Canada & World

Not yet 2003 record Season of Fire but expert warns dry summer raises BC risk

VANCOUVER — It’s too early to compare the B.C. wildfire season with 2003, the worst on record, says a forest-fire expert.

Wheat issue returns

New life appears to be growing in the debate over genetically modified wheat, but experts say old seeds of doubt still abound.

Prince Edward

Prince Edward hands out gold medal Duke of Edinburgh Awards

CALGARY — Prince Edward focused his attention on Canada’s youth on Sunday and his enthusiasm for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Awards is bringing benefits to students even in Canada’s North.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper comforts veteran Phil LeBreton as they stand at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Canadian War Cemetery in Beny-Sur-Mer in France Saturday.

Harper pays tribute to ‘the greatest generation’

Prime Minister Stephen Harper implored Canadians on Saturday to remember the sacrifices of soldiers who 65 years ago charged into the teeth of withering German fire on Juno Beach and not to dismiss the ideals those men represented.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper comforts veteran Phil LeBreton as they stand at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Canadian War Cemetery in Beny-Sur-Mer in France Saturday.

Canadian mayors not buying American

Canadian municipalities hope they are helping the federal government make a case against the Obama Administration’s “Buy American” policy,

Feds OK refugee intern program

he Harper government is set to make permanent an internship pilot project that has helped young refugees escape the world’s poorest, most violent places.

Victoria Stafford's school photo

Victoria Stafford: a deeply happy child who loved ice cream but hated socks

Victoria Elizabeth Stafford did not have the easiest life. Her parents split up when she was 2 1/2. Her father admits he wasn’t always around. Her mother admits an addiction to painkillers.

Victoria Stafford's school photo

Evacuation in Oshawa after train derails near schools, no injuries reported

Residents of a neighbourhood east of Toronto are being asked to voluntarily evacuate the area after a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed near a school.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff gestures during a speech at a Liberal party fundraiser in Montreal on  Thursday.

Ignatieff vows no special powers for Quebec

MONTREAL — Hours before a Montreal fundraiser poised to capitalize on the new-found support recent opinion polls seem have accorded the federal Liberals, Michael Ignatieff said he has no plans to give Quebec special powers if elected prime minister.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff gestures during a speech at a Liberal party fundraiser in Montreal on  Thursday.
Police work around a Greyhound bus on Thursday

Victim’s family outraged Greyhound bus where man beheaded still on the road

The Greyhound bus in which Vince Li attacked and dismembered fellow passenger Tim McLean last summer should be taken off the road out of respect, the victim’s mother said Thursday.

Police work around a Greyhound bus on Thursday

Chicago lawyer named U.S. ambassador to Canada

David Jacobson, a Chicago lawyer and key fundraiser for Barack Obama during his run for the White House, has been named the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

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Family of beheading victim considers appealing hearing

Lawyers for the family of a young man beheaded on a Greyhound bus are considering taking those determining the killer’s fate to the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

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Sam George

George fought for truth, justice

Sam George was remembered Wednesday as an ordinary man who fought an extraordinary battle in forcing a public inquiry into the fatal police shooting of his aboriginal activist brother, Dudley George, at Ipperwash Provincial Park.

Sam George
Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday.

Raitt keeps job despite lost-document flap

OTTAWA — Rookie cabinet minister and rising star Lisa Raitt will keep her job despite a political uproar over a security breach involving secret government documents.

Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday.

Ignatieff rattles election sabre

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says the party will decide next week whether to try to bring down the Harper government and plunge the country into a mid-summer election.

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Aboriginal elder blesses medicine bags for Canadian human rights museum

Aboriginal elders are making sure that Mother Earth is on side with the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Canadian kids not active enough: report

new report reveals that a large majority of Canadian kids are failing to meet recommended guidelines of daily physical activity.

Facebook hit list not like Colombine, Vancouver teen’s lawyer says

The lawyer representing a Vancouver high school student who police say had a hit list of students and teachers is rejecting suggestions police may have prevented a Colombine-style massacre.

A combat engineer gingerly digs up a shell casing in a graveyard beside a road between two of Canada's bases in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.  Insurgents sometimes use the casings to make improvised explosive devices

Taliban leader Mullah Mansur killed in southern Afghanistan

British forces have killed an alleged Taliban leader in southern Afghanistan, British and Afghan officials said Tuesday, in what they claimed was a major victory against the insurgency there.

A combat engineer gingerly digs up a shell casing in a graveyard beside a road between two of Canada's bases in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.  Insurgents sometimes use the casings to make improvised explosive devices

Family of Canadian on missing Air France flight remembers energetic go-getter

The family of a Canadian man who vanished along with more than 200 others after an Air France flight disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean are remembering him as a world traveller who never forgot his roots.