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canadian press: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Ottawa, according to Toronto Star. During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it in other places. During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it in other places. Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS The Liberal leader's line suggests a theme for next year's election campaign. The prime minister says he welcomes debate and discussion about immigration as long as it sticks to meaningful areas of policy, such as the right number of immigrants to bring to Canada each year and how to properly integrate newcomers within the country. The decision that the Conservatives have taken recently to, for example, go after the global compact on migration in a way that is deliberately and knowingly spreading falsehoods for short-term political gain and to drum up anxiety around immigration is irresponsible, is not the way we should be moving forward in a thoughtful way on one of the big issues that is facing our country, Trudeau said. ( As reported in the news.

immigration policies: The protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's government, which began as a criticism of fuel taxes have entered their fifth week, according to CTV. Over 66,000 people decided to defy the government's orders to suspend protests this past weekend. Many were held Saturday across the country criticizing the tax and immigration policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government. At least eight people have been killed since riots began in that country. They made their way to Canada on Saturday, with protests and counter-protests hitting cities including Saskatoon, Toronto, Moncton, N.B., Calgary, Halifax and Edmonton. Similar demonstrations have taken place in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the last several weeks. ( As reported in the news.

saudi arabia: When asked how he'd describe Putin in one word, that was the word Trudeau chose, according to CTV. And when it came to another controversial world leader Mohammad Bin Salman Trudeau said Canada continues to demand answers from him over the death of a journalist, and is engaged with the export permits to try and see if there is a way of no longer exporting these vehicles to Saudi Arabia. This was revealed as part of a year-end sit down with Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period. During the wide-ranging interview, Trudeau also spoke about how the so-called China clause in the new NAFTA deal is actually significantly changed from what the U.S. first proposed, and states that there will be unintended consequences for Canada and other countries as the result of the clash between the two economic mammoths, the United States and China. Here's a full transcript of the interview, edited for clarity. The prime minister also offers new perspective on his own MeToo moment, what he thinks when he reads U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets, and states why no work has been done on his official residence, 24 Sussex Drive. ( As reported in the news.

government support: So this cut of government support really does put that extra burden on midwives, according to CTV. Brandeis was reacting to a statement by the College of Midwives of Ontario on its website Thursday that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would no longer provide it with operational grants. Midwives really do shoulder a proportionally higher burden of professional fees through our regulatory college to begin with, Elizabeth Brandeis, president of the Association of Ontario Midwives, said Friday. The college said it has received annual grants from the ministry for 25 years and the loss of this funding creates a significant budgetary shortfall and will force it to operate with a deficit until at least 2021. On Nov. 8 the college was informed the grant was being cancelled. In 2017-2018, the college received 799,415 from the Health Ministry -- about one-third of its budget -- and had requested an operational grant for the coming fiscal year of 750,553. ( As reported in the news.

import cocaine: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times/TNS Fran ois had served four years when he disappeared while on a furlough granted by Correctional Services Canada on May 31, 1995, according to Toronto Star. He had been convicted in Florida of conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. and sentenced to 15 years after being arrested attempting to unload a large quantity of cocaine from a boat docked in Miami in 1990. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that federal officers sent fugitive Laveaux Fran ois back to Canada, from where he vanished on furlough 23 years ago. He was transferred back to Canada in September 1994. Article Continued Below The U.S. authorities say Fran ois continued to smuggle large amounts of cocaine into the United States from Haiti before being arrested in Haiti by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in July 2007 and extradited back to the U.S. He was convicted the same year on conspiracy, importation and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and sentenced to 33 years behind bars. After eight months behind bars he was granted a furlough, and he never returned, fleeing instead to Haiti. ( As reported in the news.

american families: By the end of the two-hour drive, she had stopped breathing, according to CTV. Jakelin hadn't had anything to eat or drink for days, her father later told U.S. officials. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. The death of the Guatemalan girl is the latest demonstration of the desperation of a growing number of Central American families and children showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border, often hoping to claim asylum, and it raises new questions about how well authorities are prepared. Authorities said her father spoke in Spanish to Border agents and signed a form indicating she was in good health, though a Guatemalan official said late Friday that the family's native language was a Mayan dialect. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the girl initially appeared healthy and that an interview raised no signs of trouble. ( As reported in the news.

