Friday, November 28, 2014

National

High Arctic no refuge for polar bears: study

EDMONTON—Even Canada’s High Arctic islands won’t remain a sanctuary for polar bears if climate change continues at its current pace, a new study suggests.
The study, published yesterday in an online science journal, says climate change is on track to push the bears into dire straits throughout the region by the end of the century.

Passengers willing to push stuck plane

MOSCOW—In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud.
In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.

Pardon applications in limbo

OTTAWA—Almost 7,000 outstanding pardon applications are in limbo as the Parole Board of Canada struggles to clear a backlog created when the Conservative government changed the rules in 2010.
The parole board has announced it currently is not processing old pardon applications for more serious, indictable offences but rather is focusing its efforts on lesser, summary convictions.

Ottawa not doing enough to enforce safe transport: TSB

OTTAWA—The Transportation Safety Board says the federal government isn’t doing enough to enforce proper safety practices by Canada’s railways, airlines, and marine operators.
The board, which investigates transport accidents and makes recommendations for improvement, released its 2014 watch list of significant safety issues yesterday.

Tory MP quick to retract ‘advice’

OTTAWA—A Conservative backbencher who issued a bizarre warning to colleagues against “consorting without protection” in the wake of Parliament Hill misconduct revelations retracted his statement late yesterday.

Ads aimed at kids targeted

GATINEAU, Que.—The NDP is proposing a ban on commercial food and beverage advertising aimed at kids under 13 as a way of limiting the junk food intake of Canadian children.
“An NDP government will ban advertising of food to children right across Canada,” NDP leader Tom Mulcair said yesterday in a speech to a public health nutrition conference in Gatineau, Que.

Lawyer named to top court

OTTAWA—An experienced Quebec trial lawyer has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Suzanne Cote, who has been a member of the Quebec bar since 1981, is the first woman from private practice to be directly appointed to the Supreme Court.
She is head of the Montreal litigation group at law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

First Nation to fight transparency law

OTTAWA—The federal government is being taken to court over a law that requires First Nations to make public their financial information.
The Onion Lake Cree Nation, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, filed a statement of claim yesterday in the Edmonton offices of the Federal Court.

Ghomeshi plans to plead not guilty to sexual assault

TORONTO—A sombre Jian Ghomeshi stood silently by his lawyer yesterday as she told a large crowd of reporters at a Toronto courthouse that the former CBC Radio host would plead not guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault.

Saskatchewan premier continues to call for support of Energy East pipeline

REGINA — Saskatchewan’s legislature passed a motion Wednesday calling for the removal of what Premier Brad Wall calls unnecessary barriers to the Energy East pipeline project.

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