Manitoba First Nation to sign child welfare agreement with Ottawa, province

WINNIPEG – Peguis First Nation is set to become the first Indigenous group in Manitoba to take control of child welfare under federal legislation that came into effect three years ago. The community north of Winnipeg says Patty Hajdu, the federal Indigenous services minister, and Rochelle Squires, the provincial families minister, will be taking part … Read more

Ontario hospital nurses start contract talks, plan ‘escalating actions’

TORONTO – The Ontario Nurses’ Association has started bargaining a new contract today for hospital nurses and the union is planning a series of actions to bolster its push for higher wages. The nurses, and other broader public sector workers, have been subject for three years to a wage restraint law known as Bill 124, … Read more

‘Freedom Convoy’ a ‘colossal’ violation of locals’ rights: Ottawa People’s Commission

OTTAWA – The Ottawa People’s Commission says last winter’s weeks-long “Freedom Convoy” protest was a “colossal” violation of residents’ rights. The commission, which was run out of the Centretown Community Health Centre in downtown Ottawa, released the first part of its final report today on the demonstration’s impacts. Commissioners heard from more than 200 residents, … Read more

Gymnastics will be at centre of status of women meeting in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Ian Moss, the embattled CEO of Gymnastics Canada, and Sarah-Eve Pelletier, Canada’s first sport integrity commissioner, will have the floor today in Ottawa. Moss and Pelletier are among those testifying before members of Parliament as the Standing Committee on the Status of Women continues its hearings on the safety of women and girls … Read more

Suicide bomber kills 20, wounds 96 at mosque in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck Monday inside a mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 20 people and wounding as many as 96 worshippers, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, said Saddique Khan, a senior police official in Peshawar who gave the latest casualty … Read more

Five things to watch for in Canadian business Jan. 30-Feb. 3

TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week: Imperial Oil results Imperial Oil Ltd. will report its fourth-quarter results and hold a conference call with investors and financial analysts before financial markets open on Tuesday. The company announced last week that it would go ahead with a … Read more

Iran says drone attack targets defense facility in Isfahan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bomb-carrying drones targeted an Iranian defense factory in the central city of Isfahan overnight, authorities said early Sunday, causing some damage at the plant amid heightened regional and international tensions engulfing the Islamic Republic. The Iranian Defense Ministry offered no information on who it suspected carried out the attack, … Read more

Iran reports drone attack on defense facility in Isfahan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Drones attacked an Iranian defense factory in the central city of Isfahan overnight, the state-run IRNA news agency reported early Sunday. It carried a Defense Ministry statement saying the attack occurred late Saturday and caused minor damage to a rooftop. The report said three drones were shot down by … Read more

Parliament Hill police estimate 500 will attend ‘Freedom Convoy’ anniversary

OTTAWA – The Parliamentary Protective Service expects 500 people to gather this weekend to mark a year since the “Freedom Convoy” occupied downtown Ottawa. The agency, which polices the precinct, said it will curtail some access to Parliament Hill. The public can still use the central and east gates to access the Hill lawn, but … Read more

Tkachuk leads Ottawa over Toronto; Leafs’ Murray misses start with undisclosed injury

TORONTO – D.J. Smith is confident his group can go on a run in the second half of the season. The Senators head coach got an effort against one of the NHL’s top teams he’ll hope to bottle moving forward. Brady Tkachuk scored twice and Anton Forsberg made 31 saves as Ottawa thumped the Toronto … Read more