Sunday, March 29, 2015

National

NDP take aim at corporate execs

OTTAWA—Tom Mulcair issued a rallying cry to progressive voters today as he unveiled a proposal aimed at taking tax benefits from the rich and transferring them to the poor.
The NDP leader promised a New Democrat government would scrap the employee stock options deduction—a benefit enjoyed primarily by corporate executives that’s worth more than $700 million each year.

Chief investigator would fly any Canadian airline

VANCOUVER—The chief aviation investigator for the federal transport watchdog is reassuring people boarding flights on major Canadian airlines not to worry about the psychological well-being of their pilots.

Lawyer fighting early election

EDMONTON—An Edmonton lawyer is seeking a court order to prevent Alberta Premier Jim Prentice from calling an early provincial election.
Tom Engel wants a judge to declare that the next vote must be held between March 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016—four years after the last election.

Quebec to do own gun registry

QUEBEC—Quebec says it will proceed with its own gun registry after a Supreme Court decision this morning that paves the way for Ottawa to destroy data coveted by the province.
Public Security minister Lise Theriault told a news conference in Quebec City that the Quebec government cannot accept the high court ruling.

Lynx video draws mixed reaction

This could be the ultimate cat video.
A Northern Ontario woman who came upon a wild lynx outside her shop captured the encounter on video and posted it online, drawing both awe and ridicule from commentators.
Beth-Ann Colebourne, 31, said the chance meeting happened Tuesday evening outside her nail salon in Terrace Bay, about 225 km east of Thunder Bay.

Draft TV code unveiled

OTTAWA—Canada’s broadcast regulator issued its final thrust yesterday in a series of moves aimed at positioning consumers “in the driver’s seat,” ahead of the country’s broadcasters, offering up a draft code that would require cable and satellite companies to make customer contracts easier to understand.

Loose monkey attacks worker

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Police in North Carolina are looking for a monkey they say attacked a maintenance worker in a hospital parking lot.
Animal control officers were called to Carolinas Medical Center-University on Wednesday about the report of a monkey on the loose in the parking lot.
A statement said the monkey was contained in a bin by the maintenance worker until the officers could arrive.

After plane crash in French Alps, Denmark wants 2 people in the cockpit when in the air

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark’s transport minister says a recommendation will be sent Friday to all airlines with a base in the Scandinavian country to have two people in the cockpit when in the air.

U.S. businesses beg to avoid trade war

WASHINGTON—Business interests are pleading with the U.S. Congress to avert a trade war with Canada that could squeeze Florida orange-growers, put a cork in California wine exports, and sour the sales of American chocolate.

Woman jailed for buttock injections

TORONTO—A woman who injected industrial silicone into the buttocks of customers as an illegal cosmetic procedure has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
With credit for time already spent in custody, the sentence means Marilyn Reid has five years and three months left to serve.

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