Tobi Cohen, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Liberals stuck with Coderre fallout as foes plan to use his Toronto complaints in election

MONTREAL - Federal Liberals were left grappling with the fallout Tuesday from a nuclear performance by Denis Coderre, who quit his post as the party's Quebec lieutenant in spectacular fashion a day earlier.The potential damage caused by Coderre's parting shot - his claim that the Liberal party is...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 1:23 AM

Mulroney party: celebration of past Tory glories, or precursor to future ones?

MONTREAL - It's a celebration of past Conservative majorities, but it's unclear whether a gala Thursday honouring Brian Mulroney might help pave the way for future ones.A 25th anniversary party for Mulroney's 1984 election landslide is being cast by members of the Harper government as a show of...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:51 PM

'C' is for Canada and ca-ching!: Harper gift from Berlusconi most valuable in G8

MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper received the rarest and most expensive gift doled out at the recent G8 summit, a book given by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appraised by one dealer at up to $460,000.It's a gift more valuable than any recalled by some veterans of international...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 10:55 AM

Stephen Harper tells alleged fraud victims he'll table white-collar crime bill

QUEBEC - Shortly before meeting with alleged fraud victims, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Thursday to table legislation that would toughen sentences for white-collar crime."We're determined, both in the elected house and in the unelected house - the Senate - to make sure strong, anti-crime...

Friday, August 28, 2009, 12:25 AM

Canadian Navy seeks to overcome recruiting problem with PR blitz

MONTREAL - The Navy concluded it had an image problem while preparing for its 100th anniversary, and has decided to change that by launching public-relations exercises aimed at boosting its profile and attracting more recruits.It's the smallest component of the Canadian Forces, with 9,200 employees...

Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:36 PM

Weather been less than co-operative this summer? Don't blame your meteorologist

MONTREAL - Bone-dry temperatures in British Columbia that have led to hundreds of wild fires. Home-ravaging tornadoes in western Quebec. A violent wind storm in Alberta that left a woman dead at a country music jamboree.In a country where temperatures can range from -40 C to 40 C and where...

Sunday, August 9, 2009, 4:59 PM

Earl Jones arraigned on fraud and theft charges; wins bail

MONTREAL - The Montreal financial adviser accused of bilking his mostly elderly clients out of millions stared at the courtroom floor during his arraignment Tuesday, careful not to look back into the eyes of his many so-called victims who came to watch the spectacle unfold.Gone was the bright smile...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 12:22 AM

Canada faces prospect of dealing with more 'honour killing' cases: expert

MONTREAL - A psychiatry professor at Newfoundland's Memorial University who has studied so-called honour killings said he is working with Justice Canada to define the term in the hopes that it will be included in the Criminal Code."The legal system in Canada was not familiar up to now about the...

Friday, July 24, 2009, 1:35 AM

Pakistani couple poised to be deported while their kids stay in Canada

MONTREAL - Despite pleas to high-level Ottawa politicians from friends, employers and their local MP, a Montreal-based Pakistani couple are poised to be deported to the United States on Tuesday while their four children remain in Canada.Sabir Mohammed Sheikh and his wife Seema were refused a stay...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 12:14 AM

Quarantined Montreal students last to know they're free to leave Chinese hotel

MONTREAL - A group of Universite de Montreal students quarantined in China over flu fears were likely the last to know the restrictions on travel had been lifted.David Ownby, the university's East Asian studies program director, says newspapers reported the quarantine had been lifted well before...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 7:06 PM

J.D. Fortune looks to future

MONTREAL - On the eve of his debut performance as a solo artist after parting ways with Aussie rockers INXS, an emotional J.D. Fortune is looking to put the past behind him."It's time to sort of get beyond where we left off and start something new," he told The Canadian Press ahead of his scheduled...

Saturday, May 2, 2009, 12:02 AM

Fallen soldier's relatives feared for her safety, opposed idea of military career

MONTREAL - Ottawa should pull its troops out of Afghanistan immediately and return the military to its peacekeeping roots, the godfather of the latest Canadian soldier to die in the wartorn country said Tuesday.Just two weeks into her first tour of duty, 21-year-old Karine Blais was killed late...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 9:23 PM

Canadian stranded in Sudan breaks silence, slams Ottawa for withholding passport

MONTREAL - A Canadian stranded in Sudan has broken his silence and is speaking out against Ottawa in a last-ditch effort to secure a passport so he can return home on a flight paid for by his supporters."For six years I have tried to go back home to my children, but the Canadian government took my...

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 9:37 PM

Quebec sovereigntists blast Sarkozy for his comments on independence

MONTREAL - Nicolas Sarkozy's comments promoting Canadian unity over "sectarianism" and "self-confinement" have infuriated Quebec sovereigntist leaders who have fired off a tersely worded letter to the French president.While neither Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe nor Parti Quebecois Leader...

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:55 PM

No long weekend this Canada Day; work productivity expected to hit low Monday

TORONTO - Canadians looking forward to a July long weekend can be forgiven for feeling a little short changed this Canada Day.With the country's biggest party falling on a Tuesday, failing to trigger three days off work in a row, the public service and many private companies expect staffers to be...

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6:06 PM

Critics say jailing of aboriginal leaders could have been avoided

TORONTO - The jailing of seven aboriginal protesters involved in a dispute with a pair of mining companies in Ontario could have been avoided, opposition critics said Thursday as First Nations groups across the country mounted their second annual day of action aimed at drawing attention to...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 1:54 AM

Ring my bell: Hundreds attempt new world record for bike bell ringing

TORONTO - The streets of Toronto rang with the "briiinggg" of bicycle bells Saturday as hundreds gathered to attempt a new world record and promote "green" living.They arrived in droves to the city's downtown core to join children's entertainer Chris McKhool in a bid to break the record for the...

Sunday, May 25, 2008, 12:48 AM

Ottawa announces $5 million to support emergency preparedness

TORONTO - Ottawa is giving $5 million to the provinces and territories to ensure they're able to respond when disaster strikes, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said Monday during a stop in Toronto to kick off Emergency Preparedness Week.The funds, available under the Joint Emergency...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 12:56 AM

Hundreds of cops pay tribute to fallen comrades in 9th annual Ontario event

TORONTO - Hundreds of police officers from across Ontario and beyond descended on Toronto Sunday to pay their respects to fallen comrades as part of the ninth annual day of remembrance.As part of the sombre ceremony, the names of three more officers killed in the line of duty were added to the 231...

Monday, May 5, 2008, 5:43 AM

Millions of Canadians scramble to file as income tax deadline looms

TORONTO - With Wednesday's midnight deadline bearing down, millions of procrastinators across Canada are scrambling to get their income taxes done and filed.Some waited more than two hours at a downtown Toronto tax service company Tuesday to get their finances in order before 11:59 p.m. Wednesday...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 2:07 AM