The federal finance minister is standing by the amount of money the Liberal government currently spends on defence, saying the military is "appropriately provisioned" to address Canada's needs. In an interview Thursday with The Canadian Press, Finance Minister Bill Morneau left the door open to future "adjustments," depending on what ends up in the Liberals' new defence policy. Morneau also played down suggestions Canada is facing pressure to increase defence spending from Washington, where U.S. President Donald Trump has called on NATO allies to do more.
Dozens of French teenagers have returned to their homeland after a traumatic school trip to London during which some of them witnessed the attack on Westminster Bridge. Three of their classmates, wounded in the attack outside the British Parliament Wednesday, remained hospitalized at St. Thomas's Hospital in London, where Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to visit them Friday. London police say a 75-year-old man injured in the attack on Westminster Bridge has died of his wounds.
The P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association was pleased to hear about investments in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in the federal budget Wednesday. Dennis King, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association, said the Temporary Foreign Workers Program is important for the Island's industry. "Many of our operators probably would not be able to operate at the level they are operating at right now if they weren't able to bring in a little bit of temporary help," said King.
A Winnipeg media outlet says it's learned Manitoba Public Insurance has changed its rodent claim policy to help the Crown company save $6 million a year. CTV News says documents it's obtained show that as of March 1 this year, trapping of mice, rats and other pests in vehicles can now be done by exterminators. MPI says it had the most stringent rodent claims policy in Canada, and the changes will bring it in line with industry standards.
A century ago, Dawn Morrison's great-grand-uncle John Arsenault set off on a journey that would lead to his death. Morrison will soon follow his trek from the United Kingdom, where he trained, to where he died on Vimy Ridge. It's part of the cross-cultural event, called Odyssée de la culture in Cape Breton and France, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April.
A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention. Ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was hit in the leg with a crowbar by a man hired by the ex-husband of fellow Team USA skater Tonya Harding. Social media users quickly took notice of the wording and responded with memes to express disbelief at Yamaguchi's words.
REDUCTION, Pa. — "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale. A family that has owned the Village of Reduction in Pennsylvania for nearly 70 years has decided to divest itself of the 75-acre property. The village was once home to about 400 employees of the American Reduction Company.
It's not everyday that Tuktoyaktuk hockey players get to play against a team from the United States. "We've been to Inuvik before," said 72- year-old Mike Chase from New Hampshire, the league's founder. Word spread quickly that there was a team of "old-timer hockey players" in the hamlet.
100 years ago today, legendary Canadian artist Tom Thomson embarked on his last trip from Toronto to Algonquin Park. Now art enthusiasts and history buffs can follow along in real time, thanks to an Ottawa man who has recreated Thomson's final months on Twitter. Tim Bouma runs the account @TTLastSpring and the blog Tom Thomson's Last Spring. He first began documenting Thomson's final spring in Algonquin Park in 2011, and he's revamped the account this year for the 100th anniversary of the artist's death.
By Pavel Polityuk and Alexei Kalmykov KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kiev on Thursday. Russia called the allegation "absurd". Former parliamentarian Denis Voronenkov was killed by an assailant who was armed with a pistol and later died in hospital after being shot in the chest and head by Voronenkov's bodyguard, police said.
Fast car chases, daring stunts and explosions return to the big screen in the eighth installment of the "Fast and Furious" racing film franchise and Oscar winner Charlize Theron joins the cast with her own "badass jet". "The Fate of the Furious" sees lead character Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, go rogue. Theron, who won a best actress Academy Award for "Monster", plays the villainous Cipher.
A University of Calgary scientist has become something of a celebrity in Pakistan. Naweed Syed's face is plastered across billboards in his birth country, selling everything from cellphones to chai tea. On Thursday, the president and prime minister of Pakistan were to award Syed with one of the country's top honours — the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan's Medal of Excellence.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday. The lawsuit is the second in six weeks involving the companies and their efforts to start a new industry servicing and repairing satellites in orbit. At least four confidential SSL documents were viewed and distributed by an Orbital ATK employee working at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where the data is stored as part of an ongoing SSL partnership with the U.S. space agency, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
A spicy new product for the French's Food Company has brought 20 new jobs to Leamington's Highbury Canco. The ketchup-creating company is pouring resources into a Canadian classic, the Caesar, and is packing the red drink mix in Windsor-Essex. French's won over many in the area last year by committing to using tomatoes grown in Leamington to make its ketchup.
Calgary Police are searching for a suspect they believe set two federal byelection campaign signs on fire near the Deer Ridge neighbourhood.
The parents of a toddler who died in a Vancouver daycare earlier this year are calling for massive reform of B.C.'s daycare system following yesterday's federal funding announcement. In the budget the federal government committed $7 billion over the next 10 years to create new and affordable child-care spaces. Although specific details on how this funding would roll out have not been released, the announcement has some daycare advocates calling for it to be used to reform B.C.'s system.
New-home sales rose 6.1 per cent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Healthy job growth and a recovering economy have pushed up interest in new homes, while the prospect of rising mortgage rates since the November presidential election may have pulled some sales forward. "Sales were likely boosted by the much warmer-than-usual weather last month, which made visiting new-home construction sites less miserable than usual in February," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.
The New Brunswick government says it will look at how it can make the child death review process "more transparent," following a CBC News investigation that found the public knows very little about how at-risk children are dying. At least 53 children known to child protection officials have died over the past two decades, but most of the details of their deaths remain secret. On Thursday, the government acknowledged for the first time that the public may want to know more about how these children are dying.
After three days of delays caused by worker strikes in French Guiana, rocket firm Arianespace opted Thursday to postpone indefinitely the launch of satellites for South Korean and Brazilian clients. The launch will not be rescheduled "until the labour situation is resolved," Didier Faivre, director of Europe's Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, told local radio. The rocket is to deliver communications satellites for Brazil and South Korea into Earth orbit.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Potter said he "deeply regrets many aspects of the column" and how it came across as critical of the entire province. "That wasn't my intention, it doesn't reflect my views of Quebec, and I am heartbroken that the situation has evolved the way it has," he wrote.