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Cannabis-Carrying Border-Crossers Could Be Hit with Fines Under Coming System

Cannabis-Carrying Border-Crossers Could Be Hit with Fines Under Coming System

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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Mature cannabis plants are photographed at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility during the grand opening event in Fenwick, Ont., on June 26, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

OTTAWA — Travellers caught sneaking small amounts of marijuana into Canada could soon be forced to pay fines.

Although stiff criminal penalties will remain options on the books, the federal border agency is developing administrative sanctions to give it more flexibility to deal with people who arrive at the border with cannabis in the era of legal recreational use.

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New Canada Food Guide Nixes Portion Sizes, Promotes Plant-Based Proteins

New Canada Food Guide Nixes Portion Sizes, Promotes Plant-Based Proteins

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

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Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, right, and nutritionist Jessica Cole look over samples of some of the food groups at the unveiling of Canada’s new Food Guide, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

OTTAWA — Drink more water and eat more plants, Canada’s new food guide says, doing away with the traditional food groups and serving counts familiar to generations of students in health classes across the land.

The food-guide facelift unveiled Tuesday, the first in 12 years, reflects a new approach by Health Canada aimed at promoting healthier eating and lifestyle choices, rather than emphasizing serving sizes and specific foods.

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Huawei Not Only Firm That Could Build Canada’s Eventual 5G Networks: Liberals

Huawei Not Only Firm That Could Build Canada’s Eventual 5G Networks: Liberals

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA — Chinese telecom giant Huawei isn’t the only company that can build Canada’s next-generation wireless networks, the Trudeau government said Monday as China muted its threat to retaliate if Canada bans the company.

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains offered a sharp retort to China’s ambassador to Canada, who warned last week of repercussions if the federal government bars Huawei from supplying equipment for faster, more resilient communications systems than cellphone users have now.

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Winter Storm Brings Snow, Rain, Wind and Cold to Eastern, Central Canada

Winter Storm Brings Snow, Rain, Wind and Cold to Eastern, Central Canada

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

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A pedestrian walks past a snowbank on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, January 20, 2019. A powerful winter storm that brought heavy rain and snow to much of Eastern and Central Canada has closed schools, flooded streets, knocked out power and is forcing school buses to stay off the roads in Toronto today as temperatures plummet. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

A powerful storm brought heavy snow and rain and bitter temperatures to much of Eastern and Central Canada, reminding Canadians of the many ways an unforgiving climate can disrupt their lives.

The widespread storm closed schools, flooded streets, knocked out power and forced school buses to stay off the roads in many areas Monday as temperatures began to plummet.

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250 Passengers Stranded Aboard Airplane in Frigid Labrador for 16 Hours

250 Passengers Stranded Aboard Airplane in Frigid Labrador for 16 Hours

By The Canadian Press

Goose Bay United Flight
A United flight sits on the runway in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (LLOYD SLADE PHOTO)
Goose Bay United Flight
Passengers leave a plane and board buses to change planes in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Sonjay Dutt)

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — An end is finally in sight for passengers who spent 16 gruelling hours on a plane grounded on a tarmac in frigid Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., though a passenger was left frustrated by the experience and wondering why it took so long to get help.

“You’re cold, you’re tired, you’re hungry,” said Sonjay Dutt, a professional wrestler who was travelling to an event in China.

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There’s an App for That? CRA Eyes New, Digitally Secure Way to Access Services

There’s an App for That? CRA Eyes New, Digitally Secure Way to Access Services

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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The Canada Revenue Agency headquarters in Ottawa is shown on Friday, November 4, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Canada’s tax agency has quietly tested a new way for Canadians to log in to their online accounts that should make it easier for Canadians to access government services while keeping would-be crooks out.

The new system could also be pushed into the private sector as the government and banks look to reduce the chances of identity fraud.

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Fighting the Livestock Antibiotic Resistance: Jackman-Atkinson

Fighting the Livestock Antibiotic Resistance: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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NEEPAWA, Man. — Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but the livestock sector doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Producers were reminded of that late last year when new regulations came into effect regarding the purchase of antimicrobials, commonly known as antibiotics.

Starting December 1, 2018, the way in which Canadian livestock producers can purchase medically important antibiotics changed. While in the past, producers could buy some antibiotics, such as penicillin or tetracycline, at their local farm supply store, they’ll now need a prescription from a licensed veterinarian in order to purchase these commonly used medications. The changes are part of federal legislation aimed at helping to curb antibiotic resistance.

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Milk Vodka? Federal Government Opens Consultations on Definition of Vodka

Milk Vodka? Federal Government Opens Consultations on Definition of Vodka

By The Canadian Press

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This March 23, 2015 photo shows mixed cocktails, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matthew Mead)

The federal government is asking Canadians how they like their vodka.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has uncorked consultations on whether to redefine the clear, neutral spirit and open interprovincial trade for craft distillers who want to try something new.

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