Canada & World

B.C.’s Okanagan communities could face serious drought this summer

KELOWNA, B.C. — Wednesday’s spotty showers did little to quench a very dry reality - B.C.’s Okanagan is facing a serious drought this summer.

Maureen Lee holds onto her three year-old daughter Maya Espinosa as their dog buddy looks on outside their Squamish

B.C. girl recovers from cougar attack as mom relives rescue terror

SQUAMISH, B.C. — A three-year-old girl is recovering after being attacked by a cougar near her Squamish, B.C., home as her mom relives the terror of locking eyes with the beast she pushed off her bleeding daughter.

Maureen Lee holds onto her three year-old daughter Maya Espinosa as their dog buddy looks on outside their Squamish
Military pallbearers carry the casket  of Cpl. Martin Dube  at CFB Trenton in Trenton

Body of latest soldier to die in Afghanistan returns to Canada

The remains of Cpl. Martin Dube, the latest soldier to die in Afghanistan, have arrived on Canadian soil.

Military pallbearers carry the casket  of Cpl. Martin Dube  at CFB Trenton in Trenton
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff have finalized the details of an agreement that will preserve the Conservatives' minority government - for now.

Harper, Ignatieff reach deal to avert summer election

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff ended their political brinkmanship Wednesday with a deal to avoid an election — at least until the fall.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff have finalized the details of an agreement that will preserve the Conservatives' minority government - for now.

Air Canada says it will allow pets in cabin starting in July

Air Canada says it will allow passengers to bring their cat or small dog in the cabin on flights beginning in two weeks — for $100 on a domestic return trip and $200 for overseas trips.

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Nuclear medicine doctors want to make isotope shortage a priority

The worldwide shortage of radioactive isotopes because of the shutdown of Canada’s Chalk River reactor is perhaps the biggest crisis ever to hit the field of nuclear imaging, says the organization representing the profession.

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is seen leaving a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper which was held in the prime minister's office in the Langevin Block across from Parliament Hill  in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Harper, Ignatieff make progress in talks to avoid election

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff appear close to a pact that will allow the Conservative government to survive a confidence vote that could trigger a rare summer election.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is seen leaving a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper which was held in the prime minister's office in the Langevin Block across from Parliament Hill  in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Canada agrees to stricter controls on Afghan hired guns

OTTAWA — Canada quietly signed an international agreement on regulating private security companies in war-zones just weeks after a Canadian soldier was allegedly shot by a contractor during a confused firefight in Afghanistan last summer.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty appears at Commons Finance committee hearing witnesses on main estimates on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Stimulus on track to create or save 190,000 jobs, says Flaherty

OTTAWA — New rosier outlooks for the Canadian economy are giving a welcome boost to the federal government’s prospects for coming out of the deep deficit hole within a few years.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty appears at Commons Finance committee hearing witnesses on main estimates on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Inquiry can find misconduct against RCMP in death: judge

The commissioner heading the public inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death can consider the conduct of four Mounties that night, a judge has concluded, rejecting the officers’ arguments that he has no jurisdiction to do so.

Doctor wants isotope shortage to be a priority

The Society of Nuclear Medicine says the shortage of radioactive isotopes due to the Chalk River reactor shutdown is the worst crisis ever to hit the profession.

Fire evacuation continues in B.C.

Residents chased from their homes by a wild fire in the B.C. Interior are itching to get back to their properties

Flaherty fires back on deficit

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has dismissed a prediction of deeper, longer-term deficits from Parliament’s budget watchdog.

Clinton says U.S. will alleviate Buy American concerns

The United States will work with Canada to find a way to alleviate concerns surrounding the Buy American policy in the U.S. economic stimulus bill, which some say is shutting Canadian companies out of lucrative contracts, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.

Blood tests rule out prime suspect in pig farm swine flu case

Officials have ruled out the prime suspect in the mystery over how a herd of Alberta pigs was infected with the new swine flu virus sweeping the globe.

Sylvie Menard says Canadian border agents made her strip to see if she had a pink tattoo on her buttocks after mixing her up with an alleged criminal. Menard

Montreal woman humiliated by border tattoo search

MONTREAL — A Montreal woman says Canadian border agents made her strip to see if she had a pink tattoo on her buttocks after mixing her up with an alleged criminal.

Sylvie Menard says Canadian border agents made her strip to see if she had a pink tattoo on her buttocks after mixing her up with an alleged criminal. Menard

Residents return home after part of B.C. forest fire evacuation order lifted

VANCOUVER — Some of the residents chased from their homes by a wild fire in the B.C. Interior have returned to their properties, while others might be out for quite some time.

Swine flu hitting northern Ont. First Nations; Lots of flu, Sandy Lake chief says

Swine flu has started to circulate in First Nations communities in northern Ontario, with hundreds of people falling ill on the Sandy Lake First Nation reserve.

Don’t panic over swine flu pandemic: minister

The World Health Organization’s decision to declare the swine flu outbreak a pandemic is largely technical and people shouldn’t worry, says Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

Judge urges education

In the days before she hanged herself from a beam in the basement of her third foster home, a 15-year-old southern Alberta girl told her sisters and ex-boyfriend that life was no longer worth living.