Rachel Notley wants action on Trans Mountain pipeline impasse by next week

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wants progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline impasse by next week or she will take further retaliatory action. Notley says she wants British Columbia to reverse its decision to ban increased shipping of bitumen off its coast pending a review of spill safety measures. Alberta believes the move will effectively kill the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, which the province deems critical to getting a

Canada hopes for leniency as Trump threatens to impose global steel tariffs

WASHINGTON – The United States has fired a warning shot in what could become a global trade war over steel and aluminum, threatening to impose a wide range of tariffs and quotas within several months on an undetermined number of countries. Canada has reason to follow this closely. It is the biggest international exporter of both steel and aluminum to the United States, so it has a significant stake in

Trump says ‘no collusion’ after Mueller’s probe claims Russia started meddling in 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday seized on what was wasn’t in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russians as evidence that his campaign didn’t collude in Moscow’s effort to influence the 2016 election. READ MORE: Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals for interfering with U.S. election Mueller’s detailed charges against Russian nationals and companies for election meddling aimed in part at trying to boost Trump’s candidacy said

President Cyril Ramaphosa pledges 'new dawn' for South Africa

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, is one of South Africa’s wealthiest politicians New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken of a “new dawn” in his first State of the Nation address. Mr Ramaphosa, who was sworn in on Thursday, promised to “turn the tide of corruption”. He also spoke of accelerating land redistribution and outlined plans to boost the economy and create jobs. His predecessor, Jacob Zuma, stepped

Spending in King Street pilot area on par with rest of Toronto: report

A new City of Toronto report on the King Street pilot project suggests spending in the area has not declined, despite criticism that the initiative has weakened the restaurant industry. Point-of-sale data obtained from Moneris shows the value of customer spending in the pilot area increased 21 per cent from October to the end of December, compared to 20 per cent growth for the city overall, according to the report.

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRussians recruited ‘real Americans’ as part of ‘information warfare’ Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation. Three of those named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft. The announcement was made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who

France: Rape inquiry into Gérald Darmanin dropped

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Mr Darmanin has denied the allegations against him French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into rape claims against Budget Minister Gérald Darmanin. A former call girl said he had coerced her into sex in 2009, but the prosecutors said they had been unable to establish an “absence of consent”. Mr Darmanin, 35, described the allegations as “slander”. However, he remains under investigation into separate claims that he

Feds announce new rules to phase out coal, natural gas

OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government says its new regulations to phase out power plants fired by coal and natural gas will cost more than $2.2 billion, but potentially save the country billions more in reduced health care costs. Government documents posted online today outline the new measures aimed at reducing Canada’s dependence on the pollution-producing plants, and improving their efficiency. READ MORE: Satellite research shows world oceans expected to

Florida school shooting: FBI mishandled tip on gunman's 'desire to kill'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFlorida survivors on gun laws: ‘Something has to change’ The FBI has said it did not properly follow up on a warning that Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz might carry out an attack. Last month, a person close to the 19-year-old contacted the law enforcement agency to warn of “the potential of him conducting a school shooting”. But protocols were not

Rio de Janeiro violence: Brazil army to take control of security

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Rio de Janeiro has seen levels of violent crime soar amid a financial crisis The Brazilian government has appointed an army general to oversee security in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in response to growing gang violence. President Michel Temer compared the violence to “a cancer” and said organised criminals had all but seized control of the state. Rio’s governor issued an appeal for help