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Families who sheltered fugitive Snowden looking for fast track asylum to Canada

MONTREAL – The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday. Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the …

Families who sheltered fugitive Snowden looking for fast track asylum to Canada

MONTREAL—The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday. Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong …

Battle against floods continues in Central, Eastern Canada and British Columbia

Thousands of Canadians across the country spent the weekend in a desperate struggle with rising floodwaters caused by unusually persistent rainfall. Quebec has been hardest hit, with nearly 1,900 flooded homes in roughly 130 municipalities, from the Ontario border in the west, to the Gaspe peninsula. National Defence said in a release that approximately 800 …

Video shown at Charest sex assault trial shows female students looking uneasy

SAINT-JEROME, Que. –Homemade video footage of a 1990s European ski trip shown at Bertrand Charest’s sex assault trial Monday included scenes of two young female ski students who seemed uneasy and who wouldn’t look at the camera. The former ski coach filmed his students skiing down French mountains and driving through the winding roads of …

Muslim immigrant cabbies say they face discrimination in Quebec City job market

QUEBEC—During a break from picking up passengers outside Quebec City’s airport, Karim removes a piece of cardboard hanging on the wall of the trailer and places it on the ground, he stands on it, and begins evening prayers. Across the small, narrow trailer the television is broadcasting Thursday’s funeral service in Montreal held for three …

Muslims in Quebec pray and reflect on a week of violence and outpouring of love

QUEBEC—The whole point of praying is to clear your thoughts and stand in front of God, said Musabbir Alam on Friday at a Quebec City mosque. That’s not easy after last weekend’s shooting rampage that killed six people, he admitted. “When you say Allahu Akbar, which means God is great, you’re inside prayer and technically …

Many of the kids affected by mosque shooting back in school: board

QUEBEC—Many of the children whose fathers died or were wounded in last week’s mosque shooting have returned to class, says a psychologist with a Quebec City school board. In one board alone, eight students lost a dad, two lost an uncle, while the fathers of four were injured, Marie-Joel Sinclair said in an interview Thursday. …

Liberals inherited ‘mistrust’ from previous government on pipelines: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government inherited a “high degree of mistrust” from the previous Conservative government that has left Canadians skeptical about consultations on pipelines and environmental protection. Trudeau was asked Tuesday about Energy East from a man who wondered if public meetings will be held in affected communities and whether detailed maps …

Quebec’s $2 billion surplus in 2016-17 will go toward reducing debt

Quebec has finally controlled its spending, Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Thursday after tabling a second consecutive balanced budget with the help of $10 billion in equalization payments. The Liberal government is actually projecting a surplus of roughly $2 billion in 2016-17, with the money going toward chipping away at the provincial debt of $207.7 …

Quebec woman believed to have just turned 120 likes cartoons

MONTREAL—It’s universally accepted that parents want to die before their children, but outliving Cecilia Laurent has proven difficult. Laurent is believed to have turned 120 on Sunday and is possibly the world’s oldest person. Her 28-year-old great-grandson, Ronald Chery, says only three of Laurent’s 12 children are still alive, with the eldest in her 80s. …

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