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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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College of Family Physicians Calls for Review of Safe Third Country Agreement

College of Family Physicians Calls for Review of Safe Third Country Agreement

By The Canadian Press

Emerson Refugees
Fadel Alshawwa, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, brings blankets into a community hall for refugees that may walk across the border in Emerson, Man. Thursday, February 9, 2016. Refugees have been crossing into Canada at Emerson and authorities had a town hall meeting in Emerson to discuss their options. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

OTTAWA – A physician’s organization wants a review of an agreement that it says is preventing refugees coming from the U.S. to seek asylum in Canada.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada says it is worried about the health of migrants who have suffered from exposure to extreme winter cold after crossing into Manitoba and other provinces.

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Google, Facebook Argue Against ‘Punitive’ Tax Proposal for Digital Media

Google, Facebook Argue Against ‘Punitive’ Tax Proposal for Digital Media

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

La Presse
A tablet is seen on the paper edition of a La Presse newspaper, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

OTTAWA – Proposals for tax changes aimed at helping Canadian publishers fight for revenues with online news aggregators would result in a punitive “tax on advertisers,” executives from Google Canada and Facebook Canada told a Commons committee studying the country’s media industry.

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Revoked Nexus Trusted-Traveller Cards Reinstated, at Least for Now: Minister

Revoked Nexus Trusted-Traveller Cards Reinstated, at Least for Now: Minister

By The Canadian Press

NEXUS
A Canada Border Services Agency officer speaks with a traveller at the Nexus office at the airport in Ottawa, in a May 8, 2012, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – The federal public safety minister says revoked, trusted-traveller Nexus border cards held by about 200 Canadian permanent residents have been reinstated, at least for now.

Ralph Goodale says the Nexus cards, which help people cross the border more swiftly, were cancelled a few days ago because a recent U.S. executive order on immigration made the holders ineligible.

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‘My Cellphone Bill is How Much??’ CRTC Looks to Strengthen Wireless Code

‘My Cellphone Bill is How Much??’ CRTC Looks to Strengthen Wireless Code

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Pokemon - Phone
The national telecom regulator will look at ways to give parents more control over household cellphone data charges as part of a review of its four-year-old wireless code of conduct being held this week in Gatineau, Que. A Pokemon appears on a smartphone playing Pokemon Go, in Toronto in a July 19, 2016, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

OTTAWA – The national telecom regulator will look at ways to give parents more control over household cellphone data charges as part of a review of its four-year-old wireless code of conduct being held this week in Gatineau, Que.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is also looking for ways to tighten rules governing wireless service cancellation fees, says a spokeswoman for the agency.

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72 Candidates Selected to Vie for a Spot in Canada’s Team of Astronauts

72 Candidates Selected to Vie for a Spot in Canada’s Team of Astronauts

By The Canadian Press

Jeremy Hansen
Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen speaks during an event announcing the recruitment of new astronauts Friday June 17, 2016 at the Museum of Aviation in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – A military fighter pilot, a navigation engineer for NASA, and a doctor specializing in brain and spinal injuries are among the candidates short-listed by the Canadian Space Agency to join the country’s team of astronauts.

The space agency released the list Wednesday of the 72 people selected out of the 3,772 applications submitted online for two new spots in its program.

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Transport Canada Issues Safety Recall of 7,143 Pontiac and Saturn Vehicles

Transport Canada Issues Safety Recall of 7,143 Pontiac and Saturn Vehicles

By The Canadian Press

Pontiac Solstice
In a photo provided by General Motors, a 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe is seen. Transport Canada has issued a safety recall notice for 7,143 sport cars under the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky brands. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/General Motors, ho)

OTTAWA – Transport Canada has issued a safety recall notice for 7,143 sport cars under the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky brands.

The government agency says that airbags in the front passenger area of certain vehicles may fail to deploy during a crash.

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Language Complaints Filed Over Trudeau’s French Answers to English Questions

Language Complaints Filed Over Trudeau’s French Answers to English Questions

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a town hall in Sherbrooke, Que. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received nine complaints related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s French-only answers to English questions at a public meeting in Quebec. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

OTTAWA – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received nine complaints related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s French-only answers to English questions at a public meeting in Quebec.

Spokesman Nelson Kalil said Thursday the office is launching an investigation into the complaints.

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Trudeau Aims to Connect with Canadians in Coffee Shops, Church Basements

Trudeau Aims to Connect with Canadians in Coffee Shops, Church Basements

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
The city of vancouver is shown in the background as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours a tugboat in Vancouver Harbour, Tuesday, Dec.20, 2016. Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ringing in the new year with a determined effort to re-establish his connection with grassroots Canadians after closing out 2016 amid accusations of kowtowing to wealthy donors at elite Liberal fundraisers.

Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country.

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Manitoba Newspaper Publisher Tells MPs Local Reporting Needed to Overcome Canada’s News Blues

Manitoba Newspaper Publisher Tells MPs Local Reporting Needed to Overcome Canada’s News Blues

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

Newspaper Boxes
A man walks past newspaper boxes containing the Vancouver Sun and the Province in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – The publisher of a small southern Manitoba family of weekly newspapers made an appeal for back-to-basics local reporting Thursday to a group of MPs examining Canada’s beleaguered news industry.

The gruff, to-the-point testimony by Ken Waddell of the Neepawa Banner, Neepawa Press and River Banner helped ground a Commons committee inquiry mired in months of often contradictory hearings.

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