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Trudeau appoints Bob Rae as special envoy to Myanmar

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is appointing Bob Rae a special envoy to Myanmar, two months into a growing crisis that has left 600,000 Rohingya Muslim people displaced. The move comes in response to growing public pressure to act in the face of what Canada and the United Nations have labeled ethnic cleansing of a long persecuted minority in Myanmar. As ...

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Goodale asks U.S. to help stop illegal border crossings into Canada

Canada’s Public Safety Minister has told his American counter part to keep a “wary eye” on the travel visas it issues to the United States. In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused. “We have asked them to go back upstream and examine the ...

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Living and loving the Cold War: The wild ride of a Canadian diplomat and spy

They don’t make careers like this anymore. Dodging the secret police in Cold War Berlin. Cranking up the music to deafen the KGB bugs in Moscow. Spying for the CIA in Havana. Rallying Afghan warlords to thrash the Russians. Wrangling former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s meditation session with Indira Gandhi. Faking documents to spirit a hostage out of Tehran. Diplomacy ...

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Survivors wait for next steps in effort to preserve ‘horror stories’ of residential schools

Residential school survivors say they are waiting for answers about how records of their experiences will be preserved in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling. The court handed down a decision this month laying out guidelines for what should happen to more than 38,000 accounts of abuse of former students. They were collected as part of the federal government’s ...

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‘I’ll never stop fighting,’ says Kitchener Rohingya man after 2-week stint in Bangladesh camps

Amid the despair and hunger of a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Ahmed Ullah watched as a young girl snuck into a food line. The Canadian aid worker looked on as the orphaned child — just five years old and with mental disabilities — tried to get something to eat. Instead, she was beaten by members of the Bangladeshi military. “They’re treating them worse than animals,” Ullah says. The Kitchener, Ont., resident ...

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At age 6, he was flagged a security threat. Now he’s taking fight to clear his name to Ottawa

Two years after Adam Ahmed was stopped at Pearson airport while travelling to a hockey game and flagged as a possible security threat, the young boy’s fight to clear his name and that of hundreds of others is heading to Parliament Hill. On Friday, dressed in his best suit and red sneakers, the eight-year-old boy did something few others his age have ...

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‘I’ll never stop fighting,’ says Kitchener Rohingya man after 2-week stint in Bangladesh camps

Amid the despair and hunger of a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Ahmed Ullah watched as a young girl snuck into a food line. The Canadian aid worker looked on as the orphaned child — just five years old and with mental disabilities — tried to get something to eat. Instead, she was beaten by members of the Bangladeshi military. “They’re treating them worse than animals,” Ullah says. The Kitchener, Ont., resident ...

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Trudeau reluctant to reveal too much on Quebec’s face-covering law: Aaron Wherry

Over the course of three days this week, the prime minister was poked and prodded for a position on Bill 62. The Quebec law, passed by the provincial legislature on Tuesday, prohibits anyone delivering or receiving public services from covering their face. That again makes an issue of the niqab. On Wednesday, in the House of Commons, a Bloc MP asked Justin Trudeau to guarantee the federal government would neither ...

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Senate delay on sex assault training for judges bill ‘makes my blood boil’: Ambrose

In the wake of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s meteoric downfall over sexual misconduct allegations and the rise of the #metoo campaign, former interim leader Rona Ambrose said it’s frustrating the Senate still hasn’t passed her bill mandating sexual assault training for judges. “It makes my blood boil, to be honest, because it’s really about creating a level of confidence so ...

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‘The old guard in revolt’: Why ex-presidents are violating code of silence to fight ‘Trumpism’

In an extraordinary violation of a golden rule about ex-presidents criticizing a successor, former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both implicitly rebuked Donald Trump on Thursday. But Bush’s critique is particularly remarkable, experts say, since it’s seen as an attack on a fellow Republican in a civil war over the soul of the Grand Old Party. That the back-to-back takedowns came from two ...

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