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Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil drops writ for May 30 election

Apr 30 2017 — — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has called a provincial election for May 30, seeking a second consecutive mandate from voters. McNeil dropped the writ this afternoon after meeting with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant at Government House in Halifax. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to exercise their democratic right to vote,” he said in a statement issued […]

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Forces say they want to oust 77 members for sexual misconduct

Apr 28 2017 — — Military officials say they have moved this year to force out 77 service members found guilty of sexual misconduct. Many of the cases are older and none of the members have been released yet, as their files go through what the military says is due process. But the figure is being touted as a solid […]

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Halifax mayor moonlights as stand-up comic for comedy festival Saturday

Apr 28 2017 — — Halifax’s mayor will try his hand at stand-up comedy this weekend. Mike Savage, known for his off-the-cuff jokes and one-liners in council chambers, will take his humour to the stage of the Halifax Comedy Fest. His two-minute skit will kick off the festival’s Gala of Laughs finale at the Spatz Theatre Saturday night. Savage said […]

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Bombardier rejects Boeing claim CSeries was dumped into the U.S. at below cost

Apr 28 2017 — — Bombardier and the federal government have rejected Boeing’s claim in a complaint filed with the U.S. government that its Canadian rival has dumped its new CSeries commercial jet into the United States at below cost. “Bombardier structures its commercial dealings to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which we operate, […]

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Court documents lift curtain on cutthroat world of military procurement

Apr 27 2017 — — If there’s one thing that stands out in court documents outlining the RCMP’s case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, it’s the extremely cutthroat nature of military procurement. It’s a secret world in which companies and high-priced lobbyists go to great lengths to win whatever multibillion-dollar contract is up for grabs. That includes bringing pressure to bear […]

B.C. to remain ‘wild west’ of campaign finance without a new government: experts

Apr 27 2017 — Geordon Omand — VANCOUVER — Without a change in government, British Columbia is likely to remain a "wild west" of campaign finance, where wealthy corporations and unions are free to donate unlimited amounts of money to curry favour with provincial politicians, experts say. Voters head to the polls in less than two weeks and the province's lax political fundraising laws have become a dominant […]

Former military officer charged with sexual assault in British Columbia

Apr 27 2017 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A former officer stationed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in British Columbia has been charged with sexual assault. National Defence says in a news release that the assault was alleged to have occurred against another military employee in 2010. It says Simon Duvall faces one count of sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code, punishable […]

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Ontario balances budget, but debt rises to $312 billion

Apr 27 2017 — — Ontario’s Liberal government has finally eliminated its deficit, but its debt is rising to new heights. The province’s first balanced budget in a decade gets rid of a deficit that had at one point reached about $20 billion, and the government is projecting that balance will continue through to 2020. The debt, however, is another […]