Stephen Harper's lawyer says Sen. Mike Duffy's acquittal should be a wake-up call to public institutions and authorities that can hold politicians "to live up to their duty" and punish actions that are questionable, even if they're not criminal. The office of federal auditor general Michael Ferguson says it won't audit Duffy's spending or other senator's expenses unless the Senate makes a specific request. As for the Senate, it has already punished Duffy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals have been put on the spot by an e-petition demanding a federal inquiry into unresolved questions about the treatment of prisoners during the Afghan war, something that human rights groups support. Former New Democrat MP Craig Scott, who represented the riding of Toronto-Danforth up until the Oct. 19 election, has gathered 750 names for the digital solicitation — well over the threshold of 500 individuals that compels a reply. The Liberals have until May 30 to respond in writing — and unlike the old paper petitions tabled in the House of Commons, the federal government is obliged to post its answer online.
Prince's sister believes the superstar musician didn't have a will and has asked a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee his multimillion-dollar estate, according to court documents filed Tuesday that could signal a looming fight over Prince's assets. Tyka Nelson, Prince's only surviving full sibling, said in the court filing that immediate action was necessary to manage Prince's business interests following his death last week. The documents don't estimate how much his estate may be worth, but Prince made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others during his career.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as higher oil prices supported energy stocks while financial sector stocks also advanced, offsetting deep losses for one of the country's major railway stocks. The most influential movers on the index included Canadian Natural Resources Ltd , which rose 1.2 percent to C$38.63, and TransCanada Corp , which advanced 1.5 percent to C$51.57. The energy group climbed 0.8 percent as oil prices rose while financial sector stocks advanced 0.4 percent. U.S. crude prices were up 1.7 percent to $43.36 a barrel. At 10:43 a.m. ...
By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - It would take another significant economic shock, such as a faltering U.S. economy, for the Bank of Canada to consider cutting interest rates again, the central bank's head said on Tuesday. After cutting interest rates twice last year to offset the economic shock of cheap oil, a major export for Canada, the bank has held steady so far this year and is expected to continue to do so when it meets next month. It would be another negative shock but it would need to be obviously a shock which is of some significance or an accumulation of other shocks," Poloz said during a news conference.
Two of Canada's top pension funds have come out in support of a shareholder proposal calling for greater transparency at plane and train maker Bombardier Inc, despite a rejection of the idea by the company's management. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) both also expressed concern with the Quebec-based company's executive compensation structure and its related moves to amend its deferred share unit and stock option plans. CPPIB, the country's largest public pension plan and one of Bombardier's top shareholders, said on Tuesday it has concerns with the awards granted to executives outside of the company's normal compensation plan, as well as the lack of performance-based awards granted under the long-term incentive plan.
By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices rose about 3 percent on Tuesday on the back of a rally in the gasoline market and as a tumbling dollar boosted commodities denominated in the greenback after bets the Federal Reserve will hold U.S. interest rates where they are. U.S. gasoline futures rallied more than 3 percent to their highest since August on Tuesday, boosting refinery margins, after a series of Gulf Coast refinery unit outages, buying from Venezuela and a reported drop in New York inventories. "I think the market has become more optimistic on oil products," said Scott Shelton, broker and commodities specialist with ICAP in Durham, North California.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday he would not speculate when asked if he would back Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline if it had a different route, adding that his thinking on pipelines has not changed. Speaking to reporters, Trudeau added that the Great Bear Rainforest "is no place for a crude pipeline." (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil has long been known as a country that can throw a great party as long as the guests do not mind a location that still has the builders in it. With 100 days to go before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, the nation famous for doing things at the last minute faces a novel situation: The venues are ready, but the host does not appear to be. "People are paying no attention" to the Olympics, said longtime Rio resident Julia Michaels, who chronicles the city through her Rio Real blog.
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The Wimbledon championships will protect its squeaky clean image with enhanced anti-doping and anti-corruption measures for this year's 130th tournament, organizers said on Tuesday. Tennis was rocked by allegations of match-fixing on the eve of this year's Australian Open and suffered another blow to its integrity when former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said in February she had failed a drugs test. At a news conference announcing yet another substantial hike in prize money, the All England Club pledged to beef up its safeguards against sport's two biggest threats.
Picturing Dirk Nowitzki playing for anyone other than the Dallas Mavericks would take some getting used to and the German forward hopes he never has reason to slip out of the silver and blue. Following Monday's season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder many wondered if Nowitzki, who has not been beyond the first round of the playoffs since leading Dallas to an NBA title in 2011, will opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
Charlie Sheen's lawyer says his ex-fiancee's attempt to extend a temporary restraining order against the actor is a publicity stunt. Sheen's attorney, Martin D. Singer, wrote in a court filing Monday that Sheen has not had any contact with his ex, Scottine Ross, in more than a year. The filing is in opposition to Ross' attempts to extend a temporary restraining order she obtained earlier this month based on alleged threats the actor made toward her in a recording obtained by celebrity website RadarOnline.com.
Prince's longtime lawyer called the death of the superstar a complete shock and said Monday that the singer lived a clean and healthy lifestyle, disputing suggestions that he had a drug addiction. Prince was found dead in Paisley Park, his home and vast recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday at the age of 57. Lawyer L. Londell McMillan had known Prince for 25 years and at one time was his manager.
May 1: Singer Judy Collins is 77. Singer Rita Coolidge is 71. Singer-bassist Nick Fortuna of The Buckinghams is 70. Actor Dann Florek ("Law and Order: SVU") is 65. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 62. Actor Byron Stewart is 60. Actor Scott Coffey ("Mulholland Drive," ''The Outsiders") is 52. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 51. Actor Charlie Schlatter ("Diagnosis Murder") is 50. Country singer Tim McGraw is 49. Bassist D'Arcy Wretzky (Smashing Pumpkins) is 48. Director Wes Anderson is 47. Actress Julie Benz ("No Ordinary Family") is 44. Singer Tina Campbell of Mary Mary is 42. ...