‘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...

Town of Asbestos is planning to change its name to attract investors

The old Jeffrey Mine tower shaft in the town of Asbestos. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette After decades of debate on the issue, the town of Asbestos has announced it will change its name next year because the word “asbestos” scares away foreign investors and prevents new businesses from setting up shop.Asbestos Mayor Hugues Grimard said that when representatives of the town go abroad to...

New foreign minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne presses for Canadian detainees with China counterpart

OTTAWA — Canada’s new foreign affairs minister hit the ground running this weekend, spending an hour in face-to-face talks with his Chinese counterpart over the fate of two Canadian men that the Trudeau government maintains are being arbitrarily detained.Francois-Philippe Champagne, who was shuffled into the new portfolio on Wednesday, spoke with China’s Wang Yi on Saturday at the G20...

Man facing charges after using soy sauce as part of $100,000 vandalism of Guelph business, police say

GUELPH, Ont. — Police say safe-cracking gear and soy sauce were just some of the tools a Guelph, Ont. man used while allegedly vandalizing a local business earlier this week.They say the vandalism took place on Sept. 18 after the business closed for the day.Investigators allege the man hid inside a bathroom until staff went home, then emerged with a bag of break-and-enter tools which he used...

Trump’s national security adviser says Canada should reject Huawei telecom bid

HALIFAX — Donald Trump’s national security adviser has issued a dire warning to Canada about Chinese telecom giant Huawei, saying Ottawa should reject the company’s plan to deploy its 5G network because the technology would be used as a “Trojan horse” to undermine national security.“When they get Huawei into Canada … they’re going to know every health record, every banking...

Conservative Leader Scheer dismisses two top staff in wake of election loss

Federal Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer dismissed two of his top aides on Saturday as he and his party grapple with the fallout of what many see as a disappointing performance in last month’s election.Scheer announced the changes in a morning letter to caucus, saying chief of staff Marc-Andre Leclerc and communications director Brock Harrison have been relieved of their duties...