Canada's new national bird is the gray jay

The gray jay has been named Canada’s national bird after tens of thousands of votes were cast online, ruffling the feathers of some ornithologists.Although Canada has no official bird, the Canada goose has long been a part of the national identity.So too has the common loon, which appears on the country’s dollar coin, affectionately dubbed the “loonie”.But after a two-year search, the diminutive gray jay soared above its more famous feathered friends.Beaver or Bear: Fur flies over Canadian sense of identityWitness: Smuggling endangered birdsBut the bird won’t hold official status, at least not yet. According to …
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Canada military recruitment website suffers hack

Users redirected to Chinese government’s main page
Defence ministry investigating but identity of hackers is unknown

The Canadian armed forces quickly took down the website page after the hacking was discovered.
Photograph: Handout/Reuters

The Canadian armed forces recruitment website was hacked on Thursday, redirecting would-be recruits to the Chinese government’s main page instead, a military spokeswoman said.
Visitors to the home page found themselves on the www.gov.cn site instead, CTV television reported. The armed forces quickly took down the page.
A defence ministry spokeswoman, Ashley Lemire, confirmed the site had been hacked. She said the …
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Canada bolstered by sevens alumni in rugby test match against Ireland

Bolstered by four high-profile additions from the sevens program, Canada takes on Ireland in a women’s rugby test match Saturday.No. 8 Kelly Russell returns to her 15s role as captain while fellow sevens alumni Karen Paquin, Elissa Alarie and former World Rugby player of the year Magali Harvey also feature in coach Francois Ratier’s starting lineup at Dublin’s UCD Bowl.

All four were part of the 15s team that lost 21-9 to England in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup final before switching to sevens. Ratier has wasted little time bringing them back into the fold.“I …
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CANADA-STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, Suncor; Valeant slumps on arrests

(Adds details on specific stocks, updates prices)* TSX up 77.90 points, or 0.53 percent, at 14,811.12* All of the TSX’s 10 main groups move higherTORONTO, Nov 17 Canada’s main stock index gained
on Thursday in a broad rally led by heavyweight resource and
financial stocks, as crude prices rose and the country’s largest
oil and gas company forecast higher production and lower costs
in 2017.Suncor Energy Inc rose 0.6 percent to C$41.25 after
it said it expected production to rise by more than 13 percent
next year and spending to fall by more than C$1 billion ($746
million).

The overall energy group climbed 0.7 percent, with oil
prices boosted …
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Police must open their ranks to recruits from the military, civil service and business, says Amber Rudd

The police must open their ranks to “bright and ambitious” recruits from the military, civil service, finance and business, the Home Secretary has said.
Amber Rudd revealed that just eight people have been recruited from outside police ranks under the first intake of the Direct Entry scheme earlier this year, as she urged police chiefs to do more.
She ruled out introducing a target, however. It came as the Metropolitan Police announced that its new chief constable will be a serving officer who could come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or America as foreign candidates are allowed to apply for the role for the first time. 

Amber Rudd insisted the intention of the Direct Entry scheme is not to take away top jobs from existing police

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was appointed in September 2011 in the wake of the London riots, will step down in February. 
Delivering her …

Canada will only respond to concrete Trump trade policies -PM

By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday Canada would respond to concrete policy proposals that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump puts forward regarding renegotiating their trade rather than to theoretical ones.

Trudeau has come under fire from the Canadian opposition for saying last week he was open to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the United States and Mexico, given Trump has threatened to scrap it. [nL1N1DH1XQ]

Speaking at a news conference during his first official visit to Cuba, Trudeau refused to be …
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Canada's new national bird causes a flap

The gray jay has been named Canada’s national bird after tens of thousands of votes were cast online, ruffling the feathers of some ornithologists.Although Canada has no official bird, the Canadian goose has long been a part of the national identity.So too has the common loon, which appears on the country’s dollar coin, affectionately dubbed the “loonie”.But after a two-year search, the diminutive gray jay soared above its more famous feathered friends.Beaver or Bear: Fur flies over Canadian sense of identityWitness: Smuggling endangered birdsBut the bird won’t hold official status, at least not yet. According to …
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Keystone XL no longer crucial for Canada's oil exports, says natural resources minister

The prospect of the Keystone XL pipeline being approved by the incoming Trump administration will have little effect on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plans to get Canada’s oil to market. 
Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada has moved on to a whole different plan for its oil exports, and the once crucial Keystone XL pipeline has become less of a priority.
“It doesn’t get oil to export markets in Asia,” said Carr as he left his government’s cabinet meeting Tuesday.
“It’s a goal of the government of Canada to expand its export markets.”
President-elect Donald Trump has promised …
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