When the federal elections get underway, the race is expected to be hot in Montreal's federal riding of Mount Royal. Robert Libman, a former mayor of CĂ´te Saint-Luc, will be running against the municipality's current mayor Anthony Housefather. The riding of Mount Royal has long been considered one of the safest Liberal ridings in Canada. Former Quebec MNA Robert Libman wants to change that by becoming the first Conservative to win the seat since 1935.
Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nepal, promising to match donations to a fund specifically set up to help â€” and defending itself from claims that affected Canadians aren't getting the assistance they need. The federal government will match â€” dollar-for-dollar â€” all eligible contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund between April 25 and May 25, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced Monday. Nicholson, Defence Minister Jason Kenney and International Development Minister Christian Paradis gathered outside the House of Commons to announce the additional aid efforts. Some $5 million in initial aid has already been committed, and advance elements of Canada's celebrated Disaster Assistance Response Team are also on their way.
(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday as it sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time, but the company gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch. Apple's iPhone sales in China soared, increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year. Chief Executive Tim Cook said that China's expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales there, which is the bulk of the company's sales.
Time Warner Cable Inc is open to merger discussions with Charter Communications Inc following a failed $45 billion bid by Comcast Corp , according to people familiar with the matter. Friendly negotiations between the two companies would be in sharp contrast to their acrimonious exchanges in 2013 and early 2014 that ended with Time Warner Cable rejecting unsolicited approaches by Charter and instead finding a white knight in Comcast. While Charter has yet to make a formal offer, Time Warner Cable believes its smaller peer may be willing to make a bid that is more attractive compared with its takeover attempt two years ago, the people said. Time Warner Cable also views Charter's stock as a more valuable currency than it did last year given its stock performance since then, the people said.
A bring-your-own marijuana vapourizing lounge has opened in Vanier to those willing to pay a $5 cover fee to socialize with other pot smokers, following the lead of other Canadian cities, including Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg. BuzzOn provides customers withÂ vapourizer machines, which heats the marijuana enough to release the THC, the active ingredient in the plant, without burning the stems andÂ buds. Manager Wayne RobillardÂ said that while it'sÂ illegal to use marijuana unless you have a medical prescription, everyone is welcome. I've been smoking marijuana for almost 40 years.
It was a touchstone event for Vance, now a lieutenant-general, who was formally named on Monday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the country's next top military commander. There's been an open invitation for Lawson to appear before the Commons defence committee, and Harris said he'd like to hear from Vance about his vision for the future of the military and expectations for the mission in Iraq and Syria before Parliament breaks in advance of the fall election.
Planned new powers for Canada's spy agency seem scarier than they really are, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser. Giving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service the ability to disrupt extremist plots will help squelch such dangerous activity at a very early stage, Dick Fadden told the Senate national security committee on Monday. The new disruption powers could permit CSIS to thwart travel plans, cancel bank transactions and covertly interfere with radical websites. With its new mandate, CSIS would need "reasonable grounds to believe" there was a security threat before taking measures to disrupt it.
Embattled engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin got a boost Monday when an analyst upgraded his rating for the company after the federal government signalled a change in its procurement policy in last week's budget. Analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said his new target price for SNC shares (TSX:SNC) is $51, up from $43. Public Works spokesman Pierre Alain Bujold said the department has been consulting with industry associations and has hired two third-party experts in procurement ethics before deciding on how to proceed. The changes won't resolve all legal issues facing SNC-Lavalin, but Murray said the tone of the budget acknowledged that the current system results in unintended consequences for companies like SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC), which has overhauled its ethics practices.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab "a large handful of cash" from the car, witnesses told police. The driver, whom an off-duty officer identified as Jones, ran from the scene but then returned for the cash before fleeing again, police said. Albuquerque police were seeking an arrest warrant for Jones on Monday, saying he would likely face a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident since the woman broke her arm in the crash. Police said they have been unable to reach Jones or his lawyer.
A Quebec judge must decide whether a lawsuit filed by a Montreal woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver, should be thrown out of court. Marie-Anne Legault is suing the City of Montreal and the Quebec Transport Commission for $250,000 in damages. In her lawsuit, she claims that officials failed to ensure the city's taxi transportation service is safe. Legault says she was sexually assaulted by a Montreal taxi driver during the early morning hours of Sept. 18, 2014.