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Figures show nearly 7,000 asylum seekers nabbed at Quebec border over six weeks

LACOLLE, Que. — Almost 7,000 asylum seekers have been intercepted at the Quebec-U.S. border in the last six weeks, authorities said Thursday. The RCMP’s Claude Castonguay said the force intercepted more than 3,800 people between Aug. 1 and 15, while the nearly 3,000 in July were almost quadruple the 781 from June. “They’re unprecedented, we’ve …

At least two Quebecers attended white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

OTTAWA — At least two Quebec men have been identified after they travelled south to participate in a white supremacist rally last week in Charlottesville, Va. One of them took to Facebook to express his anger after an anti-fascist group posted a screen capture from the event that showed his face and that of four …

No Canadians reported among dead or injured in Spain terror attack: Global Affairs

OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says there are no reports of Canadians among those killed and injured in a terror attack in Barcelona. Someone drove a van into a crowd on the popular Las Ramblas tourist area near the centre of the city, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more. Global Affairs says …

Alberta UCP says other caucus members made expense claim errors, cash paid back

EDMONTON — The United Conservative Party says a review of expenses claimed by its caucus members found errors that add up to $557.30. UCP interim leader Nathan Cooper said the money has been returned to the Alberta legislature and he is taking steps to ensure that such errors don’t happen again. “The UCP takes responsible …

Raspberry mousse cakes sold in multiple provinces recalled for

OTTAWA— The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says various raspberry mousse cakes have been recalled after it was discovered the desserts contained norovirus. The agency issued an expanded recall notice Wednesday, saying the products have been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. The notice, which was initially issued …

Emergency crews at scene of Baptist church fire in Burlington, Ont.

BURLINGTON, Ont. _ Firefighters and police are on scene of a fire east of Hamilton, Ont., that has caused extensive damage to a Baptist church. Halton regional police say crews responded to the fire at Trinity Baptist Church in Burlington, Ont., just after 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the Burlington Fire department extinguished the fire, …

Tobacco firm says new product will reduce smoking rate, critics skeptical of motives

TORONTO — One of the world’s largest tobacco companies is rolling out a smokeless cigarette in Canada that it contends is less harmful than conventional combustible products, but some critics call the device merely a ploy to maintain — or even increase — market share in the face of dwindling smoking rates. Philip Morris International …

NAFTA energy clause draws criticism from Canadian voices on the right and left

CALGARY — As NAFTA 2.0 negotiations begin, an old trade issue with a strange name has emerged to create unlikely allies across the political spectrum and staunch defenders in the oilpatch. The “proportionality clause” originally appeared in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1988 and became a major issue in that year’s federal election that …

NDP commits to raising minimum wage in B.C. to $15 per hour by 2021

VICTORIA — The B.C. government says it’s planning to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Labour Minister Harry Bains said Tuesday a fair wages commission will be established in the coming weeks to plan how to raise the rate without hurting businesses. “I think what we are doing is going …

Wayward Bullock’s oriole to fly home to B.C. on Air Canada flight

OTTAWA— A Bullock’s oriole that landed in eastern Ontario in 2015 will finally be flying home to British Columbia  by plane. The little western bird drew national attention when she arrived in Packenham, Ont., in December 2015  likely after being blown off her migration course. Birdlovers flocked to the area to witness the rare sighting, …