Growing number of newcomers, refugees ending up homeless in Canada: studies

A growing number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless, newly released government figures show. Two new reports released this week by Employment and Social Development Canada offer a glimpse into the extent of the homelessness problem across the country and reveal the populations that are most vulnerable. The national shelter study, which looked at federal data on shelter users between 2005 and 2016,..

Andreescu becomes 1st Canadian woman in 50 years to reach Rogers Cup semis

Even as her body faltered, Bianca Andreescu's sheer will power carried her to an historic victory. Andreescu overcame a strained groin to become the first Canadian woman to make the semifinal of the Rogers Cup since 1969. The 19-year-old from nearby Mississauga, Ont., defeated third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday at Aviva Centre on York University's campus. After a dominant first set Andreescu struggl..

With suspects believed dead, answers about B.C. homicides may be hard to find

The deaths of Chynna Deese, Lucas Fowler and Leonard Dyck sparked two weeks of police investigation, intense public focus and suspense in the search for suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. With their reported deaths Wednesday in northern Manitoba, people in the communities where the two fugitives were spotted while at large may feel relieved. Their deaths may bring closure for some, but answers to the many questions about the case — and w..

Liberals promise ‘positive’ politics, but have attack lines at the ready

Liberal strategy: Speak positively, but carry a big stickKatie Simpson, Senior reporter Out of the blue this week, I was summoned to an Ottawa coffee shop for a meeting with a senior government official. As a journalist, my ears and eyes are always open, so I was happy to have the opportunity. In a conversation that lasted about 45 minutes, this official outlined on deep background how the Liberals plan to rely on positivity in the upcoming ..

RCMP divers search Manitoba river after damaged boat found in hunt for B.C. fugitives

Divers spent hours Sunday afternoon searching a northern Manitoba river near the spot where a damaged aluminum boat washed up on shore, in hopes there may be clues to the whereabouts of two young men wanted in connection to three B.C. homicides. Searchers on a helicopter spotted the rudimentary, silver boat on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday afternoon, RCMP said on Sunday. Based on the discovery, five members of the Underwater Recovery T..

François Legault endorsed a book by a hardline conservative. Here’s why that matters

A common knock against Quebec Premier François Legault is that he is a politician without an ideology. His critics accuse him of governing by polls. His convictions, they say, don't run deeper than the roots of a tumbleweed. In the eyes of his supporters, this is seen as an asset. He's a businessman, they counter. His only allegiance is to the most practical solution available. It's that lack of deeply rooted ideology that allowe..

Train derailment in southeast Calgary blocks road, knocks down power lines

Thirteen train cars derailed in southeast Calgary around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fire crews are asking people to avoid the area between 25th Street and 50th Avenue S.E., and the intersection of 50th Avenue and 30th Street S.E. is closed as the derailed cars are blocking the roadway. Four of the derailed cars were empty diesel tankers. The other cars were empty as well. The fire department's battalion chief confirmed two conductors were on the tra..

4 killed in Markham, Ont., were part of the same family, friend says

WARNING: This story contains graphic details Details have begun to emerge about a family that friends and neighbours say were the victims of a quadruple homicide in Markham, Ont., on the weekend. The organizer of a fundraiser set up to collect money for funeral costs wrote in an online post that Malesa Zaman, her father, Moniruz Zaman, and Malesa's mother and grandmother were killed in their home. CBC Toronto has not confirmed the names of ..

Liberals block committee probe into claims of inappropriate pressure on ex-China diplomats

Liberal members of the House committee on foreign affairs today shut down opposition parties' attempt to launch an investigation into claims a federal official pressured two former diplomats over their statements on Canada-China relations. Opposition parties allege the government tried to muzzle two ex-ambassadors who have been outspoken about Canada's ongoing diplomatic conflict with China. The bid to open an investigation failed after..

‘Truly irreplaceable’: University lecturer killed in Northern B.C. dedicated career to studying plant life

A university lecturer and father-of-two who died during one of his characteristic, solitary camping trips through British Columbia's haven-like backcountry was a deeply introspective outdoorsman who, friends say, was profoundly engrossed with nature and the study of plants, to which he dedicated much of his life. Leonard Dyck, 64, spent two decades researching botany, particularly interested in seaweed, its perils and its persistent survival..

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