The Senate expenses scandal hasn't gone away just because Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin were suspended earlier this month. As the RCMP investigations ramp up, more information becomes available.
An 81-page affidavit related to the Senate expenses scandal was filed by the RCMP in an Ottawa court and released on November 20, 2013. The affidavit is an ITO or Information to Obtain a judicial production order. The RCMP is requesting a judge sign a production order requiring the Senate to turn over emails from Mike Duffy and three other senators: Carolyn Stewart Olson, the former Director of Communications for Stephen Harper, Marjory LeBreton, the former Government Leader in the Senate and David Tkachuk, the former Chair of the Senate Internal Economy Committee.
The documents make clear that both Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper's former Chief of Staff, and suspended Senator Mike Duffy are being investigated by the RCMP for bribery, fraud and breach of trust. None of the allegations contained in the affidavit have been tested or proven in court, and no charges have been laid.
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At this time of year you're probably getting a lot of appeals for charitable donations. If you feel somewhat jaded by the number of requests you get, maybe it's time to find an organization that really moves you to part with your cash, time or expertise.
The benefits can go far beyond a tax deduction - you can make a difference to someone's life, solve a community problem, meet new people, develop your skills, or just find a way to say thanks for the good things that have happened in your life. Give From the Heart suggests some places to find a Canadian charity or cause that strikes a chord in your heart.
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For more than 40 years it's been a Christmas tradition for the Canadian province of Nova Scotia to ship one of its biggest and best Christmas trees to Boston to thank the people of Boston for the emergency assistance they provided after the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Relief from Boston was the first to arrive the day after the horrendous explosion which killed 1,900 people and wounded another 9,000. The New Englanders were also the last to leave.
This year the tree is also offered in remembrance of the suffering of Boston in last spring's Boston Marathon tragedy.
The 2013 Christmas tree is a 70-year-old, 15-metre (47-foot) white spruce donated by Mary Lou Milligan of Mill Cove, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.Read More...
From 1939 to 1945, Canada operated the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), a program designed to train British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian air crew for service overseas in World War II. Winston Churchill called the plan "Canada's greatest contribution to the Allied victory in WWII," and Franklin Roosevelt praised Canada as "the aerodrome of democracy."Read More...
As we're coming up to Remembrance Day again, it dawned on me that there's one memorial I rarely hear anything about. It's right in the centre of Ottawa, and it's also right in the centre of the Parliament Buildings. Every time you see a picture of the Parliament Buildings you see a picture of it. I'm talking about the Peace Tower and the Memorial Chamber inside the tower. The Peace Tower replaced the Victoria Tower when the Parliament Buildings burned down in 1916. War was still on everyone's minds as they rebuilt. They planned to engrave the names of the war dead on the walls of the Memorial Chamber, but it turned out there wasn't enough room. Instead they created the first Book of Remembrance. There are now seven Books of Remembrance kept there. The Memorial Chamber is well worth visiting if you're ever in downtown Ottawa.
The week leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11 is Veterans Week in Canada - a time to remember Canadians who fought and died in war. Going through letters, diaries and interviews of Canadians who dealt with the reality of war can give you a glimpse of the convoys and seasickness, the trenches and mud, the ear-splitting noise and the deadly quiet, loneliness and friendship and death and pain. To get a feel for the human side of war, here are first-hand veterans' memories from Canadians who fought in Canada's major wars.
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There are a few areas in Canada that it doesn't affect. The province of Saskatchewan doesn't observe daylight saving time, except the Battle River area which includes the city of Lloydminster. Small areas in Nunavut, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec also don't use daylight saving time.
The rule for changing your clocks is "spring forward, fall back," so be sure to set your clocks back an hour. If that's difficult to keep in mind, just remember that you get an extra hour of sleep in the fall.
The names and abbreviations of Canadian time zones also change on the first Sunday in November: Pacific Standard Time (PST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Central Standard Time (CST), Eastern Standard Time (EST), Atlantic Standard Time (AST), and Newfoundland Standard Time (NST).
Canadians distinguished themselves at the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I, but the cost of victory was high for an advance of just a few kilometres.
The Canadians Corps was brought in to replace the ANZAC forces in October 1917 after British, Australian and New Zealand forces had been fighting for months with few advances and 100,000 casualties. As the pictures of the Battle of Passchendaele grimly show, the Canadians fought on a battlefield which a destroyed drainage system and the worst rains in 30 years had turned into a mass of craters filled with water and surrounded by deep mud.Read More...
It's that time of year again, and 2013 flu shot programs and clinics in Canada are getting started. The flu shot programs are managed by the provinces and territories, so the timing, priorities and whether or not the shots are free will depend on where you live.
In general, those at greatest risk for the seasonal flu, and most strongly urged to get a flu shot, are children 6-23 months old, people 65 years or older, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes, family members and caregivers of the above, health care workers, and essential services personnel, like police and fire fighters. If you have questions about whether a flu shot is appropriate for you, ask your doctor or a public health practitioner.
You can check for more information on the flu shot program in your province or territory and how to find a flu shot clinic in 2013 Flu Shots and Clinics in Canada.
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