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Families of Missing, Murdered Women Urge Critics to Get Behind National Inquiry

Families of Missing, Murdered Women Urge Critics to Get Behind National Inquiry

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Bernie Williams
Sexual abuse victim Bernie Williams is pictured in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Williams, who has spent more than 30 years on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside raising awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women, is urging families to keep faith in the process. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Bernie Williams says she and other indigenous women have already been to hell and back — and now is not the time to give up on a national public inquiry they’ve spent decades fighting for.

Williams, a long-time women’s advocate from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, is among family members of missing and murdered women raising their voices in defence of the commission as it faces a stream of criticism from activists and indigenous leaders.

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Justice Minister’s Father Calls Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry ‘Bloody Farce’

Justice Minister’s Father Calls Missing, Murdered Women Inquiry ‘Bloody Farce’

By The Canadian Press

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Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, left to right, Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father is calling the national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women a “bloody farce.”

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief, says the commissioners have “failed miserably.”

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Are 30-Somethings Earning More Than Their Parents? StatCan Study Says Yes

Are 30-Somethings Earning More Than Their Parents? StatCan Study Says Yes

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – A new study from Statistics Canada appears to suggest that 30- and 40-something Canadians are more likely to live the American dream of earning more than their parents than their counterparts south of the border.

The research released Tuesday by the national statistics office found that overall, Canadian children who turned 30 and 40 between 2000 and 2014, earned more than their parents did at the same age.

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Federal Benefits Workers Told to Stay Offline When Vetting Applications

Federal Benefits Workers Told to Stay Offline When Vetting Applications

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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(Social media image via Shutterstock)

OTTAWA – Federal workers whose job it is to determine whether someone is eligible for employment, disability or seniors’ benefits have been told to stop being amateur sleuths by searching the Facebook profiles of applicants.

The order came after senior officials learned that staff were logging on to social media websites to check on any suspicions they had with someone’s application for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits.

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Former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews Challenges Conflict Ruling in Federal Court

Former Cabinet Minister Vic Toews Challenges Conflict Ruling in Federal Court

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

Vic Toews
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listens to a speaker during a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Toews, who is now a judge in Manitoba, is being investigated after the federal ethics commissioner ruled he violated conflict-of-interest rules shortly after leaving politics. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Former cabinet minister Vic Toews says ethics commissioner Mary Dawson made findings that are “inaccurate and inconsistent with the evidence” in ruling that he violated conflict-of-interest provisions.

In an application filed Wednesday with the Federal Court of Canada to have Dawson’s April ruling thrown out, Toews also says he was unable to properly respond to the accusations because witnesses were barred from speaking to him.

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Kevin O’Leary Would Play a Role in Maxime Bernier-Led Conservative Party

Kevin O’Leary Would Play a Role in Maxime Bernier-Led Conservative Party

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

Maxime Bernier - Kevin O'Leary
Conservative Party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier, left, shakes hands with Kevin O’Leary at a news conference in Toronto on April 26, 2017. Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary dropped out of the Conservative leadership race and pledged to back Quebec MP Maxime Bernier’s campaign all the way to decision day, but the duo are also working on a plan for afterwards. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary dropped out of the Conservative leadership race and pledged to back Quebec MP Maxime Bernier’s campaign all the way to decision day, but the duo are also working on a plan for afterwards.

Bernier says that if he wins, he’ll continue having O’Leary as part of his inner political circle for the next two years and then perhaps persuade him to run for a seat in the House of Commons in 2019, though they’ve made no deal on that, yet.

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New Passenger Bill of Rights Spells Out Compensation for Air Travellers

New Passenger Bill of Rights Spells Out Compensation for Air Travellers

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Marc Garneau
Transport Minister Marc Garneau speaks at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Garneau has introduced legislation to create a new passenger bill of rights, which will give travellers a better idea of when airlines will have to compensate them. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Airlines won’t be allowed to bump passengers from a flight against their will under a new passenger bill of rights introduced Tuesday by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.

That change is part of a package of amendments to the Canada Transportation Act which also introduces new foreign ownership limits for airlines, requires railways to install voice and video recorders in locomotives and improves transparency and efficiency in the freight rail industry.

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How Much Per Gram? Provinces, Feds to Start Debating Price Tag on Legal Pot

How Much Per Gram? Provinces, Feds to Start Debating Price Tag on Legal Pot

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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Flowering marijuana plants are pictured during a tour of Tweed in Smiths Falls, Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Governments from across the country will meet next month to debate a key question about Canada’s eventual recreational-marijuana market — how much should users pay for their pot?

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday that cannabis taxation will be on the agenda when he meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts.

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Regulator Renews TV Licences, Imposes Roadblocks for Shutting Local Stations

Regulator Renews TV Licences, Imposes Roadblocks for Shutting Local Stations

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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A man walks by ultra high definition TVs at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Locher)

OTTAWA – Canada’s big TV ownership groups will have to jump over new hurdles if they want to shutter any of their local TV stations, according to licence renewals granted Monday by the country’s broadcast regulator.

Station owners will have to give 120 days notice of an intended closure, during which time the regulator will open the proposed shutdown to public hearings, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in issuing five-year licence renewals for the major TV conglomerates.

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Provinces Overwhelmed with Practicalities of Ending Pot Prohibition

Provinces Overwhelmed with Practicalities of Ending Pot Prohibition

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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A young man smokes a marijuana joint during a rally in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 20, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

OTTAWA – Provinces have been protesting the large volume of work and heavy costs they say the Trudeau government has piled on them in its rush to legalize recreational cannabis across Canada by next year.

So far, however, the small province of New Brunswick has been taking the high road.

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