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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 …

Zoocheck calls for strong message from Alberta on ice cream eating bear

A wildlife protection charity says it hopes the provincial government sends a strong message as it investigates a central Alberta zoo that took one of its bears through a drive-thru for ice cream. A video, posted on social media earlier this week by the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, showed a one-year-old captive bear named …

Alberta to review program that helps people with developmental disabilities

EDMONTON — Alberta has launched a review of a program that helps people with developmental disabilities. The government says it wants to improve the system and will seek input from people receiving assistance, their families and staff. The Persons with Developmental Disabilities program includes services that help people live at home, get job training and …

Alberta Labour inspectors find no infractions at Lethbridge Burger King

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Alberta Labour says it found no violations at a Lethbridge Burger King where an earlier public health inspection found evidence of foreign workers sleeping in the restaurant. Last week, Alberta Health Services ordered the franchise to remove all mattresses and furnishings and no longer let people stay, live or sleep on the …