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city: We wanted to own a home to have stability, and peace of mind and flexibility, Reeve said, according to CTV. The rental market didn't have stability. He and his wife, Cassandra Sclauzero, are professionals in their mid-30s who wanted to start a family but they couldn't afford to buy in the city. We both had settled into pretty good first jobs. They were kicked out of a few places in three years through no fault of their own, he said, adding that it was because people were selling or flipping properties. But as much as we loved the city and had these connections it wasn't worth it. ( As reported in the news.

cannabis plants: Cannabis plants are photographed during the grand opening event for the Cann Trust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, according to Toronto Star. Cannabis cultivators in Pelham, Ont, are getting complaints from local residents due to complaints about odour and light pollution. On hot humid days, it's worse because they have to vent more often ... You wouldn't be able to open your windows, he said. Tijana Martin / THE CANADIAN PRESS The town of Pelham, Ont., where Ireland lives an hour away from Toronto, near Niagara Region wine country has become a hotbed for legal commercial pot growers who have snapped up greenhouses and converted them from flowers and vegetables to the more lucrative crop. And while the community is receptive to the jobs the companies bring, mounting complaints about odour and light pollution at night have prompted residents such as Ireland to form a group aimed at keeping the industry in check. There are now six licensed marijuana production operations in the community of 17,500 people, and one cannabis company that has expressed interest, according to Pelham Mayor Marvin Junkin. ( As reported in the news.

four-team competition: The tournament format featured a 45-minute half, followed by penalties if needed, according to CTV. Bayern's Mats Hummels scoring the winning penalty, slotting it into the middle of the goal. The 18-year-old hoisted the Telekom Cup in a sea of confetti Sunday after helping the German powerhouse to a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final of the four-team competition held during the Bundesliga's winter break. James Rodriguez, Brazil's Thiago and Leon Goretzka also scored in the shootout for Bayern. Davies went down late in the game on Andreas Poulsen's challenge but no penalty was given. Davies started on the left side of midfield and showed some nice early touches, at one point taking a pass and flicking it past a defender. ( As reported in the news.

mohammed: Alqunun must also adjust to a society far different from the one she fled, according to Toronto Star. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, the Saudi teen who locked herself in a Bangkok hotel room and used Twitter to plead for asylum, is welcomed in Toronto by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Saturday. But after that high-profile welcome, Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun now faces the challenges encountered by any refugee finding warm clothes, looking for a place to live, obtaining ID and a bank account. Rick Madonik / Toronto Star We believe very strongly that women's rights are human rights, said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland after welcoming a smiling Alqunun, who made a brief appearance before media on Saturday, wearing a grey Canada hoodie, following her flight to Toronto. But rather than cursing the darkness, we really believe I believe in lighting a single candle, Freeland said. The oppression of women is not a problem that can be resolved in a day. ( As reported in the news.

media campaign: Alqunun, fresh off a flight from Seoul, South Korea, and sporting a grey Canada hoodie and a blue United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees hat, smiled and waved at a group of reporters but offered no comment on her arrival, according to CTV. Freeland, however, heaped praise on the young woman who shot to fame through her social media campaign to flee her family. Chrystia Freeland appeared alongside 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun with her arm around the teen as she appeared briefly at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. It was a pleasure for me this morning to welcome to her new home a very brave new Canadian, Freeland said. ... she wanted Canadians to see that she's here, that she's well, and that she's very, very happy to be in her new home, although she did comment to me about the cold. Alqunun said her father physically abused her and tried to force her into an arranged marriage. Alqunun gained international prominence when she fled her family last week while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel and launched a Twitter campaign outlining allegations of abuse against her relatives. ( As reported in the news.

