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Canada asked France to extradite priest facing sexual assault charge in Nunavut

Jul 27 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — Ottawa has asked France to extradite a priest accused of crimes against children in Nunavut, the federal justice minister confirmed Wednesday as Pope Francis continued his tour of Canada. "Collaboration and co-operation are essential to addressing the shameful legacy of residential schools," Justice Minister David Lametti said in a written statement. "We are working with […]

What Pope Francis left out in his words of apology to residential school survivors

Jul 26 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Pope Francis delivered a historic apology on Monday to survivors of Canada's residential schools. The majority of those government-funded institutions, in which thousands of Indigenous children suffered abuse and neglect, were run by the Catholic Church. In the lead-up to the Pope's visit, Indigenous leaders made specific calls about what they wanted to […]

What Pope Francis left out in his words of apology to residential school survivors

Jul 26 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Pope Francis delivered a historic apology on Monday to survivors of Canada's residential schools. The majority of those government-funded institutions, in which thousands of Indigenous children suffered abuse and neglect, were run by the Catholic Church. In the lead-up to the Pope's visit, Indigenous leaders made specific calls about what they wanted to […]

Former Conservative PM Stephen Harper endorses Pierre Poilievre for party leader

Jul 25 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper has endorsed Pierre Poilievre to be the party's next leader.  In a rare public return to party politics, Harper, who didn't wade into the Tories' 2017 and 2020 leadership races, released a short video on Twitter onMonday discussing his endorsement.  Harper says the contest to lead the […]

Conservative party says it had evidence to disqualify Brown, releases new allegations

Jul 22 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A Conservative committee reviewing Patrick Brown's disqualification from the leadership race has concluded the party had the evidence it needed to recommend he be removed from contention.  Its decision, released late Friday, contains new allegations Brown used money orders to purchase memberships and allowed non-compliant membership sales through a portal. "Mr. Brown was […]

Conservative party says it had evidence to disqualify Brown, releases new allegations

Jul 22 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A Conservative committee reviewing Patrick Brown's disqualification from the leadership race has concluded the party had the evidence it needed to recommend he be removed from contention.  Its decision, released late Friday, contains new allegations Brown used money orders to purchase memberships and allowed non-compliant membership sales through a portal. "Mr. Brown was […]

Canadian bishops collecting donations from papal visit ‘inappropriate’: AFN chief

Jul 22 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The assembly of Catholic bishops organizing Pope Francis's visit to Canada, where he is expected to apologize for the church's role in residential schools, is soliciting donations from those hoping to see him. RoseAnne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says she was told by people looking to book spots […]

Canadian bishops collecting donations from papal visit ‘inappropriate’: AFN chief

Jul 22 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The assembly of Catholic bishops organizing Pope Francis's visit to Canada, where he is expected to apologize for the church's role in residential schools, is soliciting donations from those hoping to see him. RoseAnne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says she was told by people looking to book spots […]

Pierre Poilievre risks hefty fine with plan to skip Conservative leadership debate

Jul 21 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada's plan to host a third leadership debate in August may be crumbling, with one candidate refusing to attend and another mulling whether it's really necessary.  The campaign for perceived front-runner Pierre Poilievre announced Thursday the longtime MP won't take part in the debate, facing the consequence of a […]

Tories, advocates call on Ottawa to remove bureaucratic hurdles to resettling Afghans

Jul 21 2022 — Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Opposition Conservatives are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to extend a special immigration program it set up to bring Afghans trying to flee the Taliban to Canada.  Tory MP Jasraj Singh Hallan says Ottawa has failed in its moral obligation to help people who assisted Canada with its military mission in […]