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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

Canadian Passport
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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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

Canadian Security Intelligence Service
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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$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

Marijuana
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

Refugees
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

Donald Trump
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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March Home Sales Hit Record High, Canadian Real Estate Association Says

March Home Sales Hit Record High, Canadian Real Estate Association Says

By Craig Wong, The Canadian Press

For Sale Sign
A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes on April 9, 2017. The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales last month hit a record high.The association says home sales over its Multiple Listings Service system increased by 1.1 per cent in March to top the previous monthly record set in April 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

OTTAWA – Home sales across the country hit a record high last month, propped up by transactions in the fiercely hot market of Toronto, further fuelling concerns about the city’s real estate sector.

The Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday home sales over its Multiple Listings Service system increased by 1.1 per cent in March to top the previous monthly record set in April 2016. On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales totalled 46,353, up from 45,856 in February.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency Adds More Products to Flour Recall List

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Adds More Products to Flour Recall List

By The Canadian Press

Robin Hood Flour
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is issuing a recall for the Robin Hood brand of all-purpose flour sold in Western Canada due to possible E. coli contamination. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

OTTAWA – A national recall of flour due to E. coli contamination, which was first announced last month, has been expanded yet again.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s recall on March 28 affected Robin Hood flour sold in four provinces in Western Canada and was later expanded across the country.

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The High Road: Canada Embarks on Game-Changing Legal Marijuana Experiment

The High Road: Canada Embarks on Game-Changing Legal Marijuana Experiment

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Ralph Goodale - Jody Wilson-Raybould - Jane Philpott
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, left to right, Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Health Minister Jane Philpott announce changes regarding the legalization of marijuana during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – The federal government is steering Canada into a bold and risky social experiment with proposed new laws legalizing recreational marijuana for those aged 18 and older — and stringent new criminal sanctions for those who break them.

The bundle of bills tabled Thursday in the House of Commons marks the start of a lengthy process which, once complete in July 2018, will usher in a dramatic cultural change, its ramifications reaching into nearly every aspect of Canadian society.

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