trump: The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day, according to CTV. And while Trump privately considered one dramatic escape route -- declaring a national emergency to build the wall without a new stream of cash from Congress -- members of his own party were fiercely debating that idea, and the president urged Congress to come up with another solution. A solution couldn't come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay. What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency, Trump said. About 800,000 workers missed paychecks Friday, many receiving blank pay statements. He insisted that he had the authority to do that, adding that he's not going to do it so fast because he'd still prefer to work a deal with Congress. ( As reported in the news.

wall: Everything each party says and does at this point is motivated by the need to win the battle over public opinion, according to Rabble. In this fight, the Democrats would seem to have the edge. But the standoff is now ultimately about something else Which side will most benefit and which will be most harmed by the shutdown. Strong support for the wall is limited to the minority of Americans who constitute the president's base, he made things politically difficult for himself by proposing preposterously on the campaign trail that Mexico would pay for the wall, and very few people appear to have been persuaded by his claim that the country faces a national security crisis on the southern border. The surest way for them to do so would be to keep on their present path of emphasizing that the government must be reopened because of how the shutdown is hurting federal workers. But that doesn't mean the Democrats won't blow it. ( As reported in the news.

mps: Meanwhile the proportion against it has fallen by seven points to 31 per cent, according to a survey for this newspaper, according to Rabble. Some 30 per cent of Labour voters also think MPs should support her deal, a similar eight point increase, with 51 per cent against. The number of Conservative supporters who want MPs to back her deal has risen to 55 per cent up eight points in five weeks. The number of Conservative supporters who want MPs Theresa May is pictured to back her deal has risen to 55 per cent up eight points in five weeks But the Survation poll is further evidence of the huge task Mrs May faces in rescuing her deal, which seems set for defeat in the Commons on Tuesday. Worryingly for Mrs May, Labour has also taken a three-point lead over the Tories with the Conservatives on 38 to Labour's 41. Overall, it is still opposed by 41 per cent to 34 per cent of the public, although opposition has fallen by nine points since December. ( As reported in the news.

mistreatment: Migrant workers' advocate Syed Hussan said the proposed changes are a step in the right direction but need strengthening, according to Toronto Star. Bernard Weil / Toronto Star file photo With an open work permit, the worker would be able to look for new work immediately and escape the situation they had been facing, immigration department spokesperson Peter Liang told the Star in an email. Ottawa has announced it is planning to allow migrant workers, with proven allegations of mistreatment, to find employment elsewhere in Canada without fear of being penalized or sent home. These proposed regulations, if adopted, are expected to reduce the likelihood that migrant workers would choose to endure mistreatment or abuse, and encourage employers to treat workers with respect. Article Continued Below Advocates for migrant workers have long complained restricted work permits expose workers to employers' abuse and exploitation, because workers fear that if they complain, they will lose their job, and, without an open permit allowing them to find work elsewhere, they must return to their home country. Of the 302,500 temporary foreign workers employed in Canada in 2017, according to the immigration department, about half, or 153,460, were on employer-specific work permits, issued primarily to caregivers and labourers in agriculture. ( As reported in the news.

party logos: Andr Poggenburg, a former leading figure in the AfD in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, resigned this week with an email sent to the leadership, in which he criticized the party's supposed move to the left, according to Rabble. Unfortunately, developments inside the AfD in the past weeks and months have shown, that this is no longer my true political home, he said in the email, which was seen by German news site Spiegel Online. The new party's logo includes a cornflower, which was also adopted as a secret symbol by Nazis in the 1930s. His new party is called Aufbruch der deutschen Patrioten Awakening of German Patriots and Poggenburg has updated his social media profiles with party logos featuring a cornflower with a German flag. It was also the favorite flower of Kaiser Wilhelm -- the last German emperor and king of Prussia -- and came to be a symbol of pan-German nationalism in the 19th century. The flower was previously worn as a secret symbol identifying members of the then-illegal Nazi party in Austria in the 1930s. ( As reported in the news.

