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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

Sep 4, 2018
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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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Ontario’s mayors and other municipal leaders recently had their first opportunity to meet their newly minted premier, Doug Ford. Those leaders had two primary concerns.


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Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is giving the green light to a new roadside test to check for drugs.

Trump's NAFTA announcement prompts mixed reactions

Aug 28, 2018
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President Trump's trade announcement has drawn mixed reactions. For some leaders, the fact that Mexican and U.S. negotiators worked out their differences is encouraging. It is a sign that the United States and Canada will be able to do the same. However, others say the deal with Mexico could be disastrous for the U.S.-Canada relationship.

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The United States and Mexico have reached an "understanding" on several critical trade issues following bilateral talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. They will now likely re-engage with Canada to reach a final deal on NAFTA, a primary goal of the Trump administration.

Speaking at the White House on Monday, President Trump said he wanted to change the NAFTA name to the U.S. Mexico Free Trade Agreement. He also reframed the negotiations as two bilateral trade deals.

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The United States and Canada have nearly 4,000 miles of border, spanning from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans.  And Canada's consul-general believes the two longtime friendly nations can work out the trade and immigration issues fueling the current spat between the nations' leaders.

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In Ontario, the newly-elected government of Conservative premier Doug Ford has moved quickly to dismantle policies and programs supported by the previous government. In political terms, those changes are coming at a breakneck pace, and with some predictable fallout. Some of the changes have come as a surprise to critics and supporters alike.


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Canadian travelers to the United States could have another concern when it comes to cannabis. They are already asked if they’ve ever used marijuana. Now, new questions have focused on whether they have ever invested in American pot companies.


The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but there's increasing concern over the growing number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the northern border with Canada.

President Trump has railed against Canada for taking advantage of the U.S. when it comes to trade. A particular point of criticism is the dairy industry. Canada slaps steep tariffs on imports of milk, cheese and butter from the U.S., something Trump has called a "disgrace."

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A federal judge has approved a landmark deal to compensate members of the Canadian military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation between 1955 and 1996.

In the spring of 2014, Eric Abramovitz got the opportunity of a lifetime.

He just didn't know it.

Abramovitz was the victim of a deception that a Canadian judge called "despicable," as he granted Abramovitz $350,000 Canadian dollars (more than $260,000 U.S.) in damages.

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After one White House adviser said there was "a special place in hell" for foreign leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and another said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back," Canadian leaders offered a measured — even polite — response.

After U.S. tariffs on imports of European steel and aluminum took effect Friday morning, the EU's top trade commissioner called them "illegal" and a classic case of protectionism.

The EU plans to make its case to the World Trade Organization.

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The Trump administration's latest move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the U.S.'s biggest strategic and trade partners has touched off a barrage of criticism and retaliation.

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is planning to convert 1.1 million hours of audio, film and video currently in its archives to digital files by 2022. The plan is not popular with The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an organization that traditionally defends public broadcasting in Canada. The Friends want original copies of every item preserved, but the CBC is not planning to do that.

Mobile devices across Canada will be buzzing a little more than usual this week as emergency management officials test a new national public alert system.

Emergency alerts come to Canadian mobile phones

Apr 18, 2018
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Canadians are being told, “Your phone has the power to save a life.”

Canadians with most late-model mobile phones are now able to receive messages about impending natural disasters and civil emergencies through the Alert Ready system. The project is an effort of the federal government, provincial emergency management agencies and Pelmorex, the company that operates the notification system and also owns The Weather Network, Canada’s cable and satellite weather channel.

For hockey parents, sending young players away to improve their skill is a normal occurrence. The last thing you would expect is for tragedy to strike off the ice, but now the hockey community in Western New York has been stunned by a fatal crash involving a Canadian team's bus.

14 Dead In Canadian Junior Hockey Team Bus Crash

Apr 7, 2018

A bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team crashed on the way to a game Friday, killing 14 people.

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A new survey suggests Tim Hortons has fallen out of favor with Canadians, plummeting 25 points and dropping more than 40 spots from 2017 in an annual corporate reputation ranking.

Ontario's Liberal government has rolled out a spending package that targets nearly every demographic while plunging the province back into deficit -- but said the books will be balanced in six years.

The Canadian connection to driverless cars

Mar 26, 2018
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The development of reliable driverless vehicles (also known as autonomous or automated vehicles) recently hit a big traffic jam when an Uber-owned autonomous  vehicle hit a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ, who later died from the injuries. There are Canadian connections to the situation.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced what she says is the biggest single investment in mental health care in Canadian history.

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Ontario's Liberal government says it will expand its pharmacare program, offering free prescription drugs to people 65 and older.

US-Canada trade: Is anything really “foreign”?

Mar 19, 2018

Trade talk between Canada and the United States has been heating up lately. North American Free Trade Agreement re-negotiations continue with reports of mixed success.

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At just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, after one of the strangest political races in Canadian history, Doug Ford was announced as the winner of the race to lead the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario (aka “Tories”).

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In a tourist city like Niagara Falls, ON, a full garbage can is unsightly and perhaps something that will be mentioned when a tourist is back home. Mayor Jim Diodati doesn't want that, especially along the busy Victoria Avenue tourist corridor. The city has a high-tech answer for the challenge and senses it can help earn $50 million for other smart innovations.

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President Trump promised steel and aluminum executives Thursday that he will levy tariffs on imports of their products in coming weeks. He said the imported steel will face tariffs of 25 percent, while aluminum will face tariffs of 10 percent.

"We're going to build our steel industry back and we're going to build our aluminum industry back," Trump told reporters.

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