok, a freezer trawler (similar to one shown above) with an international crew of 132 sank late Wednesday in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 54 crew members were killed, rescue workers said. Some still missing, but 63 rescued after ship sank in 15 minutes. ~ Russian Emergency Situations Ministry

Lausanne: A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume

Baghdad: Iraqi forces drive ISIS out of central Tikrit

Lausanne: Diplomats scurry to reach Iran deal before deadline

Western official says talk of broad understanding with Iran 'premature'

Ottawa: Canada extends ISIS mission to Syria and to March 30, 2016

AC Flight 624: Landing gear ripped off when hit airport antenna array

Tsunami alert: M7.5 quake hits 55km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Halifax: 23 injured as Air Canada flight 624 crash lands during blizzard


The Air Canada Airbus 320 had substantial damage to engines, wings and under-carriage after the crash landing in Halifax early Sunday. ~ Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Flight 4U9525: Talk of lawsuits and compassion
after revelations about co-pilot's mental health

Flight 4U9525: Torn-up sick note from doctor for day of mass murder crash discovered in home of Germanywings co-pilot

CNN: Saudi Ambassador to U.S. says Yemen ground war and
naval bombardment on the table to join air war against Houthis;
doesn't rule out nuclear option to defend against Iran

Flight 4U9525: Rush to investigate accused co-pilot Andreas Lubitz

Flight 4U9525: Co-pilot deliberately crashed plane: French Prosecutor;
passengers could be heard screaming as plane dropped into mountains

Yemen: Saudi Arabia assembles powerful coalition against Iranian puppets

NY Times: Saudi Jets strike Yemen in force in bid to halt rebel Houthis;
More than 100 Saudi Arabian jets pound Yemeni targets early Thursday


The Iran-backed rebels were hit suddenly and hard "and the Saudi news media declared that the first night of the
offensive had fully disabled the Houthi-aligned air force." The U.S. and most Arab nations moved quickly to support
the Saudi-led operation in Yemen, which Saudi Arabia has called Operation Decisive Storm. Four other Persian Gulf
monarchies, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, joined the Saudi operation, as well as the allied
Arab kingdoms of Jordan and Morocco. The White House said in a statement the U.S. would provide “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led military operations.

NY Times: Flight 4U9525: Pilot was locked out of cockpit
before crash in France; mass murder, not accident?
“You can hear he is trying to smash the door down”

Iraq: U.S. conducting airstrikes to help in retake of Tikrit

Inner space: New 'superviscous' layer discovered in Earth's mantle

Ottawa: Canada right to fight ISIS in Syria, despite uncertainty: experts; "It's not an A versus B civil war. It's a multiple sided civil war. And
in a multiple sided civil war when you decide to take on one of the
sides, that does not make you an ally with every other side."

BBC: Tracking worker bees goes high-tech

The tiny trackers, which are just 8mm (0.3in) high and 4.8mm (1.9in) wide, are stuck to the bees with superglue in a process which takes five to 10 minutes. The bees are chilled first to make them more docile. "They make a hell of a noise," acknowledged Dr. Mark O'Neill. The trackers - which weigh less than a bee and are attached at their centre of gravity so as not to affect their flight - remain attached for their three-month expected lifespan.

Canada NOT asking for Syria okay to bomb ISIS; Opposition caught in lie

Flight 4U9525: Europe 'in shock' over Alps crash of German Airbus

Ottawa: Canada extends ISIS mission for 12 months, will now target ISIS in Syria; no ground role beyond advising; humanitarian role will continue

Canadian Prime Minister Harper tells House of Commons a bill to extend Canada's anti-ISIS mission will be debated and voted on Thursday. The mission will be extended for 12 months, and will continue to include humanitarian assistance along with advising Iraq military.

4U9525 latest: Witness says series of noises from plane before crash

Germanwings4U9525: 150 dead after Airbus 320 crashes in French Alps

The flight was travelling non-stop from Barcelona in Spain to Duesseldorf in Germany. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

NY Times: "I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!"
Senator Ted Cruz announces his Presidential campaign with midnight tweet

Tehran: Khamenei calls for 'death to America' as Kerry hails nuke 'deal'

Calgary-born: Texas Senator Ted Cruz 2016 Presidential bid Monday;
No 'exploratory committee' shenanigans; Liberty University in Virginia


Ted Cruz will reportedly announce his intention to run for President of the United States Monday at Liberty University in Virginia, which would make him the first officially declared hopeful in the 2016 election. Cruz will hope to triumph against other GOP front-runners such as Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul to win his party's nomination.

Yemen: U.S. evacuates troops as conditions further deteriorate

La Presse CROP poll: NDP holds Quebec support; LPC francophones down 11% since August, 6% in month; CPC strongest in Quebec City area

India: 34 killed, 150 injured in train derailment in Uttar Pradesh

Edmonton: RCMP arrests Alberta teenager on terror-related charges

Toronto: Both men found guilty in VIA train terror plot;
Esseghaier, Jaser convicted on multiple terror offences; face life in prison

updated ~ Yemen: At least 137 dead, 357 wounded as 4 suicide bombers
blow up two rebel-controlled mosques; ISIS claims responsibility

Tunis: Missing trio hid in fear in Bardo Museum for 24 hours after attack;
Museums around world said to be tightening security after ISIS massacre

Tunis: Tunisian army being deployed to major cities

Tunis: In gloating message, ISIS takes full credit for museum massacre

Souheil Alouini, a Tunisian Member of Parliament, lays flowers at Bardo museum. ~ Christophe Ena AP

Tunis: Bardo Museum toll rises to 23, including 20 foreign tourists;
1 gunman 'known' to Tunisian Intelligence; #JeSuisBardo rallies residents;
9 arrested, including 3 "directly linked to operation", link to ISIS in Libya

updated ~ Tunisia: At least 21 dead after Bardo museum attack, including
17 foreign tourists; security forces kill 2 gunmen, release hostages


NY Times: Netanyahu soundly defeats chief rival

Israel: In victory speech, Netanyahu says seeks 'strong, stable government'

Israel: Netanyahu, on Twitter, says won "great victory" in election


St. Patrick's Day: U.S. led transformation from
a religious event to a global party

Chile: Drones being used to save people on busy beaches

A drone prepares to drop a life preserver to a person drowning in Chile. ~ ABC

New era: Canada, U.S. announce new agreement on customs clearance

Ontario: Four barn fires in West Lincoln, Hamilton being investigated

West Lincoln, Ontario: Arsonist setting multiple major fires overnight

Syria: ISIS pushed back; Kurd fighters & Christian militiamen make gains

Iraq: As pressure mounts on all sides, the ground beneath ISIS shrinks

A woman raises a weapon and the Iraqi flag in celebration after Iraqi government troops and militias drove Islamic State insurgents out of the town of al-Alam on Tuesday, clearing a final hurdle for an assault on the city of Tikrit. The Arabic characters on the flag read, ‘God is the greatest.’ ~ Reuters

Quebec: Severed pig's head found outside Montreal Police union office

Syria: ISIS wants to 'blow up' White House, Big Ben and
Eiffel Tower, spokesman says in audio message

Montreal: McGill Researchers find how to move epigenetic switches;
use environmental methylation of DNA to control variable genetic traits


In nature, carpenter ants in the same colony vary dramatically in size even though they are genetically very similar or identical to each other. Canadian researchers found that they could directly manipulate the ants' size by turning up or down a particular growth gene. ~ Mélanie Couture and Dominic Ouellette McGill University.

Toronto: ISIS sympathizer arrested after plotting to bomb U.S. Consulate

The U.S. Consulate on University Avenue in Toronto was apparently one of the targets for Jahanzeb Malik. He was apprehended and is being held by the Canada Border Services with assistance from CSIS and the RCMP.

Coalition: ISIS Syria-Iraq supply lines smashed; 94 villages freed

CFB Trenton: Final farewell: Sgt. Andrew Doiron honoured
at repatriation ceremony and along Highway of Heroes


Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron arrives in Toronto following a repatriation ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario. Among those paying their respects were Gov-Gen David Johnston, Defence Minister Jason Kenney and other dignitaries, as well as dozens who gathered outside the base and along the procession route.

SECU hearings: MacKay and Blaney set the record straight on Bill C-51

Minister of Justice Peter MacKay (left) and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney appeared this morning before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) to answer questions and settle outrageous claims being made about Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act. ~ screencaps

Toronto: Hydro One privatization plan in the works for Ontario; over-spending government turns to asset sales to pay bills

Future of war: New Lockheed Martin laser weapon
burns hole into vehicle engine from mile away


Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated its 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system by disabling the engine of a small truck. Known as ATHENA, for Advanced Test High Energy Asset, the ground-based prototype system burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds from more than a mile (1.6 kilometres) away. The truck was mounted on test platform with engine and drive train running to simulate an operationally-relevant test scenario.

New York: Strong U.S. jobs data raises odds of Fed rate rise, hits stocks

Wall Street Journal: Signals from U.S., China show how much global economy has shifted since crisis; Russia, Brazil both in or near recession

Moscow: Russia formally charges two men for Nemtsov murder

Moscow: One suspect in Nemtsov killing reportedly blows himself up;
court appearances heavily guarded for arraignment of group of suspects

updated ~ Moscow: 2 suspects detained in killing of Boris Nemtsov

Ottawa: Parliament Hill killer Michael Zehaf-Bibeau:
'You're not even safe in your own land' [video]



[top] Parliament Hill killer Michael Zehaf-Bibeau threatens Canadians in a 'lucid' video filmed moments before he killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at National War Memorial and made his assault on the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings on October 22, 2014. [bottom] Daryl Kramp, Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU), explains why special meeting to view Zehaf-Bibeau video and interview RCMP Commissioner Paulson was convened Friday morning, during a break week for Parliament. ~ screen caps

Ottawa: RCMP Chief Paulson's remarks at SECU on Zehaf-Bibeau video

New York: Delta jet skids off 7,000-foot runway at LaGuardia in storm;
no injuries reported; major NYC airport closed for 7 hours




That close: Delta Flight 1086 from Atlanta to LaGuardia came within feet of ending up in Flushing Bay. No serious injuries. Wing torn off, fuel leaking but evacuation of 125 passengers successful. ~ CBS

Webcam concerns: Pennsylvania Game Commission: Eagles OK in snow

A York County Bald Eagle keeps its two eggs warm during March 5th snow storm. ~ Pennsylvania Game Commission

Boston Marathon prosecutor: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
placed bomb directly behind 8-year-old victim

4-alarm port fire: Vancouver fire chief lifts ‘stay inside’ order

A partial evacuation of Vancouver’s waterfront has been ordered while fire crews deal with a chemical fire in shipping containers containing swimming pool chemicals at Port Metro Vancouver. ~ Van Fire Fighters @IAFF18 Twitter

Seoul: U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert injured in razor slash attack

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert seriously injured after razor attack. ~ Yonhap News

Washington: Full transcript of Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress

Netanyahu: "Even if Israel must stand alone, Israel will stand. But I know Israel does not stand alone, I know that America stands with Israel."

