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Edward Cornwallis considered: The man behind Halifax’s divisive debate

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Edward Cornwallis considered: The man behind Halifax’s divisive debate

The story of Edward Cornwallis in Nova Scotia is told two ways: The tale of a brave leader and his entourage of soldiers and settlers trying to survive in a new world, or the commander of a bloody and barbaric extermination campaign against Mi’kmaq inhabitants. Story continues below READ MORE: Organized rhyme: How Halifax’s poet laureate…

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Knocked off balance by Trump, Canada prepares for ‘all eventualities’ on trade

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Knocked off balance by Trump, Canada prepares for ‘all eventualities’ on trade

The Canadian government is preparing for “all eventualities” in the wake of tough talk on trade from U.S. President Donald Trump last week, says the parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.Matt DeCourcey was cautious but firmly optimistic as he sat down with The West Block‘s Vassy Kapelos this weekend to discuss Trump’s recent comments.Among…

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Energy CEOs discuss Alberta’s carbon tax as Sask. continues to voice opposition

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Energy CEOs discuss Alberta’s carbon tax as Sask. continues to voice opposition

Alberta has had a carbon tax for almost five months and some companies are using it as motivation to speed up green innovation.“How do we use this money that’s being collected from a problem that we have in service of solving that problem,” Imaginea Energy CEO Suzanne West said.West was one of three energy CEOs,…

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Ontario electricity bills to drop starting next month

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Ontario electricity bills to drop starting next month

TORONTO – The Ontario Energy Board says that starting in May, electricity ratepayers will see some of the reductions from the government’s promise to cut bills by an average of 17 per cent.Average customers using 750 kilowatt hours per month will see bills of about $127. READ MORE: Ontario Liberals knew hydro was No. 1 concern…

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Turnout waned at Saskatoon’s 4/20 ‘Weed Day’ celebrations

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Turnout waned at Saskatoon’s 4/20 ‘Weed Day’ celebrations

You may have noticed something different in the air Thursday as cannabis lovers across North America celebrated 420, also known as Weed Day.This year’s turnout at the annual City Hall rally waned as the feds are set to legalize marijuana in July 2018.“I’ve been coming to the rallies for three or four years now. It’s…

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Pot lovers have more to celebrate on 4/20 Weed Day

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Pot lovers have more to celebrate on 4/20 Weed Day

Pot lovers have something extra to celebrate on this year’s Weed Day: the federal government’s legislation to decriminalize recreational marijuana introduced last week.The annual April 20 cannabis culture celebrations have grown in significance this year with Ottawa’s Cannabis Act, highlighting a path to legalize recreational marijuana use by Canada Day next year, with distribution and…

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Nova Scotia review of ‘conquered people’ brief complete, but minister won’t comment

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Nova Scotia review of ‘conquered people’ brief complete, but minister won’t comment

Nova Scotia’s justice minister says her department has completed its review of how a controversial legal brief implying the Mi’kmaq are a conquered people made it to court.READ MORE: Mi’kmaq band wins legal battle, Alton Gas appeal returning to minister Story continues below But Diana Whalen is saying little about the review, because it contains legal…

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Number of asylum seekers continues to rise, especially in Quebec

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Number of asylum seekers continues to rise, especially in Quebec

The number of asylum seekers crossing the Canadian border illegally continued to rise in March, according to new numbers released by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration on Wednesday.The numbers for March were a long time coming, but they show a steady increase of asylum seekers being intercepted by the RCMP in Quebec (from 432…

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Canadian envoy downplaying talk of potential trade rift with the U.S.

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Canadian envoy downplaying talk of potential trade rift with the U.S.

Ottawa’s envoy to Washington downplayed talk of growing trade irritants with the U.S., a day after President Donald Trump sharply criticized Canada’s well-guarded dairy sector.READ MORE: Why did Donald Trump attack the Canadian dairy industry? Story continues below Ambassador David MacNaughton says despite some U.S. rhetoric – and his own rebuttal letter released Tuesday – he…

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Ontario auto insurance rates up on average 1.24% for first quarter of 2017

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Ontario auto insurance rates up on average 1.24% for first quarter of 2017

TORONTO – Auto insurance rates in Ontario rose in the first months of 2017, just as a government-commissioned report called the system one of the least effective in Canada.The Financial Services Commission of Ontario says approved rates in the first quarter increased on average by 1.24 per cent. Story continues below In 2013, the Liberal…

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