darryl dyck: Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver on Dec. 12, according to Toronto Star. Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS Martin's Justice Minister Irwin Cotler swiftly extradited a group of Basque separatists to Spain after getting assurances the wanted men would not be mistreated, and announced their abrupt departure to the surprise of the Commons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be wishing he was in the same position a Liberal predecessor of his, Paul Martin, once was. Martin rang up Cotler to ask why he was not informed and why he'd had no say. Article Continued Below If you get any questions, you can direct them to me, and you can thank me later, Cotler recalled in an interview. Canadian law says any extradition decision belongs to the justice minister alone, Cotler says he told the prime minister. ( As reported in the news.

sherwood motel: Charges have been stayed against the two owners of a Charlottetown motel who are accused of immigration fraud for permitting hundreds of people to use their hotel as an address in Prince Edward Island when the immigrants didn't intend to stay on the Island, according to Toronto Star. Nathan Rochford / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo The decision came after several days of testimony and cross examination of a federal investigator. The federal prosecution service confirmed that it asked a provincial court judge to stay the charges because there wasn't sufficient evidence to proceed further against the siblings operating the Sherwood Motel. In May, the Canada Border Services Agency charged 60-year-old Ping Zhong with three counts of aiding and abetting misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and five charges were laid against her 58-year-old brother, Yi Zhong. Article Continued Below The lawyer said his clients had no knowledge of what those using the hotel intended to do after coming to Canada and using the hotel as a temporary, mailing address. Defence lawyer Lee Cohen said in an interview that the Crown failed to produce evidence that either of his clients assisted seven Chinese immigrants named in the charges to misrepresent themselves to immigration officials. ( As reported in the news.

building capacity: Four Indigenous women in the ICF office have been laid off in the cuts, according to National Observer. Goals of the program include supporting Indigenous language revitalization and building capacity for knowledge sharing in communities traditionally overlooked by cultural granting offices. The Indigenous Culture Fund ICF an initiative of the Ontario Arts Council, just lost 2.25 million in funds for this year, according to a statement from the council obtained by National Observer, pending review by the Progressive Conservative government to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and efficiently to maximize the impact of Indigenous culture support. ; The council has lost 5 million in base funding, taking them back to the 64 million funding level of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Premier Doug Ford's caucus, say artists, can expect pushback. And that's what Indigenous people need as part of the TRC, said Aylan Couchie, an Anishinaabe writer and artist from Nipissing First Nation. It was there to revitalize culture. ( As reported in the news.

news: It reported receiving seven complaints about the Sun column, which used a review posted on the travel website Trip Advisor as the source of information about goats being slaughtered, according to National Observer. The press council said it focused on one representative complaint, which zeroed in on the problem of using the crowd-sourced site as a sole source. The council supports the wide latitude afforded to opinion writers to express unpopular views, but is of the view that columnists must adhere to the journalistic standards of the news media organization, including commitment to accuracy, the National News Media Council said in the statement. ; The News Media council oversees ethical practices among English-language media in Canada. The complaint also argued the column was hateful, racist and linked to an act of arson at a Toronto hotel. The executive director of a refugee claimants service in Toronto told The Canadian Press that he believed the hotel arson targeted asylum seekers as a result of misinformation on Trip Advisor and elsewhere. The Toronto Sun, part of the Postmedia chain of newspapers, was heavily criticized soon after the column was published. ( As reported in the news.

family: I was spending a warm-for-winter evening with my family at home in Vancouver, according to National Observer. The mood was dark; the recent inauguration of a certain president cast a long shadow over all of us. The question brought me back to a Sunday almost two years ago. I was thinking about what National Observer's lead story would be. And it doesn't matter. For the life of me, I can't remember what the choices were. ( As reported in the news.

san: The office says that when officials arrived they found the grease-covered man stuck inside the metal vent, according to CTV. Sgt. The Alameda County sheriff's office says deputies and firefighters were called to the vacant building in San Lorenzo on Wednesday after someone heard cries for help. Ray Kelly tells the San Francisco Chronicle the man was in generally good condition despite being exposed to the elements. SAN LORENZO, CA- About 9 30am, Alameda County Fire Department and ACSO responded to the 700 block of... Posted by Alameda County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 function d, s, id var js, fjs if d.get Element ById id return; js d.create Element s ; id; js.src fjs ; document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk' ; Man rescued after spending two days in grease vent Kelly says the unidentified man was taken to a hospital, and deputies will decide later whether to book him into jail or issue a citation. ( As reported in the news.