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will not stand idle under the threat of a nuclear Iran. This is the full speech on Youtube as originally broadcast live on March 3, 2015. ~ [video]

Netanyahu: "We must all stand together to stop
Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror."


Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the U.S. Congress and lays out the spectre of a nuclear Iran in historic appearance.

London: Story of weasel flying on back of woodpecker had happy ending

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May captured the stunning image of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker as it flew through the air at Hornchurch Country Park in east London Monday afternoon. ~ Martin Le-May BBC

Ottawa: Canada fourth-quarter growth hits 2.4%;
surpasses expectations, and beats U.S. numbers

ISIS: Twitter will be 'target for soldiers of the caliphate'

Baghdad: Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from ISIS

San Francisco: ISIS threats against Twitter being taken very seriously

Bad news: Sometimes you do need a weatherman
to tell which way the wind blows

Garry Kasparov: Putin’s culture of fear and death

Last public words: Four hours before assassination: "Putin lied"

Moscow Nemtsov march: “The bullets are in each of us”

"When Russian opposition leader and former deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot to death Friday in Moscow, the country lost many things. It lost a charismatic and forceful political organizer. It lost a prominent critic of Putin and of his war in Ukraine. It lost a sense that, even if journalists and activists are unsafe in Russia, at least high-profile political leaders did not have to fear for their lives. In a smaller and more immediate way, Russia also lost a leader for a protest rally that Nemtsov had been helping to plan for Sunday in Moscow. Two days after his murder, the rally went ahead, but primarily as a memorial for the man who was to lead it." ~ VOX

Moscow: Boris Nemtsov killing: Muscovites pay tribute to Putin critic Thousands march in honour of leading opposition politician as
banners declare "I am not afraid", chants ring "Russia without Putin"


People hold a banner of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night, during a march to commemorate him in central Moscow. Opposition supporters marched on March 1st in memory of Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin. ~ Tatyana Makeyeva Reuters

Peter MacKay: Bill C-51 is a measured response
to the very real dangers we face today

Putin spin begins: Russian investigators suggest murdered Boris Nemtsov
a ‘sacrificial lamb’ in plot to de-stabilize the country


Russian police investigate body of Boris Nemtsov, the former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and opposition leader who was gunned down near Red Square; Moscow's St. Basil Cathedral is in the background. ~ Pavel Golovkin AP Photo

Leonard Nimoy, Spock in Star Trek, dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy created a cultural icon that has endured for nearly 50 years already and will long out-live him.

London: Global equities hit new record as cheap money reigns

Juraboev: "I am in USA now but we don’t have any arms. But is it
possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs anyway while here?
What I’m saying is, to shoot Obama then get shot ourselves, will it do?
That will strike fear in the hearts of infidels
"

New York: Three arrested in U.S. on ISIS terror charges

Police officers guard an entrance of the Federal Courthouse in New York's borough of Brooklyn where two Brooklyn residents, arrested for plotting to join extremists fighting in Syria, are arraigned before a judge on February 25, 2015. U.S. prosecutors said Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, wanted to buy a machine gun and shoot U.S. police officers and FBI agents if blocked from fighting in Syria. Prosecutors said Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, posted a message online last August offering to kill Obama if ordered to do so by ISIS. ~ ©Jewel Samad AFP/Daily Mail

Cattaneo: Obama veto of Keystone XL bill a slap in Canada’s face

McParland: Obama can’t stop Putin, but one tough cookie with Canada;
Sure, the Canadians will be miffed, but who cares about friends and allies?

Srinagar: Suspected rebels kill 5 Indian security personnel

Yemen: Shiite rebels capture presidential palace in Aden

UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with ISIS and al-Qaida terrorists

Damascus: ISIS militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Syrian capital Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group

Hoax or real? Two magazines claim they have video taken from chaotic last moments of Germanwings Flight 4U9525; say memory chip from cellphone survived crash intact

Antalya: Turkish police detain 22 suspects following hostage crisis

Seyne-les-Alpes: Lufthansa executives visit Alpine crash site where 150 died

Washington: Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

Istanbul: Turkey hostage drama ends in deadly shoot-out; senior Turkish prosecutor and his two hostage-takers all dead

Dr. Tim Ball: Climategate and investigations of IPCC and CRU: was there a pattern of cover-up?

Sanaa: 'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital

Istanbul: Turkish forces storm courthouse where group is threatening to kill prosecutor

Abuja: Nigeria's Buhari closes in on historic election victory

Sydney: Dark matter appears to be even less like 'regular' matter than previously thought

Boston: Canadian tall ship Liana's Ransom crew rescued by U.S. Coast Guard

Vancouver: Amazon tests delivery drones at a secret site in Canada

Sanaa: Yemen civilian death toll mounts, as families flee Saudi-led air strikes; Pakistan and Egypt are reportedly providing naval support

Fort Meade: 1 dead after 2 men dressed as women ram NSA access gate

New York: McDonald's to test all-day breakfast beginning in April

Washington: Possible failure of Iran nuclear deal divides U.S., Israel

Paris: French local elections: Conservatives triumph over left

Tunisia: Leading suspect in Bardo Museum attack killed in anti-terrorism raids

Flight 4U9525: German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child

Yemen: Saudi-led air strikes target fresh Houthi advance on Aden

Mogadishu: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen by Somali troops in hotel ends, at least 17 dead

Egypt: Yemen's President calls Shiite rebels 'stooges of Iran,' directly blaming country for chaos

Las Vegas: Why Sen. Harry Reid is quitting after 30 years

Riyadh: Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sanaa, Morocco joins Saudi alliance

NY Post editorial: Bam’s disastrous deals

Charles Krauthammer: The GOP racing form: First edition

Leicester Cathedral: Archbishop of Canterbury leads prayers at Richard III reinterment, 530 years after his death in battle

Freetown: Sierra Leone's 6 million people told to stay home for 3 days in final push to stop Ebola

Abuja: Nigeria recaptures Boko Haram 'HQ' Gwoza

Berlin: Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

Leak-proof: Saudi Arabian military action in Yemen kept quiet from U.S. until last minute

Financial Post: Oil prices fire up as Yemen becomes new battleground in Saudi-Iran rivalry: ‘There will be repercussions’

updated ~ New York: 2 missing, 19 injured after gas blast and multi-alarm inferno incinerate 3 apartment buildings in East Village

Amnesty International: Palestinian rocket fire during 2014 summer war in Gaza killed more civilians inside Gaza Strip than inside Israel; calls it "a war crime"

Neil Macdonald: Sensational Rolling Stone campus rape story completely unravels; fraud only conclusion

Iraq: U.S. coalition, Iraqi planes target ISIS in Tikrit palace compound

Flight 4U9525: France gets audio from jet's black box, hunts for 2nd one

Fortune: Heinz, Kraft agree to merge to become Kraft Heinz Company, forming a new $28B food behemoth

Flight 4U9525: Germanwings victims include opera singers, high school students

Telegraph: New footage shows terrified tourists in Tunisia terrorist attack

Washington: Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says

Revolution: Google about to change marketing by TV forever

Chile: Mid-depth M6.1 quake hits 21 miles SE of Putre

Singapore: Modern Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

Sanaa: Yemen on ‘the edge of civil war': UN envoy

Putin adventurism up another notch: Russia threatens to aim nuclear missiles at Denmark ships if it joins NATO shield

Washington: ISIS identifies/locates, calls on backers to kill 100 American military personnel in U.S.

Next market frontier: I spy...then sell the data: Orbital's bet on satellites and drones; counting cars, people, data from high above

Dr. Patrick Moore: Greenpeace co-founder: "Why I am a climate change skeptic"

Lawrence Solomon: Western press hasn’t noticed Israel’s rapidly growing clout around the world; Netanyahu "Churchill of our times"

NY Times: New York prepares for funerals of 7 young victims of Brooklyn fire

London: Nine British medics feared to have crossed into Syria

Tunis: Hunt on for third Tunisian Bardo Museum attacker

New Orleans: Explosives found on machete-wielding airport attacker shot by police

Forbes: Martin Zwilling: Renowned innovation consultant Paul Paetz examines 'disruption fingerprints' that can give entrepreneurs market clues needed to succeed

Cheap flights, emerging economies: Mass tourism forces mobbed museums to overhaul welcome

Queensland: Australia unveils 35-year plan to save Great Barrier Reef

Aden: Al Qaeda driven out of Yemen city after killing 20 soldiers

NY Times: Scientists seek ban on method of editing human genome

James Delingpole: New scientific paper has driven yet another nail into the coffin of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming theory; gives global warming alarmists ‘one helluva beating’

Linette Lopez: Dead Argentine prosecutor was zeroing in on terror threat to entire Western Hemisphere

Unreliability: German wind power goes completely AWOL for 11th time this year

Sumas: 'Illegal border crosser' shot dead by U.S. Border Patrol agent in Washington state near Canadian border

Not just a solar eclipse! Today sees 3 astronomical phenomena take place as the supermoon and spring equinox align

Bloomberg: How the Fed erased 1% of the U.S. dollar's value in a single day

Foreign Policy: Obama's Plan B: Use UN to bully Netanyahu; he lost the Israeli election after much interference, now Obama will risk losing another key ally by forcing the issue

Tokyo: Japan police investigating death threats against U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Israel: Pollsters offer variety of excuses for being so wrong on election outcome; primarily blame 'people changing their minds' rather than selves

Frankfurt: Police cars set alight, 350 detained at German anti-austerity protest

Israel: Netanyahu sweep to victory decisive; makes mockery of pre-vote polls

Gallup: In U.S., worries about terrorism, race relations up sharply; real Obama legacy

Washington Post fact-checker: 'Four Pinocchios' for Kerry claim he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change

Washington: Pentagon loses track of $500M in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

Israel: Under Gaza with Islamic Jihad

David Middleton: Science lessons for Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Israel: Key players in March 17 parliamentary election

Telegraph: Spooks tells business: Consider stripping staff of smart phones to avoid cyber attacks

OPEC: China and Middle East will drive oil demand growth

Jeffrey Goldberg: Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe?

