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Revitalization plan for Ontario Place won't include condos: Coteau

Tourism Minister Michael Coteau says the province will move forward “as fast as it can” in transforming Ontario Place into an urban park complete …

Conservatives mine voter data with 'patriotism' mail campaign

Strawberries aren't the only crop being harvested around Canada Day — Conservative MPs have been collecting data for years about their constituents …

Conservatives amending bill to outlaw prostitution near daycares, schools and playgrounds

OTTAWA — New amendments to the government’s prostitution bill will give it a better chance of withstanding a constitutional court challenge, says a …

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Tribunal can deny in-person appeals in disability benefits cases

Some Canadians who believe they have been wrongly denied federal disability benefits are being told, under new rules, that they have no right to plead their case directly to the adjudicator of the new Social Security Tribunal who will decide their appeal.<p>A lawyer who handles Canada Pension Plan …

Gunmen kill 22 in deadly overnight attacks on Kenyan coast | The Star

NAIROBI, KENYA—Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen on the Kenyan coast, the Kenya Red Cross said Sunday. Al Qaeda-linked …

Refugee health-care cuts: Doctors gave voice to 'most vulnerable'

Like many doctors across the country, Dr. Paul Caulford breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning when he heard that a judicial ruling had declared …

Skydiver with parachute school dies in Georgina, police say

A 39-year-old man is dead after a skydiving accident in Georgina, Ont., police say.<p>York Regional Police said on Twitter that they are investigating …

Pakistan stoning death: Father of slain pregnant woman among 5 charged

The father of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was stoned to death has been charged with four other men with killing her after she married against the …

Justin Trudeau adviser backs mandatory voting, preferential ballots

Canada should adopt mandatory voting and a preferential ballot to re-engage citizens in the political system and reinforce democracy, says a new …

EKOS shows widening Liberal edge in Ontario

Another poll, another take on the political situation in Ontario. The latest survey from EKOS Research for <i>iPolitics</i> shows the Liberals ahead of the …

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Tories, Liberals nearly tied in latest Ontario polls

As the Ontario election campaign enters its second full week, the race between the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals remains close. But there is still little consensus among the polls on whether it is Tim Hudak or Kathleen Wynne who is in the most advantageous position.<p>The Tories continue to …

Crowning the dragon

<b>China will become the world's largest economy by the end of the year</b><p>UNTIL 1890 China was the world’s largest economy, before America surpassed it. By …

Tim Hudak’s plan for 1 million jobs doesn’t add up: Cohn | The Star

Not exactly.<p>In fact, Statistics Canada said Friday there were 588,000 people unemployed in the province. That’s a daunting number, but it’s rather …

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PCs and Liberals neck-and-neck in first Ontario projection

The 2014 provincial election in Ontario was officially kicked-off yesterday, when Kathleen Wynne asked the Lt. Gov. to dissolve the legislature …

Ontario budget 2014: Everything you need to know about the budget, from higher taxes to a new pension plan

[np_storybar title=”Read the full text of the Ontario budget” link=”#1″]<br>[/np_storybar]<p><i>Ontario’s minority Liberals have given the New Democrats a week</i> …

Ontario pledges $1-billion for Ring of Fire

Ontario's governing Liberals say they're willing to put up $1-billion to develop an all-season transportation corridor to the Ring of Fire if the federal Conservatives match the funds.<p>Ottawa must help bear the cost of building the infrastructure that's needed to develop the mineral-rich region, …

OpenText to create 1,200 jobs, gets $120 million from province | The Star

The Ontario government is pumping $120 million into Waterloo, Ont.-based OpenText to buttress a $2 billion company investment expected to create …

A new ‘OPP’ could be a lifeline for Ontarians: Cohn | The Star

Pension reform is the sleeper issue Kathleen Wynne hopes will rouse Ontario voters.<p>It doesn’t lend itself to snappy sound bites. It’s not as sexy as …

Ontario to release 2014-15 budget on May 1

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario will deliver its 2014-15 budget on Thursday, May 1, provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa told reporters on Tuesday.<p>Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks to journalists before the start of a meeting with federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers …

Prostitution law consultations find little consensus among police

There's no consensus among Canada's police chiefs on what the federal government should do now that the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down three …

Tories' false claims about pot laws put youth at risk: drug policy centre

Conservative Canadian politicians continue to feed myths such as the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has led to a spike in teen use and that a clear link has been established between cannabis use and mental illness, says an international network of drug policy scientists and academics.<p>The …

Harper government’s warm embrace of NATO an about-face, say defence experts

The Harper government's newfound enthusiasm for NATO in the wake of the Russian seizure of Crimea has alarmed defence experts, who say Canada should be mindful it could be called upon to match its rhetoric with action.<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons on Wednesday that Canada …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Frank McKenna says universities should be the Atlantic's new natural resource

Frank McKenna clearly wanted to get a few things off his chest as he outlined a provocative vision for universities as the new natural resource for the Atlantic.<p>He called on governments to rethink capping tuition, to legislate professors back to work in the event of a strike, and to view …

How Kijiji's data threw off Ottawa’s math on skills shortages

Economists have been scratching their heads for weeks as to how the Conservative government could claim on budget day that Canada's job vacancy rate was on the rise when Statistics Canada said it was declining.<p>The answer, it appears, is that Finance Canada's numbers were thrown off by data from a …

Harper warns of ‘pain’ from sanctions on Russia

Stephen Harper says Canada must begin to "assess the pain" of increasing pressure on the Putin government over Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula, after the Group of Seven said it is prepared to impose economic sanctions if Moscow escalates the crisis further.<p>The Prime Minister has singled …