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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Botched handling of gangster refugee claimant exposes Canada's screening weaknesses

Abdullahi Hashi Farah’s candid confession about his gangster past clearly impressed the Immigration and Refugee Board officer who presided over his first detention hearing on Nov. 1, 2017. Caught while crossing the border illegally near Emerson, Man., the 27-year-old Somali citizen readily told the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers he had an extensive criminal…

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Animal Prints Giving Us Life

This time of year, we’re all a bit more social. That’s just what happens when the holidays roll around. You’re out and about, mixing and mingling and, as a result, you’re generally in high spirits. So it really comes as no surprise that what you wear to your parties and other outings should reflect this…

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Nunatsiavut welcomes Nutrition North changes, but says they're just a start

Changes to Nutrition North will be welcomed by Labrador Inuit, but there are still many concerns about the food subsidy program, says the food security co-ordinator for the Nunatsiavut government. The federal government Monday announced a substantial series of changes to the program. Among them, some new items such as diapers will now be subsidized, and existing subsidies…

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Rashida Tlaib Is Determined to Change Congress

Rashida Tlaib has her new commute timed: It takes about an hour and a half to fly from Washington, D.C., to her hometown of Detroit. The pomp and polished marble of the U.S. Capitol might seem a world away from Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, one of the poorest in the nation. Yet when Tlaib—who won…

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Q&A: The case for more Alberta refineries

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley this week breathed new life into an old NDP pledge to try to build more refineries in the province. More refineries would mean more jobs, more options for Alberta bitumen and more wealth for the province — or so the government’s argument goes. She’s canvassing the industry for private sector interest until Feb.…

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