Politics

Judges should stay out of Indian residential school claims, Appeal Court rules

Judges have no general right to interfere with compensation decisions involving claims by victims of Canada’s notorious Indian residential schools, Ontario’s top court said Monday. In written reasons for an oral decision rendered in December, the Court of Appeal said a Superior Court justice overstepped his powers by awarding money to a rape victim whose claims were rejected under the ...

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Outspoken military vice-chief relieved of duty without explanation

Breaking Former head of the navy was appointed 2nd-in-command of the military last summer By Murray Brewster, CBC News Posted: Jan 16, 2017 10:36 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 16, 2017 10:36 AM ET Related Stories The second-highest ranking officer in the Canadian military has been temporarily relieved of duty. Senior defence sources say Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who was appointed to ...

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Ethics watchdog launches investigation into Trudeau’s vacation in the Bahamas

Canada’s ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island home in the Bahamas. In a letter to Conservative ethics critic Blain Calkins that is stamped “Confidential” and was obtained by CBC News, Mary Dawson said she is “satisfied” the issues he has raised about Trudeau’s travel meet the requirements for an investigation. Last ...

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‘Secret order’ authorizing RCMP’s covert Cold War wiretapping program released after 65 years

The “secret order” that authorized Canada’s first warrantless domestic wiretapping program at the dawn of the Cold War threatened five years in prison to anyone who revealed the dragnet’s existence, the newly released document shows. The government only confirmed the 65-year-old document’s existence in December after CBC News published a story about Canadian historian Dennis Molinaro’s research. He’d found top ...

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B.C. Indigenous leaders accuse Bennett of ‘stall tactics’ on child welfare

B.C. Indigenous leaders are “extremely concerned” about the state of First Nations child welfare, and, in a strongly worded letter, are accusing Canada’s Indigenous affairs minister of using “stall tactics” to delay fixing the broken system. Leaders from the First Nations Summit, the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs and the B.C. chapter of the Assembly of First Nations have written to ...

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Andrew Scheer leads endorsement race in Conservative leadership campaign

In his bid for the Conservative Party leadership, Andrew Scheer has the bulk of endorsements from current and former politicians. But because of the rules of the campaign, the contest will be decided in favour of the candidate who can garner the broadest base of support nationwide. Seen through that lens, Scheer’s endorsement advantage over Erin O’Toole, Maxime Bernier and Lisa Raitt narrows. Scheer has 58 endorsements from current and former politicians ...

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Ukraine seeks ‘clarity’ from Canada about whether it will extend its military mission there

Ukraine’s envoy says his government is growing concerned about whether Canada will continue its military support to help the country deter Russian aggression. The mission is set to expire at the end of March. But with thousands of U.S. troops arriving in Poland and neighbouring countries to bolster NATO forces, Ukraine — not a NATO member — is anxious to see ...

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Supreme Court building to get ‘urgent’ rehabilitation

Canada’s Supreme Court building is crumbling, with some parts expected to fail as early as next year, which means the venerable justices must be evicted to permit five years’ worth of urgent repairs. CBC News has learned that Public Works is already searching for a temporary location for the high court so it can refurbish the art-deco stone building for ...

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