Minister defends refugee deal with U.S. as calls grow for it to be cancelled

Canada’s Immigration Minister stood behind the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States on Tuesday despite calls from opposition MPs and experts to abandon it. Ahmed Hussen said the agreement has been “very good” for the country even while he added “I think all Canadians are troubled by the images coming out of the … Continue reading Minister defends refugee deal with U.S. as calls grow for it to be cancelled

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Doug Ford’s win renews calls for electoral reform

It was a surprise to many when Ontario’s progressive conservative leader Doug Ford lead the party to a blue sweep across the province on June 7.  Media organizations declared a Ford majority 20 minutes after the polls closed, even though Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats were ahead in the polls for weeks leading up to election … Continue reading Doug Ford’s win renews calls for electoral reform

G7 a chance for Trudeau to champion girls education

When Fatuma Omar Ismail was a little girl, her family fled their homeland of Somalia to escape the throes of civil war.  Her family traded life in Kismayo, a small port town and the commercial hub of Somalia’s Jubaland region, for a shack built from left-over flattened, empty cooking cans in Dadaab, Kenya, one of … Continue reading G7 a chance for Trudeau to champion girls education

Diversifying Canada’s most diverse parliament

In 2015, Canada elected its most diverse Parliament ever — but experts say more can be done in the upcoming election to encourage various forms of representation in the Green Chamber. The 42nd Parliament is represented by 47 visible minority MPs from various cultural backgrounds and 10 Indigenous MPs, smashing the previous record of 28 … Continue reading Diversifying Canada’s most diverse parliament

Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail

OTTAWA — After two years in and out of the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre — a jail that has been called “notorious” and a “hellhole” in media reports — Charlotte Smith broke free from her cycle of couch-surfing and using heroin and cocaine. While she was detained at the jail in Orleans, a small suburb on the outskirts of … Continue reading Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail

Alberta medical marijuana supplier expands sales to Italy

An Alberta medical marijuana company is blazing the trail on the international market, expanding its sales to a second European country. Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., a medical cannabis producer with an 800,000-square-foot production facility near the Edmonton International Airport, has struck a deal to be the first and only private international pot manufacturer to sell … Continue reading Alberta medical marijuana supplier expands sales to Italy

Exclusive: Waterlogged Alberta counties waiting months for decisions on disaster relief

Heavy rainfall has eroded every inch of the road to and from Brian McGonigal's farm in northeastern Alberta. The rain damage ties up trucks and forces him to take a 16-kilometre detour to get to his property. Last year, excess precipitation ruined a quarter of his total crop growth. "It looks like a lake," McGonigal said in … Continue reading Exclusive: Waterlogged Alberta counties waiting months for decisions on disaster relief

Alberta man brings affordable Wi-Fi to Maskwacis reserve

Bruce Buffalo built two rooftop internet hotspots so the residents of his small rural Alberta town can afford to stay connected. "I just figured it would be useful to create a hotspot so people could use their phones," the Maskwacis, Alta. resident said in an interview Monday. Setting up the wireless hotspot wasn't easy. Buffalo configured the … Continue reading Alberta man brings affordable Wi-Fi to Maskwacis reserve

LGBTQ Edmontonians anticipate Trudeau apology for purge

When Maj. John McDougall joined the military in 1989, he had to make a choice between his sexual orientation and his job. At the time, being part of the LGBTQ community was illegal in the Canadian Armed Forces. "It was a given ... If you were gay, you do not come out," the Edmonton-based McDougall said. "If you want … Continue reading LGBTQ Edmontonians anticipate Trudeau apology for purge

Pregnancy Pathways program to offer stable housing for homeless mothers

Marissa Nakoochee's baby bump was starting to show when she was evicted from her home 11 years ago. She spent months sleeping on couches, too scared to tell her story to anyone. "I felt so alone in my pregnancy," Nakoochee said Sunday. "I didn't know if I could do it." Now, the 33-year-old Cree woman is … Continue reading Pregnancy Pathways program to offer stable housing for homeless mothers

Edmonton man journeys from addict to graduate

For Donnie Kinistino, graduating from the social work program at Edmonton's NorQuest College means a fresh start on life. "Who ever thought I would come from the bowels of prison to walk across that stage this afternoon," Kinistino laughed right after receiving his diploma on stage last week. "Words don't explain it — I was laughing, I … Continue reading Edmonton man journeys from addict to graduate

Documentary film shows skill training for Nepalis

At the crack of dawn, Parvati Sapkota Gautam would walk from her small house on the outskirts of the city to an empty schoolhouse filled with logs and machines. It was here that she would learn the basics of framemaking, long-believed in Nepal to be a man's industry. She could never stay at the schoolhouse for long … Continue reading Documentary film shows skill training for Nepalis

Trump and Trudeau’s meeting with women entrepreneurs: Political strategy or genuine interest?

Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau gave women a seat at the table during their first meeting. During the round table discussion with top Canadian and American female entrepreneurs including Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, they agreed to fund a committee dedicated to including women in cross-border business opportunities. But to political strategy experts, the meeting had nothing to … Continue reading Trump and Trudeau’s meeting with women entrepreneurs: Political strategy or genuine interest?

Feds dodge questions about U.S asylum seekers

Claims are coming in fast and furious since Donald Trump's so-called travel ban. Watch the full story: "We always understand what people have to go through to seek safety and security," - Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen Between the lines, Hussen believes there's nothing for Canadians to be worried about. The government is already supporting border … Continue reading Feds dodge questions about U.S asylum seekers

Public Policy and young Canadians: Sitting down with Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau is not just the Prime Minister, he’s also the Minister of Youth – the first time that such a portfolio has been a full position in cabinet. What is Trudeau’s vision for engaging youth? How will he shape the policies that address the specific challenges young Canadians face today? Carleton University journalism student … Continue reading Public Policy and young Canadians: Sitting down with Justin Trudeau

Sole candidate for Orleans in city election encouraging others to run

One candidate is left in the fight for Orleans in the upcoming city council election after long time councillor Bob Monette announced his retirement this morning. Miranda Gray, a change management consultant, doesn’t want to run uncontested for the seat. She told 580 CFRA that she’d much rather have competition come election day. “I believe … Continue reading Sole candidate for Orleans in city election encouraging others to run

Education key to accurate, engaging environment journalism

As the ozone layer continues to thin, so does the developed world’s coverage of environmental issues. There are few reporters around the world dedicated to covering ‘environment’ stories alone. The environment is normally put on the plate of your run-of-the-mill energy, business or science reporter who is already struggling to keep up with the modern … Continue reading Education key to accurate, engaging environment journalism

Publishers, authors push for reform to ‘fair dealing’ rules, with Tory senators among targets, records show

Organizations representing Canada’s up and coming educational authors and publishers are lobbying to change the Copyright Act to better protect the rights of their members to profit from their work. In 2012, the Harper government passed the Copyright Modernization Act, a collection of amendments to the existing copyright legislation. One of the most significant changes … Continue reading Publishers, authors push for reform to ‘fair dealing’ rules, with Tory senators among targets, records show