WASHINGTON — Amid an era of supposedly harmonious cross-border co-operation between the U.S. and Canada, the decidedly less-than-peaceful brawl between Canadian and American officials over the Peace Bridge is proving embarrassing for both federal governments. A bilateral committee’s attempts to come up with a plan to modernize the heavily travelled border crossing in Buffalo and Fort [...]
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is taking pre-emptive action to squelch any speculation he may be preparing to depart in the next cabinet shuffle. The minister’s chief spokesman, Dan Miles, says there is no question Flaherty is committed to staying until the budget is balanced in 2015. Miles says he had lunch with his boss on [...]
If you thought birthday-party clowns were terrifying, just wait until you see what this year’s Toronto Festival of Clowns has to offer.
Over the next few days, don’t be surprised if you see a lot of red noses, yellow wigs, and rainbow-coloured suspenders around town. The Toronto Festival of Clowns is back with a trunk full of tomfoolery, plus plenty of great live performances.
The Senate’s internal economy committee will hold its next round of hearings into Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses in public starting on Tuesday evening, according to reports. The meeting is set to begin at 5:30 and does not have a set time limit. Senator Mike Duffy had already been invited to appear. Under normal circumstances the [...]
The inclusion of Asian powers into the Arctic Council should not be seen as a threat, said Sweden’s ambassador to Canada Teppo Tauriainen. While Asian nations, including China and Japan, have a vested interested in a northern sea route connecting Europe and Asia, Tauriainen says their addition to the council will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.
“They will learn about the way we look at the Arctic, including the concept of sustainability that is strong in all member states, and these countries have competencies that can be of use to us,” said Tauriainen in a one-on-one interview with iPolitics.
HALIFAX – A regulatory hearing in Nova Scotia considering an undersea hydro cable from Labrador’s Muskrat Falls project started today with proponents and critics clashing on whether it is the cheapest alternative for electricity. James Smellie, the lawyer for the Emera subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link Inc., told the Nova Scotia Utility and Review [...]
TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is to meet with his executive committee today, in their first meeting since allegations of Ford’s videotaped drug use surfaced earlier this month. It’s also the mayor’s 44th birthday. The committee is expected to discuss the city’s library budget and a one-metre passing rule for cyclists, among other items [...]
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WASHINGTON – Leaders of Syria’s opposition forces got a chance to make their case for increased U.S. support directly with Republican Sen. John McCain when he slipped into that country for a surprise visit. McCain favours providing arms to rebel forces in Syria. A State Department official said the department was aware of McCain crossing [...]
VANCOUVER — The Liberals may have won the Metro Vancouver riding of Coquitlam-Maillardville on election night, but the New Democrats have now pulled ahead by just five votes. Elections BC has begun its final tally of all ballots cast in the days leading up to the May 14 vote. Liberal Steve Kim was originally declared the winner [...]