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"Not Canadian Enough" for Two Alberta Girls

EDMONTON — A woman in Alberta says she feels like she’s not Canadian enough after her daughters were denied citizenship. Victoria Maruyama was born in Hong Kong and, because her father was Canadian, has been a Canadian citizen since she was a baby. When she was a year old, the family moved to Edmonton where…

Widespread Support Shown at Funeral For Seven Young Victims

HALIFAX — The massive turnout at a funeral for seven young victims of a devastating house fire shows that Halifax is uniting in support of the surviving members of the family, according to the spiritual leader of a local mosque. Over 2,000 people showed up to the service at the Cunard Centre on Saturday, which…

Poll: Canada Doing Worse Under Trudeau Government

OTTAWA — A new survey conducted by Leger for The Canadian Press suggests the Trudeau Liberals will have to work harder to convince Canadians the country is doing better under their stewardship. In all 46 per cent of respondents say Canada is doing worse since Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government was elected in 2015, while only…

A List of Deadly Canadian Fires

Seven children, all members of a Syrian family who arrived in Canada about two years ago, died in an early morning house fire Tuesday in Halifax, the worst fire toll in recent memory in Nova Scotia. Some other deadly Canadian fires: — January 2018: Four children died in a house fire in Pubnico Head, N.S.…

Mermen Calendar Raises More Than $200,000

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — What started as a dare for a burly Newfoundland man to pose in mermaid flippers has turned into a globally known effort to combat gender stereotypes — and raised more than a half million dollars for charity. This past weekend, the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque…

Cat Lake Leaders Warn Mould May Force Evacuation

TORONTO — Angry and frustrated leaders of a remote northern Ontario reserve warned on Friday they will be forced to evacuate their community unless they receive immediate help dealing with mould−infested housing and their ailing children. A month after Cat Lake First Nation declared an emergency over the squalid conditions that have left more than…

Look South for Your Future Weather

Wondering what the climate in your city will be like in a few decades? An unusual study published today suggests you should look about 1,000 kilometres to the south. Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland says that’s the average distance between 540 cities in the U.S. and Canada and the closest place that resembles…

RCMP Dismantle Extensive Drug Laundering Network

MONTREAL — Authorities have laid charges against 17 people allegedly involved in an extensive international money laundering network with ties to organized crime. At a news conference today, the RCMP said the network had cells in Montreal and Toronto that collected and laundered money from Montreal criminal groups. Supt. Martine Fontaine said the network used…

Modern Day Slaves Forced to Work in Ontario

BARRIE, Ont. — Police say they have freed 43 "modern day slaves" from Mexico who were allegedly forced to work as cleaners at a hotel and vacation properties in central and eastern Ontario. Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and Barrie police began investigating the alleged scam last year, culminating in 12 search warrants that…

Calgary Zoo Aims to Save Endangered Species.

CALGARY — A narrow, snow−covered gravel road winds its way to a hidden gate that opens to a parcel of land on the southern tip of Calgary. But it’s not a typical ranch property. Behind large, wire fences live a Przewalski wild horse native to Mongolia, Vancouver Island marmots, burrowing owls, greater sage grouse and…

Russian Fighters in Arctic Spark Debate

Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country’s intentions and Canada’s own status at the top of the world. The newspaper Izvestia reported late last month that Russia’s military will resume fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years. The patrols will be in addition to…

Harsh Weather Challenging for Trains

CALGARY — A report by the railway company involved in this week’s deadly derailment in the Rocky Mountains details how challenging it is to run trains in frigid temperatures. "Harsh winter conditions are an inescapable reality in Canada’s northern climate," says a document titled White Paper: Railroading in the Canadian Winter on Canadian Pacific Railway’s…

Lockheed-Martin Awarded $60 Billion Design Contract for War Ship Fleet

HALIFAX — The federal government awarded U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin a long−awaited contract to design its $60−billion fleet of warships despite lingering questions about the selection process and a legal challenge from a rival bidder. Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough announced the deal in Halifax early Friday, saying the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new warships…

Bone-Chilling Cold Smashes Cold Record

SASKATOON — Saskatchewan’s record−smashing cold has caught the attention of a senior climatologist at Environment Canada. David Phillips said it’s tough to break records when temperature statistics date back to the 1880s, but that’s exactly what happened in Saskatoon on Wednesday. The city shattered a 112−year−old cold mark when the temperature plummeted to −42.5 C.…

Armed Drones to Patrol Canadian Airspace in Future

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping to pull the trigger on the purchase of new armed drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. The Canadian Forces has been working since the early 2000s to identify and buy a fleet of UAVs that can conduct surveillance over Canada’s…

Monarch Population Growing But No Thanks to Canada

One of nature’s greatest migrations may be returning to health after a stunning growth in the number of monarch butterflies that fluttered across North America last year. But if populations of the striking black−and−orange aviators are starting to recover, it’s no thanks to Canada, said Carolyn Callaghan of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "Canada, well, hmm.…

Victoria - Canada's Most Romantic City

VICTORIA — For the seventh straight year, Victoria has taken the top spot in Amazon Canada’s list of most romantic cities in the country. The list tabulates purchases of what Amazon Canada calls romance products, including romance novels, romantic comedies, relationship books, jewellery and sexual wellness products. Amazon says Victoria leads the list in all…

3 Crew Members Die in Train Derailment

FIELD, B.C. — Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific freight train have died in a derailment near the Alberta−British Columbia boundary. A spokeswoman with the railway said the crew members died when the westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. MT near Field, B.C. Salem Woodrow said in a statement Monday that…

Quebec Mayor Slams City Councillor's Statements on Islamophobia

GATINEAU, Que. — The mayor of Gatineau, Que., said he plans to request that a city councillor be stripped of some of her duties after she reportedly said the word "Islamophobia" doesn’t exist for her. Maxime Pedneaud−Jobin said in a statement late Friday that he’s distancing himself from Nathalie Lemieux and will ask city council…

Has PM Damaged Integrity of Immigration System?

SURREY, B.C. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the prime minister damaged the integrity of Canada’s immigration system when he tweeted two years ago that Canadians will welcome all those fleeing persecution, terror and war. "In terms of illegal immigration, we have seen this problem grow for the past few years. We all remember Justin…

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