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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 …

Former Alberta prison worker charged with helping inmate escape in 2015

BOWDEN, Alta. — A former prison worker has been charged with helping an inmate escape. Innisfail RCMP say Sylvain Martin escaped from the minimum security annex of Bowden Institution on April 16, 2015. Martin was arrested on a Canada-wide warrant in Quebec and returned to the custody of Correctional Service Canada in the fall of …

‘Every day I punish myself:’ Calgary mom guilty in son’s strep death apologizes

CALGARY — A woman who treated her seven-year-old boy with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection says every day is a painful reminder that an error in judgment led to her son’s death. Tamara Lovett, 48, was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing death by a judge who said Lovett …

Indigenous leaders want greater role for Manitoba in MMIW inquiry

WINNIPEG — First Nations leaders in Manitoba want a greater say in the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents First Nations communities across northern Manitoba, says improvements in the way the inquiry communicates with families are badly needed. The MKO and …

Quebec suspect charged with murder in Amber Alert case out of coma: lawyer

MONTREAL — A man who fled authorities last week with his six-year-old boy and who was later charged in the slaying of the child’s mother is close to being released from hospital, his lawyer said Thursday. Pierre Gauthier says his 41-year-old client called him from the Ottawa hospital where he had been staying since an …

Canada EU trade enters new era of openness as CETA comes into force

OTTAWA — Canadian companies have much greater access to one of the world’s largest markets starting Thursday, as a major trade deal between Canada and the European Union enters into force. Known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, the deal clears barriers to trade for Canada’s largest trading partner after the United States. As of …

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