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Muslim group demands apology from Harper

A major Canadian Muslim group is demanding an apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his chief spokesman for a comment it says links the organization to the militant group?Hamas. The National Council of Canadian Muslims has filed a notice of libel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that accuses Jason MacDonald of acting…

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Ted Cruz still Canadian as lawyers express confusion

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013. It’s now 2014, and the Calgary-born Republican lawmaker is still a dual citizen. How U.S. Senator Ted Cruz can renounce his Canadian citizenship Ted Cruz, Tea Party favourite, to renounce Canadian citizenship “I have retained counsel that is…

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B.C. coroner probes woman’s death

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the death in hospital of a 42-year-old woman after she was detained in December in the immigration holding centre at Vancouver International Airport. Coroner BarbMcLintock?says the woman, who wasn’t a Canadian citizen, had been in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency for a few days and was…

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Quebec corruption inquiry says more work needs done

In an interim report released today, the Charbonneau commission says?it needs more time before it can draw conclusions about the state of alleged corruption in the province’s construction industry. Premier Pauline Marois received the 28-page report earlier today, and her office has now released it to the public. Click here to read?the report The report…

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More immigrants would boost slumping economy

A New Brunswick economist wants the government to open its doors to more immigrants. David Campbell said the higher the population, the sooner New Brunswick’s economy can improve. “Well a thousand immigrant families I estimate would bring in $65-million a year in consumer spending and that would support about 1,200 jobs right there,” he said….

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Canadian citizenship rules face broad reform in 2014

The federal government will introduce several changes to Canada’s citizenship rules after members of Parliament return to Ottawa next Monday following a six-week hiatus, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. In an interview with CBC News on Thursday, Alexander said the government will table a bill in the next session of Parliament that will…

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Garden Hill teens studying in Winnipeg lose mentor

A group of teenagers from a remote Manitoba First Nation that relocated to Winnipeg for better education opportunities is losing the?mentor who has been providing for them in the city. The six boys from Garden Hill, located about 475 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, came to the capital city this past fall to pursue studies at…

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why retailers are making it harder for you to get them

Want your money back? Not so fast. Return policies are getting tighter as retailers try to protect themselves from returns fraud — and honest customers often pay the price. Not only that, but at many stores, policies are unevenly applied, a CBCMarketplace investigation has found. January is the busiest month for returns, according to the…

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Ottawa fails to deliver ‘just-in-time’ immigration

Five years after Ottawa launched a “just-in-time” immigration system, applicants to the federal skilled workers program face backlogs and long processing times. In 2008, the Conservative government made the controversial move to wipe out hundreds of thousands of skilled immigration applications in a budget bill. It then brought in “ministerial instructions” to limit eligibility criteria…

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Are e-cigarettes safe to puff?

As electronic or e-cigarettes grow in popularity, some health advocates want them to be regulated. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that use a liquid-filled cartridge that can contain mint, vanilla or other flavourings. The contents?are vaporized into a mist that is breathed into the lungs. Some cartridges also contain nicotine. Some analysts project that e-cigarettes will…

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