OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down a law that forced people convicted of crimes to pay surcharges that help victims, saying the mandatory fee amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
Delegates from British Columbia's forest industry have concluded what they characterize as a successful trade mission to Asia despite tensions over the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson visited Korea and Japan with the delegates but
Canadian diplomats have been granted consular access to one of two Canadians detained in China. A statement from Global Affairs Canada says Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, met with former diplomat Michael Kovrig today in Beijing. Canadian officials are still pressing China for access
With a little over a week before Christmas, Canada Post says it is starting to catch up on parcel deliveries that have been delayed by rotating strikes over the past two months. The Crown corporation says that's largely because it is taking in fewer holiday parcels than expected. Canada Post says
The Transportation Safety Board says people using remote, northern airports are at substantial and unnecessary risk because of a lack of proper equipment for de-icing planes. The board reached that conclusion during its investigation into the crash of a West Wind Aviation plane just seconds after takeoff
Immigration fraud charges have been stayed against two Charlottetown motel owners who allegedly allowed hundreds of newcomers to use their hotel as an address without intentions of staying on P.E.I. Defence lawyer Lee Cohen and the federal prosecution service confirmed today that the charges were stayed
Canada's transportation safety board is scheduled to release recommendations today after a plane crash last year near a remote northern Saskatchewan community. All 25 people on board the West Wind Aviation plane escaped when it crashed near the Fond du Lac airstrip soon after takeoff on Dec. 13.
Closing arguments are expected today in the sexual assault trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach. Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial in Sarnia, Ont. The charges relate to alleged incidents
When elders from Fort McKay near Alberta's oilsands went to their traditional picking areas, things just didn't feel right. The First Nation's questions eventually grew into a collaboration with university-based researchers that brought botanists out on traditional berry-picking trips in
Police forces in cities across Canada investigated multiple bomb threats on Thursday as authorities in the U.S. said similar threats sent to dozens of locations appeared to be a hoax. Police departments in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as RCMP detachments in B.C. and Manitoba
The Crown says a man who faces a series of charges including alleged assaults of sex workers has been given an absolute discharge in a separate allegation against him by a judge in Vernon, B.C. The B.C. Prosecution Service says Curtis Sagmoen pleaded guilty to a single count of mischief Thursday and
Conservative senators are being accused of deliberately stalling Liberal government legislation to keep it in the public eye for political benefit. "This is a bill that could generate a lot of political attention and it is in the interests of some senators to use the bill as political hay,"
Canada's largest business group has endorsed a carbon tax as the most efficient way for the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a report released Thursday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says there is general consensus in Canada that something needs to be done about climate change, and
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr says he will continue to fight for his freedom. Khadr, 32, was in an Edmonton courtroom Thursday to apply for changes to bail conditions which were imposed on him while he appeals war crimes convictions by a U.S. military commission. "When I initially
Edward Downey, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2016 deaths of Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman. "You killed Sara because you hated her," prosecutor Carla MacPhail told Downey on Thursday. "You killed Taliyah because she knew you and she could tell,"
Canada's cumbersome extradition system means Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou could wait years before her case is resolved even if she will inevitably be committed to stand trial in the United States, legal experts say. Diab was extradited to France on charges he bombed a Paris synagogue
A former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault told his trial Thursday that when he apologized to his accuser for "crossing the line," he wasn't referring to any sexual transgressions. Dave Brubaker said he wrote a letter expressing his regret to a former trainee because
The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a severely ill woman who wants to accelerate a lawsuit that argues the right to assisted dying is unfairly limited by federal government law. The plaintiffs asked a lower court to prevent Canada from relitigating facts already decided in the Supreme
The dilemma Canada finds itself in over its arrest of top Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou is a result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "naive approach" to China, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer insisted Thursday. Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael
The Crown alleges Norman tried to undermine and influence the federal cabinet's decisions on a $700-million naval project by leaking government secrets to the shipyard and media for more than a year. "This is information we need to show that he did not try to undermine the cabinet process,&
Indigenous-themed mascots, names, imagery and symbols used by non-aboriginal sports teams will be removed from arenas and other facilities in Mississauga, Ont., under a mediated settlement before the province's human rights tribunal, the complainant said on Thursday. "(The settlement) recognizes
Health inspectors who showed up at a recent Quebec City theatrical production took no issue with the actor centre stage in a giant penis costume. "It was hardly 30 years ago that it was the penis that would have shocked everyone, and the priests would have mounted the barricades," Gourdeau
Sharing a computer with someone does not mean giving up privacy rights over the material stored on the machine, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court restored the acquittal of Thomas Reeves of Sudbury, Ont., on child-pornography charges — even though his common-law
Vancouver says a court decision has reaffirmed the city's authority to shut down illegal marijuana dispensaries.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has laid 38 charges against a man from Chilliwack, B.C., and two companies over allegations of undue suffering to chickens. The agency alleges that Dwayne Dueck, Elite Farm Services Ltd. and Sofina Foods Inc. unlawfully harmed chickens during a loading or unloading