Bill Withers, soul singer behind Lean on Me, dead at 81

Bill Withers, soul singer behind Lean on Me, dead at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine, has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who […]

Bill Blair asks prison, parole heads to consider releasing some inmates to stop spread of COVID-19

Bill Blair asks prison, parole heads to consider releasing some inmates to stop spread of COVID-19

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has asked the heads of Canada’s prison system and parole board to consider early release for some federal inmates to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 behind bars. Blair’s spokesperson Mary-Liz Power said the government understands the “unique risks” inherent to prisons.  “This pandemic continues to evolve and we have been […]

Bill Peters resigns as Calgary Flames coach in wake of allegations of racism

Bill Peters resigns as Calgary Flames coach in wake of allegations of racism

After a firestorm of controversy amid allegations of racial slurs and physical abuse of players in previous jobs, embattled Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters resigned Friday. General manager Brad Treliving made the announcement at a Calgary press conference, saying Peters voluntarily sent him a resignation letter earlier that morning. “This is the most difficult […]

New Brunswick uses notwithstanding clause in 2nd bid to pass vaccination bill

New Brunswick uses notwithstanding clause in 2nd bid to pass vaccination bill

New Brunswick’s education minister is making rare use of the Canadian Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to ensure his new legislation on mandatory vaccinations won’t be overturned by court challenges. Dominic Cardy introduced the bill, his second attempt to eliminate non-medical exemptions to vaccination rules, in the legislature on Friday morning. Section 4 of the bill says […]

False online rumour claims RCMP chief is married to Bill Morneau's cousin

False online rumour claims RCMP chief is married to Bill Morneau's cousin

A rumour that RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s husband is related to Finance Minister Bill Morneau was shared widely online over the past week. The rumour claims the supposed familial relationship is the reason the RCMP has not launched an official investigation into the Trudeau government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal. But it’s not true. Morneau […]

Bill 108 cuts red tape on housing developments

Bill 108 cuts red tape on housing developments

Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, received Royal Assent on June 6. The policy changes are intended to improve housing affordability in the GTA by ensuring cost certainty for development projects, reducing red tape and shortening the time frame for land use approvals. The bill proposes to change the Development Charges Act (DCA), […]

Rona Ambrose's sex assault bill is dead — and so is the UNDRIP bill

Rona Ambrose's sex assault bill is dead — and so is the UNDRIP bill

Former Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose’s bill to give mandatory sexual assault training to federally appointed judges is dead, thanks to some procedural manoeuvring in the Senate. Two other consequential pieces of legislation — one that would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and another to ban “unhealthy” food and […]

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