police: Police denied her entry and seized her passport, while her brother and father travelled to Thailand to take her back to Saudi Arabia, according to Toronto Star. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun walks in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would accept Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, as a refugee, after she was stopped last Saturday at Bangkok airport by immigration police. Alqunun, the 18-year old Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum, is leaving Bangkok on Friday and will fly to Canada, Thailand's immigration police chief said. Alqunun barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a Twitter campaign that drew global attention to her case. Sakchai Lalit / AP Trudeau brushed aside suggestions that the move might complicate already strained relations with Saudi Arabia, while the organization Human Rights Watch praised Canada for acting swiftly to provide sanctuary to a vulnerable woman. ( As reported in the news.

thai capital: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR had asked Canada to accept her as a refugee, and Canada has accepted that request and will be granting her asylum, Trudeau confirmed, according to CTV. After the 18-year-old refused officials' attempts to have her board a flight from the Thai capital to Kuwait on Monday, she barricaded herself inside an airport hotel room and took to social media to start a campaign that ended up garnering global attention to her case. Trudeau said that Canadian diplomats in Thailand had been closely engaged in the case of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who fled her family and renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. This prompted UN officials to grant her refugee status. Truly I have never dreamed of this love and support. In a tweet Friday night, al-Qunun thanked those who supported and helped her. ( As reported in the news.

thursday january: It was met with a chorus of boos from the nearly 1,000 people in attendance, according to Toronto Star. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes questions from the crowd during a town hall at University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan on Thursday January 10, 2019. The man told Trudeau that Canada's policy threatens freedom, that Islam and Christianity don't mix and suggested that some immigrants want to kill Canadians. Michael Bell / THE CANADIAN PRESS They have openly stated that they want to kill us, and you are letting them in, the man said Thursday at the meeting held at the University of Regina. He said immigrants help bolster the economy and make communities more resilient. Trudeau seemed taken aback, but answered that Canadians can have confidence in the system. ( As reported in the news.

world stage: He added that Christianity and Islam don't mix, a comment that garnered boos from the crowd as the man asked about what he described as an open border, according to CTV. What are we doing about that thing in particular An open border, the man said. A man at the University of Regina event, the second town hall of the week, claimed his family has been in the area for generations and spoke of tyranny coming down on us on the world stage. It's not an open-border policy. The exchange began with the man describing tyranny in Europe. We're not an open country, Trudeau responded, stressing that the rule of law is applied by officials to all immigrants whether they arrive regularly by airport or cross the border from the U.S. illegally. ( As reported in the news.

byelection candidate: In an interview, Tyler Thompson said her foray into politics began in 2017 when she learned about a B.C. government policy to teach sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary schools, according to CTV. She campaigned hard against the policy, running for the local school board in Burnaby last fall with that as her main issue. Bernier is defending the appointment of former Christian talk-show host Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson to be the Burnaby South byelection candidate for the party he founded after parting ways with the Conservative party in August. She finished 11th out of 13 candidates but said she got enough votes to convince her she was speaking for a silent majority who stay quiet so they aren't called bigots but feel the way she does about not exposing children to an ideology at school. The other side was extremely surprised. I got 15,622 votes, she said. ( As reported in the news.

business model: Merrymount is seeking 370,000 this year and 240,000 next year from the city, according to CTV. The bridge funding will maintain programs and prevent bed closures until a more sustainable business model is in place in 2021. Councillor Phil Squire says, Will the federal government step up and provide a contribution Will the provincial government Squire values the work Merrymount does in the community, but wants city staff to investigate other funding sources to fill the budget shortfalls. This demand that I see really arose out of an emergency circumstance - immigration circumstance - with the Yazidis who were facing extreme persecution, Squire says. The organization stepped in to provide therapy to young children kidnapped by ISIS and forced to become child soldiers who are now living in London. According to Merrymount about 400 Yazidi refugees have settled in London after escaping genocide at the hands of ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria. ( As reported in the news.

