National Newswatch

University student says school muzzled discussion of his depression

May 18 2016 — HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia student who faced eviction from his university residence if he talked to his peers about his mental-health issues says he's glad Mount Saint Vincent University is overhauling its so-called wellness agreements after he went public with his story. Brody Stuart-Verner said Wednesday he was struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts last fall when he sought help from […]

French labour unrest: Tear gas, blocked roads, president firm

May 17 2016 — PARIS — Tear gas briefly choked a Left Bank neighbourhood and truckers blocked highways in Provence and Normandy in new tensions over a French labour bill Tuesday — but the president insisted that he won't abandon the contested reform. France is facing a tense week of strikes and other union action against the bill, which […]

Ontario Liberals won’t confirm published details of Climate Change Action Plan

May 16 2016 — TORONTO — Ontario's environment minister insists the province won't eliminate natural gas for home heating as part of a soon-to-be-released plan to fight climate change. Glen Murray refused to confirm or deny a Globe and Mail report saying the province would spend $7 billion over four years to reduce its carbon footprint, partly by phasing out natural […]

Ontario Liberals won’t confirm published details of Climate Change Action Plan

May 16 2016 — TORONTO — Ontario's environment minister insists the province won't eliminate natural gas for home heating as part of a soon-to-be-released plan to fight climate change. Glen Murray refused to confirm or deny a Globe and Mail report saying the province would spend $7 billion over four years to reduce its carbon footprint, partly by phasing out natural […]

Peace bond option not offered to original Ghomeshi complainants: DeCoutere

May 11 2016 — One of three women who accused Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault outside his workplace says they were never given the option of seeking a peace bond instead of testifying during the radio celebrity's sensational trial earlier this year. "This wasn't an avenue that we could pursue because it was never offered to us," Lucy DeCoutere said in an interview with The Canadian […]

Trump campaign blames computer error for delegate mix-up

May 11 2016 — LOS ANGELES — Donald Trump's campaign said a computer error resulted in a prominent white nationalist being mistakenly included on a list of his potential California delegates, an embarrassment for a candidate who has been criticized before for being too slow to distance himself from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The campaign said […]

B.C. parents get 12 months probation for spanking teenage daughter

May 11 2016 — SALMON ARM , B.C. — A British Columbia couple found guilty of assault with a weapon for spanking their teenaged daughter with a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope will not face jail time. The parents from Salmon Arm, B.C., were given a conditional discharge Tuesday, meaning they will not have criminal records if they follow the court's orders […]

Key Republicans swing behind Trump; he takes 2 primaries

May 10 2016 — — WASHINGTON — Key Senate Republicans voiced optimism Tuesday about Donald Trump's presidential prospects in November, the clearest signal yet to the GOP rank and file to unite behind him and turn their energy against Democrat Hillary Clinton. But it was uncertain whether the doubters could be quieted. Trump added two more primaries to his column, […]

Euro countries hold first talks on Greek debt measures

May 9 2016 — BRUSSELS — European finance ministers on Monday debated for the first time measures to ease Greece's massive debt burden amid concern the International Monetary Fund might withdraw from the bailout talks. At talks in Brussels, ministers from the 19-nation euro single currency bloc discussed short, medium and long-term measures that could be taken to help […]

School year uncertain for 12,000 students evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alta.

May 8 2016 — Parents of some 12,000 students caught up in the Fort McMurray, Alta. wildfire disaster can send their children to schools in the communities where they have taken refuge, the provincial government said Saturday. Alberta's Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee said schools across the province are prepared to welcome students from the Fort McMurray area. "We have been in […]

Parti Quebecois will choose a leader to replace Pierre Karl Peladeau this fall

May 7 2016 — MONTREAL — The Parti Quebecois is giving itself until the fall to choose a new leader to replace Pierre Karl Peladeau, party president Raymond Archambault said Saturday. Archambault said the list of candidates should be finalized by the end of June, with an election to take place between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The provincial opposition party named longtime member […]

Parti Quebecois will choose a leader to replace Pierre Karl Peladeau this fall

May 7 2016 — MONTREAL — The Parti Quebecois is giving itself until the fall to choose a new leader to replace Pierre Karl Peladeau, party president Raymond Archambault said Saturday. Archambault said the list of candidates should be finalized by the end of June, with an election to take place between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The provincial opposition party named longtime member […]

Trump strains to unite GOP behind him; Ryan says no, for now

May 5 2016 — NEW YORK — Donald Trump is struggling in his efforts to unify the Republican Party behind his presidential campaign, the difficulty immediately underscored Thursday by a startling exchange of negative comments with GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan who said he was not ready to support him. Although Trump is now the party's presumptive nominee, Ryan […]

Hillicans? As Trump wins, Clinton explores how to woo GOPers

May 4 2016 — — ATHENS, Ohio — With Donald Trump's remaining rivals bowing out of the race, clearing his path to the nomination, Hillary Clinton is looking for ways to woo Republicans turned off by the brash billionaire. The Democratic front-runner's campaign believes Trump's historically high unfavourable ratings and penchant for controversy may be enough to persuade a slice […]

Prince Harry launches countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

May 3 2016 — — TORONTO — Prince Harry launched the official countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games on Monday, promising that the Toronto edition of the Olympic-style sporting event honouring wounded, injured and sick troops would be its biggest yet. About 600 participants from 16 nations are expected to compete in the event, which is the 31-year-old royal's brainchild.  "This city will become […]