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Obama meets with Canadian, Mexican leaders on border issues

US President Barack Obama Monday welcomed the leaders of Mexico and Canada for a North American summit taking place against a backdrop of a vicious drug war in Mexico and continental energy rows. Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived at the White House for a…

Transgender model cut from Canada Miss Universe

With blond locks, long legs and delicate features, Jenna Talackovawould have been a strong competitor in Canada’s Miss Universe pageant but was disqualified, she says, because she used to be male. The 23-year-old transgender model from the western Canadian city of Vancouver has accused the pageant of discrimination, and more than 28,000 supporters have…

Canada to allow foreign ownership for small telecoms

OTTAWA — Canada will lift foreign ownership restrictions on small local telecommunications firms, Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced Wednesday. The current limit of direct foreign investment in broadcasting and telecommunications carriers is 46.7 percent. Paradis told a press conference the restriction would be lifted for telecom companies that hold less…

Trial in class action suits against Big Tobacco to get underway in Canada

A groundbreaking trial gets underway in Montreal Monday against three leading tobacco companies which face a $25 billion lawsuit for allegedly failing to adequately warn smokers of the dangers of cigarettes. Plaintiffs have filed two separate class actions in what is Canada’s biggest-ever civilian lawsuit, against Imperial Tobacco, JTI-Macdonald and…

Canadian election watchdog probing Paypal for robocalls

Canada’s elections watchdog focused Tuesday on online payments company PayPal’s records as part of a probe of “robocalls” that misdirected voters to fake polling stations during last year’s election. “PayPal has been served a production order in regards to the Elections Canada investigation,” the company said in a statement. Production…

Canada targets Syrian central bank in new sanctions

OTTAWA — Canada imposed Monday a fresh round of sanctions on Syria targeting the central bank and seven cabinet ministers in a bid to halt President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly crackdown on dissent. The Canadian embassy in Damascus and a consulate also were shuttered and Canadian diplomats left the country, the…

Canada threatens trade war with EU over oil sands

MONTREAL — Canada has threatened to lodge a World Trade Organization complaint against the European Union if the bloc labels oil from Alberta’s tar sands as highly polluting, documents published Monday show. Environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe obtained a copy of a letter sent in December by Canada’s…

Canada’s use of torture data sparks outcry

OTTAWA — Human rights groups and opposition leaders in Canada were in uproar after the nation’s public safety minister this week defended the use of information extracted through torture “if Canadian lives are at stake.” According a directive obtained by Canadian media through an access to information request, Ottawa ordered…

Deported Rwandan charged with plotting genocide

KIGALI — A Rwandan sought by the authorities in Kigali over the 1994 genocide and deported by Canada after a long legal battle, was charged Thursday with plotting genocide, incitement and distribution of arms. Leon Mugesera, who had been fighting his deportation to Rwanda for the past 16 years, asked…

More Russia diplomats depart Canada: report

OTTAWA — Canada has expelled two more Russian diplomats following the arrest earlier this month of a Canadian soldier charged with leaking secrets to a foreign entity, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Canada’s Globe and Mail said the two diplomats had been removed from the list of envoys officially recognized by…

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