BC ferry passengers left waiting after vessel accidentally drops anchor at sea – BC

There were some scary moments for passengers aboard a BC ferry on Friday as the vessel accidentally dropped its anchor near Mayne Island. BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall said the Spirit of British Columbia had gone through Active Pass on its way from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen, and was just over a kilometer into the … Read more

Trudeau says assisted dying offers to veterans ‘unacceptable’ as cases mount – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is working to ensure Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) never again offers medical assistance in dying (MAiD) to veterans, as another veteran says a similar experience happened to her as well. Trudeau made the comments a day after a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces shocked lawmakers by revealing … Read more

Saskatchewan government looks to expand influence over gun control

The Government of Saskatchewan is introducing a new province gun control regulations with a bill it says will “protect law-abiding firearms owners”. The Saskatchewan Firearms Act was read for the first time in the legislature Thursday. It will establish licensing requirements and compensation rates for the seizure of prohibited guns in Saskatchewan, as well as … Read more

Gas-station operator Parkland doubles plans to install rapid EV chargers in Western Canada

One of the country’s largest gas station operators is doubling its plans to install rapid chargers for electric vehicles at its locations in Western Canada – a possible glimpse of a more convenient future for EV drivers nationwide struggling with inadequate infrastructure. Parkland Corp. PKI-T, which operates stations under brands such as Chevron, Esso and … Read more

Banks report longer amortization periods on mortgages as borrowers struggle with higher rates

A home for sale in the Rosedale neighborhood in Toronto on June 21, 2012.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail Major Canadian banks are increasingly seeing the amortization periods for their variable-rate mortgage holders extend beyond 30 years, as soaring interest rates squeeze borrowers. The growing proportion of mortgages with long amortizations gives an indication of the … Read more

New kids dental benefit now open to some Canadians. Here’s what to know – National

The Liberal government’s new dental care benefit for children is open for applications, which will help qualifying families get help for their children’s dental costs. The dental benefit was a compromise between the Liberals and the NDP, as part of the supply-and-confidence agreement that will see the New Democrats support the minority government until 2025. … Read more

World AIDS Day: HIV activists hope for an end to backsliding on infections, stigma – National

HIV activists are marking World AIDS Day by urging Ottawa to help stop a global backslide in progress on stemming infections and stigma. “It’s clear to us that this government is seized of the issue, but the truth of the matter is, no movement is happening quickly enough for people with HIV living in Canada,” … Read more

More tents, structures, debris removed from section of East Hastings Street – BC

Vancouver police confirmed some tents, structures and debris were removed from a section of Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver Tuesday. Police say four officers were present to maintain order and public safety while city workers removed the tents and spoke to people camping in the area between 122 and 142 East Hastings Street. Vancouver Fire … Read more

How RBC pulled off its highly-coveted $13.5-billion deal for HSBC Canada — with some unintended help from Ottawa

A combination of external and internal factors made RBC’s HSBC deal a reality.Duane Cole/The Globe and Mail He’ll never want to admit it, but the Royal Bank of Canada RY-T chief executive Dave McKay can thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at least in part, for landing Canada’s most coveted bank deal in decades. Like many … Read more

Canada stands with people ‘expressing themselves’ amid China COVID-19 protests: Trudeau – National

Canada stands with people “expressing themselves” in a rare wave of protests across multiple cities in ChinaPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says. He made the comment on his way into a cabinet meeting Tuesday morning, as China grapples with its biggest public display of dissent since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests — which ended in a … Read more