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Jamie Haller sues 3 BC RCMP officers for 2011 beating

Jamie Haller sues 3 BC RCMP officers for 2011 beating

Jamie Haller says she was the one who needed police protection Jamie Haller alleges she was beaten by a Mountie in Williams Lake, B.C., when she was 17 has now filed a civil suit against the city and three RCMP officers, including one who was acquitted of an assault charge. Jamie Haller turns 20 this week and […]

Medical marijuana spread on toast, inside cookies backed by BC court

Medical marijuana spread on toast, inside cookies backed by BC court

Medical marijuana access regulations infringe on Canadian charter rights British Columbia’s highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety is unconstitutional. The B.C. Appeal Court released its 2-1 decision on Thursday stating that medical marijuana […]

False killer whale calf found on Vancouver Island beach

False killer whale calf found on Vancouver Island beach

False killer whales rarely seen in BC waters Efforts are underway to save a young false killer whale calf which has washed ashore on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The distressed cetacean was found in poor condition Thursday morning on North Chesterman Beach. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has recovered the whale […]

Business

Canadian manufacturing sales set record in July

Canadian manufacturing sales set record in July

Canadian manufacturing sales led by primary metals, transportation equipment Statistics Canada says Canadian manufacturing sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. The agency says the July gain was mainly due to higher sales in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries. […]

WestJet now charging $25 for first luggage bag

WestJet now charging $25 for first luggage bag

WestJet says new fee expected to affect 1 in 5 of its travellers WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) says it will charge a $25 fee for the first checked bag for passengers travelling on economy fares within Canada and also between Canada and the U.S. The new fee will apply to bookings starting Monday for travel as of Oct. 29. […]

Working women soon to outnumber men in Canada

Working women soon to outnumber men in Canada

Working women still under-represented in skilled trades The growing role of working women arguably qualifies as the most consequential socio-economic development of the past 50 years. As more women have entered the formal labour market, the productive capacity of our economy has been augmented. Indeed, increased “labour input” – more people working – has been […]

Canada

Canadian soldiers run over in Quebec by ‘radicalized’ man

Canadian soldiers run over in Quebec by ‘radicalized’ man

Police warn it’s too early to speculate on why driver drove into Canadian soldiers One of two Canadian soldiers hit by a car on Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. The soldier’s name was not released at the request of the family. The second soldier’s injuries were […]

Can “whiz kids” reduce delays at Canada-U.S. border?

Can “whiz kids” reduce delays at Canada-U.S. border?

Delays at Canada-U.S. border estimated to cost Canada 1 to 2% of GDP Frustrated by costly delays at the Canada-U.S. border, the business community is urging governments to seek solutions from private-sector whiz kids. The national governments are being pressed to adopt a model popularized by high-tech startups during the original dot.com boom in the 1990s: […]

Simushar update: Tug towing Russian ship to Prince Rupert

Simushar update: Tug towing Russian ship to Prince Rupert

Simushar lost propulsion Thursday night The stricken Russian container ship Simushar is under tow again off the north coast of British Columbia. The Canadian Forces’ joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria says the ocean-going American tug boat Barbara Foss has a secure line attached to the ship. Spokesperson Acting Sub Lt. Melissa Kia says the […]

Opinion

Disclose everything: Media and the new transparency

Disclose everything: Media and the new transparency

Disclose, disclose, and then disclose some more, says blogger Duncan Kinney Remember when the reputations of two of Canada’s most well known journalists, Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge, were besmirched because they failed to disclose that they were paid by Canada’s largest oil and gas lobbying organization to speak at events? I do. If only there was a series of […]

Fracking a force for environmental, economic good

Fracking a force for environmental, economic good

Fracking is not an evil to be banned, but a social good to be embraced, says Kerr What if you heard that there was a new technology – hint: think fracking –  that could significantly lower energy costs, allowing manufacturing to flourish? Would your reaction be to go out and invest in that technology today? […]

Government waste is inevitable, get over it already

Government waste is inevitable, get over it already

Don’t spend more reducing government waste than you’re wasting - Ellenberg Tales of government waste make for excellent news headlines. Bev Oda’s infamous $16 orange juice probably got more media attention than the $45 billion F35 procurement debacle. Part of the reason is that is that people understand the value and cost of orange juice. It […]