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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair visits region key to party's hopes of forming government

July
30
,
2015
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SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — The soil-rich farmland south of Montreal called the Monteregie is currently an NDP bastion with nearly all of the region's ridings under the party banner, and Leader Tom Mulcair knows...

Harper government hopes TPP deal is signed before election campaign kickoff

July
30
,
2015
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OTTAWA — The Conservatives are anxiously hoping to sign off on a massive free-trade deal before kicking off an election campaign that's expected to start as early as Sunday. The federal government is at the negotiating table in...

U.S. hunter who killed African lion in Alberta records for a mule deer

July
30
,
2015
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EDMONTON — There appears to be a Canadian connection to a U.S. hunter at the centre of a social media storm for killing a protected lion in Africa. The Bowhunting Records of Alberta lists a Walter Palmer as...

Political parties prepare for lengthy election campaign ahead of Oct. 19 vote

July
30
,
2015
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OTTAWA — In past election campaigns, the federal Conservatives were fond of scheduling their events early in the day, hoping to set the agenda and force everyone else to talk about their policy pronouncements. On Sunday, Stephen Harper is widely...

Cairo court postpones verdict for Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy

July
30
,
2015
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Mohamed Fahmy's legal saga was drawn out further on Thursday as an Egyptian court abruptly postponed a much-anticipated verdict in his widely denounced terror trial. The Canadian journalist — who was first arrested 19 months ago...

Baloney Meter: is government's child-care largesse really a universal benefit?

July
30
,
2015
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OTTAWA — "There is literally no circumstance where anyone could be worse off, because the increase in the universal child care benefit is so large that it compensates for everything else." — Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre, speaking...

Abortion pill: Cabinet ministers say little; one MP condemns government approval

July
30
,
2015
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Conservative cabinet ministers shied away Thursday from questions about Health Canada's decision to approve the abortion drug known as RU-486. Justice Minister Peter MacKay declined to comment on the decision during a stop in Calgary...

Dry trees: Study says drought affects forests for years, changes climate models

July
30
,
2015
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New research suggests that Canada's drought-stricken forests will take years longer to recover from dry weather than previously thought.  In a study published in Science magazine, William Anderegg of Princeton University said trees feel the...

Federal government announces funding for long-awaited Iqaluit port

July
30
,
2015
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IQALUIT, Nunavut — For decades, high tide has been rush hour in Iqaluit as fishermen and hunters scramble to run their boats up on shore and anchor them before the sea ebbs. "All the boaters and hunters start to come in all at once," deputy...

Woman alleges discrimination by U.S. employer for being Canadian

July
30
,
2015
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A Canadian woman living in the United States is suing her former employer on the grounds that she was discriminated against because of her country of origin. Laurie Samuel has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police...