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Ontario woman accused of faking rare neurological disease to raise $100,000

BURLINGTON, Ontario — An Ontario woman has been charged with fraud after police say she allegedly faked a rare neurological disease to raise over $100,000 in donations. Police say Cynthia Lynn Smith claimed to be suffering from Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy and acted out many of its symptoms. They say her family and friends helped …

Aquino takes part in ceremonial tree planting with a family connection

OTTAWA — Philippine President Benigno Aquino is literally following in his mother’s footsteps during his first state visit to Canada. He planted a tree today on the grounds of the Governor General’s official estate — just a few metres away from a tree planted by his mother, former president Corazon Aquino, during her state visit …

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford sings on track in support of fight against cancer

View image | gettyimages.com TORONTO — Rob Ford is lending his voice to a song in support of the fight against cancer. In an online music video, the former mayor of Toronto — who is battling a rare form of cancer himself — can be seen in a recording booth singing one line on the …

Netizens to PM Harper: Take back trash sent to PH

In 2013, Canada illegally exported various household wastes and hazardous materials like plastics and diapers to the Philippines. These were misdeclared as scrap plastic materials meant for recycling. Ang Nars’ Anna Kapunan started an online petition last year to take back the illegal garbage. As of posting, it now has more than 25,000 signatures from …

PM welcomes the Twenty-Second Annual Report on the Public Service of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario — Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the Twenty-Second Annual Report on the Public Service of Canada from Janice Charette, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the Public Service of Canada. The report highlights a number of the Public Service of Canada’s achievements over the past year …

More than 600 victims in alleged immigration fraud scheme run by Toronto woman

TORONTO — More than 600 people around the world fell victim to an alleged immigration fraud scheme run by a Toronto woman, who now faces 73 charges in an expanding investigation. Toronto police announced fresh charges against Imelda “Mel” Fronda Saluma on Tuesday, saying her victims have allegedly been defrauded out of over $2.3 million. …

Trudeau: Hike taxes on rich, cut taxes, boost child benefits for middle class

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is attempting to steal electoral ground from the left and the right with an economic agenda that promises to take more from the rich to give to the middle class. The Liberal leader unveiled Monday his alternative to the Harper government’s economic plan: hike taxes on the wealthiest one per cent …

Rebuilding Nepal: Canada’s disaster relief team sets up operations

View image | gettyimages.com OTTAWA — Canada’s disaster-relief team is now setting up operations in earnest in Nepal, but aid agencies and the Nepalese government warned Monday that a long road of rebuilding after the devastating earthquake lies ahead. “It’s far away; it’s on the other side of the world. It’s going to be easy …

B.C. firefighters return from grim devastation of Nepal earthquake

View image | gettyimages.com RICHMOND, B.C. — On their third day in earthquake-stricken Nepal, a bus of volunteer firefighters wound around hills and hairpin turns on a makeshift single-lane road through rural villages pancaked by the disaster. All along the 3.5-hour journey, children as young as four years old would scamper out of their “totally …

Liberals win third majority in P.E.I. election, but Tories gain seats

CHARLOTTETOWN — Rookie politician Wade MacLauchlan has led his Liberal party to a majority victory in Prince Edward Island, where voters decided Monday to grant a third consecutive term to a government repeatedly accused during the campaign of undermining public trust. The Liberals saw their majority slightly reduced from the 20 seats they held before …