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Metro Vancouver cities, residents to oppose Trans Mountain route at hearings

VANCOUVER — Municipalities and residents in British Columbia are set to argue that the proposed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would damage sensitive ecosystems, harm public parks and trails and adversely impact homeowners. The National Energy Board will hold hearings starting Monday on the route that would run through Burnaby, Coquitlam and north …

‘Colorado low’ could pelt southern Ontario and Quebec with freezing rain

OTTAWA — It could be a messy start to the work week in southern Ontario and Quebec, with Environment Canada issuing freezing rain warnings for much of the region. The national weather forecaster says a system known as a “Colorado low” will move across the lower Great Lakes on Monday. It says, “A significant freezing …

Alberta’s status of women minister joins Twitter debate over women’s marches

EDMONTON — A minister in Alberta’s NDP government has chastised a tweet by the Opposition’s communications chair that slammed women’s marches held over the weekend. Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean was responding to a Twitter post on Saturday from Sonia Kont of the United Conservative Party, who stated that “ideological marches like the one …

Security, reproductive rights, investment: how politics touched us this week

OTTAWA — Piercing the winter doldrums was the political goal of the week for all three party leaders. Justin Trudeau took to town halls in Quebec and northern Ontario to show he is a man of the people. Andrew Scheer went to Washington to talk up the benefits of NAFTA and show he is a …

Cdn born Israeli MP espouses gender equality, pro pot and LGBTQ agenda

OTTAWA — In a year when the Harvey Weinstein scandal enabled women to uncloak years of unspoken sexual misconduct by prominent men, Toronto-born Sharren Haskel recalls the moment when she found her power. She was 18, and had left home for the first time to start her mandatory service in the Israel Defence Forces. She …

Chief of Ontario reserve says housing shortage worse than ever; PM promises help

PIKANGIKUM, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a remote northwestern Ontario reserve help with a housing shortage that the chief says is worse than ever. Trudeau said during a visit to Pikangikum First Nation that Ottawa is serious about working with the community to improve its housing. He said more and better housing …

Security, reproductive rights, investment: how politics touched us this

OTTAWA — Piercing the winter doldrums was the political goal of the week for all three party leaders. Justin Trudeau took to town halls in Quebec and northern Ontario to show he is a man of the people. Andrew Scheer went to Washington to talk up the benefits of NAFTA and show he is a …

Finnish company raises red flags over federal negotiations for Davie icebreakers

OTTAWA — A Finnish company has raised red flags over the Trudeau government’s decision to launch negotiations with Quebec shipyard Davie for the lease of four icebreakers without conducting a competition. Helsinki-based Arctia Ltd. says it had expected a formal bidding process after the federal government asked shipowners in late 2016 to provide information about …

EU trade preferable, poll suggests as Trudeau pushes U.S. ties in February visit

OTTAWA — With the North American Free Trade Agreement hanging in the balance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit three major American cities next month to stress deeper economic collaboration between the two countries. Trudeau announced the February visit to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago as a new poll emerged suggesting Canadians are increasingly …

Nova Scotia brewery offering a lobster beer, despite some skepticism

MAHONE BAY, N.S. — A Nova Scotia craft brewery has put together two East Coast favourites to brew up something new: lobster-infused beer. Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay is now fermenting its first batch of Crustacean Elation — a creation that involved the use of whole lobsters early in the brewing process. Spokesman Patrick Jardine …

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