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Liberal throne speech pledges to work with opposition parties, welcome their ideas

Liberal throne speech pledges to work with opposition parties, welcome their ideas

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau ushered in a new era of minority Liberal rule Thursday with a throne speech brimming with humility, goodwill and promises of collaboration with opposition parties whose support he needs to ensure his government's survival.
Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

Chinese ambassador warns Canada against adopting motion calling for sanctions

MONTREAL — China's new ambassador to Canada is threatening "very firm countermeasures" if Parliament adopts a motion calling for sanctions over alleged Chinese human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Ford government's anti-carbon tax TV ad cost Ontario taxpayers $4M: Auditor

A controversial television ad that aimed to denigrate the federal carbon tax but was roundly mocked for sending the opposite message cost Ontario taxpayers $4 million.

B.C. to eliminate Medical Services Plan premiums not paid by residents elsewhere

VANCOUVER — British Columbians will ring in the new year by joining all Canadians in not paying monthly rates for health care. Premiums under the province's Medical Services Plan will be eliminated on Jan.
Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

Liberal MP Anthony Rota upsets Regan to become Speaker in minority Parliament

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Anthony Rota has been elected Speaker of the House of Commons, beating out fellow Liberal Geoff Regan, who was Speaker during the last session of Parliament and wanted to continue.
Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan auditor

Some staff not trained enough to help suicidal patients: Saskatchewan auditor

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority isn't giving enough training to staff working with patients in areas struggling with high suicide rates, the provincial auditor said in her latest report.

Montreal Children's Hospital employs medical hypnosis to reduce anxiety, pain

MONTREAL — A Quebec hospital is touting the use of medical hypnosis after the results of a pilot project suggested it can reduce pain and anxiety in patients.
Manitoba NDP seek honorary premier title for Louis Riel

Manitoba NDP seek honorary premier title for Louis Riel

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Opposition wants to give the title of honorary first premier to Metis leader Louis Riel.
Supreme Court won't hear appeal from former Nazi death squad member

Supreme Court won't hear appeal from former Nazi death squad member

Jewish groups across the country hailed the Supreme Court's decision not to allow an elderly man who lied about his time working for a Nazi death squad to continue his fight to retain Canadian citizenship, while his family decried the move as a misca
Vaping backlash: Nova Scotia bans flavoured e-cigarettes, Ontario mulls the same

Vaping backlash: Nova Scotia bans flavoured e-cigarettes, Ontario mulls the same

HALIFAX — A nationwide clamp down on vaping continued Thursday as Nova Scotia announced a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes, while Ontario hinted that it may soon do the same.