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Quebec can modify part of the Canadian Constitution unilaterally: Trudeau

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec can unilaterally modify part of the Canadian Constitution, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. The province's proposed language law reform, introduced last week, seeks to change part of the Constitution to affirm that Quebec is a nation and that its official language is French. Trudeau told reporters that the federal government's initial […]

Canada has key role to play in U.S. economic recovery, Ng tells free-trade meeting

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Canada's international trade minister is making her country's best case for being a central player in American efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mary Ng is taking part in the inaugural meetings of the Free Trade Commission, which oversees the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.  Mexican Economy Secretary Tatiana Clouthier is also […]

Canada has key role to play in U.S. economic recovery, Ng tells free-trade meeting

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Canada's international trade minister is making her country's best case for being a central player in American efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mary Ng is taking part in the inaugural meetings of the Free Trade Commission, which oversees the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.  Mexican Economy Secretary Tatiana Clouthier is also […]

Eastern Ontario doctor charged with murder has case adjourned to June

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — L'ORIGNAL, Ont. — The case of an eastern Ontario doctor charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man at a hospital has been adjourned for two weeks after a brief court appearance Tuesday.Dr. Brian Nadler is accused of killing 89-year-old Albert Poidinger, who lived in Pointe-Claire, Que.Ontario Provincial Police have said they are […]

Saskatchewan wildfire grows, forcing evacuations in the area to expand

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Dry conditions and strong winds caused a large wildfire to grow Tuesday near Saskatchewan's third-largest city even as firefighters fought the flames.  "The fire continues to rage," said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne.  The city of about 40,000, about 140 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, is no stranger to wildfires, but Dionne […]

Information watchdog investigates handling of archival spy files amid chronic delays

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal information watchdog is conducting a systemic investigation of the "ongoing failure" of the national archives to provide timely responses to requests from the public for historical spy files. Information commissioner Caroline Maynard says a chronic concern underlying the probe is Library and Archives Canada's difficulty in vetting decades-old, but still highly […]

RCMP operations continue at logging blockade on southern Vancouver Island

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — PORT RENFREW, B.C. — An RCMP spokesman says there will be "police action" today as Mounties enforce a court injunction against an anti-logging blockade on southern Vancouver Island. The RCMP announced Monday that they are temporarily controlling access to the Fairy Creek Watershed northeast of Port Renfrew, enforcing the April 1 injunction that allows Teal-Cedar […]

Canada will need 75% vaccination before U.S. border reopens, Trudeau suggests

May 18 2021 — The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suggesting that three-quarters of Canadians will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the Canada-U.S. border can be reopened.  Trudeau acknowledges that discussions about the border are ongoing, but he's tamping down any expectations that travel restrictions could be lifted soon.  Discretionary travel between Canada and the United […]