Ferguson: Demonstrator, 20, arrested in shooting of 2 officers; claims he was aiming at other people and missed them

Lahore: Vigilantes kill church bombing suspects after attack in Lahore kills 14 worshippers and wounds dozens

Houston: Oil export folly; the U.S. ban is harming the oil patch and raising gasoline prices; since 2008, the U.S. has generated 50% of world’s oil production growth and 70% of North America

Santa Catarina: Up to 51 dead after bus crash off cliff in southern Brazil

Ebola outbreak: 10 flown to U.S. after possible exposure

CeBIT 2015: BlackBerry launches SecuTablet with IBM, Samsung for enterprises, governments

Kyaukphyu: At least 33 dead when Myanmar ferry sinks

NY Times: Poles steel for battle, fearing Russia will march on them next

Texas: U.S. oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens tells Canada: I’m sorry for Obama’s handling of Keystone

Moscow: Why it’s impossible for the Kremlin to lie about Putin’s weird disappearance

California: Carly Fiorina becoming major thorn in Hillary's side

Gallup: Canada (92%), Great Britain (90%) are Americans' most favoured nations

Turkey: Syrian spy accused of helping teens join ISIS claims he worked for Canadian intelligence

Bloomberg: How Russia is hacking your news feed (and why news aggregators such as NewsWatchCanada double-check wild claims)

Beirut: ISIS accepts Boko Haram pledge of allegiance

Toronto: Don’t like the news? Crowdsource your own. It's working for The Rebel

Ferguson: Two police officers shot, in hospital with serious injuries

Moscow: Vladimir Putin's spokesman denies rumours of ill health; not seen in public since March 5th

New York: Powdered alcohol shakes up quick cocktails, and controversy

Washington: Associated Press sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

Sarajevo: Bosnia donates 500 tons of ammunition to Iraq

Singapore: Brent rebounds towards $57 after U.S. crude stocks fall

Brussels: Euro racing toward record quarterly drop on Draghi’s bond buying

Beijing: China economic data weaker than expected, fuels policy easing bets

Boston bombing trial: Jury sees blood-stained notes written by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on inside of boat where he was apprehended

Geophysical journal: On the incident solar radiation in CMIP5 models

Anthony Watts: Study shows huge basic errors found in CMIP5 climate models; demolishes assumptions built into all warming models

Marathon bombers: Boston bombing trial sees video of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev putting explosives down just feet from youngest victim

Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko confirms rebel weapons moved

Washington: U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat

Washington: U.S. freezes assets of 7 Venezuelan officials

Sports world mourns: Argentina helicopter crash claimed French medal winners from London and Beijing Olympics

Argentina: French reality TV cast members among 10 killed as two helicopters collide mid-air during filming

North Carolina: Modular house on wheels escorted by state trooper gets stuck on tracks, hit by Amtrak passenger train; 55 injured in derailment

France: 4 people in custody over links to Paris attacks; one a policewoman

Fly-by-the-sun: "The adventure has started"; around the world at 29 mph; uses oil-derived lubricants but running on solar power

Kelly McParland: Obama warns that pipelines are dangerous, as more oil trains explode in flames

Niamey: Chad, Niger troops eject Boko Haram from Nigerian towns

Detroit: GM plans $5B stock buyback, averts showdown with hedge funds

Moscow: Vladimir Putin reveals secret meeting when he decided to ‘return Crimea to Russia’

Selma: Thousands march on Alabama bridge to mark 'Bloody Sunday' 50 years ago when state Democrat politicians sent police with batons to stop civil rights march

Washington: 'Huge gaps' in Hillary Clinton email record, Benghazi probe chief Trey Gowdy says

Malaysia: One-year MH370 report finds plane's locator battery expired in 2012 and may have stopped functioning; so it's possible search vessels passed overhead

Syria: Gunmen attack ISIS in east, kill 12

Rex Murphy: About those emails, Mrs. Clinton… 18-and-a-half minutes of missing tape ruined Nixon. What will four years of missing correspondence do to Hillary?

Charles Krauthammer: Netanyahu’s Churchillian warning

Shane Harris: Hillary’s secret email was a cyberspy’s dream weapon

Christopher Caldwell: ‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s most profound comic strip

Nimrud: ISIS 'bulldozes' ancient site, destroying more antiquities

Santa Monica: Harrison Ford 'had no other choice' but to crash-land on golf course, rep says

King of Saudi Arabia: Iran promoting terrorism, taking over Iraq

Washington: EPA Chief wants huge budget but stumbles when asked for answers

Illinois: Oil train derails, catches fire near Galena

New York Times: ISIS is skilled on Twitter, using thousands of accounts, study says

Japan Times: ISIS torches oil field near Tikrit as Iraq militia advance

Dubai: Like Israel, U.S. Arab allies fear Obama’s Iran nuclear deal; Kerry Visiting Saudi Arabia to assuage concerns

Saudi Columnist: Netanyahu right to insist on addressing Congress about Iran deal

Alan Caruba: Mere fact New York Times broke reporting of Hillary Clinton private email blockbuster suggest Democratic Party forces putting knife in chances of her Presidential candidacy

Seoul: North Korea applauds knife attack; U.S. Ambassador to South Korea recovering 'well'; “Will be back ASAP to advance US-ROK alliance!,” Lippert tweeted

Seoul: U.S. Ambassador Lippert recovering after knife attack in South Korea

Boston: `It WAS him': Defense admits Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Riga: Additional tanks and armoured vehicles arrive in Latvia from USA for NATO 'Operation Atlantic Resolve'

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Marathon bombing trial puts global spotlight on Boston

updated ~ Donetsk: 33 miners dead after pit blast in east Ukraine

Cryosphere journal: Antarctic Sea ice did the exact opposite of what models predicted, says study; sea ice levels have only increased since 2006, hitting all-time highs for sea ice coverage in September 2014

Geneva: North Korea rattles nuclear sabre; says willing to make 'pre-emptive first strike'

Sydney: Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq on training mission

Guardian: U.S. Syria policy in tatters after favoured 'moderate' rebels disband

Washington: Obama ally Warren Buffett slams Keystone XL delay; 'the delay is a thumbing of the nose at Canada'

Sheffield: 'Miraculous' stem cell treatment for MS patients; Britons previously wheelchair-bound can now walk, run and even dance again

Washington Post fact checker: Obama’s claim that Keystone XL oil ‘bypasses the U.S.’ earns Four Pinocchios

Warmist spin to begin: Brrr: February brought all-time record cold, snow to Northeast

Cairo: Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'; secretive movement, founded in Gaza in 1987 as offshoot of region’s Egyptian-originated Muslim Brotherhood, faces growing cash crunch and has yet to lay out a strategy to extract Gaza from its increasingly dire situation

Abdulrahman al-Rashed: The UN envoy to Syria’s disastrous failure

Bethlehem: Obama threatened to shoot down IAF Iran strike in 2014: report

Hisham Melhem: The twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity? "A similar fate befell the Greek, Italian and Armenian communities that made Egypt and the Levant their homes. This rich human mosaic was at the heart of the cosmopolitanism that made Alexandria and Beirut such vibrant cultural and economic centers, and Damascus and Baghdad modern Arab capitals celebrating religious and ethnic diversity and pluralism"

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe celebrates his 91st birthday with hate-filled speech in which he threatens to take land from white farmers

Freetown: Sierra Leone's vice president in quarantine for Ebola

Tallinn: Estonians vote in general election shaped by Russia anxiety

Canton: Heavy snow collapses Massachusetts ice rink; kids, parents, workers escape injury

Moscow: Murdered Boris Nemtsov was Russian Deputy Prime Minister in mid-1990s; had been arrested for demonstrating against Putin

Assassination: Opposition Russian politician Boris Nemtsov killed in centre of Moscow; Putin foe was to lead March 1st rally against war in Ukraine

Atlanta: NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil's car stolen before Sprint Cup race this weekend

Charles Krauthammer: The fatal flaw in the Iran deal

Dhaka: U.S.-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death

WSJ: Best Web regulator not necessarily net neutrality; competitive marketplace has so far served Web well

BBC: Micro-farming inside, using micro-processors, LEDs and fish power; make sense? [video]

Washington: China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. Admiral

Seoul: South Korea Constitutional Court strikes down adultery law seen as outdated

Monitors: ISIS has now taken 220 Christian Assyrians from 3 days of raids on 10 villages

Study: Common food additives linked to Crohn's disease, colitis

London: ISIS head-chopper ‘Jihadi John’ revealed as middle-class Brit named Mohammed Emwazi who was born in Kuwait

Washington: Republicans vow to re-introduce Keystone XL approval soon in bill Obama won't be able to veto

Beirut: Syrian Kurds cut ISIS supply line near Iraq; fears for abducted Assyrian Christians mount

Chicago: Obama pal Emanuel rebuffed in mayoralty re-election attempt, faces April run-off; President had campaigned for his former Chief of Staff

New York: Apple ordered to pay $533M in iTunes patent infringement case

Panjshirp: Avalanches bury homes, killing at least 108 people after massive snowstorm hits Afghanistan

Oxnard: LA-bound commuter Metrolink train strikes, destroys truck; multiple injuries as train cars tumble

updated ~ Prague: Nine killed in Czech 'Friendship' restaurant shooting, including gunman by suicide

Damaturu: Teenage girl bomber kills 15 at northeast Nigeria bus station; ISIS affiliated Boko Haram blamed

Mission for up to two years: Kiwi troops off to Iraq as terror watchlist grows

ISIS: Australia poised to send additional troops to Iraq for joint training mission with New Zealand soldiers

Trenton: Merck gives free license allowing cheap versions of its HIV drug for children in poor nations

Spain: ISIS jihadi female recruiting network broken up

Little Rock: U.S. states try to predict inmates' likelihood of future crimes with secretive psychological surveys; two-pronged goal is to reduce both recidivism and prison populations

Hassakeh: ISIS abducts at least 90 Assyrian Christians from Syrian villages, human rights monitor says

Physical Graffiti: Jimmy Page revels in new Led Zeppelin re-masters

Khartsyzk: Ukraine disputes rebel claims that weapons pullback begins

France: 4-way talks on Ukraine underway in Paris

Donetsk: Ukraine rebels say weapons pullback under way; Russia threatens imminent gas cut-off to Ukraine, disruption for rest of Europe

Kabul: Gunmen seize 30 Hazara Shiites and government employees from bus in Afghanistan returning from Iran

Study: Want to protect your infant from peanut allergy? Feed the child peanuts

Paris: France seizes passports of six 'Syria-bound' citizens

Dhaka: Bangladesh ferry disaster death toll reaches 70

Cold continues: Ice storm slams U.S. Southwest, nearly 1,400 flights cancelled

Athens: Greece to meet loans deadline extension; getting grief from voters for going back on campaign promises made just weeks ago

U.S. jury: Palestinian authorities to blame for series of terror attacks in Israel

Toronto: Police want to know who dug and reinforced tunnel near York University campus and why; investigation interrupted by media scoop


“We’re trying to find and establish who built it, why they built it and what were their intentions,” Toronto Police Services Deputy Chief Mark Saunders said, of the find in the heavily wooded Black Creek parkland 82 feet from the fenceline of tennis courts at the Rexall Centre, which will be used during the Pan-Am Games this summer. Adjacent to tunnel was small opening with a gas-powered generator that provided power via buried cables. ~ TPS