edwin starr: The video surfaced in a failed attempt to discredit the new member of Congress as she was sworn in as the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of response to the online criticism was short and brilliant, tweeting a video of herself dancing into her new congressional office, according to Rabble. The video got tremendous attention. While she may not have uttered precisely those words, the sense of the phrase was on full display in the U.S. Congress last week, as a video circulated of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing with friends while she was an undergraduate at Boston University 10 years ago. What was largely overlooked was the tune that she was dancing to the classic 1970 anti-war anthem War, sung by Edwin Starr. War, What is it good for Absolutely nothing, the chorus goes. It rocketed to No. 1 in the summer of 1970, and has been a staple anthem against war ever since. ( As reported in the news.

police: There are exceptions for people who consumed the alcohol that put them over the limit after they stopped driving but it falls on the motorist to prove that, according to CTV. The two-hour rule means police no longer have to catch an impaired driver before they leave their vehicle. The changes, which took effect last month, make it a criminal offence to have too high of a blood-alcohol level within two hours of driving. Officers can show up at a suspect's home or workplace, or wherever else they may be, demanding a breath sample. They're going to make it more difficult for the police and the prosecutors, and they're going to make it more difficult for the average citizen. These new changes are radical, Calgary-based criminal defence lawyer Ian Savage told ( As reported in the news.

surplus labor: We may not be in an actual two quarter growth draw down by May but will feel like it and will likely to be happening in per capita terms, according to Rabble. Here's my best guess for where we'll be at by May How will this impact the election The Coalition is planning to campaign on three ; economic management and a surplus;Labor's supposed tax hikes, andborder security. Economy Australian Politics Australian Property Australian Shares Australian Dollar Australian interest rates Australian banks Australian budget Global Macro Carbon Economy China Economy European Economy New Zealand EconomyUS Housing Commodities Iron ore price Australian LNGGold End site-header ; Primary Section Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit -Which party will benefit from the recession election By Houses and Holes in Australian Economy, Australian Politicsat 12 20 am on January 11, 2019 72 ; A recession election is coming. The first is about to become a liability. To fix that, Josh Recessionberg will have to swing to a framework of how the surplus has positioned the nation for new stimulus yada, yada, yada. It's all very well to crow about surpluses in the good times but in the bad it just looks like penny pinching. ( As reported in the news.

hockey bus: Guilty plea The driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus has pleaded guilty to all 29 charges against him. 2, according to CTV. Trump's address In a televised plea, U.S. President Donald Trump urged Democrats to fund his border wall, blaming illegal immigration for an increase of drugs and violence in America. 3. Here's what else you need to know to start your day. 1. DNA samples Phoenix police have served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility where a patient who has been in a vegetative state for years gave birth. 4. New technology First-time exhibitors at this year's CES gadget show include multiple companies unlikely to be thought of as tech titans, including John Deere, The North Face and Oral-B. One more thing... Mr. Indigenous protesters Rallies were held across the country in support of Wet'suwet'en First Nation following the arrest of several Indigenous people at a pipeline protest in B.C. 5. ( As reported in the news.

tito: I'm happy, according to CTV. I'm overwhelmed, Joseph Tito said while standing in Pearson International Airport Wednesday afternoon. I'm excited. I still can't believe I am here. When he tried to make arrangements to bring his babies back home, he learned that they weren't immediately eligible to become Canadian citizens. Tito travelled to Mombasa with his mother in December to meet his newborn twin daughters, named Mia and Stella, who were born on Nov. 30. ( As reported in the news.

press conference: After the 18-year-old refused to board a flight from the Thai capital to Kuwait on Monday, she barricaded herself inside an airport hotel room, according to CTV. The United Nation's refugee agency has declared the teenager is a legitimate refugee. Canadian authorities, in behind-the-scenes conversations, have indicated they would be open to taking in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who fled her family and renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. I was told by UNHCR that there are several countries offering asylum but we can't be rushed, Maj. Surachate Hakparn, head of Thai Immigration Police, told reporters at a press conference. Gen. ( As reported in the news.

