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A jaw-dropping Trump news conference, summarized: 13 memorable moments

Feb 16 2017 — — Donald Trump held his first lengthy press conference as U.S. president and it was the stuff of political legend. There were jaw-dropping moments. Nuggets of news. Flat-out falsehoods. Swings at the media. Feelings of personal grievance. Blasts at his former campaign rival. And one gasp-inducing reference to the political upside of war. Thirteen key moments: […]

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Big Three automakers say they won’t waver from $1.5B investment in Canada

Feb 16 2017 — Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The three largest automakers in North America say they won't waver in their collective bargaining commitments to invest $1.5 billion in total in their Canadian operations despite the protectionist rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump. "We're very committed to our manufacturing footprint here in Canada," Mark Buzzell said Thursday in an interview during […]

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TSB calls for re-evaluation of speed limits for trains carrying oil

Feb 16 2017 — Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press — Current speed limits for Canada's oil-carrying freight trains may be too high to prevent serious accidents and should be re-evaluated, the Transportation Safety Board said Thursday as it released the findings of its investigation into a fiery 2015 derailment in northern Ontario. The TSB said its review of the incident that dumped 1.7 million litres of […]

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Former Liberal minister says ‘Islamophobia’ is a misunderstood word

Feb 16 2017 — — Former justice minister Irwin Cotler says a Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn’t contain the word “Islamophobia.” But the Liberals are standing firm, arguing that removing that one word would water down the motion and diminish the fight against hatred and discrimination. The motion, known as M-103, was […]

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Trudeau government faces pressure to change name of Langevin Block, home to PMO

Feb 16 2017 — Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is facing mounting pressure, including from within the Liberal caucus, to change the name of the building that houses the Prime Minister's Office — the Langevin Block, located across the street from Parliament Hill. The building is named after Hector-Louis Langevin, a politician and father of Confederation who also happens to […]

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Canada will make new investments in defence, Sajjan says from Brussels

Feb 16 2017 — — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada is looking at significant new investments in defence that will follow the forthcoming release of its defence policy review. Sajjan made the remarks today when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s repeated complaints about NATO members failing to carry their share of the cost of the alliance. Sajjan is […]

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TransCanada refiles application in Nebraska for Keystone XL pipeline route

Feb 16 2017 — — TransCanada says it has refiled an application in Nebraska seeking approval for the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state, a hotbed of opposition to the project. The company says the application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission is the clearest path to achieving route certainty, adding that it expects a decision on its application […]

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Federal executive verbally abused staff with tirades, profanity: watchdog

Feb 16 2017 — — A federal watchdog says an executive who worked at the Public Health Agency of Canada verbally abused staff and other government employees. Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Joe Friday says the unnamed former male employee displayed frequent tirades and outbursts of violent rage and used unprofessional language that included screaming and profanity. The executive moved to […]

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Bombardier to repay $372.5-million in federal loans over 15 years

Feb 16 2017 — — Bombardier’s chief financial officer says it will take 15 years for the company to repay the $372.5 million loan from Ottawa that was announced last week. During a quarterly earnings conference call, John Di Bert said there won’t be any repayments to federal coffers for two years. Di Bert said repayments will be based on […]

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Langevin Block, home to PMO, needs new, less offensive name, says Bellegarde

Feb 16 2017 — — The federal government is facing pressure to change the name of the building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office — the Langevin Block, located across the street from Parliament Hill. The building is named after Hector-Louis Langevin, a politician and father of Confederation who also happens to have expressed strong support for establishing what would […]

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Trudeau touts free trade in European Parliament speech

Feb 16 2017 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed the European Union some much needed love today in a highly-anticipated speech following its ratification of the free trade pact with Canada. But he also warned that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement doesn’t succeed it could be last deal of its kind. “The European Union is a truly remarkable […]