Toronto: Mystery tunnel found near Pan-Am games venue
at York University raises spectre of summer terror attack



CBC News has learned that the tunnel, which has since been filled in by authorities, was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2.5 metres deep and running about seven metres in length underground. The tunnel had lights inside and was powered by a generator. ~ CBC

Edmonton: Al-Shabaab possible threat against West Edmonton Mall
'high risk' in current environment, security expert says


In a statement Sunday, West Edmonton Mall said it has tightened security in light of the possible threat. ~ CBC

Carol Goar: Liberal Leader Trudeau running out of second chances;
Canadians have shrugged off his slips and stumbles for three years
but they want a competent national leader now

Toronto: Wynne Liberals broke law on bribery: Elections Ontario
Chief Electoral Officer: "I have reported this to the Attorney General"

Ukraine: Ukrainian troops retreating from strategic town of Debaltseve

New York City: Canadian beagle Best in Show at Westminster 2015

Miss P, a 15-inch beagle from the Okanagan Valley town of Enderby, B.C., wins the Best in Show award of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show after being shown by William Alexander on February 17, 2015 in New York City. The show, in its 139th year and the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, includes 192 dog breeds and draws nearly 3,000 global competitors. Three Canadian dogs made the finals; the others were perennial top-dog Matisse from Arthur, Ontario, and Toronto poddle Flame. ~ Andrew Burton Getty Images

Peter Bergen: ISIS driven by belief we are living in the 'end times'

A key window into understanding ISIS is its English language magazine Dabiq. ISIS isn't a rational actor. Instead, as the magazine documents, its ideology is that of an apocalyptic cult that believes that we are living in the so-called 'end times' and that ISIS' actions are hastening the moment when this will happen. ~ CNN

Vuhlehirsk: Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject ceasefire

Japan: 23-km deep M6.9 quake hits off coast of Iwate; tsunami warnings

Aalst: Belgium revellers mock ISIS in annual pre-Lent parade

The three-day Aalst Carnival begins each year on the Sunday before Christian Lent. ~ Reuters

Cairo: Egypt seeks international intervention against ISIS in Libya;
Egyptians launched second wave of airstrikes against ISIS Monday

Weather: Who do you trust? 'Old Reliable', or the 'experts'?


Cairo: Egypt bombs ISIS "camps, training sites and weapons storage
areas" in Libya following beheading of 21 Coptic Christians


In a TV address, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi condemned "inhuman criminal killers". ~ BBC

Cairo: President Sisi says Egypt will choose "necessary means and timing to avenge criminal killings" of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS in Libya

Tripoli: ISIS releases beheading video of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya

Denmark: Copenhagen terrorist killer Omar El-Hussein, 22,
released from prison 2 weeks ago; served time for train stabbing

Flag 50 Day: Four flags that almost became Canada's national flag

The Flag Committee began its deliberations with a sense of historical mission and in a spirit of cooperation. It wouldn't last. This picture was taken before the fur began to fly. ~ Queen's University Archives

Denmark: Danish filmmaker identified as 1st Copenhagen shooting victim

Denmark: Copenhagen killer was known to police: "on PET’s radar"

Now-dead attacker not yet identified to public. ~ Copenhagen Police

Copenhagen: Denmark police return fire on suspect, kill him;
firefight takes place at Nørrebro Station [google-translated]

Copenhagen: Massive manhunt underway following two terror attacks

updated ~ Copenhagen: Denmark on edge as 2nd shooting within hours
rocks capital; civilian shot in head dies, two policemen injured

Halifax: 'Murderous misfits' behind Valentine's Day Massacre: Minister

Copenhagen: Terror attack kills one, injures three, at free speech event attended by Swedish Muhammad cartoonist and French Ambassador

Halifax: Two charged with conspiracy to commit murder in planned Valentine's Day Massacre at mall; public tip & police response saved lives

Halifax: Mall was target of Valentine's Day Massacre; Canadian Public Safety Minister Blaney hails work of police in Canada & Geneva, Illinois

Halifax: Valentine's Day Massacre plot foiled by Mounties; three in
custody, one dead by suicide; two captured at Halifax Airport


Plan: Female suspect and 20-year-old male arrested at Halifax airport, while 19-year-old male was found dead in suburb of Timberlea around same time. The 4th suspect, a 17-year-old, was later seized in Cole Habour. ~ Daily Mail

Markham: Carbon-fibre Ford GT to be made in Canada by Multimatic

Latest generation of lightweight Ford GT with 600+ horsepower has enthusiasts drooling. Complex carbon-fibre chassis and body of striking supercar means new jobs at innovative builder in Markham.

Minsk: France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine deal builds on September
deal that was broken almost immediately; includes ceasefire, heavy weapons withdrawal, evacuation of mercenaries, prisoner exchange

Kiev: 50 tanks, 40 missile systems crossed
from Russia into east Ukraine overnight

Starts Sunday: Ukraine cease-fire deal reached after marathon talks

Einstein was no 'Einstein': Universe always existed, always will; no Big Bang, bunkum theory filled with holes say physicists from Canada & Egypt; new quantum theory also accounts for dark matter & dark energy

Artist's concept of Big Bang Theory in which everything started from a tiny point, or singularity. It failed to adequately explain what existed before the Big Bang. Will TV show re-write its now-outdated theme song, nobody asks. ~ NASA

Canadian study: New procedure ‘major breakthrough’ in stroke treatment


Oops... never mind: Top U.S. nutrition advisory panel poised
to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in diet

Francis Menton: The greatest scientific fraud of all time -- Part III

Ottawa: Merkel and Harper meet together and then meet the press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked for meeting today with old friend Stephen Harper, Canada's PM, in Ottawa. She briefed him on Wednesday Ukraine summit issues and they discussed progress of CETA legal text scrubbing. After the press conference she headed back to Germany. Earlier in the day she met with U.S. President Obama in Washington.

Léger poll for Le Devoir & Le Journal de Montreal: History made as
74% of Quebec voters back new anti-terror law; 62% for Iraq mission

Brussels: EU backs four-way Ukraine talks as it weighs fresh sanctions

Marseille: Hooded gunmen fire on police during visit by French
PM Manuel Valls; said to be part of drug turf war, not terrorism

Telegraph: Climate fraud: Systematic 'fiddling with
temperature data' is the biggest science scandal ever


Son of NEP: Trudeau embraces carbon pricing nanny state interventionism, through federal punishment of provinces in huge tax-grab election plank

Geoffrey Johnston: Call terrorism what it is; people who block talk about Islamism are attempting to silence debate about one of great world threats

Saskatoon: Wayne Gretzky, Brett and Bobby Hull, Lanny McDonald,
other stars pay tribute to legendary Gordie Howe in person



[TOP] The great Gordie Howe, back on his feet after a health scare, arrives at emotional tribute and fundraising dinner in Saskatoon Friday night. [BOTTOM] Three of the greatest ever, Wayne Gretzky, who was MC, and Brett and Bobby Hull were among the hockey stars on hand to honour Howe, here at a press conference. Only Gretzky scored more goals in the NHL than Howe, known as Mr. Hockey. Gretzky and Bobby Hull both met and were inspired by Howe at age 10.

Saskatoon: Hometown rink to be renamed Gordie Howe Kinsmen Arena

Ottawa: Supreme Court 'makes' law, uses Charter interpretation
to strike down federal laws against doctor-assisted suicide;
reverses Court's ruling from 1993 in case of Sue Rodriguez

Iraq: ISIS bomb & IED factories destroyed by Canadian CF-18s

NY Times: U.S. and Europe working to end Ukraine fighting

Taipei: Crash survivor says engine 'did not feel right' after take-off

Taipei: Wrecked TransAsia airliner hoisted from Keelung River [video]

updated ~ Taipei: At least 31 dead; 12 missing/trapped; 58 were on ATR-72;
dash-cam captures plane dropping suddenly, hitting taxi on bridge [video]



In this dramatic video capture [TOP], the TransAsia ATR-72 clips a taxi and a bridge over the Keelung River before crash landing in the shallow waters. Follow this link to watch video. Bottom drone photo shows plane minutes later as survivors emerge from crumpled cabin. Rescue craft were soon on scene. ~ SkyNews

Ottawa: Awso Peshdary in custody; Maguire, Khalib with ISIS in Syria;
charges - conspiracy/participating/counselling to facilitate terrorist acts


Awso Peshdary, seen here giving a speech at Algonquin College's Muslim Student Association Islamic Awareness Week in 2014, was arrested Tuesday in Ottawa. Police say Peshdary was an ISIS recruiter and "led Maguire — a relatively new convert to Islam — to extremist materials, groomed him, and paid for his flight overseas." ~ CBC

Canada: Three Ottawa men charged in terror investigation Project Servant

John Maguire, 24, left, Khadar Khalib, 23, and Awso Peshdary, 25, are all charged in national security criminal investigation code-named Project Servant. ~ RCMP-supplied

Ottawa: John Baird resigns as Foreign Affairs Minister, and soon, MP

Kelly McParland: Hold the crisis, Harper’s new
anti-terror bill will not make Canada a police state

Pakistan: Teachers learn to shoot after Peshawar school attack [video]

Lorne Gunter: Harper boldly names real threat; Sgro proves a coward

Richmond Hill: PM Stephen Harper announces
anti-terrorism measures to protect Canadians

Washington: Keystone XL pipeline approved by U.S. Congress

John Ivison: Majority of Canadians support Canada's anti-ISIS
Iraq mission; opposition parties flounder in opposing killing of terrorists


In committee, "Marc Garneau, the Liberal point man, did a reasonable impression of Stephen Leacock’s Lord Ronald, who flung himself upon his horse and rode off madly in all directions. He opened his questions with a preface that stated the Liberal Party supports the job our special forces are doing in Iraq. But he then proceeded to express his party’s opposition to the mission. It’s not clear to me, or apparently to many Liberal supporters, how they intend to extricate themselves from the tangled web they have woven."

QZ8501: Co-pilot was at controls of crashed AirAsia jetliner

John Ivison: Question Period slugfest shows Trudeau ready for KO,
not ready for prime-time or election debates; just a deer in headlights

Ferndale: Shallow M5.7 quake rocks California coast
north of San Francisco; aftershocks expected

Maritimes: Schools closed, flights cancelled as blizzard hit hard

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland hammered by NorEaster Blizzard the way New York City had feared.

