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Auditor shrugs off N.S. premier's criticisms: 'It's business as normal for us'

Auditor shrugs off N.S. premier's criticisms: 'It's business as normal for us'

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's auditor general attached a firm figure Wednesday to how worried he is by the premier's suggestions he strayed from his mandate in a report identifying gaps in the province's health system. Michael Pickup said it was "zero.

Security screening at Toronto police HQ violates rights, complainant says

TORONTO — Searching people who enter Toronto police headquarters to participate in disciplinary tribunals violates their constitutional rights, a complainant and his lawyer argue in calling for such hearings to be held elsewhere.
RBC says mortgage demand up ahead of new rules, reports record annual net income

RBC says mortgage demand up ahead of new rules, reports record annual net income

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada saw an uptick in demand for mortgages this fall as borrowers look to secure loans before tougher rules — including a stress test — take effect in the new year, one of the bank's executives says.
A primer: new Supreme Court justice joins elite eight on top bench

A primer: new Supreme Court justice joins elite eight on top bench

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made his second appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, naming Sheilah Martin to fill the vacancy that will open when Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retires next month.
Older Canadians forgoing retirement, working through golden years: census

Older Canadians forgoing retirement, working through golden years: census

TORONTO — The three months of Bill VanGorder's retirement were among the longest of his career.
Alberta's credit rating cut after confirming $10.3B deficit, $42B debt

Alberta's credit rating cut after confirming $10.3B deficit, $42B debt

EDMONTON — Alberta has been hit with another credit downgrade one day after it confirmed it remains on track for a $10.3-billion budget deficit this year.
NHL hockey teams helps Fernie, B.C., recover from ice rink tragedy

NHL hockey teams helps Fernie, B.C., recover from ice rink tragedy

FERNIE, B.C. — Residents of a British Columbia city could soon be back on home ice, thanks to the NHL's Calgary Flames.
Agency says US, Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes

Agency says US, Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday.

Highlights: Statistics Canada's final release of 2016 census data

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada issued its sixth and final batch of 2016 census numbers Wednesday, this one focused on education, labour, journey to work, language of work and mobility and migration.
Education rates, commute times and time at work all growing, census shows

Education rates, commute times and time at work all growing, census shows

OTTAWA — Canadians are putting in more effort in the classroom, additional time on the job and extra teeth-gnashing minutes on the road getting to and from work, Statistics Canada says in the latest — and last — batch of numbers from the 2016 census.