April 23rd, 2014

National News

Union warns of reduced meat inspections, more food fraud in Vancouver

By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

VANCOUVER – Canada’s food safety system is being pushed beyond its limits, warns the union representing federal food inspectors, which singles out Vancouver area-consumers as potentially the most at risk. Some $35 million and 192 inspectors are on the food safety program’s chopping block over the next two years, according to online documents posted by ... Read More »

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Ottawa ponders lifting threatened species status for Pacific humpback

By Dene Moore, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

VANCOUVER – In the midst of the heated debate over oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia, the federal environment minister has proposed improving the status of North Pacific humpback whales from threatened to “special concern.” The whales have played a starring role in the campaign against oil pipelines and opponents accused the federal ... Read More »

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Afghan commemoration cloaked in secrecy with two weeks left to go

By Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

OTTAWA – A Royal Proclamation, a moment of silence in schools, and the heavy beating of helicopter rotors over Parliament Hill are slated for May 9, but the Harper’s government attempt to turn commemoration of the Afghan mission into a national event is facing delays, confusion and the sting of politics. Prime Minister Stephen Harper ... Read More »

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Honour Gray in ‘best way possible,’ says Martin; PMO says no state funeral

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

OTTAWA – Herb Gray, a Liberal fixture on Parliament Hill whose four decades in the House of Commons made him one of Canada’s longest-serving parliamentarians, won’t be getting a state funeral, the Prime Minister’s Office says. Spokesman Jason MacDonald confirmed Tuesday that while the government is offering to help family members in making funeral arrangements, ... Read More »

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Parti Quebecois says it will digest election defeat and be ready for 2018

By The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

QUEBEC – The Parti Quebecois promised Tuesday to present a united front at the next general election once its leadership battle and internal discussions have been settled. “Quebecers have always been able to rely on the PQ throughout its history and I can assure you that will be the case once more,” interim leader Stephane ... Read More »

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Honour Gray in ‘best way possible,’ says Martin, but state funeral unlikely

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

OTTAWA – Herb Gray, a Liberal fixture on Parliament Hill whose four decades in the House of Commons made him one of Canada’s longest-serving parliamentarians, deserved the best possible sendoff, says former prime minister Paul Martin. But it falls to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to decide if Gray, who died Monday at the age of ... Read More »

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CN Rail’s net income increased 12.2 per cent to $623 million despite weather hit

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2014

MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway’s profit increased 12.2 per cent to $623 million in the first quarter despite the negative effects of a very cold and snowy winter as Canada’s largest railway beat analyst expectations on both revenue and profit. CN reported after markets closed that it earned 75 cents per share for the period ... Read More »

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