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Terrorism Concerns Lead to Security Changes at Passport Offices

Terrorism Concerns Lead to Security Changes at Passport Offices

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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A passenger holds a Canadian passport before boarding a flight in Ottawa on Jan 23, 2007. The federal government has been quietly making changes to passport offices in a bid to improve security and address concerns that the facilities could be easy targets for a terrorist attack. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson)

OTTAWA – The federal government has been quietly making changes to passport offices in a bid to improve security and address concerns that the facilities could be easy targets for a terrorist attack.

Civil servants in passport and other government offices have for years faced bomb threats, and hostility from individuals who are disgruntled, drunk or suffering mental illnesses.

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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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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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Canadian Envoy Fires Back at Trump Over Dairy, Says Criticism Not Based on Facts

Canadian Envoy Fires Back at Trump Over Dairy, Says Criticism Not Based on Facts

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

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President Donald Trump speaks at Snap-On Tools, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

OTTAWA – Canada’s envoy to Washington has shot back at criticism by President Donald Trump and U.S. milk producers, saying the facts don’t support a charge that the Canadian dairy industry is to blame for the woes of some American farmers.

“Canada does not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States,” Ambassador David MacNaughton said in a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York that was released Tuesday night in rebuttal to Trump’s surprise criticism of Canada earlier in the day.

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Subway Files Defamation Suit Against CBC Over Reports

Subway Files Defamation Suit Against CBC Over Reports

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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People walk into the CBC building in Toronto on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – Subway has filed a defamation lawsuit against the CBC over reports the sandwich chain alleges have caused it to suffer significant sales losses.

In a statement of claim filed with a Toronto court earlier this month, Subway takes issue with television and online reports as well as tweets published by the broadcaster, which it alleges were meant to discredit the company and its products.

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