Since then, though, NDP support in Quebec has slowly frittered away. It is fitting, then, that the Orange Wave's last stand seems to have begun with a byelection Monday in the riding where it all started: Outremont. "In this byelection the NDP is actually the underdog," said Karl Bélanger, a former NDP strategist who worked closely with Layton and Mulcair. Several recent polls suggest Liberal support has suffered in the wake of the scandal, and they are now in a dead heat nationally with the Conservatives. With candidates for both parties indicating the environment is a major concern of voters, the Outremont byelection is providing a test of their progressive bona fides.
The Department of Finance didn't inform the Canadian International Trade Tribunal investigating the merits of its emergency safeguards on foreign steel when it quietly signed an agreement to allow more Mexican steel to enter Canada without paying the surtax. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on Jan.16 set new quotas for energy tubular products (such as those used to build pipelines) and wire rod imports from Mexico only. Between Jan. 7 and 24, the trade tribunal was holding hearings to gather evidence for an eventual recommendation to the minister on whether to continue with emergency safeguards on steel, which otherwise expire after 200 days. Mexico strongly objected to surtaxLast fall, emergency safeguards were imposed on seven specific kinds of foreign steel using an emergency tool the finance minister had never deployed before. Emergency safeguards to prevent the dumping of cheap foreign steel were part of their strategy.
Teaching assistants, research assistants and some instructors at Carleton University have had their health benefits suspended. In an email to its members, the union said the affected benefits include dental, vision, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, child care and University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) reimbursements for international students. We pay our fees every year for our union to get health and benefits, and to cut it suddenly in a semester is just awful. - Abigail Curlew, doctoral student and TA"The immediate sense that I had was a sense of complete betrayal from the senior administration of Carleton University," she said. Making trade-offsPetite said only CUPE 4600 Green Shield benefits are affected.
For the first time in its history, the festival has cleared the way for a transgender group of sadhus (saints) to participate. (photo: Murali Krishnan)The 2011 census (India's most recent) was the first to count transgender people, finding a total of 487,803. (photo: Murali Krishnan)The Kumbh Mela is expected to attract more than 100 million pilgrims by the time it's over. While the transgender community has made a splash at this festival, the wider question remains whether India at large will fully recognize their social identity. The Kumbh Mela ends March 4.
Before Jody Wilson-Raybould could state her case to her ex-cabinet colleagues on Tuesday, she first had to make her case directly to the prime minister. She wanted to explain her side of the SNC-Lavalin affair to the inner circle she had quit on February 12. The first is the meeting with the prime minister," Wernick told MPs on the justice committee Thursday. When Wilson-Raybould asked Trudeau about SNC-Lavalin, Wernick said, the PM assured his then-attorney general that any decision was hers to make. Many senior Liberals feel Wernick did a good job of defending the government's conduct in the SNC-Lavalin controversy.
"This is such a large part of a nun's reality — that you have to be available to priests," she says. As top bishops from around the world gather at the Vatican for a summit on preventing sexual abuse of minors by clergy, victims of abuse have poured into Rome, too. Among them are many women like Wagner, here to draw attention to the abuse of nuns. "With the sexual abuse of children there is no doubt it's a crime, but with sexual assault of nuns you have to prove that they didn't consent," says Scaraffia. Unless the power structure changes, there will never be an appropriate dealing with children sexual assault either," she says.
The Vancouver Giants can clinch their first B.C. Vancouver’s 4-0 win over the Victoria Royals Friday at the Langley Events Centre gave the Giants (40-14-2-1) a 20-point lead on the second-place Royals (30-25-1-2) with 10 games left in Victoria’s season. The Giants haven’t won a playoff series since that 2009-10 campaign. Vancouver won Friday despite playing one skater below the usual 18 maximum and playing with eight defencemen and nine forwards, instead of the usual six-and-12 deployment. Giants coach Michael Dyck said Friday night that he didn’t expect any of the quartet back by the end of the weekend.
