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Canadian dollar shoots to highest this year, but Bank of Canada could clip its wings today

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar strengthened to an almost six-month high against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as higher oil prices improved Canada’s …

Business (Canada)

Watch from NASA satellites as the Fort McMurray fire spreads

Space offers a different perspective entirely on the destruction<p>The speed with which the fire in and around Fort McMurray is spreading has caught …

Alberta's Crown prosecutors seek injunction in Federal Court to relieve workload

The union representing federal Crown prosecutors is taking the unprecedented step of seeking an injunction in Federal Court to stop the Public …

The pros and cons of who will permanently replace Harper

<i>This is The Globe's daily politics newsletter. Sign up to get it by e-mail each morning.</i><p><b>POLITICS BRIEFING</b><p><b>By John Ibbitson</b> (@JohnIbbitson)<p>These seven announced or potential candidates are considered the front-runners in the early days of the Conservative leadership race, which will be a subject of …

Power outage left residents in St. Lawrence Market in the dark overnight

The lights are now back on for residents in the St. Lawrence Market area, after damaged underground equipment left them without power …

Toronto

With Trans Mountain, Justin Trudeau soon to face his first pipeline choice: Walkom | The Star

The prospect of 34 tankers a month loaded with tarsands bitumen plying the waters around Vancouver has raised the spectre of a nasty spill.<p>Other …

Liberals to repeal Conservative changes to public-sector bargaining

The federal Liberals say they'll roll back changes to public-sector bargaining brought in by the previous Conservative government.<p>Treasury Board President Scott Brison says in a release that portions of the 2013 omnibus budget bill will be formally repealed with new legislation when Parliament …

Stephen Harper to resign as MP to pursue business interests — and possibly a foreign policy institute

OTTAWA – Former prime minister Stephen Harper will resign as member of Parliament by the fall to pursue business interests and look to establish a …

Stephen Harper: After so many words, he exits in silence

The announcement on Wednesday of Stephen Harper's imminent retirement from politics caused a massive outpouring of emotion, said no one ever. The former prime minister is uncuddly and uncommunicative in public, and was autocratic and insular behind the walls of the Prime Minister's Office. As …

New payroll system leaving thousands of public servants in the lurch, says PSAC

A union representing tens of thousands of federal public servants is urging the government to delay rolling out the second phase of its new automated …

Canada

Justin Trudeau's leadership measured by the pipeline question

After meeting with Justin Trudeau last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he had told him that the prime minister "was uniquely positioned to …

Canada

Barack Obama to address Canadian Parliament June 29

U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a Three Amigos leaders summit in Ottawa and address a joint session of Parliament on June 29, the White House …

Canada

Liberals kick off review of Canada Post but restoration of home mail delivery uncertain

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has launched a sweeping review of Canada Post to determine the future of mail services, but there’s no guarantee home …

Fort McMurray wildfire reaches 200,000 hectares in size, expected to continue to grow

<b>EDITOR’S NOTE: This story will be updated throughout Saturday with the latest information.</b><p>The Fort McMurray wildfire covered more than 200,000 …

Toronto to receive $840M of federal funding to improve public transit

The City of Toronto will receive $840 million of the federal government’s $3.4 billion infrastructure funding promised in March’s budget to improve …

Electoral reform: a primer on the main alternatives to how we vote

The Liberal government announced on Wednesday the formation of an all-party committee to study alternatives to the way we elect members of …

Christy Clark received $277,000 since 2011 from B.C. Liberals

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has collected more than $277,000 from the provincial Liberal Party since 2011 to top up her government salary, the party disclosed Wednesday.<p>In addition to her $195,000 salary as Premier, Ms. Clark has received an escalating annual amount from the Liberals – $50,000 for …

Liberals announce new rules to limit government advertising

New measures to scrub self-serving and partisan government communications will take effect immediately, says Treasury Board President Scott Brison — …

CP: Military members absolved of liability for $147M in unathorized expenses

OTTAWA -- The Trudeau government has absolved Canadian Forces members of liability after National Defence was ordered to repay more than $147 million …

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Nova Scotia premier dismisses request to raise minimum wage

Nova Scotia’s premier is dismissing a call from the third party NDP to raise the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over three years.<p>Stephen …

Alberta payday loans bill gets mixed reviews

The Alberta government is clamping down on payday loan companies and their so-called 'predatory' practices.<p>New legislation means Alberta will go from …

Finance

Alberta government preparing for climate related disasters

The NDP government warned that Alberta has to be prepared for more frequent and intense natural disasters stemming from climate warming before the …

Justin Trudeau's elbowing incident leaves House in an uproar

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused of "manhandling" Opposition whip Gord Brown and elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the House of Commons …

Canada

Ontario's move away from natural gas would hit Alberta producers

At first, it feels like another nail in the coffin for Alberta natural gas producers. Ontario, with its pending climate change plan, looks set to …

Natural Gas

With our apologies: Canada makes 'I'm sorry' a recurring policy

Justin Trudeau, speaking in that earnest cadence of his, rose in the Commons Wednesday and, speaking on behalf of all Canadians, apologized for an …

Canada

Saskatchewan eyes 'transformational' change in government to save money: Lt-Gov. Schofield

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is looking at changing how health care and education are run in a bid to improve service and save …

Canada

How Canada can win a UN Security Council seat

<i>Lloyd Axworthy is the chair of the board of CUSO and a former Canadian minister of foreign affairs. Allan Rock is president of the University of Ottawa and a former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations.</i><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that Canada would seek election to the UN …

Federally appointed courts grow restive as Ottawa slow to fill vacancies

The chief justice of Alberta's top trial court says his province's courts are in desperate shape, as the Liberal government has yet to name a single judge to a federally appointed court anywhere in Canada since taking office.<p>"The word I use is desperation. We're desperate. I don't know how else to …

Wynne reveals blueprint for political fundraising reforms

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne laid out a framework for political fundraising reforms on Monday, including a ban on corporate and union donations, spending limits on third-party advertising and reducing the allowable donation to within the range of the federal limit, which is $1,525.<p>She wants the …