July 30, 2014

Canada

Justin Trudeau rules out running for Liberal leadership

The Trudeau name is to Canadian politics what Ghandi is to India.

Justin Trudeau has decided against running for leadership of the federal Liberal party for the time being. The eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau broke the news Wednesday during an appearance organized by a Waterloo, Ontario, Young Liberals group, according to a report in … [Read more...]

Harper government attacked over ‘Buy American’ rules

Apparently stimulation in North America ends at the Canadian border.

Opposition parties in Canada are attacking the federal government over the possibility Canadian companies could be shut out of contracts related to a new round of U.S. stimulus spendings. Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama outlined nearly $450 billion worth of proposals to stimulate his … [Read more...]

US border deal might erode personal privacy in Canada

The US-Canada border at Ontario.

The anticipated trade and security agreement with the United States carries no guarantee of a reduction of red tape at the border for Canadian business and is more likely to violate national privacy laws, a new report suggests. In a report released Wednesday, the Rideau Institute offers a … [Read more...]

Jack Layton loses battle with cancer

It is a shame that often the good ones end up getting taken too soon.

Canadian opposition leader Jack Layton has died aged 61, after secondary cancer appeared last month following an earlier bout of prostate cancer. Layton passed away at his home in Toronto early on Monday surrounded by his wife and children, his family said in a statement. His New Democratic … [Read more...]

Japanese student dies after Niagara Falls plunge

Horseshoe Falls from the air. Beautiful but deadly to freestylers.

A Japanese international student studying in Toronto is presumed dead after she slipped and fell from rocks on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls on Sunday night. Canadian police say the woman, in her 20s, climbed onto a pillar overlooking the Canadian side of the falls about and slipped … [Read more...]

Montreal resident injured by concrete falling from overpass

The damage that a 10cm piece of concrete does when it hits a vehicle travelling at speed. No one got killed this time but another day things might turn more tragic if nothing is done.

A Montreal resident has been injured by concrete falling from a city overpass and hitting their vehicle. The 10cm piece of concrete fell from an overpass in the city's east end, on Papineau Avenue near Rosemont Boulevard. A vehicle was passing beneath the overpass when the concrete smashed … [Read more...]

Canada’s Opposition leader Jack Layton steps down

Jack Layton has been forced to stop fighting the Conservatives and resume his battle with cancer.

Canada's parliamentary opposition leader Jack Layton is stepping down temporarily to focus on his battle against cancer. The 61-year-old politician was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 but announced on Monday that he had another cancer elsewhere in his body. Mr Layton said that he was … [Read more...]

Heatwave hits Ontario and Quebec

Fried Canadians seem to be on the menu at the moment.

Central Canada has been hit by a heatwave that has seen some of the hottest temperatures in decades. Environment Canada has predicted that temperatures in Windsor would hit a staggering 39 C in the shade. "Windsor is going to be the hot spot in Canada," said David Phillips, senior climatologist … [Read more...]

Thousands welcome Prince William and Catherine to Canada

Hello Canada!! greetings from Mother England.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton have arrived in Canada for their first official trip abroad. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed straight to the National War Memorial after landing in Canadian military plane at Ottawa's international airport. They met Prime Minister Stephen … [Read more...]

Quebec separatists to protest during William and Catherine’s visit to Canada

I have a cunning plan. We will get within hearing distance of Prince William and tell him to get lost.

Quebec separatists are planning to protest during Prince William and Kate Middleton's visit to Quebec next week. The separatist Quebecois Network of Resistance (RRQ) plans to organise a rally at noon on Sunday, July 3 at the Quebec City Hall, using the slogan "William, Get Lost!" as its rallying … [Read more...]

Vancouver riot kissing couple identified

Can't a guy get some privacy around here!!

The couple caught on camera kissing on the ground in the middle of a riot following the Stanley Cup final in Vancouver have been identified as Australian, Scott Jones, 29, and Canadian, Alex Thomas. Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend, Alex Thomas, were captured in a passionate embrace during … [Read more...]

NHL: Boston Bruins win Stanley Cup as Vancouver fans riot

It is official - The Boston Bruins love each other very, very much.

The Boston Bruins have decisively won game seven to win their first NHL Stanley Cup in 39 years with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. A large number of young Canuck fans took to the streets of Vancouver around Rogers Arena to vent their frustration at the crushing … [Read more...]

Flying bear hits SUV – 2 people dead

The badly damaged SUV following the bears unitended tragic impact.

A car accident involving two vehicles and a bear in Canada has killed two people and the bear near the town of Luskville, about 25 miles northwest of Ottawa, Ontario. Police say a 300-pound male black bear wandered onto a road and was hit by an eastbound Pontiac Sunfire. The bear was sent … [Read more...]

Stephen Harper pays surprise visit to Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan

Stephen Harper among hundreds of adoring fans who were 'ordered' to attend.

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has paid a surprise visit to Canadian soldiers stationed in Kanadahar, Afghanistan on Monday. It seems to be the way of world leaders visiting Afghanistan, that they have to turn up unannounced to prevent any cunning Taliban plots to assassinate … [Read more...]

HIV killer apologises to victims

Johnson Aziga - ok he looks sorry, but that doesn't help his victims much.

Johnson Aziga, the first person ever convicted in Canada of murder by intentionally exposing more than a dozen sexual partners to HIV has apologised to his victims. Aziga who has not spoken publicly since his arrest in 2003, said "I am so sorry for what happened and I wish I had had the wisdom … [Read more...]