February 23, 2019 09:00 UTC
CHISINAU, Moldova — More than three million Moldovans are eligible to vote in parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine. Democratic leader Vladimir Plahotniuc, one of the country’s wealthiest men, is the country’s de-facto leader as the Democrats are the main party in the ruling coalition. Moldova signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014, a move seen as a step toward joining the bloc. ACUM leaders Sandu and Andrei Nastase have accused the Democratic Party leadership of corruption and claimed they had been poisoned. The Democratic Party strenuously denied the allegations.
February 23, 2019 08:19 UTC
DHAKA, Bangladesh — The explosion was fast and furious. Suddenly, flames consumed the scene in surveillance-camera footage local media published Saturday of the deadly fire in Dhaka this past week. Police said the fire began in a five-story building housing highly flammable chemical products. “It’s regretful that still there are chemical godowns in Old Dhaka despite repeated drives against them,” Hasina said. Police have said that they are seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with the fire and could charge them with negligence.
February 23, 2019 07:56 UTC
That was until Acosta’s 12-year-old son Jesus, along with at least eight other severely ill children, became the unintended victims of U.S. sanctions against companies tied to the embattled government of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro. “Going back would be a death sentence” for Jesus, Acosta told The Associated Press from the apartment where he has been staying since arriving to Barcelona in July. Fortunately, the Sant Joan de Deu Hospital stepped in and footed the hotel bill for this month. Sant Joan de Deu said while it will guarantee the care of its current patients, no further children will arrive via the Simon Bolivar Foundation. The Simon Bolivar Foundation and Citgo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
February 23, 2019 07:37 UTC
Tonight: Say "thank you" nicely. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Listen to your inner vibes when making plans. Tonight: Be with a favourite person. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) In a lively discussion, be imaginative and walk away from traditional solutions. Tonight: Listen to great music.
February 23, 2019 07:18 UTC
The U.S. Department of Justice says a British Columbia man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for attempting to smuggle ecstasy into Washington state. The two Canadian men were attempting to move more than 20 kilograms of ecstasy in backpacks by hiking across rural terrain. After they were spotted by authorities, Hall dropped his backpack, allegedly fired a gun, and fled back across the border to Canada. Laviolette was taken into custody immediately and after a two-day manhunt by American and Canadian authorities, Hall was arrested in Abbotsford. According to the U.S. Justice Department, it took more than five years to extradite Hall from Canada.
February 23, 2019 06:22 UTC
LAS VEGAS — Patrik Laine hadn’t scored a goal for Winnipeg in 15 games. Laine contributed a pair of power-play goals and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves to lead Winnipeg to a 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, the team that eliminated the Jets from last season’s Western Conference Final. “I think there’s always (special) meanings when we’re playing,” said Laine, whose 27 goals rank second on the team. The high-flying Jets, who average 3.35 goals per game, sixth-best in the league, scored more than three for only the second time in nine games. But just as the Jets opened the game with two quick goals, they ended the second period with a pair in 27 seconds.
February 23, 2019 06:09 UTC
Up against the Anaheim Ducks (24-28-9), who have seemed to frustrate the Flames like no other team for the better part of a decade, the Flames (38-16-7) had to grind. “We’re comfortable we can win in any type of game,” said Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk. But the Ducks weren’t interested in playing a wide-open, end-to-end style on Friday night at the Saddledome, and the Flames had to prove that they could go grind with a team that’s historically caused them fits. Chances were hard to come by, but the Flames stayed patient and waited for their chance to pounce. “It was a grind,” said Flames head coach Bill Peters.
February 23, 2019 05:26 UTC
The Fraser Health authority has ordered the closure of the mineral pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort after two reports of people getting a rash after using the pools. According to Fraser Health spokesperson Dixon Tam, one case goes back to January, while the second happened this month. CBC News attempted to contact Harrison Hot Springs Resort for a comment about the closures. On its website, the resort posted a brief advisory for guests, saying all five mineral pools were closed by Fraser Health until Monday, Feb. 25. According the Fraser Health, the closure will continue "until we feel it's safe for the public to use the mineral pools."
February 23, 2019 05:03 UTC