The Canadian Press OTTAWA—Stephen Harper called any comparison between the Mike Duffy affair and the Liberal sponsorship scandal “absurd” as the Conservative leader faced more questions yesterday from reporters and attacks from his opponents about the senator. The Duffy issue stayed in the election campaign spotlight after revelations emerged last […]

The Canadian Press TORONTO—Worry over tuition and living expenses is dogging almost half of post-secondary students as they head back to school. They’re also afraid they won’t be able to pay back debt once they graduate because they’re concerned about finding a well-paying job, a poll issued by CIBC shows. […]

The Canadian Press TORONTO—Critics say the Ontario government should pay the bill when patients are forced to take air or ground ambulances because their local hospital doesn’t offer the service or treatment they need. The Liberals made a deliberate decision to allow only certain hospitals to offer services such as […]

The Canadian PressJim Bronskill OTTAWA—The federal government is delaying implementation of regulations intended to help police trace crime guns—the seventh time it has put off the measures. Just days before the federal election call, the government quietly published a notice deferring the firearm-marking regulations until June 1, 2017. The measures […]

The Canadian PressIan Bickis CALGARY—Western Canada is being hit with the twin pains of the lowest prices for heavy crude in years alongside a significant spike in gasoline prices following a shutdown at a major U.S. refinery. Much of Canada west of Ontario saw gasoline prices jump 15 cents a […]

The Canadian Press BRANDON, Man.—A tow-truck driver in Brandon, Man., is being called a hero after he rescued a toddler who had been accidentally locked inside a vehicle in sweltering heat. The temperature was well above 30 C when Jeff Hogg was called to deal with a malfunctioning automatic locking […]

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Alaska State Troopers want to talk to a man believed to have donned a fairly realistic bear costume to harass a sow and two cubs. The incident happened on the Chilkoot River near Haines, Alaska, on Monday. The bears are frequent visitors to a fish weir, […]

The Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—A man admitted yesterday that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in a casino’s poker tournament, a scheme that was uncovered when he clogged a pipe by flushing the chips down the toilet in his hotel room. Christian Lusardi, 43, […]

The Associated Press WASHINGTON—The U.S. government has formally returned a painting by Pablo Picasso valued at $15 million that had been stolen from a Paris museum more than a decade ago and seized by immigration officials late last year in New Jersey. The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sarah […]

The Associated Press MISSOULA, Mon.—A man who broke into a car in Missoula had to call police for help after finding himself locked in the trunk. KGVO-AM reports that Missoula Police Patrol Sgt. Colin Rose says 31-year-old Ryan Payne broke into a car Tuesday night and then called 911 after […]

The Canadian Press GRAND BEACH, Man.—A Manitoba man has turned his cellphone case over to police after it caused panic on a crowded public beach. The black case, shaped like a handgun, was tucked in the waistband of the man’s shorts while he was at Grand Beach north of Winnipeg. […]