Politics

Liberals move to halt landmark legal challenge to solitary confinement of prisoners

The federal government is making a last-minute bid to halt a trial set to challenge Canada’s solitary confinement prison policies as “cruel and unusual punishment.” A short-notice application filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia argues that going ahead with the case would be a waste of court resources, since concerns about prolonged segregation are being addressed in new government legislation.  ...

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Canadian presence in Latvia reduces danger of Crimean-style takeover, Latvian ex-general says

The arrival of Canadian troops in the Baltics has helped established a “red line” for Russia and greatly diminished the risk of a Crimea-style takeover in the region, Latvia’s former top military commander said Tuesday. Retired lieutenant-general Raimonds Graube says the deployment of NATO battle groups in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and his country sends a politically significant message. He downplayed ...

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'A core part of our identity': Indigenous language law targeted for 2018

Inuit, First Nations and Métis organizations are taking the next step toward protecting Indigenous languages in Canada, as they work alongside the federal government to develop a nationwide language law. For Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), this legislation will stem the loss of traditional knowledge in Canada’s Inuit communities. “I know what it’s like to have the hole, ...

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Ottawa wants provinces to keep pot tax low

The federal government will be urging the provinces and territories to keep pot taxes low, according to a senior government source. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will make the pitch to his provincial and territorial counterparts, during a series of meetings to be held in Ottawa over the next two days.  Although the source says a price for pot is not ...

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Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump talk softwood lumber, steel during phone call

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed defence spending and trade between their two countries during a phone call on Friday. According to an account provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, the two leaders “noted in particular the highly integrated North American steel industry and softwood lumber.” Trump’s administration slapped punishing duties on Canadian softwood lumber in April after taking ...

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Rule requiring airlines to keep 2 crew in cockpit at all times lifted by Transport Canada

Canadian airlines are no longer required to have two crew in the cockpit at all times, following the expiration today of an order issued by the government after a co-pilot deliberately downed a Germanwings jet in 2015. Since the crash that killed 150 people, Transport Canada has been examining if there was any way to “mitigate the potential risk” of a similar ...

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MPs reject Senate's changes to bill targeting sexism in the Indian Act

The Commons committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs has rejected a Senate amendment that sought to remove all gender-based discrimination from the Indian Act. The amendment has been at the centre of a battle over S-3, a government bill introduced to comply with a 2015 court ruling that ordered the government to address inequities affecting registration for Indian status. But ...

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'Like Communist China': Brad Trost campaign manager pushes back against Conservative Party

Brad Trost’s leadership campaign showed its might when the Saskatchewan MP came in a surprising fourth in the Conservatives’ hotly contested leadership race. Now, the man who ran Trost’s campaign says he is considering turning that force against the Conservative Party itself, as the conflict over a leaked membership list becomes increasingly bitter. As CBC News first reported, party officials believe someone in Trost’s campaign leaked a Conservative membership ...

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