U.S. unlikely to accept NAFTA gender chapter with teeth: trade experts

The Liberals want a feminist North American Free Trade Agreement, but trade experts say that will depend on reassuring the United States no one could use it to hold their feet to the fire. “I think U.S. support for such a chapter (on gender equality) would hinge upon the soft or hard nature of the commitments in any proposal with ...

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Shawn Mendes donates $100k to Mexican earthquake relief

Shawn Mendes has launched an online fundraiser to help those affected by the Mexican earthquake just days after he escaped safely from the quake ahead of a planned show in Mexico City, an incident he called “pretty scary.” The Canadian singer-songwriter and his manager, Andrew Gertler, have gotten things started with a $100,000 US donation to the fundraiser on GoFundMe’s ...

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Second Opinion | Are you jealous, or simply envious?

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Are you jealous,or simply envious? Is a serial killer the same as a mass murderer? Those are among the top 50 psychological terms that people get wrong, according to a professor ...

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Inside Canada’s efforts to inject climate change into NAFTA 2.0

Saturday September 23, 2017 Canada is looking to places beyond the White House to support a chapter on the environment in an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s indifference, at one point even denial, towards climate change. Ahead of the third round of negotiations in Ottawa this weekend and early next week, ...

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Political scandals and forgiveness: When we let go of indiscretions, when we don’t, and why

You don’t have to look far back into Canada’s political history books to find scandal. Some politicians bounce back from those scandals, though, while some don’t — and a pair of political experts say it’s not a simple task to determine why. Michael Atkinson, a professor at University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, said most of ...

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Climate change scientists fight for funding to save High Arctic lab

Some of Canada’s leading climate change scientists are fighting to keep the country’s northernmost research station in operation. The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Eureka, Nunavut, tracks atmospheric data that no other research station can, given its High Arctic latitude, only 1,110 kilometres from the North Pole. There, researchers study ozone depletion and how the thawing Arctic is contributing ...

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Canada looking to China ‘with our eyes wide open,’ says ambassador John McCallum

Canada’s ambassador to China says the Liberal government is still making its list of pros and cons about launching formal talks around a free trade deal with the global superpower, including the potential public fallout. “It’s in our genes, if you will, to do free trade agreements, but there are concerns. There are some industries which would not be happy. There ...

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Senate looks for a way forward on expenses after years of scandal

Many senators who lived through the auditor general’s recent review of expenses say the process cost too much and took too long — but the next step could be trying, too, as senators argue over the best way to keep an eye on expenses without racking up huge costs. The 2013-15 audit of senators’ expenses led by auditor general Michael Ferguson ...

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Tax reforms for private corporations need to be phased in, not slapped down: Jonathan Kay

“Right now, [Canadians] have a system that encourages wealthy Canadians to use private corporations to pay a lower tax rate than middle class Canadians,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the United Nations General Assembly this week. “That’s not fair, and we’re going to fix it.” One can only assume that attending delegates from around the world were on the edge ...

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‘Trump has scared the bejesus out of everyone’: How Canada could win the Amazon sweepstakes

Handicapping the Amazon sweepstakes has become something of a cottage industry in the last few weeks. Predictions of which city will land the company’s coveted second headquarters cite everything from the bright lights of big cities like New York and Boston to Denver’s crisp Rocky Mountain air to Chicago’s spot as a hurricane-free haven.   The vestiges of our latent national ...

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