iconic species: Atlantic salmon brood stock circle a tank at Oak Bay Fish Hatchery in Oak Haven, New Brunswick, according to Toronto Star. Robert F. Bukaty / The Associated Press file photo The findings, by the Atlantic Salmon Federation in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Ocean Tracking Network, are in a paper published Thursday in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. The iconic species is famous for drawing anglers to the region, but researchers wanted to know more about their juvenile survival rates. The study started just due to interest and a lack of understanding as to how these fish are behaving and their survival as they are migrating downstream, said Jason Daniels, a research scientist with the federation and report co-author. Article Continued Below The complex technical study tracked more than 2,800 juvenile wild Atlantic salmon, known as smolt, from populations in four rivers that empty into the Gulf of St. Acoustic telemetry has allowed us to have a bit of a window into what's going on. ( As reported in the news.

p index: Banks are falling, and smaller companies continue to lag their larger rivals, according to CTV. The European Central Bank said it will end its bond-buying economic stimulus program at the end of the year, but trimmed its forecasts for economic growth across Europe. Safer, high-dividend stocks in real estate and utilities are also climbing. Government bond yields in Europe are falling. Eastern time. The S&P 500 index added 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,656 at 10 30 a.m. ( As reported in the news.

andrew scheer: Scheer was born in 1979, according to Rabble. By my calculation that takes him half-way through his second year on the planet when Ronald Reagan, with Bush as his running mate, clobbered Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election, nine when he succeeded the Gipper as chief occupant of the Oval Office, and 13 when he bobbled it away to Bill Clinton. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Kelly McParland December 12, 20182 45 PM ESTLast Updated December 13, 20182 42 PM ESTFiled under Full Share this story Kelly McParland Here's why Andrew Scheer playing tough guy just won't work Tumblr Pinterest Google Linked InI doubt Andrew Scheer is old enough to have much first-hand memory of George H.W. Bush, whose death produced a surprising outpouring of U.S. national emotion. Thirteen is pretty young to be up to speed on presidential politics, but Scheer has enough of the geek about him to suggest he may have had some awareness of what was going on south of the border. The great regard reflected in the ceremonies surrounding his passing grew up mainly after he left office, when he carried himself with considerable dignity even as the position he'd held slid precariously into a cesspool of muck and ineptitude. function pn Load Video videos cquoyfV9CGU pn video 572332 ; ;As Americans recalled it last week, Bush was a solid, honest and respectable figure whose record shone in stark contrast to the bungled wars, sex scandals and personal buffoonery that has followed since. If so, he'd know Bush was never much more than an appendage during Reagan's presidency, and struggled to solidify an identity for himself even during his own four years in the top job. ( As reported in the news.

house: Lawmakers in the House have until Dec. 21 to avert a partial government shutdown and are only scheduled to work four of those days, according to Rabble. ADVERTISEMENT The president is still interested in trying to get a deal, Majority Whip Steve Scalise Stephen Steve Joseph Scalise On The Money House GOP struggles to get votes for B in wall funds Fallout from Oval Office clash Dems say shutdown would affect 800K workers House passes 7 billion farm bill GOP struggles to win votes for Trump's B wall demand Dem knocks GOP colleagues Blame 'yourself' for unfavorable Google search results MORE R-La. told The Hill as he emerged from a leadership meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan Paul Davis Ryan On The Money House GOP struggles to get votes for B in wall funds Fallout from Oval Office clash Dems say shutdown would affect 800K workers House passes 7 billion farm bill GOP struggles to win votes for Trump's B wall demand House GOP blocks lawmakers from forcing Yemen war votes for rest of year MORE's R-Wis. ceremonial office just off the House floor. By Wednesday evening, GOP leaders still had not settled on what vehicle they would use to fund the wall or if they would even take a vote this week to do so. He's been advocating for 5 billion to everybody, not just Republicans. In an explosive meeting in the Oval Office a day earlier, Trump told Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles Chuck Ellis Schumer Senators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Mania at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Trump, Democratic leaders go toe-to-toe at White House MORE D-N.Y. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi Overnight Energy Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board Oil lease sale in Alaska nets .5M House climate panel likely won't pass bills EPA hires new head of Chesapeake office Stephen King torches Trump over border wall 'Do something good for once' Pelosi agrees to term limits vote; insurgency collapses MORE D-Calif. that he could easily push 5 billion in wall funding through the House. We support the objective of making sure the president has the money he needs to secure the border. ( As reported in the news.

