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Back to work legislation in Ontario college strike expected to pass today

TORONTO — Ontario’s legislature is expected to pass a bill today that would force striking faculty at the province’s colleges to return to work. The governing Liberals have made slow progress in pushing through their back-to-work bill because the New Democrats have refused to agree to speedy passage. NDP leader Andrea Horwath has said it …

Small Ontario town to offer second round of generous incentives to move there

A northern Ontario town that offered generous incentives to potential newcomers in a bid to revitalize the community says its efforts were successful enough to merit a second round. Officials in Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., recently launched a campaign to woo newcomers to the area and help rebuild a town that had been in a …

Canada faces Russia linked cyberthreats at home and abroad, NATO chief says

HALIFAX — The head of NATO is urging Canada to be vigilant about the threat of Russian cyberwarfare both on the battlefield and at home. NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Canadian troops in Latvia are being smeared by Russia-backed online propaganda aimed at undermining the alliance, and it may not be long before Canada …

Tap young talent on looming security issues, Google executive urges

HALIFAX — One of the world’s top technology executives is urging democratic countries to turn to youth in a bid to find innovative solutions to looming security problems. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., was in Nova Scotia on Saturday, speaking to the Halifax International Security Forum. In a wide-ranging panel …

Sajjan trumpets Canada’s ‘increased role’ on the geopolitical stage

HALIFAX — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan opened a security conference on Friday by saying Canada is embracing a more muscular approach to international security, touting a new peacekeeping strategy and increased military spending as signs of an “increased role.” Sajjan told the Halifax International Security Forum on Friday that Canada has shown initiative in a …

NATO hires Canadian as special representative on women, peace on security

HALIFAX — The secretary general of NATO has chosen a Canadian to handle the alliance’s agenda on the role of women in conflict. Jens Stoltenberg has appointed Clare Hutchinson as NATO’s special representative for women, peace and security. Stoltenberg told The Canadian Press that the appointment speaks to Canada’s efforts to bring a feminist perspective …

Ont legislature in session this weekend to try to end the colleges strike

TORONTO — A back-to-work bill that would end a strike by college faculty in Ontario appears on track to be pushed through the legislature on Sunday. The bill cleared another hurdle on Saturday while the Liberals and New Democrats pointed fingers at each other over how the legislation has been handled. The New Democrats have …

Brian Pallister and wife explain how he got lost and broke arm on New Mexico hike

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s premier is giving some more details about a wilderness hike in New Mexico where he broke his arm and became lost. Brian Pallister has refused to do media interviews about the ordeal, which happened on Monday but was only revealed to the public on Friday. Instead, he and his wife, Esther, answered …

Longtime politician Paul Quassa chosen new premier of Nunavut

IQALUIT, Nunavut — A longtime Inuit politician has been chosen as the fourth premier of Nunavut. Paul Quassa was chosen by his fellow legislature members following a short campaign and vote. Quassa has been a member of Nunavut’s legislative assembly since 2013 and most recently served as education minister. He was one of the negotiators …

Green House Brands to set up Canadian base in joint venture with Canopy Growth

SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. of Smiths Falls, Ont., has formed a joint venture to share ownership of the Agripharm indoor growing operation in Creemore, Ont., with Amsterdam-based Green House Brands. Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED) says it will retain 40 per cent of Agripharm and the rest will be owned by Green House Holdings …

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