company today: The four-day consumer-electronics show opens Tuesday with some 4,500 companies exhibiting products and services and more than 180,000 people expected to attend, according to CTV. It's the place startups and established tech giants alike go to unveil everything from utilitarian apps to splashy devices. But they're first-time exhibitors at this year's CES gadget show, along with other unlikely newcomers such as missile-maker Raytheon, outdoorsy retailer The North Face and the 115-year-old motorcycling icon Harley-Davidson. So what are these legacy companies doing here Every company today is a technology company, said Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES. Shapiro said many companies already send executives to Las Vegas each January to gauge trends, so it's not surprising that they eventually unveil their own new technology as well. We're still doing old-fashioned things Ordering clothes, buying detergent, getting a cup of coffee, but there are new-fangled ways of doing it, he said. It's also part of a more fundamental economic shift as consumers increasingly expect to buy not just goods and services, but a personal experience, which often skews digital, said Dipanjan Chatterjee, a brand analyst at Forrester Research. ( As reported in the news.

daughter ashah: Haley Ryan / Star Metro The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 25 when Isaac Saney, a Dalhousie University professor and member of the school's Black Faculty & Staff Caucus, was getting on a bus in downtown Halifax with his then four-month-old daughter Ashah in a stroller, according to Toronto Star. Telling his story in November, Saney said that a white woman in her 40s and a white male in his late teens barged ahead and said to Saney, In Canada don't you know there's priorities about who can board this bus Saney said he told the two that people with strollers, persons with disabilities and seniors are given boarding priority. Isaac Saney, a Dalhousie University professor, says he and his daughter Ashah were the targets of a racist incident on a Halifax Transit bus last month. Saney said they began making anti-immigrant, racist comments about people being let in to Canada and people who don't have manners. Read more Halifax man says his family faced racism on a city bus. Article Continued Below When Saney told them he found their comments unacceptable and asked them to stop, he said the woman got up and shouted, Do you want us to really be f-ing racist We can be f-ing racist, and told Saney to shut the f-k up. ( As reported in the news.

rohingya refugees: Rohingya refugees cross the border near Anzuman Para village in Bangladesh after fleeing from Myanmar, according to Toronto Star. The UN has launched a new campaign to raise awareness and support for refugees. On Tuesday, the agency kicked off the 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign to challenge the world to simulate refugees' journeys for safety by logging the daily distance they travel, raising funds for those in need of protection and petitioning for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that was endorsed by UN member states in December. Roger Arnold / UNHCR Every day, we are inspired by the acts of kindness from people who are doing their very best to improve life for refugees the activists, the communities hosting refugees, businesses, donors, volunteers. At a time when we are facing so many misconceptions about refugees, it is vital that we remind ourselves of the real and dangerous journeys they are forced to take. This campaign will encourage people to support refugees through something they are already doing walking, cycling, running, said the UN Refugee Agency's Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements. ( As reported in the news.

van attack: Aleksandra Kozhevnikova, shown in her North York apartment in December, was badly injured in last spring's van attack on Yonge St, according to Toronto Star. Cole Burston / For Toronto Star When the rented van finally stopped, 10 people were dead and 16 others were seriously injured. At least she did until last April 23, when a van plowed into pedestrians on Yonge St., taking the elderly widow and grandmother down in one of the most devastating and deadly attacks Canada has ever witnessed. Alek Minassian, 26, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. The insurer had an in-house investigator dig into Kozhevnikova's benefit claims and hired a law firm to question her about her injuries under oath, according to documents obtained by the Star. The attack left Kozhevnikova in a wheelchair and requiring physical and psychological care that AIG Insurance the insurer of Ryder Truck Rental Canada Ltd., the company that rented the van to Minassian has largely declined to pay. ( As reported in the news.