Canada

Harper unveils new cabinet, focuses on economy

David Ljunggren, Randall Palmer Montreal Gazette 31.10.2008
Harper unveils new cabinet, focuses on economy

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a new cabinet on Thursday and vowed to defend Canada against a global crisis that he said was making it harder to predict the nation's economic future.

Ontario political vets get key duties

Bruce Campion-Smith, Tonda MacCharles, Richard Brennan Toronto Star 31.10.2008
Ontario political vets get key duties

OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper has tapped three Ontario politicians – all veterans of Mike Harris's old cabinet – to steer Canada through tough economic times.


Fine or jail for not reporting child porn, N.S. government proposes

Halifax police are backing a provincial government plan to make it mandatory to report child pornography in Nova Scotia.

Toronto rolls out $1.6B capital budget plan

Paul Moloney Toronto Star 31.10.2008
Toronto rolls out $1.6B capital budget plan

Now is not the time to cut infrastructure spending, Mayor David Miller said yesterday at the rollout of Toronto's $1.6 billion capital budget.


Harper's angels: PM puts three rookie MPs in key cabinet posts

Joanne Chianello The Ottawa Citizen 31.10.2008
Harper's angels: PM puts three rookie MPs in key cabinet posts

I'm thrilled that 11 women are in the new cabinet. I really am. But can we stop now with the applause and the kudos, not to mention the "political courage" it took Stephen Harper to up the number of women in his Conservative cabinet?

Transit commission hopes to avoid Toronto's hybrid bus woes

Ottawa is trying to dodge Toronto's woes with hybrid electric-diesel buses. The Toronto Transit Commission is so unhappy with its hybrid buses that transit managers are trying to switch 250 hybrid electric-diesel bus purchases for this year and ne...


Ben Johnson, Charlie Francis, former Ont. premiers mourn judge Dubin

TORONTO — Charles Dubin, who was best known for heading a groundbreaking inquiry into drug use in amateur sport, was remembered Wednesday at his funeral service as a "giant" in the legal profession, and for his fair and decent treatment of others.

Toronto council denies request to demolish heritage site

JEFF GRAY The Globe and Mail 31.10.2008
Toronto council denies request to demolish heritage site

Toronto City Council voted first thing yesterday to refuse a request from a developer to demolish Leaside's so-called Talbot Apartments, three low-rise apartment buildings that have stood across Bayview Avenue from Mount Pleasant Cemetery for near...


Canadian Blood Services says reserves low, asks for more donors

OTTAWA — Canadian Blood Services is putting out a call for more blood donors, saying its inventory has dropped 40 per cent in the last two months.

Maple Leaf battered by meat recall costs

STEVE LADURANTAYE The Globe and Mail 30.10.2008
Maple Leaf battered by meat recall costs

A fatal listeria outbreak linked to its Toronto processing plant hit Maple Leaf Foods Inc. hard in the third quarter, but the company's private polling suggests consumers are ready to start buying its processed meat again.


New faces, new jobs in store for revamped cabinet

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will promote some key MPs and infuse his cabinet with new ones today in a sweeping shuffle that will launch his new government.

Courtroom shocked at Frost trial

Rosie Dimanno Toronto Star 30.10.2008
Courtroom shocked at Frost trial

NAPANEE — A key witness against David Frost, who says she was coerced into three-way sex with the former junior hockey coach over a period of six years, cannot recall anything resembling a third testicle.


Edmonton man dies after Taser hit

Alexandra Zabjek, Steve Lillebuen, Ben Gelinas Calgary Herald 30.10.2008
Edmonton man dies after Taser hit

The family of a 38-year-old father who died after police used a Taser to stop his rampage through a strip of west Edmonton businesses says officers should never have used the controversial device.

Patients in Alberta to be tested after syringes reused

HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. -- Up to 2,700 patients, including children, need to be tested for HIV and hepatitis because a handful of nurses in a northern Alberta hospital injected drugs with used syringes for nearly two decades. Health officials said the...


N.L. premier apologizes to victims of botched cancer tests

Jack Branswell, Phil Couvrette The Vancouver Sun 30.10.2008
N.L. premier apologizes to victims of botched cancer tests

A contrite Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams told breast cancer patients Tuesday that he was truly sorry the province had botched their tests. "We sincerely apologize and take full responsibility," he said at the end of his testimony before the ...

Sarah McLachlan to sing at 2009 Cultural Olympiad marking one year to Games

VANCOUVER - Vancouver singing star Sarah McLachlan will open the 2009 Cultural Olympiad, marking the one-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.


PM calls first ministers meeting to tackle financial-meltdown issues

OTTAWA, QUEBEC, TORONTO — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is gathering premiers and territorial leaders Nov. 10 to discuss how Ottawa can respond to the stumbling economy and global financial crisis - a meeting that leaves the Tories time to follow ...

Rogers cashes in on iPhone popularity

Grant Surridge, Jamie Sturgeon Ottawa Citizen 29.10.2008
Rogers cashes in on iPhone popularity

TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc. rode the iPhone's popularity to a big jump in quarterly profit in its last quarter but said costs associated with selling the device could weigh on future earnings.


Oil sands pipeline may be delayed

NORVAL SCOTT The Globe and Mail 29.10.2008
Oil sands pipeline may be delayed

CALGARY -- Uncertainty over the pace of oil sands development could delay the construction of a major pipeline that will connect Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, potentially slowing the flow of bitumen to an untapped refining market.

High school student knifed for $1 gloves

BRETT CLARKSON Toronto Sun 29.10.2008
High school student knifed for $1 gloves

A fight over a cheap pair of gloves nearly cost a 15-year-old boy his life yesterday. The Grade 9 student was brazenly stabbed in the stomach in front of at least 50 students in a busy hallway at Don Mills Collegiate Institute, witnesses said.



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