Premier Tim Houston said his government will not back down after a decision to cap electricity prices led Nova Scotia Power to have its credit rating downgraded. The utility's parent company, Emera, warned a weaker credit rating will lead to increased costs to borrow money. It said that could ultimately result in higher prices for customers. Rating agency S&P Global announced the downgrade on Monday, citing the province's move to limit power-rate increases to 1.8 per cent this year and next. The
The first phase of construction on the Prohibition Creek Access Road will cost $25.5 million, but a former Tulita resident is questioning how much the local economy will actually benefit from the project. The access road is expected to be part of the Mackenzie Valley Highway Project and will eventually connect the N.W.T. communities of Tulita and Norman Wells. The first phase, spanning 6.7 km between Canyon Creek and Christina Creek, began Tuesday. It will cost $25.5 million, with the federal go
The Emergencies Act inquiry has heard from all witnesses who were scheduled to testify over the course of the six-week-long process. The Public Order Emergency Commission will have until February to decide whether the Trudeau government was justified in its unprecedented decision. Eric Sorensen examines the major findings from the course of the entire inquiry, looking at what can be learned from the ordeal.
Ottawa's largest school board will not be bringing back mask mandates. The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says a motion to reinstate the requirement for students and staff at its schools did not pass tonight. The board says on Twitter that it encourages the community to follow the advice from Ottawa Public Health, including by wearing masks indoors. The board met virtually tonight after a special meeting to debate the motion on Tuesday was disrupted by heckling, delaying a decision. Earli
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An inquiry into a former Australian prime minister secretly appointing himself to multiple ministries recommended Friday that all such appointments be made public in the future to preserve trust in government. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he would recommend his Cabinet accept all of the retired judge ’s recommendations at a meeting next week. Albanese ordered the inquiry in August after revelations that his predecessor Prime Minister Scott Morrison had taken th
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly chose the opposition Nationalist party in several major races across the self-ruled island in an election Saturday in which lingering concerns about threats from China took a backseat to more local issues. Chiang Wan-an, the Nationalist party’s mayoral candidate, won the closely watched seat in capital Taipei. “I will let the world see Taipei's greatness,” he said in his victory speech Saturday night. Other Nationalist party candidates also w
The closure of Saint John's Harbour Bridge planned for Thursday and Friday have been delayed to Sunday. Department of Transportation spokesperson Tyler McLean said the planned repaving that was expected to cause the closures has been rescheduled because of rain in the forecast. He said the decision was made at around 3 p.m. Thursday. Earlier on Thursday the province said drivers should expect "intermittent full-bridge closures," so crews can repave the road. That work will instead be moved to Su
A 37-year-old woman and 53-year-old man have died at the scene of a three-vehicle collision on Highway 11. At about 6 a.m. Friday, a tractor-trailer truck, a pickup truck and a small car collided on the highway near Beresford, about 11 kilometres northwest of Bathurst, RCMP said. The man driving the pickup, from Belledune, and the woman driving the small car, from Bathurst, both died at the scene, RCMP said. They were the only occupants of their vehicles. RCMP said they believe the driver of the
OTTAWA — The Liberals say their proposed definition of a prohibited assault-style firearm applies only to guns that belong on the battlefield. But Conservative MPs are continuing to insist the federal move would outlaw many ordinary hunting rifles and shotguns. The Liberal government wants to include an evergreen definition of a prohibited assault-style firearm in gun-control legislation being studied by the House of Commons public safety committee. The measure, introduced Tuesday during clause-
TORONTO — The Canadian Paediatric Society has ditched a hard-and-fast time limit for screen use among toddlers and preschoolers, encouraging instead that parents prioritize educational, interactive and age-appropriate material. New guidance released Thursday morning still urges no screens at all for kids younger than age two, except to video-chat with others such as grandparents, and says kids aged two to five should restrict "sedentary screen time" to one hour a day. But a previous recommendati
A B.C. woman accused of offering illegal cosmetic injections at suspiciously low prices in questionable sanitary conditions has been the subject of several complaints from clients, along with doctors who've had to reverse her shoddy work, new court filings allege. The College of Physicians and Surgeons has filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court asking for a permanent injunction preventing Zaliah Marie Batchelor of Victoria from performing these procedures or calling herself a doctor. "Ms. Batche
Videos showing guards at the Saint John Regional Correctional Centre punching an inmate were played in Fredericton provincial court this week following an unsuccessful attempt by the province to prevent the public from seeing them. The videos show Scott Morrison being tackled to the ground by two guards, followed by more guards swarming him and punching him while he was being held in the jail on Sept. 27. Morrison was on remand pending the outcome of his trial on eight drug trafficking offences.
Italy's only Black lawmaker suspended himself from his left-wing party on Thursday after his family was accused of mismanaging funds and exploiting staff at two associations meant to help immigrants. The growing scandal has dealt a severe political blow to Aboubakar Soumahoro, Italy's best-known activist for migrants' rights who only entered parliament last month after winning a seat in a national election for his Green and Left party. Soumahoro has denied any personal wrongdoing and neither his wife nor his mother-in-law have been formally charged over allegations that they failed to pay workers and siphoned off funds at two cooperatives they managed.
REGINA — Saskatchewan is to soon gain control of the carbon pricing charge that shows up on residents power bills. But Premier Scott Moe and his Saskatchewan Party government are still mulling over how that new revenue should be spent. Since 2019, a carbon backstop has been placed on Saskatchewan Power Corporation bills to account for its greenhouse gas emissions. The money has been going to the federal government, but starting in January the money will be staying in the province. This comes aft
TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. is eliminating about 50 jobs as it makes changes to its real estate operations. The company says it is changing its real estate operating model in Canada and its regional coverage strategy in North America. In Canada, the company is moving away from property operations to refocus its business as an investment manager. In an emailed statement, Manulife says Canadian property operations workers will move to JLL in March next year as part of the changes. It says i
Albertans heading into British Columbia this weekend will save at least an hour as they traverse newly completed sections of Highway 1. The stretch of the Trans-Canada highway east of Golden, B.C., will be available to drivers from 6 a.m. MT Friday onward. The portion of the road has been closed for two months, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend, and was set to reopen Dec. 1. The completed portion of the Kicking Horse Canyon project includes up to two kilometres of the final 4.8-km secti
LONDON (AP) — “The Flatshare” stars Jessica Brown Findlay and Anthony Welsh got to do all their own stunts in their new rom-com TV series. The stunts in question? Writing Post-it notes, which sometimes required multiple takes: “I got so many sent back being like, ‘It’s great, but that’s not how you spell that word,’” Brown Findlay laughed. Based on the bestselling book by Beth O’Leary that was translated into more than 25 languages, “The Flatshare” revolves around two strangers who live in the s