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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a vehicle tried to cross from Canada to the United States without inspection Monday afternoon, leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash.

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There is outrage and anger in Ontario over General Motors' decision to cease operations at its assembly plant in Oshawa, east of Toronto, at the end of next year. It’s part of the automaker’s global restructuring plan, which will also shutter four plants in the United States. Oshawa has been the face of the auto industry in Canada for decades and the plant's closure is expected to have devastating effects.


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President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires Friday, using the backdrop of the G-20 Summit to resolve a trade dispute between America and its closest neighbors.

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A Niagara Regional Police officer is at Hamilton General Hospital in critical, but stable condition. He was injured Thursday from what the provincial agency suspects was a series of shots fired by another officer.

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Marijuana has been legal in Canada for a month, but already immigration lawyers and cannabis executives say when it comes to getting into the United States, the worst may be yet to come.

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Snowplow drivers in Niagara Falls, ON will have another eye this winter - a dashboard camera to record everything the plow does on the street.

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A Virginia businessman convicted of helping in a parental kidnapping through Niagara Falls is asking the nation's highest court to suspend the start of his prison term while he appeals.

On both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border, the new trade treaty between the two countries is considered to face long delays before a congressional vote.

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Remembrance Day in Canada has an extra significance this year. Originally known as Armistice Day, it recognized the sacrifices made by Canadians as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) of the British Army in World War I. However, it evolved to become a day of remembrance for all Canadian veterans, living and dead, who have served in every conflict or peacetime.

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It's a plan which could change the attitudes of those intimidated by the fast, heavy traffic experienced on the QEW from Niagara Falls to Toronto. Transit officials are reporting great progress in connecting the GO Train from the Falls to Canada's largest city. According to Matt Robinson, Director of GO Implementation office in the Niagara Region, the train will be in "Grimsby in 2021, opening day, and into Niagara Falls and St. Catharines by 2023, if not sooner."


Ontario premier Doug Ford says he will scrap legislation from the previous government  that raised the minimum wage in the province. While small business owners are rejoicing, low-income workers and unions say it’s a betrayal.


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There is a new boss of the U.S. Border Patrol along this section of the Great Lakes, covering 300 agents and 341 maritime miles.

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The Parole Board of Canada says it is clear Paul Bernardo still lacks insight into his criminality and denied the convicted killer and serial rapist parole.

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Toronto’s police service could be marching in next year’s Pride Parade. After excluding officers for two consecutive years, the organization says it will welcome the force back.


The Canadian government is warning newcomers that stiffer impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties could lead to their removal from the country. The measures are part of a sweeping package of changes taking place as Canada becomes the first G-7 country to legalize recreational cannabis use.

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Across Canada, recreational marijuana is now legal. There have been a few hiccups—long lines at online government sites and supply shortages. But despite some criticisms over the new law, provinces such as Ontario have started to reap the benefits.


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Many voters in Ontario will continue to cast ballots Tuesday after technical difficulties forced at least a dozen municipalities to extend voting in local elections.

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When I began to write this, cannabis possession had been legal in Canada for 38 hours and 18 minutes. To most people, that period of time seemed like any other mid-week in mid-October.

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Marijuana sales and consumption became legal across Canada overnight. But in the U.S., nothing changed – including rules at its northern borders.


Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer.

The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it's less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer.

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Politicians and police are saying Canada is all set to open the cannabis floodgates Wednesday as recreational pot goes legal. Here is what you need to know.

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The U.S. and Canada reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed a quarter-century ago, with a new pact that the Trump administration says is easier to enforce.

In remarks in the Rose Garden formally announcing the agreement, President Trump called it "the most important trade deal we've ever made by far."

Ahead of a midnight deadline set by the White House, Trump approved changes that essentially revamp the 1993 NAFTA deal, bringing Canada on board after Mexico had already agreed in August.

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The Ontario government has unveiled details of where residents can smoke recreational cannabis when it becomes legal in mid-October. The rules are even less strict than proposed by the previous Liberal government.


"Rapturous," "Soaring," "Masterful!" It's that time of year again when critics use their hyperbolic best to preview the fall's most anticipated films. Starting at the end of August, studios show their Oscar hopefuls to accredited press across a trinity of prestigious film festivals – Venice, Telluride, and Toronto – the last of which concluded on Sunday night.

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The Fort Erie Race Track remains up for sale, but a fight is brewing inside the the town council about buying the property and there is the potential of slot machines returning.

Toronto has been called the "raccoon capital of the world."

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Police say they are searching for armed suspects after a shooting in downtown St. Catharines, ON sent three people to the hospital, with with two then being air-lifted to an out-of-region trauma center for treatment of critical injuries.

As you read this, the NPR Movies team is settling into their seats in movie theaters across downtown Toronto. For the next week, we'll be sitting in those seats or ones very similar to them, in the dark, taking furious notes, as we each power through marathon sessions of movie-watching.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not sign onto a North American Free Trade Agreement that does not include a dispute resolution mechanism and exemptions for cultural industries. Trudeau says the dispute resolution mechanism in Chapter 19 ensures trade rules are followed.

Canada weighs handgun ban, as violence rises

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Canada has tighter gun laws than in the United States and suffers much less gun crime. But this summer, that country's largest city Toronto has seen a sharp rise in the number of shootings and gun homicides. Some people are calling it the "summer of the gun."

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