St. Albert: 2,000 police officers pay respects to Mountie David Wynn

The Wynn procession includes 860 Mounties in their traditional red serge and 450 officers from the municipal police force in nearby Edmonton. Mounties have come from as far away as Newfoundland, Iqaluit and British Columbia. A handful made the trip from Bridgewater, N.S., where Wynn served as a paramedic and was inspired to join the national police force. ~ CBC

Fort McMurray: Baby dead, 4 children in hospital after insecticide brought home from trip to Pakistan misused in apparent attempt to kill bed bugs

Ontario PC Leadership race: Wayne Gretzky, Jean Charest and sitting MPP Barrett back Patrick Brown

Nova Scotia: Men who pleaded guilty to burning homeless man to death after dousing with gasoline were career criminals

Toronto: Canada retailers, ports fear impact as CN Rail lockout nears

Toronto: B.C. to lead Canada with 3% growth this year: Conference Board

New York: Canada's Valeant to buy Salix in $14.5B deal

SNC-Lavalin: Bribery case threatens billions in federal contracts; ‘Integrity’ rules could cost company some current contracts, jeopardize future deals

Rex Murphy: Trudeau does a fine vague verbal dance on many things. This is not reassuring

Chris Selley: Same old Ontario Liberals, same old snake skin

Conrad Black: Supreme Court on the loose

Toronto: Funeral fundraiser for Elijah March now over $143,000; goal was $20,000 3-year-old boy who froze to death

Ottawa: Ian Bush charged with 2007 triple homicide after DNA makes the link; fighting survival of 101-year-old Ernest Côté from attempted murder led to Bush's original capture

Andrew Coyne: The appeasement case for watching our language on Islamism

Ontario: People of Trenton fight demise of Trenton Memorial Hospital due to provincial cutbacks

Ottawa: New legislation: Canada to require more oil-by-rail insurance, special fund

Ottawa: Harper's tough security talk wins support as election looms

Toronto: Online campaign raises close to $65K for funeral of 3-year-old boy who froze to death Thursday

Political tsunami: Strong support for anti-terror legislation in Quebec: Leger poll

Juggernaut: 82% of Canadians back C-51 legislation to expand powers of intelligence agencies and police: Angus Reid Institute poll; widely popular in every province, every age group, and across party lines; "It’s across the board. Whenever you’ve got four out of five Canadians agreeing on anything, that’s significant"

La Presse CROP poll: Liberals drop 4% into a virtual tie with NDP overall in Quebec; Conservatives poll first with 38% in Quebec City region, signalling electoral gains in October [translated]

Quebec City: 'Strip-searched' girl suspended by school; De la Capitale School Board says it suspects 15-year-old of trafficking drugs

Canada's smart gun: Department of National Defence wows the world with new high-tech assault rifle

Toronto heartbroken: 3 year-old Elijah dies after wandering outside in bitter cold just after 4 a.m.; found 6 hours later 1,000 feet away by police manhunt

RCMP: SNC-Lavalin charged with corruption, fraud over Libyan business

Toronto: Imams divided on how much scrutiny to give would-be Muslim converts in wake of recent terror charges

Toronto Sun editorial: Forces must hit caliphate; ISIS poses larger threat

Toronto: Spyware embedded in firmware of computer hard drives an almost-invisible technology

Washington: Grieving Canadian mother's message heard at White House terrorism summit

Trafalgar Square: Canada House in London reopened today by Queen Elizabeth; given new set of keys

Brian Lilley: Unifor union threatens strike if employer doesn't donate to anti-Harper fund

Vancouver: Two on trial for Canada Day bomb plot targeting grounds of B.C. Legislature, proclaim themselves "al-Qaida Canada" on video

British Columbia: 17 Abbotsford police officers investigated for alleged misconduct

Brampton: Two teenage girls arrested after assaulting, beating female police officer; caught on video posted online

Ontario: New Windsor-Detroit Bridge over last hurdle as Washington finally gives green light; construction may take 5 years

Ottawa: Mulcair plays politics with Canadians' security, opposes Bill C-51

Ontario: Toronto on track to experience coldest February in recorded history; colder than 2014

Ottawa: Canada December wholesale trade jumps 2.5% on widespread strength; experts had predicted a 0.3% gain

Toronto: Canadians choosing to retire later

Toronto: Gas plants report a Liberal cover-up of a Liberal cover-up

Toronto: Tories, NDP issue dissenting opinions in report on cancelled gas plants

Montreal: Strip search of 15-year-old Quebec high school girl sets off controversy; Education Minister backs school

Ottawa: Canada imposes sanctions on Russian oil firm Rosneft, Rostec CEO

Ottawa: Harper announces new Canadian sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals

Ottawa: ‘Anti-petroleum’ extremists a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say in internal memo; movement also includes peaceful activists

Ottawa: PBO ballpark estimate of ISIS mission costs full of guesswork; DND wouldn't release confidential info on ammunition use which could help enemy

Quebec City: Quebec government makes sprinklers mandatory in all private seniors' homes

Toronto: VIA Terror trial told accused also considered triggering volcanic eruption at Yellowstone Park in Montana

Don Macpherson: The Conservatives may have an unintentional ally in Quebec in the Parti Québécois

Ottawa: Cost of Canada's war efforts against ISIS $122M so far, says Def Min Kenney

Ottawa: Man who robbed 101-year-old veteran now linked by DNA to notorious unsolved triple murder; police suspect link to other murders

Strike ends: CP Rail, union agree to mediated arbitration; Labour Minister Kellie Leitch announces agreement, withdraws back-to-work bill

Halifax: Dalhousie PhD student develops pain-free process to remove tattoos using special cream; big market of tatted folks with regrets awaits

Timmins: CN Rail's cross-country line blocked as rail cars continue to burn

Ottawa: Canada offers "deepest condolences" to families and friends of 21 Coptic Christians savagely executed today by ISIS in Libya; Prime Minister Harper expresses outrage and resolve

Belleville: Air Canada flight diverted to CFB Trenton after galley fire

Margaret Wente: Trudeau shows bad judgment, naked opportunism

Timmins: CN train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Northern Ontario

Ottawa: Fed Govt to introduce legislation to end rail strike: source

Halifax: James Gamble identified as dead teen linked to Valentine's Day Massacre plot; Gamble left behind a blog filled with disturbing and dark images of death, shootings and references to 1999 Columbine high school massacre in Colorado

Halifax: Heavy snow crushes roof of historic curling rink

Ottawa: Harper hails 50-year milestone for Canadian flag

Halifax: Maritimes battered with heavy snowfall, high winds

Montreal: Canadian Pacific Railway talks fail, engineers go on strike; CN reaches tentative deal with its engineers

Nova Scotia: Man in alleged Halifax shooting plot a ‘happy guy’ who never talked of guns, friend says; arrested Illinois girl "went gothic"

Vancouver: Shallow M3.5 quake hits 7 miles west of downtown

LA Times lambastes Toronto Star for Gardasil story debacle: How a major newspaper bungled a vaccine story, then smeared its critics

John Ivison: Even if the Liberals change course on Iraq, the damage to Trudeau’s reputation may already be done

Ottawa: Federal government gives Toronto $86M to help reduce homelessness

Global News Ipsos poll: 76% of Canadians support CF-18 airstrikes against ISIS

Jack Mintz: Ontario’s really bad pension scheme

Kelly McParland: Stephen Harper right about Canadians: "This is a society that is transparent, open and where people are equal"

Radical or rational? Grade 1 kids get standing desks in Saskatchewan town

Toronto: VIA terror trial plot suspect waives right to cross-examine undercover FBI agent

Calgary: Canada confirms new case of mad cow disease, cattle prices rise

Cairo: Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy released from prison pending re-trial

Ottawashed: Canada's commissioner of official languages says federal cabinet ministers must tweet in both English and French; time for common sense?

Week of media headlines continues: Sun News Network goes off the air, harpooned by CRTC

Toronto: A good day for Canadian automobile industry as Ford and GM each commit to building hot new models in Canada

updated ~ Victoriaville: Repeat violent offenders to be blocked from early release, Stephen Harper says: "It is unacceptable that Canadians fall prey to violent offenders, who have benefitted from early release after repeatedly committing violent crimes"

Warren Kinsella: All about Eve: the reviews are in

Cairo: Mohamed Fahmy ordered released on bail; family “is bursting with joy”; re-trial adjourned until February 23rd

High River: Gun grab during 2013 flood was illegal says complaints board

Banff: Body of victim of search and rescue training accident, Mark Salesse, recovered from avalanche debris

Urban pull: Toronto population now above 6 million according to Statistics Canada; Montreal tops 4 million; together contain 29% of Canadians; Vancouver has almost 2.5 million residents

Mississauga: Judge's ruling allowing people with covered faces to gain citizenship likely to be appealed

NDP plum: Race to succeed Libby Davies in poverty-stricken Vancouver riding muddied by controversies

Joliette: 10 measles cases confirmed in Quebec linked to Disneyland outbreak; victims were not vaccinated

Toronto: VIA Rail terror trial hears accused tell of planning jihad with friend of Osama Bin Laden in Iran

Ottawa: Canada open to training Ukrainian forces: Jason Kenney

Kelly McParland: Who’s running the Liberals, Justin Trudeau or Mike Colle’s dead body?

Toronto: Mom's emotional, powerful lambasting of anti-vaxxer crowd goes viral: "If you have chosen to not vaccinate yourself or your child, I blame you"

Toronto: January job growth of 34,500 cuts unemployment rate, beat experts by 30,000

London: Two Ontario patients suspected of Ebola are recent African refugees

Toronto: Walmart Canada plans 29 new supercentres in $340M expansion; opened 11 supercentres in January; only 2 brand-new stores, rest involve adding grocery departments; creating thousands of construction and permanent jobs

Quebec: Montreal imam has passport revoked; was once named as ‘subject of interest’ in probe

Joe O’Connor: Turncoat Eve Adams gets little recognition among her would-be constituents

Ontario: Two patients in isolation and under investigation for Ebola at London Health Sciences Centre

Vancouver: Would-be Canada Day bombers in Victoria hoped attack would kill as many as 9/11, court hears

Montreal: Quebec Government expands tax breaks for big investors

Andrew Dreschel: Pity Trudeau didn’t live up to his brand

Lisa Kirbie: Eve Adams' move reveals the hypocrisy of Trudeau's 'open nominations'

Toronto: Liberal MPP appalled at Eve Adams move by Justin Trudeau; says she'll get Lib nomination "Over my dead body" in Facebook posting

Michael Den Tandt: What in the world is Justin Trudeau thinking by taking on Eve Adams? "One of Liberal leader’s biggest errors thus far, utterly unforced"

Toronto VIA Rail terror trial: Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier persuaded police they were up to nothing nefarious after casing bridge they intended to blow up

Saskatchewan: Five dead after multi-car crash north of Regina

Vancouver: Liberal nomination battle in Vancouver East abruptly postponed after party membership controversy

Chantal Hébert: Liberal embrace of Eve Adams doesn’t add up; latest Trudeau gaffe adds to credibility woes

As the plot turns: Now Liberals claim Soudas will be limited to installing lawn signs for Adams; Harper deferred to Conservative Party authority over nominations in her last-ditch plea

Toronto terror trial: VIA Rail accused terrorist considered marrying underage girl to radicalize her brother, court hears

Paul Wells: All about Eve — and suddenly Steve

Ottawa: Mini-shuffle to Harper Cabinet after Baird departure; Nicholson to Foreign Affairs, Kenney to hold National Defence and Multiculturalism, Poilievre to Employment and Social Development, retains Democratic Reform

Ottawa: Shut out out of Conservative nominations for breaking rules, Toronto area MP Eve Adams jumps ship to run for Liberals; move greeted with mockery by observers

Ottawa: Harper to discuss trade, Ukraine, Greece with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in today's visit to Canada by friend and close political ally

British Columbia: Kitamaat Village evacuated after 3 days without power due to record snowfall -- over 5 feet; 800 residents now safe in nearby Town of Kitimat, which has snow up to rooflines

Cairo: Mohamed Fahmy's retrial set to begin in Egypt Thursday

Ottawa: MacLeod to decide on bid for Baird’s seat in ‘week or two’; withdraws from provincial leadership race and supports Christine Elliot

Supreme Court changes 1993 decision: Physicians want more palliative care as well; who will define "grievous and irremediable medical conditions"?

