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Opening Shot Coming This Week in Fifth Softwood Lumber War Between Canada-U.S.

Opening Shot Coming This Week in Fifth Softwood Lumber War Between Canada-U.S.

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

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The United States border crossing is shown Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Lacolle, Que., south of Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

WASHINGTON – The opening shot in a fifth softwood-lumber war between the United States and Canada is expected this week, and policy-makers north of the border are preparing to calculate the potential damage of American duties.

The U.S. Commerce Department is likely to announce Tuesday the first of two anticipated duties on Canadian softwood, which would be applied on Canadian imports as they were in disputes in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

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Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Import Fentanyl into U.S.

Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Import Fentanyl into U.S.

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

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Canadian border guards are silhouetted as they replace each other at an inspection booth at the Douglas border crossing on the Canada-USA border in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday August 20, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to attempting to export fentanyl products and other synthetic drugs from China into the United States.

A release from the U.S. Attorney in New York says Karl Morrison, 59, of Kitchener, Ont., faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to US$1 million for attempting to export furanyl fentanyl, along with pentylone — a designer drug that is comparable to ecstasy.

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Miss Vickie’s Recalls Jalapeno-Flavoured Chips Due to Possible Salmonella

Miss Vickie’s Recalls Jalapeno-Flavoured Chips Due to Possible Salmonella

By The Canadian Press

Miss Vickie's JalapenoMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Miss Vickie’s is voluntarily recalling its jalapeno-flavoured kettle cooked potato chips due to the potential presence of salmonella in the seasoning used in the product.

The company says the recall is the result of a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno powder that could contain salmonella.

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Former Cabinet Minister Turned Manitoba Judge Broke Ethics Law: Commissioner

Former Cabinet Minister Turned Manitoba Judge Broke Ethics Law: Commissioner

By The Canadian Press

Former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / CHRISD.CA FILE)

OTTAWA – Canada’s former public safety minister has had his wrist slapped by the federal ethics commissioner for violating conflict of interest rules.

Vic Toews was a Conservative MP from Manitoba and senior minister in Stephen Harper’s government between 2006 and 2013. He is now a judge on the Court of Queen’s Bench in Manitoba.

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Spy Data Centre’s Use of Security Assessment Info Troubles Privacy Czar: Letters

Spy Data Centre’s Use of Security Assessment Info Troubles Privacy Czar: Letters

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A sign for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service building is shown in Ottawa on May 14, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – The controversial data-crunching centre run by Canada’s spy agency has long been using personal details gleaned from security clearance forms to help with national security probes — a practice that worries the federal privacy watchdog, newly disclosed letters show.

The correspondence reveals that for at least five years the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s Operational Data Analysis Centre has drawn upon private information — provided during security assessments for employment and immigration purposes — to assist with CSIS terrorism and espionage investigations.

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CRTC Hopes Differential Pricing Ruling Will Give Consumers More Data for Less Money

CRTC Hopes Differential Pricing Ruling Will Give Consumers More Data for Less Money

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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TORONTO – Internet service providers can no longer exempt some content, like certain video and music streaming applications, from counting towards customers’ data caps, says Canada’s telecommunications watchdog.

The CRTC ruled that ISPs must treat all web traffic equally and cannot prioritize such content by exempting its use from being tallied towards a data cap. The practice, known as differential pricing, could give an unfair advantage or disadvantage to some content providers and consumers, the commission said.

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$631 Pardon Fee a ‘Significant’ Barrier, Majority Tell Feds in Consultation

$631 Pardon Fee a ‘Significant’ Barrier, Majority Tell Feds in Consultation

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

Graham James
Graham James arrives at court for sentencing in Winnipeg on March 20, 2012. The $631 fee to apply for a criminal pardon poses a substantial hurdle for people trying to turn their lives around, said a large majority of those who responded to a federal consultation.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

OTTAWA – The $631 fee to apply for a criminal pardon poses a substantial hurdle for people trying to turn their lives around, said a large majority of those who responded to a federal consultation.

Eighty per cent indicated the fee is a significant barrier while 16 per cent considered it a modest barrier, says a newly released briefing note about the consultation results.

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Pharmacy Distributors Want in on Canada’s Legalized Marijuana Regime

Pharmacy Distributors Want in on Canada’s Legalized Marijuana Regime

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

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In this Sept. 30, 2016, file photo, a harvester examines marijuana buds from a trimming machine near Corvallis, Ore. The federal government’s plans for legalizing recreational marijuana has many would-be players looking to carve out a role for themselves in the emerging market, including pharmaceutical distributors who already ship drugs across the country. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

OTTAWA – The federal government’s plans for legalizing recreational marijuana has many would-be players looking to carve out a role for themselves in the emerging market, including pharmaceutical distributors who already ship drugs across the country.

The Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management — a supplier of medicine for pharmacies and hospitals — says it has a ready-made system for marijuana distribution that they say is far superior to mail-order pot.

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WestJet to Fly Low-Cost Carrier by End of the Year

WestJet to Fly Low-Cost Carrier by End of the Year

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The tail of a WestJet plane dwarfs the Calgary skyline before the airline’s annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

WestJet plans to introduce a new ultra-low-cost carrier with expectations to get it off the ground by late 2017.

The Calgary-based airline says it will include an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s.

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RCMP Stopped 887 People Trying to Illegally Enter Canada Last Month; 170 in Manitoba

RCMP Stopped 887 People Trying to Illegally Enter Canada Last Month; 170 in Manitoba

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

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Early Sunday morning, February 26, 2017, eight migrants from Somalia cross into Canada illegally from the United States by walking down this train track into the town of Emerson, Man., where they will seek asylum at Canada Border Services Agency. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

OTTAWA – The number of people stopped by the RCMP after illegally entering Canada rose in March.

New figures released Wednesday by the federal government show the RCMP intercepted 887 people crossing between official border points, up from 658 in February and 315 in January.

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