OTTAWA—A collection of parliamentarians of all stripes are backing Conservative MP Michael Chong’s provocative new bill—one designed to rebalance the power between MPs and domineering party leaders.
As Chong held a news conference today about the legislation he had just tabled, colleagues from the House of Commons and the Senate took their seats nearby in a public show of support.
TORONTO—Ontario homeowners face a 33-percent hike in electricity rates over the next three years but that’s lower than a previous government forecast, Energy minister Bob Chiarelli said yesterday as he unveiled the Liberals’ long-term energy plan.
SASKATOON—Potash Corp. is cutting its workforce by about 18 percent, affecting 1,045 people—with the biggest hits in its home province of Saskatchewan, as well as in Florida and New Brunswick.
The Saskatoon-based company said the decision is necessary because of soft demand for potash and phosphates—two major types of fertilizer used to promote crop growth.
OTTAWA—The federal government says it’s doing away with expiry dates on prepaid credit cards.
And new regulations will ensure card issuers aren’t allowed to impose fees that eat away at a card’s balance within the first year.
The change comes after consumers complained that terms for using the cards were unclear and cumbersome, and that card issuers imposed unfair fees.
TORONTO—There is new advice for Canadian parents of infants who are at high risk of developing a food allergy.
OTTAWA—The humbling of the once high-flying Canadian dollar has only just begun.
It’s been 10 months since the loonie last enjoyed parity status with the U.S. dollar, but analysts say Canadians should not expect a rebound anytime soon.
In fact, they forsee the currency falling through the 90-cent (U.S.) floor.
OTTAWA—Beyond expressions of sympathy, the Harper government and the Canadian Forces appeared at a loss yesterday to explain a number of suicides this week among veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
The latest case involved a senior non-commissioned officer at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa.
NEW YORK—Where’s a “Black Friday” shopper to turn for a 19th-century vampire-killing kit?
Believe it or not, the item is part of the Black Friday madness at the Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium.
It will set you back about $25,000.
A shrunken head is a comparative bargain—just over $19,000.
The thoughtful gift-giver might prefer a taxidermy Albino giraffe.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden—A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space initially was declared dead after essentially grazing the sun.
Now there’s a silver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.
LONDON—A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the United States has fetched 400,000 pounds (about $650,000) at an auction in England.
The female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed “Misty,” measures 17 metres long and six metres tall.
Summers Place Auctions said the skeleton was rare because it was found mostly intact near a quarry in Wyoming by accident.