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Ursula K. Le Guin wins posthumous prize for essay writing

NEW YORK — The late Ursula K. Le Guin was among the recipients of literary honours presented Tuesday night by PEN America. The science fiction/fantasy author’s “No Time to Spare” won a $10,000 prize for best essay writing. Le Guin died last month at age 88 and her award was announced during a New York …

Man convicted of stealing John Legend’s bag at JFK Airport

NEW YORK — A 64-year-old man has been convicted of stealing Grammy winner John Legend’s Louis Vuitton bag containing $25,000 Cartier cufflinks from an airport luggage cart in New York. District Attorney Richard Brown said Agustin Hilario was convicted on Tuesday of criminal possession of stolen property. He’s accused of swiping the bag last March …

B.C. unveils housing plan that raises foreign buyers levy and taxes speculators

VICTORIA — British Columbia is raising its foreign buyers tax and expanding it to areas outside of Vancouver, while bringing in a new levy on speculators, as part of a sweeping plan to improve affordability in the province’s overheated housing market. The New Democrat government unveiled a 30-point housing plan in its first full budget …

Trudeau announces two way investment deal with India worth $1 billion

MUMBAI, India — Some of India’s biggest companies say they will invest more than $250 million in Canada, in everything from pulp mills to pharmaceuticals and the IT sector. Canadian companies, meanwhile, plan to invest $750 million in India. The news came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his third morning in India meeting six of …

Alberta shrugs off B.C. legal challenge on wine ban, says much more at stake

EDMONTON — The full costs of the action can be charged to the losing province and if the province doesn’t fix the problem within the time set out by the panel, it can be fined up to $10 million. — ¼ Alberta’s economic development minister is shrugging off a legal challenge filed by British Columbia …

British Columbia to eliminate medical service plan premiums in 2020

VICTORIA — A premium long viewed as a financial irritant in British Columbia that is paid by individuals and families for health care will be eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020. The provincial government had already announced it was cutting medical service plan premiums in half on Jan. 1, 2018, and in the provincial budget it …

Federal budget looks ready to help protect more lands, inland waters, oceans

OTTAWA — The federal government appears poised to commit what some believe could be a significant amount of cash in next week’s budget to protect more of Canada’s lands, inland waters and oceans. Federal insiders say the government feels its climate-change financing has largely been dealt with, so Ottawa will likely shift its funding focus …

Edmonton man charged with threatening prime minister on social media

EDMONTON — Police have charged an Edmonton man with threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. RCMP say the man was arrested last Thursday following an investigation into social media posts. The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team says Mounties became aware of the threats on Feb. 5. Investigators were then able to trace the posts to an …

Liberals looking at creating use it or lose it leave for fathers, Trudeau says

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is raising the idea of creating a use-it-or-lose-it, funded leave for new dads, doing so days before he unveils a spending blueprint that has been the focus of lobbying efforts for further changes to national parental leave policies. The idea would be similar to the paternity leave policy in Quebec, which …

Internal Tory turmoil in the spotlight as Ontario legislature resumes this week

TORONTO—The sprint to Ontario’s spring election begins this week as the legislature is set to resume following an unprecedented tumult that saw the official Opposition implode under the weight of its leader’s resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations. When legislators return to Queen’s Park on Tuesday, all eyes will be on former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick …

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