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Quebec renews Uber’s operating permit for another year; tightens rules

MONTREAL — Ride-hailing company Uber will be allowed to operate legally for another year in Quebec under more strict rules, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said. Lessard said Friday he’ll extend the pilot project under which Uber had been operating for the past 12 months, contingent on the company being subject to the same rules as …

Ontario premier says she was misunderstood by Quebec party leader during meeting

QUEBEC — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne contradicted the leader of one of Quebec’s opposition parties Friday, saying he misunderstood their private conversation and shouldn’t have publicly revealed its contents on the internet. On Thursday, the leader of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future (CAQ) published a tweet congratulating himself for having interested Wynne in his party’s …

B.C. court halts extradition of pair on way to India to face murder charges

VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer says the extradition of two British Columbia residents to India to face murder charges was challenged in court because the federal justice minister’s decision to surrender the pair failed to consider new information. Michael Klein said Surjit Singh Badesha and Malkit Kaur Sidhu were being escorted to India via Toronto …

Saskatchewan Indigenous woman says she was racially profiled at Sears

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — An Indigenous woman says she was racially profiled and insulted by a Sears employee at a store in northern Saskatchewan. Helen Ermine says the employee — who didn’t have a name tag — approached her while she was walking with items to a till in the store in Prince Albert on …

Liberal definition of middle class Canadians ‘not useful,’ says economist

OTTAWA — The Liberals speak constantly of strengthening the Canadian middle class, but any precise definition of that amorphous category of people getting all the attention has always been ambiguous at best. Until now — depending on how one defines the word “precision.” Earlier this week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau rose in the House of …

Canadians anxiously await U.S. NAFTA proposal on auto content rules

OTTAWA — The Canadian automotive industry is anxiously waiting to see if the next round of NAFTA negotiations will provide some clarity on American demands that vehicles must have “substantial” U.S. content to qualify for duty-free movement within North America. Rules of origin — one of the most complicated and contentious issues on the table, …

Trudeau: No comment on North Korea threats, let’s pursue a diplomatic solution

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Justin Trudeau avoided being drawn into the tit-for-tat threats between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, pointing instead to signs that diplomacy might prevail in a nuclear standoff that has the countries trading insults. Canada’s prime minister said he spoke this week with the South Korean president about possible …

Canadian retailers see potential NAFTA change as threat

TORONTO — A Canadian looking for a high-end men’s shoe from can buy it from a major online retailer in the U.S. or get it for 25 per cent less at the bustling Eaton Centre mall in downtown Toronto. But that price advantage could end, potentially devastating Canadian retailers, if the U.S. gets one of …

Alberta not likely to follow through with spear hunt ban until fall 2018

EDMONTON — Alberta does not expect to make good on a promise to ban what it has called the archaic practice of spear-hunting until at least next fall as it considers rule changes that could include prohibiting other methods of taking big game. The government made the pledge in August 2016 after an online video surfaced showing …

MLA Rick Fraser quits new party, says focus on divisive politics hurting Alberta

EDMONTON — Another member of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party has quit caucus to sit as an Independent. Rick Fraser, the legislature member for Calgary South East, said the current party leadership race makes it clear Alberta will continue down the unproductive road of angry, reactionary, polarized politics. “I have much respect for many of those in the …

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