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Senate ethics committee to finalize report detailing fate of Don Meredith

Apr 27 2017 — — The Senate’s ethics committee is poised to make a final decision about what punishment awaits Sen. Don Meredith over his sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Committee members are meeting behind closed doors today in a bid to finalize a report that will detail their deliberations and conclusions, but any decision won’t be made public […]

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Atwood pleased with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ adaptation: ‘It’s just excellent’

Apr 27 2017 — — A TV adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is getting rave reviews ahead of Sunday’s Canadian premiere on Bravo, including from the novel’s author, Margaret Atwood. “I’m very impressed with what they’ve been doing. Like, really impressed,” said the celebrated Toronto novelist and poet, who wrote the 1985 Governor General’s Award-winning dystopian story that inspired the […]

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Justice ministers across Canada meet to tackle delays in the courts

Apr 27 2017 — — The federal Liberals came to power promising sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system, but now the provinces are championing some ideas of their own as they focus on cutting backlogs in the courts. “I think for the most part, the provinces recognize the status quo isn’t an option and we need those changes to […]

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Trump assures PM: No NAFTA withdrawal for now

Apr 27 2017 — — U.S. President Donald Trump swore off plans to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, after a day rife with speculation that he could be on the verge of threatening to obliterate the seminal trade deal. The president made the announcement at the end of a dramatic day following an evening phone chat […]

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Sen. Patrick Brazeau acquitted of charges related to drunk driving

Apr 26 2017 — — Sen. Patrick Brazeau has been acquitted of drunk-driving charges that date back to 2014. The news was confirmed by the court clerk at the courthouse in Gatineau in western Quebec. Brazeau is still fighting one more criminal charge, stemming from an April 2016 incident when he allegedly refused to submit to an alcohol test. He […]

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‘Goofy,’ ‘Unbecoming’: former U.S. ambassadors blast Trump over Canada

Apr 26 2017 — — A pair of former American ambassadors to Canada have criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his string of remarks about the northern neighbour, calling it counter-productive to seriously resolving trade issues. Barack Obama’s last envoy to Ottawa said the occasional disagreement is inevitable in a trade relationship worth C$841-billion annually — and it’s unhelpful to […]

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Trump’s trade actions bring uncertainty to Canadian lumber country

Apr 26 2017 — — It didn’t take long for Donald Trump’s new tariffs on softwood lumber to echo in Ontario’s Madawaska Valley — a forestry-dependent area almost exactly 1,000 kilometres due north of the U.S. capital. The unease settling into the region, which is dotted by sawmills vital to the local economy, is not only tied to the U.S. […]

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Military training accident in Alberta kills one, injures three others

Apr 26 2017 — — One soldier has been killed and three others have been injured in a training accident at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright in northern Alberta. The military says in a release that the soldier killed is Sgt. Robert J. Dynerowicz from the Royal Canadian Dragoons, based at CFB Petawawa in Ontario. He and the others were involved […]

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Federal NDP challenges Trudeau for specifics following pot remarks

Apr 25 2017 — — The federal NDP is challenging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion that he wants to make things more fair for those charged with pot possession only after marijuana becomes legal in Canada. New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair says his party has repeatedly called for an amnesty on charges for possessing small amounts of pot, but nothing […]

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Carr warns of softwood lumber job losses, says Canada standing by to help

Apr 25 2017 — — The federal government is reaching out to reassure forestry workers, lumber producers and others facing the impact from a fresh sofwood trade war that it stands ready to help cushion what it suggests will be a heavy blow. The U.S. is imposing significant duties of up to 24 per cent on lumber imports — the latest flare-up in Canada’s escalating […]

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Trump’s new threat, after lumber tax, on Canadian dairy: ‘Watch!’

Apr 25 2017 — — Fresh off slapping a duty on Canadian lumber, President Donald Trump is now making threats about dairy as the northern neighbour has suddenly, unexpectedly, become his No. 1 target for criticism lately on trade. The president tweeted Tuesday: “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We […]