Canada & World

Donating to charities via cellphones now available here in Canada

Pull out your cellphone, text a keyword and make a donation on the go. Mobile giving capitalizes on the popularity of text messaging and is launching in Canada today.

One in six first-year university students will not make the grade

For someone who considers herself a responsible and mature person, Natalie Czerwinski is coping a lot worse than she thought she would during her first month of university.

Research team launches search for serpent-like creature

Brigette Horvath knew she saw something strange in Cameron Lake on Vancouver Island two years ago and a team of researchers say she might be right. Was it a fish, an eel or some kind of serpent-like creature?

Winnipeg man charged after baby stabbed

A 23-year-old man is in custody and will be charged after his infant son was found stabbed near the eye, Winnipeg police said Sunday.

B.C. man killed after motorcycle drifts off Alberta highway

A B.C. man has died on a southern Alberta highway after his motorcycle drifted off the highway in brisk winds.

Oilsands security in doubt?

While the oilsands industry tries to calm any frayed nerves after a splashy protest by Greenpeace at a Shell work site in northern Alberta, some analysts say the infiltration of such a huge operation should serve as a warning about the security of energy installations.

Feds mum over legal protection for flu vaccine makers

The federal government won’t say if Canadians who suffer harmful side effects from the new swine flu shot can take the vaccine maker to court.

Canadians want military to pursue peacekeeping, according to new Ipsos Reid research finding

A public opinion poll conducted for National Defence says half of Canadians surveyed want their soldiers to return to a “peacekeeping only” role in the world.

Police say Sask boy used bike to save his little brother from child abductor

RCMP say it’s fortunate a boy wasn’t injured when he rescued his five-year-old brother from the clutches of an alleged child abductor in a small Saskatchewan community.

Canadian soldiers carry the casket of Pte. Jonathan Couturier

Fallen soldier thought Afghan mission ’useless’: family

The latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan reportedly considered the mission pointless.

Canadian soldiers carry the casket of Pte. Jonathan Couturier
Pte. Jonathan Couturier

Another Canadian soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

The ever-present perils of the Panjwaii claimed the life of another young Canadian soldier Thursday when his armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb while returning from a mission to root out Taliban command centres and weapons caches.

Pte. Jonathan Couturier
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff speaks to reporters.

Liberals offer to speed EI bill

The Liberals have offered to speed passage of Tory EI legislation, hoping to rob the NDP of its rationale for propping up the Harper government.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff speaks to reporters.
A man wearing a bigfoot costume and a Stephen Harper mask protests with a man wearing a Barack Obama mask in Washington

Strategy? What strategy?

The United States has not yet settled on the best strategy for the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and won’t commit to sending more troops until it does, President Barack Obama said Wednesday after meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A man wearing a bigfoot costume and a Stephen Harper mask protests with a man wearing a Barack Obama mask in Washington

B.C. man uses arrow to save himself after mother grizzly bear attacks

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A Fort St. John, B.C., man says he saved his life by plunging an arrow into the neck of a grizzly bear that landed on top of him and drove his head “in the ground.”

Ex-MP Jaffer charged with drunk driving, cocaine possession

OTTAWA — The former chairman of the Conservative caucus who was featured in anti-drug campaign ads is facing charges of cocaine possession and drunk driving.

Feds issue priority list for flu shots

Pregnant women, health workers, children, and adults with chronic conditions should be first to roll up their sleeves to get the swine flu shot when it’s ready.

Arson suspected after fire destroys German Concordia Club in Saskatoon

Firefighters had to lay hoses across train tracks to a hydrant one kilometre away as they tried in vain to stop a suspicious blaze that destroyed a popular Saskatoon social and cultural club.

NDP Leader Jack Layton stands in the House of Commons during Question Period in Ottawa Tuesday.

NDP to prop up Harper government

The NDP says it will support the Conservatives on a crucial budget motion Friday — and keep propping up the government long enough to pass EI legislation to help unemployed workers.

NDP Leader Jack Layton stands in the House of Commons during Question Period in Ottawa Tuesday.
Just before Prime Minister Harper's meeting in the U.S. with President Obama

Cross-Canada protests aimed at oilsands

The oilsands were the target Tuesday of environmental activists in Niagara Falls and northern Alberta on the eve of a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Just before Prime Minister Harper's meeting in the U.S. with President Obama
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe rises to question the government during Question Period in the House of Commons.

Bloc to support Tory motion, avert election

The Bloc Quebecois says it will support the Harper government’s budget motion Friday, averting an immediate election.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe rises to question the government during Question Period in the House of Commons.