Toronto: OPP scouring for more gas plant documents; back to court to seek more documents related to Liberals’ $1.1B gas plants cancellation cover-up scandal

Toronto: Police say McGuinty’s chief of staff ‘double deleted’ gas plant e-mails

Toronto: ‘Innovation centre’ announced for waterfront; goal is 2,000 jobs

Ottawa: Ontario MPP Lisa MacLeod quits PC leadership race to consider running for federal office

Sudbury: Ontario Liberals win by-election despite stench of political corruption over candidate bribery

Sudbury by-election bombshell: OPP says Liberals broke law, offered bribe

John Ivison: Justin Trudeau tries to hide his stupid; media apologism takes on more fantastic stretches

VIA terror trial: Death plotter: Islam is a "powerful weapon" which, in the right hands, "can bulldoze the whole world," urged co-accused to blend in

Toronto: Target Canada liquidation a fail, too?

Abacus Data poll: Canadians see Harper as a trusted CEO, Mulcair as reliable, Trudeau as a party boy "rated highly for recommending a good movie"

Premier Brad Wall: Use of 'notwithstanding clause' an option in SCOC Saskatchewan labour ruling

Ottawa: Lisa McLeod says she is "facing enormous pressure" to withdraw from Ontario PC leadership race and instead seek federal nomination vacated by John Baird; "A lot has changed in the world in the last 48 hours", she said, also including withdrawal of Vic Fedeli to back Christine Elliott

Toronto: VIA Rail suspects wanted Canada ‘to burn’; everybody was a target

Toronto: Ontario sells remaining GM shares acquired from bailout; not using $1.1B to reduce deficit

Ottawa: Liberals back down after days of waffling, vile comments and accusations, will support Conservative Security Bill, with or without changes; afraid to make stand before election, say will change legislation if win in October

Toronto: In first leadership race shake-up, PC finance critic Vic Fedeli quits to support Christine Elliott; major move, was 2nd in fund-raising

Ottawa: Muslim convert turned CSIS informant now in witness protection; infiltrated ISIS recruiting network, leading to arrest, charges

Ottawa: Mounties said to be taking over control of security inside the Parliament Buildings in post-attack unified command shake-up

Ottawa: NDP MPs on hook for $2.75M paid to illegal satellite party offices

Kelly McParland: Science, and the Leaside Girls Hockey League, confirm men are a waste of space

Brady Yauch: Ontario’s big wind bonanza: Over 90% of subsidies funnelled to just 11 huge companies while consumers gouged to pay them exorbitant rates

John Baird: A new future for me, and a record Canadians can be proud of

Ottawa: John Baird's surprise decision to leave politics was years in the making

Ottawa Citizen Editorial: The John Baird legacy

Toronto: Egypt-imprisoned Canadian journalist Fahmy's lawyer Amal Clooney hoping for his early release

Toronto: VIA Rail terror trial hears from undercover FBI agent

Toronto: TSX surges after oil gains 13% in 3 days; energy stocks mark big gains as oil industry reports it is pulling back on drilling

Saanich: City removes keylogging/screen capture spyware from municipal computers after Mayor Atwell accuses police of harassment and B.C. privacy commissioner launches investigation

New Brunswick: Snow-choked Saint John declares emergency

Ian Mulgrew: Pair who planned Victoria pressure cooker bombing wanted to be ‘al-Qaida Canada’

Ottawa: John Baird not seeking re-election, will resign as Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister this week

Chantal Hébert: Strong Quebec support for anti-terror bill puts NDP, Liberals and Bloc on hot seat

Vancouver: John Nuttall, Amanda Korody trial to begin for Canada Day bomb plot in Victoria; pressure cookers found, nails like Boston marathon bombs

updated ~ Toronto: Accused in VIA Rail terror plot trial were motivated by Islamic extremism and spent months plotting to murder as many people as they could; trial started today; train bridge was to be bombed to maximize deaths

Ottawa: Strong push for Fahmy’s release as Egypt frees Al Jazeera colleague

Cairo: Canadian Mohamed Fahmy expected to be released from prison "within days"

Adrienne Batra: Opposition charges Stephen Harper is the ‘root cause’ of terrorism are absurd

Montreal: ICAO officials meet this week to address safety after year of aviation calamities

Ottawa: Forum Research poll finally catches up to other pollsters and shows long Liberal decline, and Conservative support at 35% level Ipsos-Reid had found a month ago

Globe and Mail/Nanos Research poll: Canadians support increased security powers; "Canadians believe that we are at war": Nanos

Ottawa: Full text of Canadian anti-terrorism bill, C-51

IMF: Canada "on track" to balanced budget in 2015-16; "income tax cuts and enhanced child care benefits, as well as lower oil prices that will affect nominal tax revenues, are not expected to materially delay reaching budgetary balance"; ran surplus in November

Ottawa: Five things to know about Canada's new anti-terrorism measures

Andrew MacDougall: Let’s avoid pantomime in the terror debate

Toronto: ISIS terrorist's road to jihad — from Canada to Syria to Iraq — tracked one Tweet at a time

Kelly McParland: Crusade against Trinity Western law school runs up against a sensible judge

Ottawa: Media says security bill will give CSIS ability to disrupt domestic terror attacks, to be authorized by judicial warrants; police said to be gaining additional detention authorization

Ottawa: Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson has to school naive Opposition MPs that self-defense isn't 'combat'

Economist: Toronto ranked ‘best place to live’ of cities around the world by magazine

Aurora: Prime Minister Harper discusses national security with Toronto region police chiefs

John Baird: Iran's threat is real, not rhetoric

Jonathan Kay: The joy of watching John Baird utterly destroy Gerald Caplan

Kelly McParland: We didn’t learn from the last oil surprise. We probably won’t learn from this one either

Quebec: Shamed, jobless after speaking English at work: 'It was a big slap in the face'

Where, not how much: Lower loonie will sway snowbirds, reduce cross-border shopping but not reduce spending, say analysts; lower dollar boost for economy

Jason Kenney: New Conservative anti-terror bill will distinguish between legitimate religious expression and inciting terrorism

Keeping Canadians safe: Communications Security Establishment (CSE) tracks/reviews millions of downloads daily: Snowden

E.coli scare: Winnipeg boil water advisory remains in effect

Ottawa: 15 Members of Parliament to watch in 2015

Stephen Gordon: Petro plunge won't be so painful; it's only 6% of diversified Canadian economy; has declined relatively as other sectors grew faster

Bethesda: Marriott expanding in Canadian market with purchase of Delta Hotel brand

Ottawa: Conservatives top list of MPs with best attendance records for House of Commons votes in 2014

Montreal: St. Lawrence Seaway enjoys 'blowout' year

Toronto: New ISIS video threatens Canada again; calls for death to civilians and members of police and military

Moscow: Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

Kiev: Ukraine says cannot withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Moscow: No, Russia isn’t building a giant new aircraft carrier

Portent land: Influence peddling, green energy, and romance: an Oregon love story

Conrad Black: The Middle East is now a more flammable tinderbox than ever

ISIS affiliate: Boko Haram fighters kill 21 people near Nigeria's Chibok

Cairo: ISIS claims responsibility for Libya bombings which kill 45

Great Lakes over 80% frozen over: It’s cold out there: Winter’s grip to tighten even more in Ontario, U.S.

New York: Natural gas futures climb as cold weather boosts heater use

No 'warming': Latest surge of Arctic air to freeze Eastern half of U.S.

Demand jumps: Supertankers speed up as oil prices fall

Artemivsk/Vuhlehirsk: Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive truce

James S. Robbins: Obama's religious blindness aids ISIS

Copenhagen: Denmark announces new anti-terror initiatives

Istanbul: U.S., Turkey to arm and train Syrian rebels

Buenos Aires: Argentines march in downpour seeking justice for dead prosecutor Alberto Nisman

New Delhi: India puts $billions into frigate and submarine programs to counter China navy

Moscow: Putin adventurism alive and well in defiance of ceasefire; gambles West won't impose more sanctions or arm Ukraine

Berlin: Germany rejects Greek loan request as "not substantial"

Washington: At delayed summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism; finger pointed at robust ISIS social media and propaganda operation

Julie Pace: Obama failures lead to deepening crises across Middle East and North Africa

Disaster for all: Democrats keep running away from Obamacare

Washington Post: Judge’s immigration ruling adds to Obama’s list of potential legal pitfalls

Disruption: Millennials ditching their TV sets at a record rate

Michael Goodwin: Say it, Obama: ‘Islamic’

Paris: France tracking 400 believed to be in terror sleeper cells

Illegals: Texas judge's immigration rebuke may be hard for Obama to challenge

Obama: Five Middle East blunders

Matthew Fisher: Cuba’s coming revolution

Mount Carbon: Derailed, burning CSX oil train in West Virginia hauled newer-model tank cars

London: Oil rises to $62, near 2015 high as Mideast risks lift it

Port-au-Prince: Haiti Carnival float accident hits power line, at least 20 killed

Artemivsk: Kiev, rebels miss deadline on weapons pullback in Ukraine cease-fire deal

Austin: Texas Federal Court issues injunction to stop Obama’s executive amnesty; lawsuit against Obama action is backed by 26 states

Denmark: Police arrest 2 suspected of helping Copenhagen killer

Amman: Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against ISIS; UAE re-deploys warplanes against ISIS after temporary suspension

Germany: Braunschweig Christian pre-Lent Carnival parade cancelled over Islamist terror alert

Duhok: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight ISIS

Nigeria: Boko Haram puts 200,000 Christians at risk of massacre

Kiev: Shelling halts in Ukraine's Donetsk as Poroshenko orders ceasefire

Washington: U.S. announces plan to scrap customs forms for air travellers to speed up airport lines

Buenos Aires: New prosecutor reopens case against Argentine President Cristina Fernandez

Gallup: Poll says ISIS, terrorism seen as graver threats to American public than Russia, Ukraine

Washington: Boehner vows to toughen Obama's half-hearted anti-ISIS war legislation; we need "to give our military commanders the flexibility and the authority that they need to defeat our enemies" not tie hands behind their backs

New York: New York Times media columnist David Carr, 58, drops dead in newsroom

Conrad Black: Tip of the iceberg; Brian Williams exposed as fraudulent poseur but industry has strong tradition of egocentric fabrication; whole industry infested with myth-makers and tendentious partisans

CBS: Beloved 60 Minutes newsman Bob Simon, 73, dies in New York City car crash

Ottawa: Canada accuses EPA of 'distortion and omission' in Keystone XL assessment

Yemen crisis: U.S., France, Britain closing embassies amid rising protests

Costa Concordia Captain: Francesco Schettino convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the vessel; sentenced to just over 16 years in prison

Washington: Here’s Why Jon Stewart quitting ‘The Daily Show’ is so painful for Democrats

Antwerp: Leader of Islamist recruitment group Sharia4Belgium jailed for 12 years

Stephenville: Trial opens for ex-Marine accused in 'American Sniper' death

New York: Brian Williams' replacement at NBC, Lester Holt, also tells whoppers; will Williams/NBC scandal deal death blow to public respect for anchors' authority?

