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Feds looking at declaring Proud Boys a terrorist organization in wake of U.S. rioting

Feds looking at declaring Proud Boys a terrorist organization in wake of U.S. rioting

OTTAWA --Canada could soon be adding more extremist groups like the Proud Boys to Canada’s list of recognized terrorist organizations, in light of the pro-Trump rioting in the U.S. Capitol, according to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair said Canadian national security officials are actively gathering intelligence about groups such as the Proud Boys on an ongoing basis. “We're very mindful of ideologically-motivated violent extremists, including groups like the Proud Boys. They are white supremacists, anti-Semitics,...

Jan 10
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'Historic moment': Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

'Historic moment': Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

OTTAWA --Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in this country, and the first doses could be administered as early as next week.It’s a critical moment in Canada’s fight against the novel coronavirus, as it is the first vaccine to receive the green light.The and safe for use on Canadians, which means that the team responsible for the rollout of vaccines can now begin the process of administering them.“We expect vaccines to arrive maybe as early as Monday. It takes time to prepare the vaccine,” said Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the top military general leading the...

Dec 9
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Trump points to Elections Canada tweet to bolster baseless claims of voter fraud

Trump points to Elections Canada tweet to bolster baseless claims of voter fraud

OTTAWA --Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump is pointing to Canada’s voting process in an attempt to bolster what remain baseless claims from him and the Republican party of voter fraud in the U.S. presidential election., sharing a post from Elections Canada, the national independent agency that administers federal elections, explaining our domestic voting processes.“Elections Canada does not use Dominion Voting Systems. We use paper ballots counted by hand in front of scrutineers and have never used voting machines or electronic tabulators to count votes in our 100-year history,” read the...

Nov 17
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Canada 'very carefully' monitoring unfolding U.S. election outcome: PM

Canada 'very carefully' monitoring unfolding U.S. election outcome: PM

OTTAWA --Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is “carefully” watching the in the United States presidential election, while some opposition leaders are reacting to what the results show are deep divisions among our neighbours to the south.As ballots continue to be tallied in what’s turned out to be a very tight race between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Trudeau says Canada is keeping a close eye on the political uncertainty that Americans woke up to on Wednesday. “As everyone knows, there is an electoral process underway in the United States....

Nov 4
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Privacy investigation finds 5 million shoppers' images collected at malls across Canada

Privacy investigation finds 5 million shoppers' images collected at malls across Canada

AdvertisementOTTAWA --Without customers’ knowledge, more than five million images of Canadian shoppers’ were collected through facial recognition software used by Cadillac Fairview, a parent company of malls across the country,The federal privacy commissioner reported Thursday that Cadillac Fairview contravened federal and provincial privacy laws by embedding cameras inside digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls across Canada, and captured users’ images without their consent.The facial recognition software installed in Cadillac Fairview’s “wayfinding” directories was called...

Oct 29
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Canada-U.S. border to remain closed until Nov. 21, at least

Canada-U.S. border to remain closed until Nov. 21, at least

OTTAWA --The COVID-19 travel restrictions in place at the Canada-U.S. land border will remain in effect until Nov. 21 at least.While the extension of the closure was anticipated, given the ongoing rate of virus transmission on both sides of the border, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Blair tweeted. The current agreement on the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travel was first imposed in March and has been renewed every month since.Tourists and cross-border visits remain...

October 19, 2020
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Canada banning plastic bags, straws, cutlery and other single-use items by the end of 2021

Canada banning plastic bags, straws, cutlery and other single-use items by the end of 2021

AdvertisementOTTAWA --Under the of single-use plastics being banned in Canada, plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics will be out of use nationwide by the end of 2021.Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government’s next steps towards its plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.“When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products,” Wilkinson said, adding that he knows it’s hard to come back from a...

October 7, 2020
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Canada banning plastic bags, straws, cutlery and other single-use items by the end of 2021

Canada banning plastic bags, straws, cutlery and other single-use items by the end of 2021

AdvertisementOTTAWA --Under the of single-use plastics being banned in Canada, plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics will be out of use nationwide by the end of 2021.Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government’s next steps towards its plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.“When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products,” Wilkinson said, adding that he knows it’s hard to come back from a...

October 7, 2020
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Trump claims Canada wants U.S. border reopened

Trump claims Canada wants U.S. border reopened

OTTAWA --U.S. President Donald Trump says that Canada wants to see the Canada-U.S. border reopened, but the federal government says it’ll make the decision based on public health advice. “We're looking at the border with Canada. Canada would like it open, and you know we want to get back to normal business,” Trump said outside the White House on Friday.“We’re going to be reopening the borders pretty soon,” Trump said, adding that he thinks the U.S. is “rounding the turn” in that country’s still massive COVID-19 outbreak. To date there have been more than six million cases of COVID-19 in the...

September 18, 2020
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