chinese telecommunications: Meng Wanzhou spent more than a week in police custody as a judge weighed arguments from the Crown that she could be a flight risk, but left court Tuesday night under strict release conditions, according to CTV. The CFO of Huawei, a company founded by her father, was arrested during a layover at Vancouver International Airport earlier this month as China and the U.S. tried to resolve escalating trade tensions. The federal foreign affairs minister addressed reporters the day after the Chinese telecommunications company's chief financial officer was released on bail in Vancouver. Ms. She said Chinese authorities have been made aware of what has gone on and of the process, and will continue to be updated of any further developments. Meng was arrested pursuant to Canada's extradition treaty with the United States, Freeland said Wednesday of the arrest. ( As reported in the news.

huawei technologies: In this courtroom sketch, Meng Wanzhou, left, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies speaks to her lawyer David Martin during a bail hearing at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, on Monday, December 10, 2018, according to Toronto Star. Jane Wolsak / The Canadian Press The telecom executive was released on 10-million bail 7 million in cash and a 3-million surety made up of property from four associates. The decision set off a burst of applause in Vancouver's B.C. Supreme Court, where arguments for and against her release were heard over three days. She will remain in Vancouver, where she owns two homes, while she awaits extradition proceedings. She must pay for the cost of her security monitoring. She is ordered to stay inside her home on West 28th Ave. from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. and be subject to 24-hour-a-day monitoring by both a live security detail and electronic ankle bracelet. ( As reported in the news.

u.s.-mexico-canada agreement: The California Democrat has been riffing on the uncertainty around what to call the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA -- a moniker that reflects President Donald Trump's contempt for the original North American Free Trade Agreement, according to CTV. Ottawa now seems to prefer CUSMA, while others fall back on NAFTA 2.0, new NAFTA or, simply, NAFTA. Whatever they're calling it now, the trade agreement formerly known as Prince -- no, I mean, formerly known as NAFTA -- is a work in progress, Pelosi quipped to chuckles at a Capitol Hill news conference last month introducing newly elected members of her party in the House of Representatives. For Nancy Pelosi, it's a punchline. But seriously, folks its name notwithstanding, uncertainty, doubt and mixed feelings will only continue to shroud the agreement well into the new year, especially with an ambivalent Pelosi expected to emerge as leader of an emboldened Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. The deal includes elements aimed at the centre-left folks in Congress, including environmental protections and a requirement that by 2023, 45 per cent of auto parts be made by workers being paid at least 16 an hour. With the 2020 election in their sights, Democrats are girding for pitched battles against their GOP rivals on a number of fronts, and will be disinclined to give Trump any legislative wins, despite all the post-midterms talk of bipartisan co-operation and reaching across the aisle. ( As reported in the news.

christian faith: McKitty's family turned to the courts to prevent doctors from taking her off life support, saying her Christian faith defines death as the cessation of heartbeat, not of brain function, according to CTV. Citing charter protections, they argued doctors should make accommodations for religious beliefs in making a determination of death, and obtained an injunction to keep her on a respirator while the case was before the courts. Taquisha McKitty was 27 when doctors declared her dead by neurological criteria in September of last year following a drug overdose that left her unconscious on a Brampton, Ont., sidewalk. An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled against them over the summer, saying the charter does not apply to McKitty because the document only protects persons and McKitty, because she is clinically brain dead, is not legally a person. McKitty's family is asking Ontario's highest court to overturn the decision, set aside her death certificate and refer any dispute about her treatment to the Consent and Capacity Board, an independent provincial tribunal that rules in matters involving issues such as a person's capacity to consent to or refuse treatment. The judge also said in her ruling that death could not, in Ontario, be subject to a person's wishes or beliefs because that could lead to an unacceptable level of medical, legal and societal uncertainty and cause potential adverse effects on the health-care and organ donation system. ( As reported in the news.

fruit seller: Many residents said that the powerful loudspeakers used at the rally made it impossible for them to ignore the communally charged speeches made by the Hindutva leaders who addressed the crowds, according to Rabble. But they emphasised that they would not be provoked by such intimidation. On Sunday, though, the police had cordoned off the entire area and most residents chose to stay indoors to avoid possible confrontations with the Hindutva supporters who had come for the rally. The roots of evil forces are weak and we believe everything happens as per God's will, said Atiq Hussain, 78, a fruit seller near Turkman Gate in Old Delhi. The younger lot of Muslims is educated and these tactics of intimidation will no longer work on them. We believe in the Supreme Court and that it will ensure a peaceful resolution of the Babri Masjid dispute. ( As reported in the news.

