Month: February 2019

Canada’s heading to the moon: A look at the Lunar Gateway

February 28, 2019

After almost 50 years of being neglected, it appears the moon is once again a hot destination. On Thursday morning, alongside both former and current astronauts — as well as David Saint-Jacques via satellite from the International Space Station — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has committed to participate in the Lunar Gateway, a […]

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Bryce Harper headed to Philadelphia on record $330M, 13-year deal

February 28, 2019

​It took a long time and a lot of money, but the Philadelphia Phillies finally landed Bryce Harper with a record contract. The young star outfielder and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million US, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, said the deal was agreed to shortly […]

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Lunar mania: New space-race to the moon has some intriguing contenders

February 28, 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: It’s been 16,877 days and counting since the last manned mission to the moon, but now it seems that everyone […]

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Almost half of parents financially supporting their kids into their 30s, bank-commissioned poll suggests

February 28, 2019

Canadian parents are still financially supporting their children well into adulthood, sometimes even into their 30s, a new poll sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada has found. The bank commissioned polling firm Leger to survey 1,004 Canadian parents last October and November and asked them about the impact that their adult children were having on their […]

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‘We cannot let these children down’: Ottawa unveils Indigenous child welfare overhaul

February 28, 2019

Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the Indigenous child welfare system Thursday, the largest such change in a generation. It will effectively hand over control of these services to Indigenous governments in an effort to tackle “crisis” levels of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children in foster care. The legislation, Bill C-92, would cede […]

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Snow-day procedures vary across Canada as parent frustration mounts

February 28, 2019

It’s a decision that sparks joy for some but chaos for others: Calling a snow day. Parents across Canada have been forced to scramble in recent weeks as wintry conditions have prompted schools to shut, with some regions recording an unusually high number of closures. “The school closures have been a nightmare this winter,” says Magdalena […]

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu closer to being indicted on charges of bribery, fraud

February 28, 2019

Israel’s attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel’s election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister’s illustrious political career. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his decision after more than two […]

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Energy assessment bill conflicts with purchase of pipeline, Alberta premier says

February 28, 2019

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while it is pushing legislation she says will prevent most future energy projects from being built.  Notley was in Ottawa Thursday morning giving a Senate committee her take on Bill C-69 — proposed federal legislation that would change […]

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Trudeau mulls Wilson-Raybould’s fate in Liberal caucus as Scheer makes formal bid for RCMP probe

February 28, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is considering whether Jody Wilson-Raybould can remain in the Liberal caucus, as the Conservatives make a formal request for the RCMP to launch a criminal investigation following her testimony in the SNC-Lavalin affair. Taking questions from reporters Thursday after an event at the Canadian Space Agency in St. Hubert, Que., […]

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