Washington: Obama FINALLY proposes formal war authorization to Congress against ISIS

Donetsk: Fighting in Ukraine continues ahead of peace talks

Washington: Lying Guantanamo releasees return to battle a problem Obama wants to ignore

Yola: Boko Haram brags about successful snatch of Chibok girls in Nigeria Islamist atrocity 10 months ago

Fibber McGee: Brian Williams 'embellishments' of facts with fiction not a one-off; gave 2 contradictory stories about dead bodies in Emmy-winning Katrina “reporting”; nailed by 'Gotnews'

New York: Soldiers, social media pound Brian Willams for lying; #BrianWilliamsMisremembers takes off as a twitter hashtag

New York: NBC suspends lead news anchor Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News for 6 months without pay after serial lies catch up to him

Sydney: Australian police charge two men with terror offences; ISIS flag, knife and video seized

Tom Shattuck: Michelle Obama turns up nose at mac and cheese

Washington: The GOP‘s ‘ObamaCare backup’ — ready if U.S. Supreme Court guts law

Amman: ISIS head on the run, ‘frightened’ for his life, Jordan says; 7,000 jihadists slaughtered in airstrikes this weekend on ISIS bases and arms depots in 3 days; death count claim may be garbled, says U.S.

Washington: Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Iraq: Suicide attack, bombing kill at least 22 in Baghdad

Brussels: Rejection of bailout before emergency EU meeting

Bloomberg: OPEC sees U.S. cuts in lower oil-supply forecast [video]

Egypt: 22 killed outside Cairo soccer stadium

Kiev: Ukraine president holds two mitts full of Russian passports and military IDs dropped by soldiers

Munich: Ukraine President pushes for fast cease-fire, defensive arms

Senegal: Nigeria postponing Feb. 14 vote amid Boko Haram terrorism

Taipei: Pilot's body found still clutching joystick of crashed Taiwan plane; saved lives by steering plane around buildings in last seconds

Valhalla: Focus is on how and why SUV parked on tracks in commuter train accident that killed 7 north of New York City

Brussels: NATO beefs up in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine

Yaounde: Boko Haram on rampage as Chad, Cameroon help Nigeria fight Islamist terrorists; still more help needed, as more neighbours commit troops

Amman: Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on ISIS

Athens: Greece could run out of cash in less than a month

Russia may need to go, too: Too soon to remove Brazil from BRIC, says acronym coiner O’Neill

Brasilia: Petrobras, $262B poorer, exposes busted Brazil dream'

2015: Six things technology has made insanely cheap

Amman: The capture of pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh divided Jordan, but ISIS' grisly execution of the prisoner has united the country in calls for retaliation

Amman: After Jordanian pilot burned alive, Jordan launches airstrikes against ISIS, kills 55 in Iraq including top commander 'Prince Of Nineveh'

JAMA Internal Medicine: Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common over-the-counter drugs

Washington: United Arab Emirates withdraws from flying air strikes in coalition campaign against ISIS after capture/execution of Jordanian pilot

Geneva: ISIS selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq: UN

New York: Staples buys Office Depot for $6.3B (US); Office Depot had previously purchased Office Max; consolidation seen to compete with Amazon and WalMart

Amman: King returns to cheers as Jordan vows more efforts to ‘finish’ ISIS

Montreal: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approves new conflict risk zone plan; creating online clearinghouse for information on flight risks, but providing no validation

New York: Smoking pushes lung cancer to be top killer of women, passing breast cancer

Beaver Dam: A small pet kangaroo had police hopping when its owners took it with them to the local McDonald's restaurant in Wisconsin town [video]

Amman: Jordan hangs 2 Al Qaeda prisoners after ISIS video shows Jordanian pilot burned alive [video]

updated ~ New York: 7 dead, 12 injured after Metro-North train hits car in Valhalla, in Westchester County

Syria: ISIS video shows man being burned alive in a cage; Jordanian TV says vile execution of POW pilot happened a month ago

Jack Mintz: Obama’s wrong-headed tax reforms

Syria: ISIS says it has burned POW Jordanian pilot to death

Athens: Greek Finance Minister backs away from demands for debt write-off

London: Oil prices continue rally on solid U.S. manufacturing figures

Kiev: Bravado, resentment and fear as Ukraine calls men to war

N'djamena: Chad troops enter Nigerian town in pursuit of Boko Haram

New York: Oil up 11% after two-day rally; trade volatile on stock builds

Ghanem Nuseibeh, Eli Epstein: Iran may already have its bomb, but it is not nuclear

Amman: 'Kill our pilot, we'll HANG your prisoners' threatens Jordan as ISIS hostage exchange stalls

Houston: U.S. oil workers on largest national strike since 1980

Worldwide impact: Obama plots 19% tax grab on U.S. companies' foreign earnings

Underinvestment will lead to a shortage: OPEC sees real possibility oil prices could explode to upwards of $200 per barrel

Cairo: Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste to be deported to Australia

Zidane Mohamed: Toronto student politician praises NYPD killings on Facebook; seeks election as Education VP

Tokyo: Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter

Tokyo: Horror in Japan as video purports to show hostage beheaded

Bauchi: Suicide bomber kills 10 people in northeast Nigeria's Potiskum

Syria: Second Japanese captive beheaded by ISIS

Addis Ababa: Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

Berlin: New Greek Government's demand that its foreign debts be written off 'divorced from reality'

Jakarta: AirAsia captain left seat and switched off auto protection device, then co-pilot lost control

Moscow: Putin fingerprints seen all over surprise interest-rate reversal which further de-stabilized crumbling ruble

Kirkuk: ISIS seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

Ukraine: Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in war-torn Donetsk

Israel: Obama has agreed to 80% of Iran's demands in nuclear talks

New York: Oil surges 8% as U.S. rig count plunges, shorts scramble

Washington: Romney officially out of 2016 Presidential race

Mosul: Coalition airstrike kills ISIS chemical weapons expert who formerly worked for Saddam Hussein

Markets: U.S. stocks sink on GDP, TSX boosted by energy stocks

Shikarpur: Pakistan mosque bomb attack kills at least 40, survivors trapped under rubble: officials

Ismailia: 27 killed in Sinai and Suez provinces; ISIS Egyptian wing claims responsibility

Moscow: Gorbachev shows old Soviet stripes, blames West for 'new Cold War' despite Putin's invasive adventurism; frets 'all-out war' coming

Revisiting the Lindt Siege: ‘Australia is under attack by Islamic State’

MH370: Malaysia declares 2014 flight disappearance an accident

Washington: AG nominee Loretta Lynch splits with Barack Obama on pot’s dangers

Israel: Spanish UN peackeeper killed; 2 Israeli soldiers killed as Lebanese Hezbollah hits convoy

Yola: Boko Haram Islamic extremists rampaging in northeast Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops to defend people say fleeing survivors; 'slaughtered people like rams'

Athens: Markets tumble as Greek government begins to backtrack on austerity; 3rd day of chaos

Libya: ISIS splinter group claims responsibility for deadly Tripoli hotel attack

Amman: Jordan ready to swap terrorist prisoner for pilot held by Islamic State

Washington: Spy General unloads on Obama’s ISIS war plan; the Islamic militants are "fuelled by a vision for worldwide domination, achieved through violence and bloodshed. They want to silence all opposition. They hate our ideals and they hate our way of life"; he condemned Obama timidity "You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists"

Matt DiLallo: Oil production declines in key countries, increasing demand, mean oil price will rebound in 2015: Halliburton

Moscow: One-fifth of Russian banks could collapse in 2015

Libya: Gunmen storm luxury Tripoli hotel, killing 8

London: S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

Syria: Kurds celebrate ousting ISIS from Kobani

Washington: Hobbyist comes forward to claim crashed White House lawn drone as his

Spain: NATO training accident: 10 dead, 19 hurt in take-off crash of Greek F-16 jet at base

Washington: Small drone found on White House lawn?

Brussels: Euro gains after Greek vote as copper declines with gold; Russia’s ruble again weakened

IFOP poll: 80% of French want a return to national service

Brussels: Russia faces mounting pressure over rising Ukraine violence

Sanaa: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills al Qaeda militants in Yemen

Paris: IMF's Lagarde rules out special treatment for Greece

New York: Deep drop in U.S. gasoline prices diminishing, Lundberg says

Frankfurt: Gold futures drop by most in three weeks after Greek election

New York: Oil slides to near 6-year low; Saudi Arabia holds firm despite supply glut

New Delhi: Will the India-U.S. nuclear deal work?

Kiev: Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in intensified rebel attacks

In for long haul? Falling oil demand a greater concern than glut for Saudis

Cairo: At least 16 dead on Egypt uprising anniversary

Athens: Greek leftists ally with right against bailout after huge election win

Live updates: Greek election: Reaction to Syriza's victory

Man who escaped ISIS: They want to plan an attack ‘more brutal’ than 9/11

Nick Gillespie: Bob Dylan to AARP: "The government's not going to create jobs. It doesn't have to."

