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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.

Updated at 8:18 p.m. ET

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
James Morgan

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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The Canadian national anthem is now more gender-neutral, after a bill that changes the lyrics passed the country's Senate.

The second line of "O Canada," which has said the nation inspires patriotism "in all thy sons," will now read "in all of us."

Canada faces angry Americans in pivotal 6th round of NAFTA

Jan 22, 2018

Canada will be hosting an annoyed and angry United States as the sixth round of talks in the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation unfold over the coming week.

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Over the past 20 years, governments of all ideological varieties have embraced the idea of having public facilities and services provided by the private sector. Ontario really embraced the trend in the 1990s when Mike Harris was the Conservative Premier. But what happens when a private provider of public services goes out of business?

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Many Mohawks are mourning the loss of a high-profile and often times controversial, leader. Born in Buffalo, Kakwirakeron - also known by his English name, Arthur Montour Sr. - died on October 31. He was 75 years old and left behind 59 grandchildren.

Ontario is set to introduce legislation today that would regulate the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana.

Buffalo Area Warily Eyes The Renegotiation Of NAFTA

Oct 29, 2017

Shortly after World War II, a young Buffalo company — Speed Motor Express — began transporting commercial freight around western New York.

As it weathered the ups and downs of the local economy over the decades, the company slowly expanded its fleet of trucks.

Then in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, expanded trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico. Buffalo faces Canada along the Niagara River.

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The Niagara Falls, ON Council meets Tuesday night and is expected to demand the Niagara Falls, NY Water Board do something to stop overflows of sewage into the Niagara River that borders the United States and Canada.

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The legendary frontman for a Canadian band that had a passionate following in Western New York has died. Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, whom Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “our buddy” in an an emotional statement Wednesday, was 53. As WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, his passing is being mourned across the country.


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Niagara Parks Police say a 10-year-old boy was injured Sunday after failing from a railing on the Niagara Gorge.

President Trump made his view of the North American Free Trade Agreement very clear during the presidential election. He called NAFTA "the worst trade deal in ... the history of this country." And Trump blamed NAFTA for the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

His administration is in the midst of renegotiating the free trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and that is making many U.S. farmers and ranchers nervous.

Niagara Regional Police Service

Niagara Regional Police say they are hunting for a man and a woman in what they are calling a "crime spree" across southern Ontario.

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