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An issue for upcoming NAFTA talks: Getting Mexicans a pay raise

An issue for upcoming NAFTA talks: Getting Mexicans a pay raise

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The cost of Mexican labour will be an issue in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, participants acknowledged at an auto-industry conference, touching on one of the key sectors up for discussion. It’s an issue officials from the national governments have been raising in the runup to…

Canadian health advocates eye Portugal’s drug model to combat opioid crisis

Canadian health advocates eye Portugal’s drug model to combat opioid crisis

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OTTAWA — Canadian health-care experts, including B.C.’s provincial health officer, want the federal government to strongly consider Portugal’s approach to drug policy, including the decriminalization of personal possession. Portugal’s model could benefit British Columbia, said Dr. Perry Kendall, noting his province has seen increased overdose deaths from illicitly produced fentanyl…

Funding gap for Syrian refugees manifests in more kids working, marrying: UNICEF

Funding gap for Syrian refugees manifests in more kids working, marrying: UNICEF

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OTTAWA — Observers see a growing number of Syrian child brides as a tangible impact of the $3 billion gap between the financial needs of displaced Syrians in the Middle East and the funds available to pay for them. After seven years of living in exile, Syrians are increasingly under…

Soldiers help deal with crush of asylum seekers entering Quebec

Soldiers help deal with crush of asylum seekers entering Quebec

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SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. — Teams of Canadian soldiers stretched canvas across the metal frames of tents at a camp site near the Quebec-U.S. border as they helped fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada. The site, located on a flat stretch of grass behind the building…

Canadian retailers worry as Trump eyes duty-free goods increase in NAFTA talks

Canadian retailers worry as Trump eyes duty-free goods increase in NAFTA talks

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U.S. President Donald Trump may have unwittingly resurrected an issue that has been hotly contested for years in Canada’s retail industry when he unveiled his list of objectives for the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations. The White House is demanding Canada raise the value of goods American stores can send to Canada…

Premiers want more clarity from federal government on legalizing cannabis

Premiers want more clarity from federal government on legalizing cannabis

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EDMONTON — Canada’s premiers say the federal government needs to provide more clarity as they work to craft rules on legalizing marijuana — or Ottawa will face a call for a delay. “It’s great that the prime minister wants to stick to his deadline. That’s super-duper,” Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister…

PM Trudeau faces questions over Julie Payette appointment

PM Trudeau faces questions over Julie Payette appointment

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Governor General Designate Julie Payette will inspire Canadians, as he defends the pick following revelations she faced a quickly dropped assault charge. Trudeau’s office knew that Payette had been charged with second-degree assault prior to appointing her, . Payette’s Nov. 24, 2011 assault…

Bank governor credits Liberal stimulus with stronger economy

Bank governor credits Liberal stimulus with stronger economy

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OTTAWA — Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is crediting the Liberal government’s Canada Child Benefit program with the country’s strengthening economy, calling it “highly stimulative.” The federal government introduced the amended formula for providing money to parents of children under 18 years old as its first order of business…

Julie Payette: Things to know about the woman expected to be the new governor general

Julie Payette: Things to know about the woman expected to be the new governor general

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Julie Payette may be going from depths of outer space to the stately corridors of Rideau Hall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Canada’s 29th governor general outside the doors of the Senate. According to the Canadian Press, sources say Payette is the top contender for the job.…

BoC hikes interest rate for first time in seven years

BoC hikes interest rate for first time in seven years

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OTTAWA — The  hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly seven years in what may be the beginning of the end of the era of cheap borrowing that has fuelled the hot housing market and record levels of debt. The central bank raised its key interest…

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