Damian Pachter: Why I fled Argentina after breaking the story of Alberto Nisman’s death

NY Daily News: A potentially historic blizzard threatens to pummel New York; up to two feet of snow predicted

Des Moines: Scott Walker wows Iowa conservatives at weekend convention sizing up 2016 candidates

Dakar: After thousands of Ebola deaths, tide may be turning

Tokyo: Japan condemns apparent ISIS execution, demands surviving hostage be released

Berlin: Ukraine’s ceasefire has become a farce, with Vladimir Putin the author

Tehran: How politics explains the baffling Iranian response to Paris attack

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon, 43, going out at top of his game, 3rd all-time in wins; 2015 will be his last season

Halifax: Maritime winter storm already causing travel cancellations

Ottawa: New security bill coming this Friday

Ottawa: New Canadian security legislation to be unveiled this week;
Harper: "Measures designed to help authorities stop planned attacks, get threats off our streets, criminalize promotion of terrorism, and prevent terrorists from travelling and recruiting others... we shall be safeguarding our constitutional rights of speech, of association, of religion..."

New York: Mayor: Coming winter storm like 'we've never seen before'

CNN: A monster snow storm is expected to slam into the northeast Monday and Tuesday, dumping what could be up to 3 feet of snow in Boston and New York, with freezing rain and strong gusts -- possibly reaching hurricane level.

updated ~ Mariupol: At least 30 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine's
strategic government-held port city by Russia-backed rebels


BBC: One resident told Agence France-Presse by telephone: "Obviously, everyone in the city is very scared. The rebels have already seized the airport. And now they are starting to destroy Mariupol itself." The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, tweeted: "Today's indiscriminate shelling of Mariupol part of an apparently Russian-backed general offensive in complete violation of Minsk agreements."

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's new King Salman promises continuity

Riyadh: Saudi King Abdullah has died at 90: Saudi state TV

King Abdullah.

FinMin Oliver: Oil drop won’t keep Canada from 2015 balanced budget

New York: Central Banks step up low-inflation fight as Canada cuts rate

Ottawa: Interest rate cut may boost job creation, home ownership

Ottawa: Bank of Canada drops interest rate to .75%

Israel: Palestinian stabs up to 10 people on Tel Aviv commuter bus

Beziers: Five Chechens arrested, including one
with explosives, amid high alert in southern France

Cairo: Japan PM vows to save hostages under ISIS threat

Tokyo: ISIS death threat stirs anger, shock in Japan

72-hour deadline: ISIS says $200M ransom to be paid, or else

Jerusalem: PM Abe demands ISIS release of Japanese citizens 'unharmed'

ISIS: Big ransom wanted for two Japanese hostages, or death

Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto featured in threat video released by ISIS.

Cincinnati: I-75 closed after old bridge collapsed onto it; worker dead

A construction worker was killed and a truck driver injured in a 'major' collapse of an Interstate 75 overpass north of the new Hopple Street bridge, according to police dispatch. The ramp that collapsed onto I-75 was being prepared for demolition; it has already been replaced by a new bridge.

Ottawa: Generals Vance, Rouleau brief on Canada's Iraq anti-ISIS efforts;
Special Forces came under fire recently, 'neutralized' the ISIS opponents



In campaign update, the range of efforts by Canada were reviewed. These screen captures from Canadian Forces video shows two command and control buildings destroyed by Canadian CF-18s firing laser-guided missiles.

Ukraine conflict: Battles rage in Donetsk and Luhansk

The airport's control tower is now in ruins [right] but was intact last autumn [left] despite repeated shelling.

Ramallah: Baird brushes off Palestinian protest; "We share same desire for peace and prosperity for Palestinian people"; "Canada strongly supports Israel's right to defend itself and to live in peace with its neighbours."

Ramallah: Palestinian violence towards Canada's Foreign Minister
Baird won't change Canada's stance against Islamist terrorism

John Baird: Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel: "terrorism
is the struggle of our generation"; then attacked by mob of egg-throwing
Palestinians in Ramallah while police stand by and do nothing


Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird leaves the Palestinian Foreign Affairs ministry and smiles toward an egg-throwing mob after meeting with his counterpart Riyad al-Maliki on January 18, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. ~ Abbas Momani AFP

Charlie Farquharson: Don Harron, entertainment icon, dead at 90

Don Harron acted on Broadway, in London's West End, at Stratford, in 4 movies over 4 decades, and on TV in many episodes of many series; he brought Anne of Green Gable to TV and to the stage as a writer; he was radio host of CBC's Morningside for 5 years, and was on Hee-Haw for 18 years as his famous alter-ego Charlie Farquharson. He published this memoir in 2012.

Brussels: Belgium deploys troops following anti-terror raids

Soldiers are initially being deployed in Brussels and Antwerp.

Belgium: Killed suspects had police uniforms, Kalashnikovs
and bomb-making kit; "planning to dress as police
to launch a deadly gun and bomb attack"


Redwane Hajaoui (left) was one of terrorists killed in Belgium after starting firefight with anti-terror police.

Brussels: Islamists killed in Belgian terror raids
‘planned to massacre police in street’

Paris: Post Office hostage crisis ends with arrest; NOT a terror attack

Brussels: 15 detained after Belgian police kill Islamist gunmen

updated ~ Police: Belgium group thwarted from 'major' attack got orders
from ISIS; "ongoing terror threat appears to involve up to 20 sleeper
cells of between 120 to 180 people ready to strike in
France, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands"

updated ~ Verviers: 2 dead, 1 arrested by Belgium police in terror raid;
terrorists were 'under surveillance' after returning from Syria;
suspects opened fire 'for many minutes' when police first arrived



Multiple raids are reported to be underway. Above, the scene in Verviers. Police throughout Belgium are being told they may be targeted in possible attacks. They are being told that if they go out on patrol they must wear bullet proof vests. Journalist Johan de Graaf wrote on Twitter: "BREAKING: Police throughout Belgium are warned for possible attacks: if they go on patrol they have to wear bullet proof vests." ~ Mirror/Getty Images

Wilma! From people-powered to race-battered, Detroit show has them all

The Future People's Cyclone Now here’s a phrase you don’t hear too often at a car show, or anywhere for that matter: “human-powered luxury vehicle.” That’s how the husband-and-wife team behind The Future People describe their Cyclone cyclecar. Yup, it’s pedal-powered, but looks like a car. Sort of.

Paris: France arrests 54 in crackdown on hate speech, defense of terrorism

Paris: The threats just keep on coming for Charlie Hebdo

Den Tandt: Luminous new Charlie Hebdo cover cartoon fearlessly
defiant — and hopeful; "it may also be the single most impactful
work of art of the 21st century, thus far"


French cartoonist Renald Luzier, aka Luz, holds up the new issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. "In depicting Muhammad weeping, Luzier implicitly acknowledges that Islam, like its Abrahamic sister faiths, Christianity and Judaism, aspires to peace. And in the caption he holds out hope that from the current madness, some accommodation will arise, across the sectarian divide. For Charlie Hebdo to have produced this, even as its creators cope with grief, anger and fear, is more than remarkable; it is luminous." ~ Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

St. Albert: Thousands line streets for Const. Wynn's funeral procession

Toronto: RBC is first to cut mortgage rates as bond yields plunge

Victoria: H7N9 bird flu confirmed in B.C. resident who travelled to China

St. Albert: Funeral today for Mountie David Wynn to honour slain officer; Prentice, Harper to attend

Kingston: Ontario family makes public plea for liver donor for twins; adoptive father's liver a match, but a second match needed so both twins can survive

Legend on skates and in the air: Toller Cranston, 65, dies in Mexico from heart attack

Toronto: TSX ends slightly higher with climb in retail sales

Paul Viera: Canada retail sales rose unexpectedly in November; experts had predicted decline; up 4.8% over 2013

Ottawa: Canada could tap contingency fund on oil drop: Oliver; "The contingency fund is there for unexpected and unavoidable shocks to the system and, you know, the oil price decline—which was a dramatic one—would fall in that category"

Kelly McParland: Justin Trudeau’s hidden agenda; raid pension pools

Ottawa: Canada Revenue Minister wins Golden Scissors award for cutting red tape

Kelly McParland: Years of overspending is forcing change on Canadian provinces, like it or not

Halifax: New Canadian warships to be designed and built over 30 years in $26B project; will create huge industrial infrastructure in Nova Scotia

Sir John, eh: Winnipeg one of 5 cities to hold 'kilt skate' honouring Macdonald

Toronto: Ontario Finance Minister Sousa won’t rule out tax hike to help eliminate $12.5B deficit; proven inability to control spending

Vancouver: The impact of a dropping Canadian dollar on sports franchises competing against American teams

Toronto: Canada stocks rise to extend 2-month high as banks gain

Vancouver: Chu’s stepping down as VPD chief seen as ‘great loss’

St. Catharines: If ISIS terrorists fire on Canadian troops, 'we'll kill them': Harper

Waterloo: Quantum investment about ensuring Canada retains world leadership position

Waterloo: Harper Govt announces $15M investment in quantum research at University of Waterloo

Toronto: TSX nears two-month high as central bank actions boost

St. Catharines: Harper announces improved access to financing for Canadian small businesses

St. Catharines: Harper backs Bank of Canada rate cut, doesn't plan fiscal stimulus

Toronto: As banks hold off on cuts, brokers see record-low mortgage rates from quarter-point interest rate cut

Toronto: Target Canada owes billions to long list of creditors

New York: Canadian extradited to U.S., charged with bombing truck in Iraq

Ottawa: Federal Cabinet did not put ‘limits’ on special forces’ actions in Iraq: Defence Minister Nicholson; no micro-managing life and death from politicians

Osmium tetroxide: What is it and why is it dangerous?

Ottawa: Man in Halifax chemicals case threatened police, had osmium tetroxide

Ottawa: Canada denies mission creep after troops kill ISIS troops who fired on them

Edmonton: Alberta Minister announces review into Alberta Crown Prosecution Service following St. Albert Mountie killing

Toronto: TSX finishes day up 250+ points at close as bank rate cut and Loonie drops, helping exports

Toronto: TSX up to 2-week high; Canadian dollar plunges with interest rate cut, mortgages to follow

Toronto: Dirty nomination race tricks alleged by losing Liberal candidate, wants result overthrown; Liberal Party won't comment

Ottawa: No hazardous material found after arrest, hotel evacuation

Ottawa Citizen: Chemical scare: RCMP sought suspect who had 'issues with law-enforcement personnel'; arrested Halifax chemist Christopher Phillips formerly married to U.S. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller

Nova Scotia: ‘Large quantities of chemicals’ found at cottage linked to Ottawa arrest

Ottawa: Man arrested at Ottawa hotel linked to Halifax hazardous chemicals investigation

Nova Scotia: Grand Desert homes evacuated as RCMP find chemicals in cottage

London: Trudeau says Canadians want a federal government as bad as the one in Ontario, run by the same losers; of course, his adviser was behind province's downward spiral

Swift Current: Saskatchewan Mountie charged with trafficking cocaine, Ecstasy: Police

Dog gets his man: Police dog gets credit for finding Alberta man hiding inside couch in Vancouver home