With the Senate, it could always be worse

At this time two years ago, the Senate was the subject of much wailing and gnashing of teeth. So in a way, nothing has changed. In the spring of 2015, the upper chamber’s most prominent member was on trial — the dramatic crescendo of two years of ethical drama that ensnared the prime minister’s staff and raised questions about the spending habits of ...

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Too little, too late? Sears tries to rebrand by getting hip, hiding name

In its battle for survival, Sears Canada is trying to shed its old-school image and replace it with a fresh look and hipper brands. It has even opened a flashy pop-up store in downtown Toronto that sells trendy ripped jeans and keeps quiet its affiliation with Sears. Meanwhile, the retailer is currently hemorrhaging cash, closing 59 stores and laying off almost ...

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3 years into the downturn, is Calgary better off?

Three years ago today, oil traded at nearly $107 US a barrel. Things were looking pretty bright in Calgary that summer day. The city was rebuilding from the flood the year before, the job market was tight, salaries high, the real estate market was busy and prices buoyant. However, by the end of the market day, oil had lost a ...

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Opioids prescribed for pets might be going to humans, vet warns

The association representing Nova Scotia’s veterinarians wants to find a way to keep pet owners from using opioids prescribed for their animals. Veterinarians can dispense whatever drugs they feel are appropriate for treating animals, and the registrar of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association calls the current lack of controls a “loose brick” in the medical system. “There’s no limitation or restriction ...

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‘Sincerely, A Drunken Fool’: Thief mails apology, mummified toe to Dawson City bar

A thief who made off with a human toe used in a notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar’s mummified toes. The bar, located in a small community more ...

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Thief returns stolen human toe to Dawson City bar

A thief who made off with a human toe that is used in an notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar’s mummified toes. The bar, located in a small ...

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Vancouver Art Gallery plaza unveiled after $9.6M facelift

One half of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s outdoor space was transformed and unveiled on Thursday. The north plaza was officially reopened as a massive public gathering place, after undergoing a $9.6 million upgrade. “We at the city have the honour of maintaining this remarkable public gathering space, and we are excited to see how it will be used going forward,” said Paul ...

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Alberta Health Services employee suspended for texting racial slur to Indigenous woman

An Alberta Health Services employee has been suspended after using a racial slur to refer to a Kainai Board of Education school principal in a text message. The text sent by the employee on Monday refers to another AHS worker apparently being disciplined during a training event in southern Alberta, but was accidentally sent to the school principal. The text ...

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‘A hell of a shot’: Sniper record latest example of deadly Canadian marksmanship

A Canadian sniper working alongside Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS successfully struck a member of the militant group from a distance of 3,540 metres, Canada’s military confirmed Thursday. The sniper is a member of the elite Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, but citing operation security the military provided no details about how or when the incident took ...

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Previous attacks underscore dangers for Canadians in Afghanistan training mission

As the security situation in Afghanistan continues to slip, NATO has asked Canada to help with its Resolute Support mission by sending trainers to help build an Afghan military and police force capable of defending the country. For the past three years, Canadian soldiers have been training and mentoring Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq with great success and only one fatality: Sgt. ...

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