Ottawa ‘eager’ to bring back federal body offering advice on reforming laws – National

The federal government is preparing to revive an independent commission that would offer advice to cabinet on reforming Canadian laws. Justice Minister David Lametti’s office says it is hoping to make an announcement about the commission “soon,” but has offered little detail – other than saying the minister is “eager to get it going again.” … Read more

Trudeau, premiers to meet next month to discuss health-care deal  – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Canada’s premiers next month to hammer out a deal on health-care funding following months of significant pressure from the premiers for a summit. Trudeau said Wednesday he has invited the premiers to a “working meeting” on Feb. 7 in Ottawa to share the federal government’s plans to support … Read more

Farm Boy opening Toronto’s 10 location next month

Ontario-based food retailer Farm Boy is opening a new store on the waterfront next month. Set to open Feb. 9, the 29,600 square foot location at Sugar Wharf will be the 10th Farm Boy to open in Toronto, and the 47th in Ontario, the food retailer announced in a news release on Monday. “We’re excited … Read more

‘No partners willing’ to support fire codes on First Nations, Ottawa says – National

The federal government does not have a willing partner to find a way to introduce fire codes on First Nation reserves, a newly released document shows. The senior director for the Indigenous Fire Marshal Service, however, says there are steps Ottawa can take now to better protect communities. “Doing nothing is not an option,” said … Read more

Ottawa OKs lithium mine project as Trudeau visits rare earth elements plant

Ottawa on Monday approved an environmental assessment for a lithium mine project in Quebec that will produce 5,480 tonnes of ore per day once completed amid a growing global push to secure supplies of critical minerals. The James Bay Lithium Mine Project, which is located about 100 kilometres east of James Bay in the Eastmain Cree … Read more

Canadians ring in New Year with music, parties, fireworks – and a lot of rain – National

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted January 1, 2023 10:15 am Descrease article font size Increase article font size From coast to coast, Canadians rang in the new year Saturday night with parties, fireworks and in some places, a lot of rain. Rain put a damper on Canada’s official New Year’s Eve event, forcing the … Read more

Canadians worried about housing as Ottawa raises immigration targets: poll – National

A new poll suggests the vast majority of Canadians are worried about how the federal Liberal government’s plan to dramatically increase immigration levels over the next few years will affect housing and government services. The poll, conducted by Leger and the Association of Canadian Studies, also found many respondents hesitant about the use of the … Read more