Two Tory MPs Call on Ottawa to Stop Illegal Canada-U.S. Border Crossings

Two Tory MPs Call on Ottawa to Stop Illegal Canada-U.S. Border Crossings

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

Michelle Rempel
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in Ottawa. Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

MONTREAL – Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada.

Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement tweeted on Sunday that illegal crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement.

“The government must respond to this situation in a way that keeps Canadians safe, and sends a strong message to those considering an illegal crossing that there are proper channels to do this,” Rempel wrote.

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‘I Wouldn’t Have Let Him Go’: Minneapolis Woman Shocked Friend Walked to Canada

‘I Wouldn’t Have Let Him Go’: Minneapolis Woman Shocked Friend Walked to Canada

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

Saciido Shaie
Saciido Shaie, founder and President of the Umma Project holds a picture of herself and close friend Mohamed Badal at a Somali restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Saciido Shaie says something seemed to be weighing on her friend Mohamed Badal in the days before he vanished. Badal, a Somali man who spent months trekking four continents before landing in the United States, had been preparing to appeal a rejected asylum application when Donald Trump became president. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

MINNEAPOLIS – Saciido Shaie says something seemed to be weighing on her friend Mohamed Badal in the days before he vanished.

Badal, a Somali man who spent months trekking four continents before landing in the United States, had been preparing to appeal a rejected asylum application when Donald Trump became president.

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Hundreds Attend Funeral Saturday for the Man Behind ‘Sharkwater’ Documentary

Hundreds Attend Funeral Saturday for the Man Behind ‘Sharkwater’ Documentary

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

Rob Stewart
Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist Rob Stewart died earlier this year while diving in the Florida Keys. (INSTAGRAM)

TORONTO – Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart was remembered Saturday as a lovable scamp who channelled his passion for the environment into a global movement.

Hundreds of mourners filled the pews and spilled into the lobby of a Toronto church for Stewart’s funeral. Stewart, 37, died while scuba diving off the coast of Florida earlier this year.

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Festival du Voyageur Alters Plans Due to Warm Weather, Closed River Trail

Festival du Voyageur Alters Plans Due to Warm Weather, Closed River Trail

WINNIPEG — Festival du Voyageur organizers are rolling with the punches being dealt by Mother Nature on the opening weekend of the 10-day event.

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Festival du Voyageur Melting
Snow sculptures at Festival du Voyageur were melting and creating puddles on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

A rapid thaw and spring-like temperatures on Saturday forced the closure of the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks, where many Festival activities had been planned to complement the fun to be had at Voyageur Park across the river.

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How Second Cup’s Promotional Piaggios Narrowly Avoided the Scrap Heap

How Second Cup’s Promotional Piaggios Narrowly Avoided the Scrap Heap

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Second Cup Piaggio
One of Second Cup’s three-wheeled Piaggio vehicles, used for marketing and promotional purposes. (MARKETINGMAG.CA)

OTTAWA – They are the marketing darlings of the Second Cup franchise, and bureaucracy nearly killed them.

The tale of the two Piaggio three-wheeled vehicles that were given life in Italy, overhauled in Ireland and then put to work in Canada appears to have come to an end after a last-second political plea spared the vehicles from the scrap yard.

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Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Small Business Retail

NEEPAWA, Man. — Look down any Main Street in rural Manitoba and you’re guaranteed to see one thing — lots of small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy, but nowhere is this more evident than in rural communities. In Manitoba, Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 97.6 percent of the province’s businesses were small.

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Rest in Peace: The Politics of Remembering the Personal Failings of the Dead

Rest in Peace: The Politics of Remembering the Personal Failings of the Dead

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

Irvine Fraser
A women places some money in a donation box as Winnipeg bus drivers gathered to support each other at a rally for Irvine Fraser, who was killed by a passenger, and to demand safety improvements on buses outside city hall in Winnipeg, Friday, February 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

TORONTO – Tradition dictates that when we bury the dead, we also bury their faults, failings and any transgressions.

“Don’t speak ill of the dead” is an enduring mantra for many who would rather put their pain to rest than continue to dwell on it.

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