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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, …

Canada’s NAFTA demands: Good luck with that, say skeptical U.S. trade vets

WASHINGTON— Some of Canada’s key demands in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation will be a tough sell in the United States, according to former American trade officials who say they will be difficult to achieve in the climate of a Donald Trump, America First-themed presidency. The Canadian government has just released priorities for the talks which …

Indigenous families in Portage la Prairie say they face eviction from homes

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — A group of Indigenous families living in social housing say the Manitoba government is threatening to evict them at the end of the month. About 100 members of the Waterhen First Nation have been living in Portage la Prairie since leaving the reserve following a dispute in 1996. Bernadette Chartrand, …

Cases of HPV related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada: study

TORONTO — The proportion of oral cancers caused by the human papillomavirus has risen significantly in Canada, say researchers, who suggest the infection is now behind an estimated three-quarters of all such malignancies. In a cross-Canada study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the researchers found the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers increased …

Canada will give some idea of what it wants to see in NAFTA renegotiations

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will give some idea of what Canada’s priorities will be in renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement. She’s going to give a speech in Ottawa this morning just days before Canadian negotiators sit down with their American and Mexican counterparts in Washington. A senior government official …

Some asylum seekers struggling to find housing after leaving shelters

MONTREAL — Some of the asylum-seekers who have recently crossed the Canada-U.S. border say they’re struggling to find a place to live once they leave government-run temporary shelters. Ahmed Iftikhar, 42, says he walked across the border from New York in late July with his wife and four children. Since then, he says they’ve been …

Canadian pastor freed from North Korean prison speaks to congregation

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Despite a grim account of his imprisonment, the mood was joyful as a Canadian pastor freed from a North Korean prison addressed the congregation at a Toronto-area church Sunday. During his first public appearance since arriving home, Hyeon Soo Lim described his two years in isolation, where he says he did gruelling …