Most recent Canada blogs and columns

  • Transport Minister Lisa Raitt brought in tough new regulations on April 23, 2014 that require DOT-111 tank cars, like those pictured above at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec after a fatal derailment, be upgraded or taken off the tracks. (The Canadian Press/Surete du Quebec)

    5,000 Rail Cars Pulled From Tracks

    Nine months after a train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, claimed 47 lives, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says controversial DOT-111 tank cars must be upgraded or... Read more

  • Native Americans, farmers, ranchers, and cowboys rally to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Finance minister Joe Oliver says the U.S. government's decision to stall the controversial pipeline project will harm American energy security and the economies of both countries. (The Canadian Press/Alex Panetta)

    Stalling Keystone Will Hurt US, Canadian Economies: Oliver

    HALIFAX—The U.S. government’s decision to stall the Keystone XL pipeline project will harm American energy security and the economies of both the U.S. and Canada,... Read more

  • Senator Pierrette Ringuette is hoping her bill will pass and put a cap on the fees credit card companies charge merchants every time Canadians buy a cup of coffee with their credit cards. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

    Senator Wants Merchants Protected From Credit Card Fees

    Senator Pierrette Ringuette is taking aim at the credit card companies that gouge merchants every time Canadians buy a cup of coffee or a pair... Read more

  • OECD Suggests Canada Lagged in Job Creation Post Recession

    OTTAWA—A recent report from the Paris-based OECD suggests that Canada’s employment record is not near the best. According to the 34-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation... Read more

  • Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada, is seen earlier this month at the site in Bangladesh where the Rana Plaza factory collapsed a year ago, killing more than 1,130 people. (World Vision Canada)

    World Vision Urges Support for Factory Safety Accord

    On the one-year anniversary of the collapse of the Bangladesh clothing factory that killed more than 1,130 people, World Vision, the international child advocacy group,... Read more

  • A view of residential properties in Vancouver. (Temmuz Can Arsiray/

    Housing Soft Landing Would Damage Canadian Economy: BMO

    OTTAWA—A sudden and sharp correction in the housing market could have a devastating impact on the Canadian economy overall, enough to trigger another recession, says... Read more

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    Amanda Todd Death: Dutch Man Arrested for Allegedly Extorting British Columbia Teen

    A 35-year-old man whose name has not been publicly released has been arrested in connection to the suicide of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl from... Read more

  • Christine Elliott and her sons Quinn, John, and Galen wait for the start of the state funeral for her late husband Jim Flaherty in Toronto on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)

    Political Players of All Party Stripes Gather for Fond Farewell to Jim Flaherty

    TORONTO—A gallery of political luminaries from all sides of the partisan divide gathered at a cavernous Toronto cathedral Wednesday to set aside their differences and... Read more

  • Bank of Canada Leaves Rates Unchanged

    OTTAWA—Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he has not ruled out a future cut to interest rates despite his belief that the global and... Read more

  • Home Sales Up in March, Supply Remains Tight

    TORONTO—The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says the number of homes sold last month was up 4.9 percent compared with the same month last year,... Read more

  • Greenpeace activists pose with posters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on April 13, 2014 to support clean energy. A Canadian study analyzing temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Industrial-Era Climate Change Not Due to Natural Causes, Study Finds

    A new study of temperature data from 1500 to 2004 appears to have cemented the impact of the industrial era on earth’s climate using historic... Read more

  • Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on March 24, 2014, in New York. The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Ottawa Scolds Jimmy Carter Over Keystone XL Position

    WASHINGTON—The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government.  The Prime Minister’s Office reacted swiftly Wednesday... Read more

  • Safety Enhancements Recommended to Ottawa Transit Commission

    OTTAWA—At the Transit Commission meeting at city hall on Wednesday, consultant firm MMM Group presented its assessment on the need to change the policies for... Read more

  • University of Calgary students and staff get emotional during a university memorial service for victims of the multiple fatal stabbing in the northwest area of the city on April 15, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Larry MacDougal)

    Grief from Calgary Mass Murder Sinking In with U of C Students

    CALGARY—Students at the University of Calgary are struggling to cope following the worst mass murder in the city’s history that left five young people dead... Read more

  • Ontario Man Charged in Heartbleed Breach at Canada Revenue Agency

    OTTAWA—Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro... Read more

  • A man works his phone as he drives through traffic. Distracted driving now kills more people than impaired driving in at least four provinces. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Driver Distraction a Growing Peril on Canada’s Roads

    After surviving two car accidents and observing distracted drivers endanger the roads in her community, Karen Bowman decided she had to do something about it... Read more

  • Ex-Transport Quebec Engineer Accepted Trips, Cash in Exchange for Contracts

    MONTREAL—A former Transport Quebec engineer says he was routinely bribed by construction and engineering firms in exchange for help with lucrative government contracts. Guy Hamel... Read more

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    Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes ID’d as ‘Heartbleed’ Hacker, Arrested by Canadian Police

    Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes has been identified as a “Heartbleed” hacker and arrested by Canadian police. Solis-Reyes, a 19-year-old Western university student, was arrested at his... Read more

  • Carly Pereira, sales manager at Purple Urchin, shows one of the 33 bar soaps available at the store. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Purple Urchin Naturally for Body, Bath, and Beauty

    OTTAWA—Purple Urchin on Somerset St. West sells a complete line of bath and body products for adults, babies, and pets that are natural and handmade... Read more

  • Josh Hunter, left, and Zackariah Rathwell, third from left, were identified as two of the victims of the Calgary attack. (Facebook)

    Zackariah Rathwell and Josh Hunter of Zackariah & The Prophets ID’d as Victims in Calgary Stabbing Attack

    Zackariah Rathwell and Josh Hunter of the band Zackariah & The Prophets have been named as two of the five victims in the mass stabbing... Read more