OTTAWA - The Speaker of the Senate has shot down a Liberal bid to investigate allegations that the Prime Minister's Office interfered in an independent audit of Mike Duffy's expenses.
Noel Kinsella rejected Liberal Senate leader James Cowan's argument that the alleged interference constituted a breach of senators' privileges.
Tuesday's ruling was based on Cowan's timing, rather than the merits of his arguments.
OTTAWA - Former soldiers, veterans advocates and lawmakers wrestled with duelling theories Tuesday about what might be at the heart of a sudden series of suicides this fall among serving members of the Canadian military.
Testimony before two separate parliamentary committees struggled to come to grips with an issue some say defies explanation: what drives a person to the tragic, deeply personal decision to take their own life.
WINNIPEG - Some of the cities, along with Winnipeg, that have joined the UN Safe Cities Global Initiative aimed at reducing violence against women:
— Quito, Ecuador
— New Delhi, India
— Kigali, Rwanda
— Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— Cairo, Egypt
— Greater Beirut, Lebanon
— Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— Metro Manila, Philippines
— Marrakesh, Morocco
— Nairobi, Kenya
— Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— San José, Costa Rica
— Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— Dublin, Ireland
VANCOUVER - A reporter who wrote an article alleging former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong abused students while teaching in northern British Columbia has lost a bid to force Furlong to put up a $100,000 security in his libel suit against her.
Laura Robinson, who is being sued over the article published in the Georgia Straight newspaper last year, argued the security was needed to ensure Furlong would be able to pay if he eventually loses the case.
WINNIPEG - Manitoba's capital is the first Canadian city to join a United Nations campaign aimed at reducing violence against women and there's hope that the move will specifically address why a disproportionate number of Canada's aboriginal women are victims.
Winnipeg joins more than 15 other cities around the world, including New Delhi, Cairo and Kigali, Rwanda. The program has led to the inclusion of women's safety audits in urban planning in some of the cities and the banning of sexual harassment in public places in others.
FREDERICTON - The Public Safety Department for Fredericton says a Mountie who publicly complained about not being able to smoke medicinal marijuana while on the job was subdued with a stun gun and charged with assaulting another RCMP officer.
Alycia Morehouse, a spokeswoman for the department, says Cpl. Ron Francis is undergoing a psychiatric assessment at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in northern New Brunswick after he was arrested last week.
Francis is due back in provincial court in Fredericton on Jan. 6.
CALGARY - The power of social media may have forced peace talks between a veteran from the war in Afghanistan and a U.S. bicycle giant in a battle over trademarks.
Dan Richter, 43, opened his Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio in Cochrane, Alta., just west of Calgary, a year ago. He named the shop after a region in France where a famous bicycle race — the Paris-Roubaix — is held each year.
VICTORIA - Alice Munro proudly watched daughter Jenny accept the Nobel Prize on her behalf in Stockholm on Tuesday, and reflected back on a writing life that began when she was a girl growing up in rural Ontario with "unreasonable" expectations.
"I expected to be famous some day," the short story legend told The Canadian Press during an interview at the home of her daughter Sheila.
OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada is again flagging Canada's overheated housing market and sky-high household debt as the biggest domestic threats to the economy, while at the same time judging overall risk to financial markets has lessened.
The continued emphasis on debt and housing, despite what the central bank's governing council concedes is improving levels of risk, adds credence to the view that governor Stephen Poloz appears set to keep interest rates unchanged until 2015.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Officially, it is called the "Site C Clean Energy Project," but the scale and impact of a massive dam proposed by the province's Crown utility in northeastern British Columbia have raised questions about just how green and clean the development would be.
But the province's Clean Energy Act has limited the options available for expanding the provincial power grid, the chairman of the environmental review panel has pointed out as, one after another, opponents of the Site C proposal have questioned BC Hydro's choice to pursue the third dam on the Peace River.