guantanamo bay: An affidavit by Khadr filed with the court says the impact of his bail conditions are mainly psychological -- a daily reminder of what he went through, according to CTV. I feel like the indefinite and potentially endless detention that I suffered in Guantanamo Bay is continuing, he wrote. Khadr, who is now 32, will be back in the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Thursday to apply for changes to his bail conditions which were imposed while he appeals war crime convictions by a U.S. military commission. I hope that there will be some end to this process, but there is none in sight. He says in his affidavit that he would like to be able to speak on the phone or over Skype to his sister Zaynab Khadr. Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2002. ( As reported in the news.

montreal: Lawyer Jacky-Eric Salvant right and Gabriel Bazin, vice-president of the Ligue des Noirs du Quebec, listen to a presentation by members of the Montreal Police at City Hall, according to Toronto Star. Salvant is seeking 4 million in damages from the city of Montreal on behalf of 500 people who claim they were singled out by city police officers because of their race. She was part of a group of citizens at city hall Tuesday who expressed little confidence as the Montreal police force unveiled its latest plan to prevent racial profiling by its officers. Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS As soon as a young, black man gets a car the harassment begins, Marcelin said in an interview, referring to family and friends who have had run-ins with the police. Incoming police Chief Sylvain Caron and other officers presented councillors with the force's 2018-21 plan to prevent racial profiling. I lived in Montreal North for 15 years, and I've witnessed police destroy the lives of young people. ( As reported in the news.

reporters tuesday: We have been in direct contact with ... Chinese diplomats and representatives, Trudeau said in Ottawa, according to CTV. We are engaged on the file, which we take very seriously and we are, of course, providing consular assistance to the family. Trudeau spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday about the unexplained case of Michael Kovrig, an international-affairs analyst who worked as a political lead for the prime minister's official visit to Hong Kong in 2016 when he was posted there by the Canadian government. Read the court documents in the Meng Wanzhou case News of Kovrig's detention comes after China warned Canada of consequences for its recent arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver's airport. So far, it's unclear whether there is any link between the two cases, though a former Canadian ambassador says he has little doubt of it. A Vancouver judge released her on bail and under strict conditions Tuesday afternoon. ( As reported in the news.

star executive: Photographer Melissa Renwick says she feels humbled and honoured to receive the Travers Fellowship, according to Toronto Star. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star File Photo James Travers, former Star executive managing editor and columnist, had previously spent years as a foreign correspondent based in Africa and the Middle East for Southam News. Mojtehedzadeh and Renwick will use the 25,000 fellowship to delve into a rarely seen perspective on the migrant worker program, focusing on the voices of the spouses and children left behind in Mexico, and asking the question is a program meant to empower families actually destroying them Toronto Star reporter Sara Mojtehedzadeh says the human cost of the migrant worker program is invisible to many Canadians. He died in 2011. While migrant workers often face extreme vulnerability performing manual labour on Canadian farms, their families also experience deep financial, psychological and health consequences at home as a result of prolonged separation. Bernard weil / Toronto Star File Photo The idea that some families must choose to live apart for the majority of their lives to put food on the table struck us as an instinctively compelling one, said Mojtehedzadeh, who reports on labour issues for the Star. ( As reported in the news.

congress: His principled opposition to both the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also saw him leaving the Congress party on two separate occasions, according to Rabble. His latter decision to quit the Congress in 1959 would result in the founding of the Swantantra Party, India's first political party with a classic liberal bent as opposed to the deeply socialist Congress party. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; C Rajagopalachari Source Twitter It's virtually impossible to present a biographical account of the man Gandhi called his conscience keeper in this limited space, but the beauty of Rajaji is that his ideas about the economy, faith, foreign relations and political discourse remain more relevant than ever in December 2018. Born on December 10, 1878, in Thorapalli Village of Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu, Rajaji was a man way ahead of his times, who was both revered and rejected in equal measure. adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; Through the course of his career, he served as a leader of the Indian National Congress participating in the demonstrations against the Rowlatt Act, joining the Non-Cooperation movement, the Vaikom Satyagraha temple entry for lower castes and the Civil Disobedience movement.A lawyer by trade, he would go onto serve as Premier of the Madras Presidency, a member of the Constituent Assembly, Governor of Bengal, Union Home Minister and Chief Minister of what was then Madras state. Great people die, but their ideas live long after them. Governments often don't deliver on these promises. There is a reason why R.G. Casey, the Australian who served as Governor of Bengal, called him the wisest man in India . Minimum Government, Maximum Governance' adsbygoogle window.adsbygoogle .push ; When the current ruling administration took office in May 2014, the slogan often bandied about was minimum government, maximum governance an idea dipped in the elixir of economic reform. ( As reported in the news.