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Replace temporary foreign workers program with immigration, incentives: critics

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:43
OTTAWA - How to solve a problem like the federal government's scandal-plagued temporary foreign workers program? Economists and immigration experts say there are solutions at hand as the Conservatives grapple with yet another controversy involving temporary foreign workers. "We have to figure out what we want as a labour market in the end," David Green, an economics professor at the University of British Columbia who specializes in wage and employment issues, said in an interview Tuesday. The government has been under fire for months amid reports from across Canada of employers — particularly fast-food franchises — abusing the program, which was originally intended to help address a shortage of skilled labour.
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Matthew de Grood, Calgary stabbings suspect, to get psychiatric assessment

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:39
The man accused of fatally stabbing five young adults at a house party in Calgary a week ago has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
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Therapy snakes help special needs kids

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:38
A pair of Burmese pythons find a new home — and new, unlikely jobs — as therapy animals on a farm outside Whitby.
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Albuquerque chief: Officer fatally shoots woman who police say pointed gun during chase

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:47
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck was shot and killed during a chase with Albuquerque police, making her the third person in five weeks to be killed by officers and the first since the department was put under federal orders to reduce the use of deadly force and reform a culture of abuse and aggression. Police Chief Gordon Eden said the shooting occurred Monday morning. Police identified the woman as Mary Hawkes, the daughter of Danny Hawkes, a retired magistrate judge in Valencia County south of Albuquerque. Court records show Mary Hawkes had two previous run-ins with the law as an adult, one for drinking in public and another for shoplifting, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
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Mayflower Mall gun sighting leads to charges

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:41
A 35-year-old Sydney, N.S., man faces weapon charges in connection with a lockdown at Mayflower Mall on Tuesday morning.
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Calgary stabbing victim Zackariah Rathwell remembered

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:40
Mourners gathered in Calgary today to pay tribute to Zackariah ​Rathwell, who was killed last week ​at a party celebrating the end of university classes.
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B.C. car dealers may be violating drivers' privacy, claims whistleblower

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:31
A whistleblower in the auto sales industry says car dealers may be violating customers' privacy rights when they scan licences of propective buyers before they take a test drive.
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Police seek suspect in Lawrence/Morningside shooting

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:29
Police are searching for a suspect after a man in his 60s was shot in his Lawrence Avenue apartment building.
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Alberta child advocate's role to grow in new child intervention rules

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:27

Alberta is expanding the role of the children's advocate to investigate the deaths of children who are in care.

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28-year-old faces murder charges in west Edmonton stabbing

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:27

A 28-year-old man is facing second-degree murder charges following the stabbing death of a man in west Edmonton Monday night.

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CFB Esquimalt sailor found dead in Tanzanian hotel

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:20
A Canadian sailor based at CFB Esquimalt in B.C. has died in hospital in Tanzania. The Department of Defence says the sailor was on leave from his duties aboard HMCS Regina, which is currently operating in the Indian Ocean
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Support pours in for Weyburn, Sask., waitresses who lost jobs

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:08

A couple of waitresses in Weyburn, Sask., who lost their jobs to temporary foreign workers are getting a lot of support in their own city and from across the country.

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Canada's middle class surpasses that in the U.S., says New York Times report

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:52
OTTAWA - There is a middle class crisis, but it's happening south of the border, not in Canada, according to a New York Times report on incomes around the world. The newspaper says an analysis it conducted with the LIS data centre shows that while Canadian median income per capita trailed the U.S. badly at the turn of the century, it had caught up by 2010 and now likely is ahead. And overall, the study shows Canada tied with the U.S. for the highest per capita median income of the countries compared, including Germany, France and Britain. The median income numbers represent the mid-point of income distribution so that one half the population will be above and one half below.
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CN, CP Rail profits could leave sour taste for farmers

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:43
Canada's two largest railroads reported stronger-than-expected profits on Tuesday, results that could prompt fresh criticism from farmers already unhappy with the handling of a massive crop backlog during one of the harshest winters in decades. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and Canadian National Railway Co have come under enormous pressure to clear the backlog, which resulted from a record harvest last year and subsequent disruptions of service caused by a frigid winter. The problem prompted the Canadian government to impose minimum weekly grain delivery volumes on the railways for a limited period. CP's record first-quarter profit did not sit well with Jim Wickett a Rosetown, Saskatchewan, farmer who served as chairman of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.
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GM seeks U.S. court protection against ignition lawsuits

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:42

Plaintiffs suing the company also filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Manhattan bankruptcy court on Monday, seeking an order declaring that GM cannot use the bankruptcy protection to absolve itself from liabilities. The faulty ignition switch has been linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles. GM emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2009 as a different legal entity from the so-called old GM. Under those terms, the "new GM" shed liability for incidents predating its exit from bankruptcy, and any lawsuit involving pre-bankruptcy issues must be brought against what remains of old GM.

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Proposed Navajo Nation junk-food tax falls short of needed votes; advocates vow to revive it

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:39

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food. A proposed 2 per cent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday in a Tribal Council vote. But the measure still has widespread support, and advocates plan to revive it, with the hope of making the tribe one of the first governments to enact a junk-food tax.

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Contaminated soil dumped in Verdun waterfront park

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:38

Borough officials in Verdun says they’re scrambling to deal with a pile of contaminated soil left in a waterfront park.

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Biden: Time for Russia to 'stop talking and start acting' to reduce tensions

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:38

KYIV, Ukraine - U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine. Standing alongside acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden called on Moscow to encourage pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate government buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and "address their grievances politically." Biden said Russia needs to act "without delay," adding, "We will not allow this to become an open-ended process." Yatsenyuk was harsher in his characterization of Russia.

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Novartis and GSK trade assets as pharma industry reshapes

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:32

By Caroline Copley and Paul Sandle ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline agreed to trade more than $20 billion worth of assets on Tuesday to bolster their best businesses and exit weaker ones as the drug industry contends with healthcare spending cuts and generic competition. The deals, which include Novartis' purchase of GSK's cancer drugs and GSK's acquisition of Novartis' vaccines business, came just after a newspaper report that AstraZeneca Plc had turned down a $101 billion bid approach from Pfizer Inc, a story that sent shares up across the sector. In addition, Novartis is selling its animal health arm to Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly for about $5.4 billion in cash. That would make Lilly's Elanco unit the world's second-largest animal health business when that deal closes early next year.

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Comcast nears deal with Charter on $18-$20 billion in divestitures: source

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:31

(Reuters) - Comcast may divest about 4 million subscribers after its merger with Time Warner Cable and is working to reach an accord to sell a portion of those customers to Charter Communications, a source familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Comcast is studying what could be a two-phase process, where Charter would first acquire up to 1.5 million subscribers directly from Comcast, the source said on condition of anonymity because discussions were continuing and a final agreement had not been struck. Comcast would then spin off the rest of the 2.5 million subscribers into a separate, publicly traded company, which Charter would take a minority stake in, the source added.

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