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Wilson-Raybould to testify in parliamentary probe of SNC-Lavalin scandal

February 19, 2019

Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be called to testify at a parliamentary committee probing the SNC-Lavalin scandal — but it’s not yet clear how much she’ll be able to reveal publicly because she’s still bound by client-solicitor privilege. Wilson-Raybould said today she is consulting with her lawyer about what she can and can’t say, […]

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Protest convoy: From tractors to snowshoes, the blueprints for a successful siege of Parliament

February 19, 2019

Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at what’s happening around some of the day’s most notable stories. Sign up here and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. TODAY: If you can think of a hot-button issue, chances are that a group has trekked to Parliament Hill to argue for […]

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Democratic institutions minister asks committee to look at regulating social media

February 19, 2019

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould today called on a Commons committee to look at the possibility of the Canadian government imposing new rules on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the lead-up to the next federal election. Testifying before the Procedure and House Affairs committee Tuesday, Gould suggested the committee take a […]

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Alberta announces deal with CN, CP to ship crude by rail

February 19, 2019

The Alberta government has signed contracts with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific to lease 4,400 rail cars to take oilsands crude to American and international markets. The first shipments of 20,000 barrels per day are expected to start by July. Full capacity is expected by mid-2020 when up to 120,000 barrels per day will be […]

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Payless seeks creditor protection, plans to close stores in U.S. and Canada

February 19, 2019

Payless Shoes is going into creditor protection in the U.S. and Canada, where it will likely close all its stores. The discount shoe retailer, with more than 3,400 stores in 40 countries, is seeking protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and the Canadian equivalent, the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. “Payless intends to use these […]

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‘We believe in you,’ Scheer tells controversial pro-pipeline movement

February 19, 2019

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed a controversial convoy bringing a pro-pipeline message to Ottawa today, assuring participants that “we’ve got your back.” “We’re fighting for you. We’re standing with you,” Scheer said in a short speech to the crowd. “We believe in you. We celebrate what you’ve done to build this country. After leaving Red Deer, Alta. […]

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B.C.’s balanced budget includes more money for most families with children

February 19, 2019

New subsidies for families and the elimination of interest on student loans were the big announcements in what was primarily a status-quo budget delivered by the B.C. government on Tuesday.  Finance Minister Carole James announced the elimination of operating debt for the first time in 40 years, an estimated surplus of $274 million for 2019/2020, and […]

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B.C. posts balanced budget, pledges more money for low-income families

February 19, 2019

New subsidies for families and the elimination of interest on student loans were the big announcements in what was primarily a status-quo budget delivered by the B.C. government on Tuesday.  Finance Minister Carole James announced the elimination of operating debt for the first time in 40 years, an estimated surplus of $274 million for 2019/2020, and […]

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Bernie Sanders announces 2020 White House bid

February 19, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday he is running for president in 2020. The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016. He told Vermont Public Radio on Tuesday that he planned to again seek the nomination. Sanders has earned a loyal […]

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director, dead at 85

February 19, 2019

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the haute-couture industry for over half a century, has died at age 85, according to the French fashion house.  Lagerfeld, instantly recognizable in his dark suits, pony-tailed white hair and tinted sunglasses, was best known for his association with Chanel, but simultaneously delivered collections for LVMH’s Fendi and […]

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