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Canadian filmmaker missing in Cambodia, friends find disappearance unusual

The disappearance of a Canadian filmmaker in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap appeared all the more mysterious Wednesday as friends and family said the 58-year-old man was no stranger to his surroundings. Dave Walker spoke the language, knew the streets and was familiar with the local culture. Walker, who had been living in Cambodia …

Redford backs controversial bargaining law that judge says stripped union rights

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Alison Redford is standing behind a controversial law that a judge says may violate the basic bargaining rights of the province’s largest public-sector union. “We believe the legislation that we passed is appropriate,” Redford said Tuesday. She said her government won’t revisit the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, even though Justice …

Medical pot regime breeds criminal, safety concerns, RCMP argues in court

OTTAWA – There is an “overwhelming temptation” for growers of medical marijuana to supplement their income under the current system by selling extra pot, the RCMP says. Police investigations have revealed various abuses of the federal medical marijuana program, including trafficking for personal gain, violent theft of homegrown pot and involvement of organized crime, RCMP …

Trend of older farmers, fewer farms shows no signs of reversing: StatsCan

OTTAWA – A report released by Statistics Canada says the number of farms in Canada is dropping, while their size is growing along with the age of the people running them. The agency, which looked at the makeup of the industry based on data from the 2011 agricultural census, says there were 205,730 farms in …

Canada signals medical aid to Ukraine activists and condemns violence: Baird

Photo: Facebook Page of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will be providing further assistance to make medical care available for Ukrainian activists. In a release condemning the violence that left at least 18 dead in street battles in Kyiv on Tuesday, Baird said a contribution will …

Obama’s 2008 promise to reopen NAFTA gets trotted out again in Washington

Photo: Facebook Page of PM Stephen Harper WASHINGTON – A controversial six-year-old campaign promise by Barack Obama to renegotiate NAFTA made a re-appearance Tuesday. The president’s trade secretary said that renegotiation is precisely what’s happening right now with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ongoing attempt at a major 12-country trade deal. Michael Froman said the ongoing …

Tests being done to determine if deadly pig virus spreads in swine feed: CFIA

Photo: Facebook Page of The Canadian Food Inspection Agency OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is looking into whether a deadly pig virus is being transmitted through swine feed. The agency says tests are underway to find out whether feed is a “contributing factor” to the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea. It says Cambridge, …

Winter storm blasts Atlantic provinces, cuts off bridge traffic to P.E.I.

HALIFAX – A massive and powerful storm was causing havoc across eastern Canada on Sunday, causing a multi-vehicle pileup that shut down a bridge linking two Maritime provinces. Environment Canada says the major winter storm blanketed New Brunswick with snow overnight Saturday and into Sunday and brought a mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets …

A Canadian Press photo from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside gives Alberta man hope of finding lost brother

Canadian Press photo CALGARY – He left home for the West Coast when he was 16 to make a name for himself in music. But fame was always just out of reach for Bruce Sauer. His hopes crumbled into a life of eking out a meagre existence playing music on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown …

Canada’s Mexican visa rule to persist, despite warnings that it’s bad for trade

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be bringing the news his Mexican host wants to hear, nor hearing any himself from U.S. President Barack Obama, as North America’s beleaguered Three Amigos converge on Mexico this week. Officials say Harper will not announce an end to Canada’s contentious travel visa on Mexico — an omission …

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