Deputy PM tells Iranian crash vigil ‘we will get justice’

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland vowed to “get justice” while speaking to about 1,700 mourners at a Toronto vigil for the victims of the Iranian passenger jet disaster.Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory were also among those who turned up at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall on Sunday for the emotional 2 1/2-hour vigil.Some of the 176 killed when Iran shot down the...

Andrew Scheer steps down as Conservative leader, urges party to ‘stay united’

Andrew Scheer ended weeks of speculation on his future Thursday, announcing he will step down as Conservative leader.Scheer announced his decision at a surprise caucus meeting before heading into the House of Commons to deliver a seven-minute speech ending his quest to one day become prime minister.The Conservative benches were unusually full for what had been expected to be routine debate on...

Jane Philpott forbidden from paid work with Ontario First Nation due to ethics law – National

The federal ethics law has put a crimp in Jane Philpott’s plan to put her experience as a former minister of health and Indigenous services to work for the benefit of a northern Ontario First Nation.Just two weeks ago, Philpott announced that she was taking on a new role as special health adviser to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which comprises 49 remote communities in northwestern Ontario.READ...

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.China has long warned against what it considers foreign meddling in its internal affairs, but Ambassador Cong Peiwu upped the tone Thursday in...

‘What are you at?’ Donald Trump presses Trudeau over Canada’s NATO defence spending

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump put Justin Trudeau on the spot Tuesday over Canada’s NATO defence spending.“What are you at? What is your number?” Trump pointedly asked, referring to how much Canada spends on NATO defence as a percentage of its GDP. The two men met on the sidelines of a major NATO military alliance meeting in London.Prime Minister Trudeau replied, “The number we...

‘Going to be a bleak winter’: B.C. forest industry facing uncertain future as mills close across province

VICTORIA —  It seems barely a day goes by without an announcement about layoffs, temporary closures or permanent mill shut downs in British Columbia’s struggling forest industry.As a result, thousands of workers, their families and many communities have been left facing uncertain futures.The layoffs and shutdowns are causing widespread economic and social pain, says B.C. Liberal forestry...

Activist says RCMP profile about her is ‘kind of creepy and unsettling’

OTTAWA — An activist concerned about mining-industry abuses found it “kind of creepy and unsettling” to recently learn the RCMP compiled a six-page profile of her shortly after she turned up at a federal leaders debate during the 2015 election campaign.An analyst with the RCMP’s Tactical Internet Intelligence Unit combed through online sources about Rachel Small to assemble the report...

Death of a deli: Yitz’s latest casualty in Toronto’s race to bury its culinary past

Barry Silver, owner of Yitz’s, a Jewish delicatessen and catering shop in a traditionally Jewish nook of north Toronto, sat sipping on a Coke Zero on a late November afternoon while Yitz’s manager, Claudio Araujo, sat next to him, pondering the question his boss had just posed: “Who is the bulldog here, and who is the pussycat?”“I am the bulldog,” Araujo said, firmly, after a short...

‘It still came as a real emotional punch’: What it’s like to lose an election

Part of an occasional seriesBy Ian HarrisonPeggy Nash is all too familiar with the pain of political defeat, having lost three of the five times she ran for the federal NDP in Toronto’s Parkdale-High Park riding.“Campaigns are very intense,” Nash said. “Then if you lose, it’s like you’re hitting a brick wall at 140 kilometres an hour. It’s bang, stop.”Her first loss, to Liberal...

‘Your routine is out the window’: What it’s like to get traded

By IAN HARRISONMarc Gasol was 16 when his family moved from Barcelona to Memphis, Tennessee. Basketball helped bridge the yawning cultural chasm between the cities. Gasol played for a local high school team and sat in the stands to watch older brother Pau star for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.After graduation, Gasol played professionally in Spain for three years. In 2008, he moved back to...