Politics

International adoptions decline dramatically in Canada

The number of international adoptions has declined dramatically in Canada in the last five years due to tighter country controls, exorbitant costs and alternative routes to parenthood. Last year, there were only 793 international adoptions in Canada, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). That’s the lowest number in decades, and nearly half the total from 2012, ...

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Migrants with no status in the U.S. battle anxiety as they await Trump’s next move

In the U.S. immigration debate, it’s called “twilight status,” and for many who hold it, the light is flickering and fading. Unlike Canada or Mexico, which both routinely deport almost anyone without a valid visa, the U.S. government allows otherwise-illegal immigrants to remain without legal status — sheltered under various forms of government sufferance. About 59,000 Haitians received Temporary Protected Status ...

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DND uncertain how best to defend satellites

The Canadian military is looking for ways to prevent its satellites from being shot down or disabled, but is faced with an international legal vacuum that makes it tough to know how far the country can go to protect its property, government documents show. The Liberal government’s recent defence policy review committed the country to “the peaceful use of space,” ...

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Potential NDP leader Jagmeet Singh might not rush to join the House. Is that a problem?

You might forgive a potential NDP leader for not thinking his time is best spent in the House of Commons, taking part in the daily food fight that is question period. That’s because of Tom Mulcair. Widely praised for his parliamentary interrogations of Stephen Harper in 2014 and 2015, Mulcair was touted by no less than Brian Mulroney as the ...

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Birmingham mayor defiant after boarding up Confederate monument

The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., says he’s not backing down from his decision to board up a monument erected by the descendants of Confederate soldiers, even as the state’s attorney general sues his city for the move. Mayor William A. Bell Sr. says the 15-metre-tall obelisk dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1905 doesn’t tell the correct story of his ...

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United Conservative Party application rejected by Calgary Pride parade

Without clear policy supporting the LGBTQ community, members of the newly formed United Conservative Party won’t be permitted to take part in this year’s Calgary Pride parade. Instead, UCP members are being asked to first complete a three-hour workshop hosted by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre aimed at increasing “the comfort and skill of professionals to talk about sexual health, relationships, gender ...

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While presidential committees collapse, Canada-U.S. council on women in business still active

While three presidential advisory committees have disbanded in the wake of Donald Trump’s comments about an “alt-right” rally in Virginia, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders remains active, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. Comprised of 10 executives from the two countries, the council was launched in February when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with ...

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Steve Bannon, innovator in weaponized news, is hoisted by his own petard: Keith Boag

He’s gone, but give Steve Bannon credit. The former Breitbart CEO turned senior strategist in President Donald Trump’s White House was one shrewd innovator in the dark arts of weaponized news, and he was able to parlay that into the biggest political upset in modern American history. But it looks as if Bannon’s skill in manipulating media might have helped spark the friendly ...

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1 Canadian killed, 4 injured in Barcelona attack, Ottawa confirms

Breaking ‘We must stand firm against the spread of hate and intolerance in all its forms,’ Trudeau says CBC News Posted: Aug 18, 2017 5:29 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 5:29 PM ET Related Stories A Canadian citizen was killed and four others injured in the attack in Barcelona, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday.  “It was with ...

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