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‘It’s Bad:’ Oshawa, Ont., Digests ‘Devastating’ GM Plant Closure

‘It’s Bad:’ Oshawa, Ont., Digests ‘Devastating’ GM Plant Closure

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Oshawa GM Plant
The Oshawa’s General Motors car assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. General Motors will close its production plant in Oshawa, Ont., along with four facilities in the U.S. as part of a global reorganization that will see the company focus on electric and autonomous vehicle programs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima)

OSHAWA, Ont. – Shell-shocked GM workers streamed into the rain and chill wind after their union sent them home on Monday amid word that their plant would be closing by the end of 2019, dealing a blow to a city and region once synonymous with the automaker.

As workers and their families digested the pending loss of more than 2,500 jobs, discussion at a nearby mall turned on the uncertain reality.

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Senate to Debate Legislation That Would Order Postal Workers Back to Work

Senate to Debate Legislation That Would Order Postal Workers Back to Work

By The Canadian Press

Canada Post Strike
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) members stand on picket line along Almon St., in front of the Canada Post regional sorting headquarters in Halifax on Monday, Oct.22, 2018 after a call for a series of rotating 24-hour strikes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ted Pritchard)

OTTAWA – The Senate is holding a rare Saturday sitting to debate legislation that would order postal workers back to work.

The bill passed the House of Commons during a special session early Saturday morning by a vote of 166 to 43.

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‘We Will Fight’ in Court If Back-to-Work Legislation Passes, Postal Union Warns

‘We Will Fight’ in Court If Back-to-Work Legislation Passes, Postal Union Warns

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Canada Post
A Canada Post employee drives a mail truck through downtown Halifax on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government introduced legislation Thursday that could see striking Canada Post employees forced back to work, but said it would hold off debating the bill to give a special mediator time to settle the labour dispute.

Critics complained the move undermined the collective-bargaining process just one day after mediator Morton Mitchnick resumed efforts to break the impasse between the Crown corporation and its 50,000 employees.

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Canadians Seem More Positive on Twitter Than Americans, Study Suggests

Canadians Seem More Positive on Twitter Than Americans, Study Suggests

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

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In this Feb. 2, 2013, file photo, a smartphone display shows the Twitter logo in Berlin, Germany. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Soeren Stache, File)

TORONTO – Canadians tend to be more positive on Twitter than their American counterparts, according to a new study from an Ontario university that suggests the language we use may help explain the national stereotypes we hold to be true.

But the McMaster University study cautions people against believing that Canadians are actually nicer than their neighbours to the south, saying that stereotype is not backed up by any hard data.

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Government Prepared to Order End to Postal Strike in Coming Days: Minister

Government Prepared to Order End to Postal Strike in Coming Days: Minister

By The Canadian Press

Canada Post Strike
Striking Canada Post workers keep their hands warm as they picket at the South Central sorting facility in Toronto on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

OTTAWA – The federal government is prepared to order an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees if a collective agreement isn’t soon reached, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday.

“We strongly encourage both sides to reach a deal and are prepared to table legislation if we do not see a resolution over the next few days, a step we do not take lightly,” she said in a statement.

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Canada Post Asks for Halt to International Shipments as Parcel Backlog Grows

Canada Post Asks for Halt to International Shipments as Parcel Backlog Grows

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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Idle Canada Post trucks sit in the parking lot of the Saint-Laurent sorting facility in Montreal as rotating strikes hit the area on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

OTTAWA – Canada Post has asked its international partners to halt mail and parcel shipments to Canada as it reels under the weight of a 30-day delivery backlog resulting from a labour dispute with its employees.

The Crown corporation said Friday that its domestic customers are also backed up with packages waiting for delivery as rotating strikes that began Oct. 22 continue across the country.

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Canada Post Issues New Offer to Employees as eBay Calls on Ottawa to End Strikes

Canada Post Issues New Offer to Employees as eBay Calls on Ottawa to End Strikes

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Canada Post Strike
Striking Canada Post workers keep their hands warm as they picket at the South Central sorting facility in Toronto on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

OTTAWA – Canada Post has issued what it calls a “time-limited” contract offer to its employees in hopes of ending rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered parcels.

The offer Wednesday to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers came just hours after online sales and auctioning giant eBay called on the federal government to legislate an end to the contract dispute.

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NASA Boss in Ottawa, Fuels Speculation About New Canadian Space-Station Role

NASA Boss in Ottawa, Fuels Speculation About New Canadian Space-Station Role

By The Canadian Press

Jim Bridenstine - NASA
Jim Bridenstine, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), enters the hall before a news conference at the U.S. embassy in Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. The head of the U.S. space agency says Canada’s artificial intelligence expertise leaves it well positioned to partner with it in the next generation of lunar exploration. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Pavel Golovkin)

OTTAWA – The head of the U.S. space agency lauded Canada’s expertise in artificial intelligence in Ottawa Tuesday, fuelling speculation that Canada will join its next bold venture to unlock the secrets of the moon.

Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new “Lunar Gateway” — the next-generation outpost the United States is planning to send into orbit around the moon.

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