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Federal pot plan set for scrutiny at parliamentary hearings

Sep 9 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Medical and legal professionals, police officers and pot producers are among the dozens of witnesses lined up to field questions from MPs this week about public health issues related to the looming legalization of marijuana. The House of Commons health committee is returning to Parliament Hill a week early, holding five full days of uninterrupted […]

Hurricane could prompt Canada to suspend deportations of failed asylum seekers

Sep 8 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada could indefinitely suspend deportations to Haiti and other countries devastated by Hurricane Irma, according to federal provisions that halt removals to nations deemed too dangerous because of conflict or disaster. Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said the Canada Border Services Agency will not deport anyone who has had their refugee […]

Foreign students flock to Canada as government struggles to get grads to stay

Sep 3 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Some of Canada’s biggest universities are beginning the new school year with a record number of international students on campus. The steady upswing in foreign applicants began several years ago, then started to spike after the U.S. presidential election in 2016. The challenge for the federal government now is to maintain that trend amid competing […]

Trudeau says steps to tackle spike in asylum-seekers yielding ‘positive results’

Aug 23 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government has a firm grip on the spike in migrants crossing into Canada outside official border points, insisting that additional staff and expedited processing are “yielding positive results.” Trudeau made the comments after meeting with an intergovernmental task force on irregular migration in Montreal. He said Canada continues to […]

Solemn ceremony pays tribute to Dieppe raid’s fallen

Aug 22 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Rain lashed down at a solemn ceremony in Ottawa today to mark the 75th anniversary of one of Canada’s bloodiest battles of the Second World War. Shielding himself with an umbrella, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to those who fought and died with “grit and valour” in the Dieppe raid and to the parents, […]

Historians say removal not the only way to deal with racist relics

Aug 18 2017 — Kathleen Harris — As momentum builds to tear down monuments and rename buildings that are deemed racist relics of the past, some historians say offensive memorials should remain intact to deepen education and even bridge divides. Hundreds of statues remain across the U.S. in the wake of the Civil War, marking military figures or battle sites, and there […]

Round 1: Canada stakes out ground as historic NAFTA rewrite begins

Aug 13 2017 — Kathleen Harris — After months of heated rhetoric and diplomatic groundwork, talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement will formally begin this week with Canada pushing for more stringent labour and environmental standards in the deal. Canada’s top diplomat, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, will travel to Washington Tuesday where the first round of formal negotiations […]

Email from behind bars? Prisoner advocates push for access to laptops, tablets and internet

Jul 30 2017 — Kathleen Harris — As some countries move to give prisoners access to email, the internet and in-cell tablets, advocates say Canada is lagging behind by denying federal inmates access to essential technology. Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger said personal computers were prohibited in penitentiaries in 2002, and now prisoners only have sparse access to off-line machines. He […]

In historic 1st, transgender inmate wins transfer to women’s prison

Jul 21 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Canada’s federal prison service has approved the first transfer of a transgender inmate to an institution based on gender identity rather than genitalia, CBC News has learned. Fallon Aubee, who has been serving a life sentence at B.C.’s Mission Institution, contacted CBC to say her request to move to a women’s prison has been approved, […]

Premiers set to tackle clogged courts and legal cannabis

Jul 19 2017 — Kathleen Harris — Coping with new pot rules, court delays and an escalating opioid crisis are some of the pressing issues premiers will tackle on the final day of their meeting in Edmonton today. As the Council of the Federation turns its focus from trade and economic issues to criminal justice, one premier is proposing a collective demand […]