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Baird in U.S. applauds ‘truly historic’ rapprochement with Cuba

BOSTON—Canada’s foreign affairs minister used a trip to the United States to applaud that country’s reopening of relations with Cuba. John Baird raised the issue during a news conference Saturday where he appeared alongside his counterparts from the U.S. and Mexico. “We want to acknowledge the truly historic change in American policy, with respect to …

Montreal blocks imam Hamza Chaoui’s project to open Islamic community centre

MONTREAL—The Islamic community centre that controversial imam Hamza Chaoui had hoped to open in east Montreal will not see the light of day, local officials said. Real Menard, mayor of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, told a news conference Saturday he would not grant Chaoui an operating licence to open a centre in the neighbourhood. Chaoui, a …

B.C. Conservative MP Randy Kamp announces he will not seek re-election

VANCOUVER—A British Columbia Conservative MP has decided not to seek re-election, saying it is time for him to move on to a new chapter of his life. Randy Kamp has served the riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission since 2004, and made the announcement Saturday at a local meeting of the party. Kamp issued a statement …

Saudi blogger spared flogging for at least another week

MONTREAL—As a Saudi blogger with Canadian ties was spared a scheduled flogging for a third straight week Friday, a supporter expressed hope the pardon of a fellow activist may spur Raif Badawi’s release. News of the flogging postponement emerged as word circulated that Souad al-Shammari, who co-founded a liberal blog with Badawi, had been freed. …

B.C. truckers stage protest over new Port Metro Vancouver licensing rules

SURREY, B.C.—B.C. truckers staged a protest on Saturday against new licensing rules at Port Metro Vancouver. They say more than 600 truckers and office staff will lose their jobs because of the new requirements. Owners and operators were required to apply to the Port for a license, but a number of them were rejected. Paul …

More than $3.4 bln in new revenue belies Tory claim of lowering taxes: Liberals

OTTAWA — As Canadians begin to look forward to a series of new federal tax measures kicking in soon, newly-released figures show changes to taxes and tariffs are also helping bolster the government’s bottom line. Data tabled in the House of Commons this week shows a variety of tax changes and the elimination of old …

Crown seeks 15 year prison sentence in Cape Breton lobster slaying

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — The Crown wants a Cape Breton fisherman to serve 15 years in prison for killing a man he said enraged him after cutting his lobster traps and threatening to burn his home. Sentencing arguments are being delivered in the case of Joseph James Landry, who was convicted by a jury in …

Boil advisory hard to follow when power outage hits some Winnipeg neighbourhoods

WINNIPEG — Insult was added to injury in Winnipeg when thousands of people already facing a city-wide boil-water advisory couldn’t turn on their stoves because of a power outage. About 9,000 Manitoba Hydro customers were left in the dark Wednesday evening when a power pole in a northwest neighbourhood caught fire. Around 4,000 people were …

Toronto stock market heads higher amid positive earnings news, rising oil

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market market was higher Thursday amid positive earnings reports from Facebook, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and automaker Ford. The S&P/TSX composite index rose 61.1 points to 14,663.98. The Canadian dollar lost more ground in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement from the Federal Reserve that left markets with the impression that …

B.C. Premier Clark says diversified economy keeps province on balanced budget

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s diverse economy is its greatest asset, and Premier Christy Clark said that’s what is helping her government to present another balanced budget next month. The premier boasted that B.C. is only one of two provincial governments in Canada expected to balance its books this year. Clark said the balanced budget and …

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