News: Canada

Online claims that Chinese scientists stole virus from Winnipeg lab have 'no factual basis'

Tuesday  09:50,   28 january 2020

The Public Health Agency of Canada is denying any connection between the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, two scientists who were escorted out of the building last summer, and the coronavirus outbreak in China. Baseless stories claiming that... >>>

John Ivison: With pledge to lower wireless prices, Liberals insist on solving problems that don’t exist

Tuesday  08:35,   28 january 2020

The cash-strapped Trudeau Liberals have been casting around for election campaign commitments that don’t cost much money to deliver and the pledge to reduce cell phone prices by 25 per cent fits the bill. As the House of Commons returns, wireless... >>>

Trump crackdown on birth tourism could mean new waves of passport babies in Canada

Tuesday  08:30,   28 january 2020

Canada could see an uptick in birth tourism after the Trump administration granted its customs officers more powers to prevent pregnant women from entering the United States. American consular officials are being urged to refuse entry to women... >>>

The 'critical' missing link in Doug Ford's Southwestern Ontario transportation plan

Tuesday  08:30,   28 january 2020

Two hours by highway from Toronto, Southwestern Ontario would have been pulled into the mega-city’s commuter orbit under a high speed rail system proposed by the former Liberal government. Doug Ford’s Tories shelved that and have come up with a new... >>>

Garneau calls on Iran to explain why it didn't ground aircraft following missile attack

Tuesday  08:16,   28 january 2020

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said today he wants to know why Iran kept its airspace open the night it "mistakenly" fired two missiles at Flight PS752, killing 176 people — 57 of them Canadian — and if Iran deliberately kept its civilian... >>>

‘Localized wear’ of rail at TTC Line 2 yard led to partial subway derailment: preliminary report

Tuesday  07:50,   28 january 2020

On Wednesday, 116 shuttle buses were brought in from various routes to provide service between Jane and Ossington stations during an hours-long shutdown.The preliminary findings of an investigation were shared during a TTC board meeting on... >>>

Some Ontario universities, colleges warn of fake coronavirus alerts circulating online

Tuesday  07:50,   28 january 2020

Ryerson University, McMaster University, and Durham College staff all advised they were aware of fake Coronavirus reports circulating.“Ryerson University is aware that there are fake social media posts alleging that students have been admitted to... >>>

Canada, U.K. discussing how to pay for Harry and Meghan's security costs: minister

Tuesday  07:50,   28 january 2020

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Monday that the RCMP and security officials in the United Kingdom are in discussions over how best to protect Harry and Meghan while they live here in Canada — and who will ultimately foot the bill for the... >>>

Alleged RCMP spy Cameron Ortis faces 3 new charges under Canada's secrets act

Tuesday  07:40,   28 january 2020

Cameron Ortis, the head of the RCMP's national intelligence co-ordination centre, faces new charges under Canada's secrets act.A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said the additional Security of Information Act... >>>

Analysis: Why Ottawa's LRT is a lesson in how not to manage a major environmental project

Tuesday  07:30,   28 january 2020

LRT planners once promised the new train system would help our climate as much as planting 9.4 million trees, by replacing diesel buses and private cars with “zero-emission” public transit. The reality is different, and experts call it a painful... >>>

Transit commissioner calls for extended fare freeze, refund amid LRT mess

Tuesday  07:30,   28 january 2020

An Ottawa transit commissioner is calling for an extended fare freeze and even a limited refund as problems with the city's floundering LRT system continue to pile up.Multiple trains lost power over the weekend, causing extensive delays for... >>>

Toronto police roll out 'wholesale change' in scheduling officers' shifts

Tuesday  07:20,   28 january 2020

The Toronto Police Service is changing the way it schedules the shifts of its officers as part of a year-long pilot project that began on Monday. "It is the first comprehensive change of the deployment system of service members in over 35 years and... >>>

Erin O'Toole distances himself from MacKay and Scheer as leadership campaign kicks off at Calgary rally

Tuesday  07:15,   28 january 2020

CALGARY — In a speech before Conservative faithful in Calgary Monday evening, just hours after he kicked off his campaign to lead the party, Erin O’Toole tried to paint himself as the candidate who is neither Peter MacKay or Andrew Scheer, imploring >>>

Expert says coronavirus epidemic should be contained within a few weeks

Tuesday  04:00,   28 january 2020

The headlines about the growing numbers of people being sickened by the new coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan are making people anxious, to be sure. The virus has affected nearly 3,000 people, almost all in China, and killed more... >>>

Pressure mounts on opposition parties to back speedy ratification of new NAFTA

Tuesday  03:45,   28 january 2020

OTTAWA — The pressure was on opposition MPs to quickly ratify the new North American free-trade agreement as Parliament got back to work Monday for its first extended sitting since the Oct. 21 election reduced the Liberals to a minority government.... >>>