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Feb 4, 2014

Canada senator, ex-senator charged with fraud in expenses scandal

OTTAWA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Canadian police laid fraud charges
against a senator and a former senator on Tuesday following an
expenses scandal that has rocked the country’s unelected Senate
and tainted the Conservative government of Prime Minister
Stephen Harper.

The fraud and breach-of-trust charges were laid by the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police against Mac Harb, a Liberal appointee
who resigned from the Senate in August, and Patrick Brazeau, who
was expelled from the Conservative caucus last year and then
suspended from the Senate because of what were deemed to be
inappropriate expense claims.

Jan 29, 2014

Canada’s Trudeau boots unelected senators from Liberal group

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, fighting to unseat Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the 2015 election, expelled all his party’s members in the scandal-plagued Senate from the Liberal caucus on Wednesday.

The reputation of Canada’s Senate, the unelected upper chamber of its Parliament, is in tatters after controversial expense claims by four senators – three Conservative appointees and one Liberal appointee.

Jan 26, 2014

Small Quebec town prepares to mourn 32 seniors killed in fire

ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (Reuters) – The small grief-struck Quebec town of L’Isle-Verte will hold a memorial service on Sunday for the 32 people who died in a massive fire that engulfed a three-storey wooden residence for seniors.

Despite media reports alleging a cigarette ignited the blaze early on Thursday, police say they still do not know the cause of what appears be Canada’s second-most deadly disaster in a retirement home.

Jan 25, 2014

Thirty-two presumed dead in Quebec seniors’ home fire

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Thirty-two people died or are presumed to have died in the fire that swept through a retirement residence in the Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday, police said on Saturday. Eight bodies have been recovered.

The grim reality set in after careful investigation of who was missing and who may have been out of town, and as security officials worked to melt layers of ice up to two feet (60 cm) thick that encased many of the bodies.

Jan 25, 2014

Tired rescue workers pause in search for bodies in Quebec blaze

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Exhausted Canadian police and firefighters prepared to break off work for the night on Friday after using steam machines to melt thick ice encasing the bodies of elderly people who died in a retirement residence fire.

Police said eight people died and about 30 were unaccounted for after the blaze ripped through the Residence du Havre in the small community of L’Isle-Verte, about 230 km (140 miles) northeast of Quebec City, early on Thursday morning.

Jan 24, 2014

Firefighters melt ice to retrieve bodies after Quebec blaze

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police and firefighters used steam machines on Friday to melt thick ice encasing the corpses of elderly people who died in a massive blaze that destroyed a wooden retirement residence in rural Quebec the day before.

Police said that five people died and about 30 were unaccounted for after the early morning blaze ripped through the Residence du Havre in the small community of L’Isle-Verte, about 230 km (140 miles) northeast of Quebec City.

Jan 23, 2014

Canada, U.S. agencies urge fast action on oil-by-rail safety

OTTAWA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – North American regulators should
phase out the type of rail car involved in last July’s deadly
Lac-Megantic crash “sooner rather than later,” Canadian
investigators said on Thursday, urging the United States and
Canada to impose tougher standards swiftly.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and the U.S.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued three
recommendations each, adding pressure on regulators to improve
safety on the tracks after a series of oil-by-rail accidents in
recent months.

Jan 22, 2014

Bank of Canada leaves door open to rate cut if risks grow

OTTAWA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada signaled on
Wednesday it is more concerned about weak inflation than it was
three months ago and explicitly stated that its next move on
interest rates could be either down or up, depending on how
economic data unfolds.

The bank held its main overnight rate unchanged at 1.0
percent, as expected. While it said a more firmly entrenched
U.S. recovery and a weaker Canadian dollar would help lift
exports this year, its guidance on monetary policy was
incrementally more dovish than it had been.

Jan 16, 2014

Canada Supreme Court to revisit decision banning assisted suicide

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to take another look at a decision it made in 1993 upholding a ban on assisted suicide, setting up a new battle over the right to die.

The case involves Gloria Taylor, an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient and activist, who joined the right to die lawsuit in 2011. Taylor died of her illness, informally called Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2012.

Jan 11, 2014

Canada expects action on oil tanker cars “fairly soon”-minister

OTTAWA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Canadian and U.S. officials will
introduce new safety standards for the kind of tanker cars
involved in a recent spate of fiery oil-by-rail accidents
“fairly soon”, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said in an
interview broadcast on Saturday.

The focus is on whether to require older versions of the
DOT-111 tankers to be upgraded to stronger standards or phased
out. Since October 2011, new cars have been built to safer
requirements, but the vast majority of cars used are of the
older variety deemed more vulnerable to leaks and explosions.