Toronto mayor: I bought illegal drugs

Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall in Toronto on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford has refused to step down despite admitting he bought illegal drugs while in office, prompting nearly every city councillor to call on him to take a leave of absence and get help.

Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 4:03pm

Toronto mayor says ‘I’m not going anywhere, guaranteed’

Mayor Rob Ford during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Toronto. Photo: Reuters

A defiant Toronto Mayor Rob Ford declared on Monday that he intends to stay in office despite immense pressure to step aside after admitting he smoked crack cocaine.

“I’m not going anywhere, guaranteed,” Ford told a supporter as he walked back to City Hall after giving a speech during Remembrance Day ceremonies honouring veterans.

12 Nov 2013 - 4:25pm

New video emerges of ranting Toronto mayor

City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the media on Thursday. Photo: AP

A new video that surfaced on Thursday showed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threatening to “murder” someone and “poke his eyes out” in a rambling rage, deepening concerns among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to lead Canada’s largest city.

8 Nov 2013 - 4:57pm 2 comments

Bodies recovered slowly in Quebec train derailment

A woman consoles her friend during a vigil at Sainte-Agnes church in Lac-Megantic in Quebec. Transportation workers searched the site of the train derailment as police increased the number of confirmed killed by four to 28. Photo: Reuters

Transportation workers searched the site of the week-old train derailment that destroyed the heart of this small Canadian town as police increased the number of people confirmed killed in the disaster by four to 28.

13 Jul 2013 - 6:05pm

Canada, China to boost air links as accord reached

New air pact will increase flights between Canada and China. Photo: Xinhua5 Jul 2013 - 10:38am

Flooding may force 100,000 from west Canada homes

Cars and homes are submerged in flood waters in High River, Alberta. Calgary city officials say as many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes due to heavy flooding. Photo: AP

Calgary city officials say as many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes due to heavy flooding in western Canada, while mudslides have forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway around the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.

Officials say the evacuation would take place in stages over the next few days.

21 Jun 2013 - 3:03pm

Canadian town cuts the mustard to be the world's condiment capital

Canada produces 35 to 40 per cent of the world's mustard seeds, with Gravelbourg at the core of this output.

With its church and main street, Gravelbourg seems like just another Canadian prairie town. But it has a little known claim to fame - as prime producer of the world's mustard seeds.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:32am

Miss Universe Canada winner stripped of crown

Denise Garrido (left) and Riza Santos on stage. Photo: Reuters

An unlucky contestant in Canada's Miss Universe contest was stripped of her title 24 hours after she was crowned the winner. Blundering organisers admitted on Wednesday a typographical error led to a mistake in counting that resulted in Denise Garrido, 26, being wrongly named the victor at Saturday's event. She was stripped of her sash next day. "I was shocked. I'd achieved my dream and it was suddenly taken away from me," Garrido said, after missing out on the Miss Universe final in December.

31 May 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment

Canadian abortion campaigner Henry Morgentaler dies

Henry Morgentaler, who died at 90

Henry Morgentaler, a Holocaust survivor who became Canada's leading abortion campaigner and spent time in jail for terminating pregnancies, has died at the age of 90. Morgentaler, who died on Wednesday, set up Canada's first independent abortion clinic in Montreal in 1969 at a time when the procedure could only be performed in hospitals and was limited to cases when doctors deemed that continuation of a pregnancy could harm a woman.

31 May 2013 - 3:53am

Canada's bilingual population on decline for first time in 50 years

Canada's bilingual population on decline for first time in 50 years

The bilingual English-French portion of Canada's population is on the decline, as the number of immigrants whose first language is neither English nor French grows, the country's statistics agency said.

31 May 2013 - 4:55am

From Hong Kong to Canada and back: the migrants who came home from home

(Clockwise from top) Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, Victor Li, Sonija Kwok, Marco Fu, Richard Li, Cheng Yu-tung, Charlene Choi, Carat Cheung and Leslie Cheung.

For Hongkongers who migrated to the North American country and returned upwardly mobile, a sense of place is a thing of the past.

28 May 2013 - 11:43am 4 comments

Toronto mayor denies crack-smoking claims

Mayor Rob Ford breaks his silence on the allegations. Photo: Reuters

Toronto mayor Rob Ford denied he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict, breaking a week of silence over reports of a video purportedly showing him using the drug.

26 May 2013 - 7:46am

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers return from Canada since 1996

A Cathay Pacific airplane has just taken off at Kai Tak Airport. Photo:Robert Ng

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong-born Canadian residents have returned to the SAR since 1996, according to an analysis by the South China Morning Post that helps establish the extent of an unprecedented phenomenon shaping both societies.

25 May 2013 - 12:28pm 14 comments

Canada tightens rules on hiring temporary foreign workers

Jason Kenney

Canada has announced a tightening of rules for hiring temporary foreign workers after a public outcry over abuses that saw Canadians losing their jobs.

1 May 2013 - 2:45am

Prevent circumstances that led to daughter’s death, say parents of raped teen

Glen Canning, left, father of Rehtaeh Parsons. Photo: AP

Family and friends of a Canadian teen who hanged herself after she was allegedly raped and bullied for months were urged at her funeral on Saturday to celebrate her life and use her story to draw attention to the circumstances that contributed to her death.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment