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RCMP seeks cause of illnesses suffered by Canadian diplomats in Cuba: Official

OTTAWA — Eight Canadians required followup medical care after diplomats and family members in Cuba suffered unexplained ailments, a senior Global Affairs official says. A total of 27 people from 10 diplomatic families underwent testing when some complained of dizziness, nosebleeds or headaches — symptoms that developed amid concern about possible acoustic attacks. There is …

Create new watchdog to review border agency, RCMP, federal report recommends

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government should create a new watchdog to handle public complaints about the Canada Border Services Agency, says a federally commissioned report. The report, prepared for Public Safety Canada, also recommends the proposed body be able to look into trends and any systemic problems at the border services agency. The new watchdog, the Canada …

Don’t destroy gay sex records, historians urge as bill moves through Commons

OTTAWA—A federal plan to destroy the criminal records of people convicted of same-sex activity is a “troubling feature” of proposed legislation intended to help make amends to the LGBTQ community, say four researchers who have done extensive work on the subject. The Liberal government recently introduced legislation that would allow people to apply to have …

MPs give Equifax Canada’s chief privacy officer a rough ride over data breach

OTTAWA—MPs chastised an Equifax Canada executive Monday for not doing more to make amends to thousands of Canadians whose personal information was compromised by hackers. John Russo, chief privacy officer for the Canadian branch of the global credit-reporting firm, faced a barrage of pointed questions at a House of Commons committee over how the breach …

Alberta judge, educator Sheilah Martin named to Supreme Court of Canada

OTTAWA — While strolling in Montreal years ago, Sheilah Martin was surprised to see a book she had written about principles of Quebec law in the storefront window of a popular shop. Martin, who penned the tome as a law student, wasn’t even aware it had been published. She says now that the moment taught …

Terrorist travellers can be rehabilitated, leading expert insists

OTTAWA — A leading researcher on terrorist travellers says returnees to Canada can be rehabilitated, since those who come back to their home countries are often disillusioned or traumatized. Others feel they have done their duty to defend Muslim lands and want to lead a more normal life, says Lorne Dawson, a sociology professor at the University …

Edmonton Eskimos should have conversation about changing name: PM, Notley

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley are the latest prominent voices to urge a public discussion about renaming the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos out of respect for Inuit people. Many consider the word Eskimo a slur, or at least an uncomfortable vestige of colonialism, prompting periodic calls for a new team …

Legal pot could see justice costs climb, not drop, Alberta’s Notley says

OTTAWA — Alberta’s premier says she’s worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay. The justice system is already overburdened and enforcing new pot-related measures could make things worse, Rachel Notley warned in an interview with The Canadian Press. Notley said she was surprised by the …

Despite outcry, committee makes few changes to Access to Information bill

OTTAWA—A Liberal-dominated committee is sending the government’s Access to Information bill back to the House of Commons with few changes, despite the deep concerns of transparency advocates and opposition MPs. Committee members rejected most of the amendments put forward Wednesday, including some from Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. The Access to Information Act allows applicants who …

Quebec man accused of crimes against humanity in Bosnia could lose citizenship

OTTAWA — Canada is moving to strip citizenship from a man accused of committing crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia. The federal government alleges Cedo Kljajic fraudulently obtained Canadian citizenship by concealing his key role in the creation and operation of a police force that carried out abuses on behalf of the self-proclaimed Bosnian …

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