OTTAWA—The Liberal government has unveiled a six-member advisory council that will consult Canadians and inform plans for a national pharmacare program—but it offered few details on the process yesterday, including when consultations officially get underway.
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TORONTO—Ontario's incoming premier said Tuesday that teachers and nurses are exempt from the public service hiring freeze he has ordered as part of his efforts to curb government spending.
OTTAWA—An undistinguished shipping container in the Port of Vancouver turned into one of the largest busts of illegal wildlife products in Canadian history.
The container held 18 tonnes of eel meat, much from the critically-endangered European eel, intended for sushi diners and other epicures across the country and worth millions of dollars.
YORKTON, Sask.—A Saskatchewan man who bulldozed a house with two people inside, including his son's wife, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder.
Ronald Fatteicher, who is 60, knocked down the house last summer on rural property near Calder east of Yorkton.
DEASE LAKE, B.C.—Search-and-rescue teams in northwestern British Columbia say a family of four from Oregon has been found safe in a remote and rugged area just 250 km south of the Yukon border.
Dave Jephson with Terrace Search and Rescue said the couple, Jeffery Phan and Michelle Lesaca, both 24 years old, and their two- and three-year-old children were found yesterday.
CALGARY—Solar industry participants say they expect more investment to flow to Alberta and the United States in the wake of premier-elect Doug Ford's vow to axe Ontario's cap-and-trade system and the Green Ontario Fund consumer rebate program it fuels.
TORONTO—A series of rebates offered by the Ontario government for energy-efficient renovations has been cancelled.
A post on the GreenOn.ca website said several residential and commercial rebate programs, including those for ground source heat pumps and smart thermostats for homes, are now closed.
OTTAWA—Less than a week after a story broke about his partner's alleged harassment of Ottawa SenatorS' captain Erik Karlsson's wife, Mike Hoffman was traded—twice.
Hours after the Senators sent the forward to San Jose, the Florida Panthers acquired Hoffman from the Sharks.
TORONTO—Ontario's incoming premier has put the public service under a hiring freeze as part of a series of measures meant to limit spending as he re-examines the province's books.
A spokesman for Doug Ford said the Progressive Conservative leader also has directed government ministries to cancel “subscription-based services” and to restrict out-of-province travel.
COURTLAND, Ont.—Provincial police say five people—three adults and two children—and a family dog suffered minor injuries yesterday when they were hit by lightning in southwestern Ontario.
Police said they were hit in Courtland, Ont., a community about 35 km south of Woodstock, Ont., around 3:45 p.m.