The Canadian Press WINNIPEG—A southern Ontario fire chief is being hailed for risking a possible injury in order to stop a runaway truck in a Winnipeg shopping centre parking lot. Brian George, who lives in Strathroy, west of London, was heading home Saturday after visiting his daughters in northern Manitoba. […]

The Canadian Press OTTAWA—A re-elected Conservative government would create an endowment fund for museums that would match the money the institutions raise privately. The party announced Sunday that the endowment fund would be based on a similar program already in place for the arts. A Conservative news release said the […]

The Canadian PressBill GravelandLauren Krugel CALGARY—Moments after messing up the NDP’s momentum with a provincial byelection win in Calgary last night, the opposition Wildrose encouraged its members to readjust their sights to the federal vote and a victory for Conservative leader Stephen Harper. Wildrose leader Brian Jean, a former Conservative […]

The Associated PressRachel D’Oro ANCHORAGE, Alaska—North America’s tallest mountain doesn’t just have a new name. It also has a new elevation. Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known Mount McKinley, now is officially 10 feet shorter—measuring 20,310 feet at its highest point, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday. The previous measurement […]

The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia—A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time today, yielding 40 kg of wool—the equivalent of 30 sweaters—and shedding almost half his body weight. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the merino ram dubbed […]

The Canadian PressDavid Friend TORONTO—The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada—mainly work in the services and retail sectors—has brought with it some questionable employer practices that have employees stressed out and labour activists fuming. They’re calling for the elimination of “on-call” shifts—a practice where management schedules shifts for part-time […]

The Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary—Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest yesterday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from travelling deeper into Europe. The migrants, who have swamped every nook and […]

The Canadian PressSheryl Ubelacker TORONTO—With the new school year starting, most parents are thinking about the basics—buying supplies, preparing to pack lunches, and hoping their child gets on with their teacher and fits in with classmates. But for parents of twins and other multiples, September means dealing with a question […]