U.S. House narrowly passes Biden’s $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill, clearing 1st hurdle – National

U.S. President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of […]

Saudi crown prince approved killing of Jamal Khashoggi: U.S. intel report – National

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved of an operation to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in 2018, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence assessment released on Friday in a manner choreographed to limit damage to U.S.-Saudi ties Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington […]

‘Golden calf’ statue of Donald Trump sparks Biblical ridicule at CPAC – National

Social media users were quoting the Ten Commandments film and the Book of Exodus in droves on Friday, after video from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) revealed a golden idol-like statue of former U.S. president Donald Trump. The video captured by a Bloomberg News reporter shows attendants wheeling a giant golden caricature of […]

Georgia prosecutor probing Trump’s post-election behaviour: ‘I’m in no rush’ – National

The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential efforts by Donald Trump and others to influence last year’s U.S. election has a message for people who are eager to see whether the former president will be charged: Be patient. “I’m in no rush,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said this week in an interview with The […]

U.S. Capitol Police were warned of violence ahead of riot, chief says – National

Capitol Police knew armed extremists were primed for violence at the iconic building on Jan. 6 and even provided officers with assault rifles to protect lawmakers, the acting chief acknowledged Wednesday. But the wild invasion of the Capitol was far worse than police expected, leaving them unprepared to fight it off. A day earlier, her predecessor as chief testified that police expected […]

Biden signs executive order mandating review of U.S. supply chains for vital goods – National

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods — a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review […]

Canada, U.S. working toward North American vehicle emissions standards: Wilkinson – National

Canada and the United States are working toward a joint vehicle emissions standard, Canada’s environment and climate change minister said. Jonathan Wilkinson’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden shared their first bilateral meeting, during which their shared goals to address climate change took centre stage. 2:41 […]

Foreign demand for Canadian barley brings spike in price – Lethbridge

A load of golden ripe barley is nearly as pricey as the precious metal itself. “This is the highest I’ve seen it in my whole farming career,” Sean Stanford, a grain farmer and director with Alberta Barley, said. Southern Alberta is prime barley-growing territory and the energy-rich kernel has become a hot commodity. Stanford […]

‘Human beings are not bartering chips’: Biden calls for China to release 2 Michaels – National

U.S. President Joe Biden said Canada and America will work together to secure the safe release of two Canadians — Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig — detained in China. Biden’s remarks came after a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday afternoon. “Human beings are not bartering chips,” Biden told reporters. “We’re going […]

Canada, Australia to coordinate efforts to make web giants pay for news

An agreement was struck between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday.