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Federal government sends assessment team to look at helping hurricane victims

TORONTO— The Canadian government and aid agencies were setting the wheels in motion Sunday to come to the aid of Caribbean islands who suffered damage by hurricane Irma. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan tweeted Sunday evening that a team was being sent to determine how Canada can provide humanitarian assistance to the region. Among the tools …

Toronto based aid organization sends volunteers to storm stricken St. Maarten

TORONTO—The Canadian government and aid agencies were setting the wheels in motion Sunday to come to the aid of Caribbean islands who suffered damage by hurricane Irma. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan tweeted Sunday evening that a team was being sent to determine how Canada can provide humanitarian assistance to the region. Among the tools that …

Labour movement has leapt forward in last decade, leaders say

Leaders in the labour movement say things are looking better this Labour Day than they did a decade ago, despite a shifting economic landscape that includes increased automation and ongoing trade disputes. Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the union movement has made significant strides in recent years, including changes to the …

Teens’ thoughts on pot unchanged after legalization news, they say

TORONTO –Some teens say their likelihood of using weed hasn’t changed since the Liberal government announced details of its legalization plan – though they say it’s made them more aware of information on both sides of the debate. Government officials announced Thursday that cannabis would be made legal for recreational use by July 2018, and …

Alleged Yahoo hacker’s dad promises electronics ban for son if bail granted

HAMILTON –The father of a Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails told an Ontario court Wednesday that he’d keep all electronic devices locked away and out of his son’s reach if his child is released on bail. Akhmet Tokbergenov was testifying in a Hamilton courtroom at his son’s bail hearing, saying …

Bombardier must do more to make PR troubles disappear expert says

Bombardier continued to face criticism Sunday for a dramatic increase in compensation to its senior executives last year and a public relations expert said the company’s efforts at damage control so far won’t be enough to make the issue go away. If the aerospace company hopes to quell the negative publicity it has received, it …

Hundreds attend funeral Saturday for the man behind “Sharkwater” documentary

Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart was remembered Saturday as a lovable scamp who channelled his passion for the environment into a global movement. Hundreds of mourners filled the pews and spilled into the lobby of a Toronto church for Stewart’s funeral. Stewart, 37, died while scuba diving off the coast of Florida earlier this year. His …

Lawyers take up residence at Canadian airports to help navigate US travel ban

TORONTO –A  network of Canadian lawyers are volunteering at airports across the country to help people who could be affected by a U.S. travel ban navigate the shifting landscape. A federal judge in Seattle froze the ban, which affects people from seven Muslim-majority countries, on Friday. The initial executive order signed by U.S. President Donald …

Canadian dual citizens unaffected by U.S. ban on travel from 7 countries: Ottawa

The Trudeau government has received assurances that Canadian passport holders will not be caught up in an American travel ban that has barred citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. An email from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office late Saturday said the U.S. has given assurances that Canadians with dual citizenship will not …

Two richest Canadians have as much wealth as poorest 30 per cent: Report says

The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations. The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians. The …

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