Task force to deliver report on future of Canada Post

Maureen Moyer holds her mail outside the Canada Post mailboxes on Eglinton Ave just west of Bayview. The boxes are always stuffed with mail with the lids not able to fully close. She has called with several other people in the community to tell Canada Post about the problem. (Toronto Sun/Craig Robertson) (Toronto Sun/Craig Robertson) (Toronto Sun/Craig Robertson)Craig Robertson
/ Ottawa CitizenThe four-member task force studying the future of Canada Post will deliver its report next week outlining options that could overhaul the structure and operations of the troubled Crown corporation, including the way it delivers mail.The report will be turned over to the House of Commons government operations committee for the next phase of the Liberals’ Canada Post review, which includes hearing from Canadians on what they need from their national postal service. The committee has already booked a cross-country tour for hearings through September …

Aeromexico Announces Increased Service On Its Three Routes To Canada

MEXICO CITY, Sep. 9, 2016 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — Starting in December, Aeromexico will expand its seat capacity to Canada by 47%, to more than 9,900 seats per week Aeromexico currently serves the Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver markets Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announced plans to increase the number of flights it offers to its three Canadian destinations, starting in December 2016. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130315/MX77534LOGO The expanded service will start on December 1 on the Vancouver and Toronto routes, followed by the Montreal route on December 2. Service will continue to be operated with the carrier’s 160 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with 16 seats in Clase Premier–Aeromexico’s business class cabin, 144 in economy. Schedules on the three routes to and from Canada are as follows: Mexico City – Montreal Montreal – Mexico City AM 636 16:00 hrs. 22:20 hrs. Mon, Wed, Fri, AM 637 23:35 hrs. 05:02 hrs. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun Sun Mexico City – Toronto Toronto – Mexico City AM 616 16:50 …

Canada Today: A Surge in Interest, and Prices, for Toronto’s Film Scene

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Canada adds more jobs than expected in August, yearly growth soft

By Leah Schnurr

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada created more jobs than expected in August on increased hiring in the construction and services sectors, but the gains did not fully make up for recent declines in employment, pointing to a labor market that was struggling to gain momentum.

Canada added 26,200 jobs in August, Statistics Canada said on Friday, following two months of declines. The unemployment rate rose to 7.0 percent as more people were looking for work.

Economists were encouraged by the 52,000 gain in full-time work, but noted the report could be volatile month-to-month. Compared to a year ago, employment was up …
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Aurelie Rivard, Brent Lakatos win gold for Canada at Paralympics

Brent Lakatos capped off a successful day for Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympics by winning gold in the men’s 100-metre T53 final. The Montrealer won the race in 14.44 seconds.

Brent Lakatos cruises to gold in the 100m1:47

Swimmer Aurelie Rivard won Canada’s first gold of the Games by setting a world record of 27.37 to win the women’s 50-metre freestyle S10 final.

Aurelie Rivard sets world record in gold medal performance2:28

Canada also added three silver medals on Friday. Alister McQueen claimed second place in the javelin F44 event, while para-cyclists Ross Wilson and Tristen Chernove won silvers in the men’s …
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Canada looks to end US travel ban for residents who admit to marijuana use

Instances of border agents stopping Canadian pot smokers ‘ludicrous’, minister said, as the drug is legal in many US states and is expected to be in Canada

A medical marijuana user smokes a joint on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Canada will push the United States to change a border policy that has banned Canadians who admit to having used marijuana from travel to the United States, given Canada’s plans to legalize pot, a government spokesman said on Friday.
The case of a Canadian man barred from US travel because he admitted to having smoked pot …
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'Gallant' American jailed after floating across border into Canada

John Bennett, 25, given two-month sentence for air mattress crossing
Bennett said he was trying to protect fiancee from violent ex-boyfriend

‘I sense that there’s this element of a Romeo-Juliet type of thing,’ said a lawyer representing Canada’s public prosecutors.
Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

His goal was simple, he told authorities. He was hoping to protect his pregnant fiancee from a violent ex-boyfriend.
There was just one, rather formidable, obstacle in his way: the Canada-US border.
The solution devised by the 25-year-old American – floating down a river that separates the two countries on an inflatable mattress to illegally enter …
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Canadian Panel Reviewing TransCanada’s Energy East Resigns (1)

(Bloomberg) — TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline hit another snag as panel members reviewing the project for Canada’s energy regulator stepped down, threatening more delay.The National Energy Board is adjourning its project hearings after all three panelists recused themselves to “preserve the integrity” of the regulator and of the project’s review, the board said Friday in a statement. Environmental groups had submitted letters last month asking for panelists to step aside over the risk of bias, after reports revealed two of the members had held meetings in Quebec in advance of the official proceedings, including with …
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Abbott joins call for ban on political donations from unions and corporations

Former PM says ‘we need to look long and hard at donations to real people on the electoral roll’

Tony Abbott says there should be ‘near-to-real-time’ disclosure of political donations to ensure full transparency and prevent ‘influence buying’.
Photograph: Rashida Yosufzai/AAP

Tony Abbott has joined Malcolm Turnbull and a growing chorus of Liberals calling for only individuals to be allowed to donate to political parties, in effect banning union, foreign and corporate donations.
Labor backs a ban on foreign donations but opposes a ban on union and corporate donations which shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, has warned the high court has already found is unconstitutional.
The Coalition is now seeking to widen the reform conversation to include spending on political campaigns by third-party entities, including unions and GetUp.
According to a Fairfax media report, Abbott has said: “We need to look long and hard at restricting donations to real …
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Peter Dutton defends refugee lag, saying Australia's security checks better than Canada

Immigration minister says Canada has ‘very different approach’ to security when asked why it was able to settle 30,000 refugees compared to Australia’s 3,500

An Iraqi refugee family in their house on the Greek island of Lesbos. In 2015 then Australian prime minister Tony Abbott pledged to take in 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Dutton has excused his department’s slow processing of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, suggesting other faster countries were not taking the same security precautions.
Australia has been criticised for only settling 3,532 people after former prime minister Tony Abbott pledged one year ago to take in 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
World Vision, Oxfam, Save the Children, Plan International, Care and Amnesty International labelled the delay “incomprehensible” and called for the full 12,000 to be settled by March next year.
However the immigration minister said on Friday he could not commit to a firm deadline, …
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