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Border Crossers Shift from Manitoba to Quebec, According to June Stats

Border Crossers Shift from Manitoba to Quebec, According to June Stats

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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The Canadian port of entry near Emerson, Manitoba. (CBSA)

OTTAWA – There has been a “pronounced” shift in where the RCMP are arresting people crossing illegally into Canada, new figures released Friday indicate.

The federal government data, including preliminary figures for June, show a drop in the number of people being apprehended in Manitoba, but a major increase in Quebec.

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Veteran Telecom Exec Could Make CRTC Less Consumer Friendly, Advocates Warn

Veteran Telecom Exec Could Make CRTC Less Consumer Friendly, Advocates Warn

By The Canadian Press

Jean-Pierre Blais
Outgoing CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais holds a news conference to announce a decision on basic telecommunications service in Canada, Wednesday December 21, 2016 in Gatineau, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

GATINEAU, Que. – The appointment of telecom industry insider Ian Scott as the next chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has sparked both concerns that the regulator could soon be taken in a less consumer friendly direction and hope for a new direction.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced Scott’s appointment Tuesday, while also naming Caroline Simard as the CRTC’s vice-chairwoman, saying the two have a “deep understanding of what Canadians expect in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems.”

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency Expands Yogurt Recall to Yoplait and Liberte

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Expands Yogurt Recall to Yoplait and Liberte

By The Canadian Press

Yogurt Recall
Four yogurt products, including Yoplait Minigo, have been recalled due to concerns some may contain pieces of plastic. (YOPLAIT.CA)

OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.

The national recall of General Mills Canada Corp. products includes some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram pouches, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.

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NDP Leadership Hopefuls Take Aim at Wall, Pallister in Prairie Debate

NDP Leadership Hopefuls Take Aim at Wall, Pallister in Prairie Debate

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Jagmeet Singh
Ontario deputy NDP leader Jagmeet Singh launches his bid for the federal NDP leadership in Brampton, Ont., on Monday, May 15, 2017. Climate change will likely emerge as a key component of the latest NDP leadership debate as the candidates square off in a province where the government is in a fight with Ottawa over carbon pricing. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – NDP leadership contenders vying for the same job found some common ground Tuesday night in their vociferous opposition to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister on carbon pricing.

Their fifth leadership debate, held in Saskatoon, marks the beginning of the last half of the race for a party hoping to rebuild and grow following the painful results of the 2015 election including in western Canada.

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Commissioner Resigns from Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Commissioner Resigns from Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Marilyn Poitras
Marilyn Poitras, one of the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, takes part in a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says Poitras has resigned as a commissioner. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

OTTAWA – A commissioner on the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has announced she will resign at the end of this week — a departure that raises new questions among advocates about how much faith they can put in the much-anticipated process.

Marilyn Poitras, one of five commissioners named by the Liberal government last summer to examine the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls, explained her decision in a letter to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Museums Seek Renewed Relevancy as a Source to Combat ‘Fake News’

Museums Seek Renewed Relevancy as a Source to Combat ‘Fake News’

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights (HANDOUT)

OTTAWA – During peak tourist season, thousands of people stream into Canada’s national museums each day — and this summer is already shaping up to be even stronger than usual in Ottawa, thanks to Canada 150 celebrations.

But the spike in visits isn’t just about the summer.

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City Considers Asking Feds for $182 Million for Winnipeg Streets

City Considers Asking Feds for $182 Million for Winnipeg Streets

Justin Trudeau - Brian Bowman
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, meets with Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2016 Annual Conference in Winnipeg on Friday, June 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

A report published Friday for Winnipeg City Council’s Executive Policy Committee (EPC) recommends the city ask the federal government for $182 million from the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) to be used to fix city streets.

A release from the city sent out Friday says the combined funding from all three levels of government would total more than half a billion dollars over six years towards regional street renewals, if the request is approved by the feds.

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Indigenous Families Need Reassurance as Inquiry Director Resigns, Group Says

Indigenous Families Need Reassurance as Inquiry Director Resigns, Group Says

By The Canadian Press

MMIW Inquiry
Commissioners, right to left, Brian Eyolfson, Qajaq Robinson, Marilyn Poitas, Chief Commissioner Marion Buller and Michele Audette are seen during media availability at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Whitehorse, Yukon, on Monday, May 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its executive director.

The inquiry issued a statement Friday afternoon saying its executive director Michele Moreau would be officially leaving July 21 for personal reasons. They have not said when a new executive will be hired.

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Downie Takes to Parliament Hill to Speak Out for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Downie Takes to Parliament Hill to Speak Out for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Gord Downie
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie speaks to the crowd on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during We Day celebrations on Sunday, July 2, 2017. (CANADA 150 / FACEBOOK)
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Thousands take in We Day celebrations in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday. (CANADA 150 / FACEBOOK)

OTTAWA – Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made a rare public appearance Sunday to bring attention to the ongoing plight of some of Canada’s young indigenous people, likening it to the same kind of pain young people suffered in the now defunct residential schools.

He told young people gathered at festivities surrounding “We Day,” the movement inspired by children’s rights activist brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, that they can learn a lot about the history of government-funded, church-run residential schools, where indigenous children endured widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

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Michael Buble Thanks Canadians for Honour During ‘Emotionally Difficult Time’

Michael Buble Thanks Canadians for Honour During ‘Emotionally Difficult Time’

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press

Michael Buble
Governor General David Johnston presents Michael Buble with the National Arts Centre Award during the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Canadian singer Michael Buble said he is humbled to be able to represent his home country on musical stages around the world and feel supported during what has been a tough time for his young family.

“I stand here truly humbled that I have been allowed to be one of your musical representatives and that you would choose to bestow this honour upon me during what has been an emotionally difficult time for my family,” Buble said Wednesday during a rare public appearance in Ottawa.

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