Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Africa will use force if necessary …

Minister of National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan speaks with the media on Parliament Hill in a file photoMembers of the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) patrol the area near the city of Nyala in Sudan’s Darfur on January 12, 2015A soldier of the United Nations mission to Mali standing guard near a UN vehicle near Kidal, northern MaliOTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says protecting civilians — by force if needed — will be central to any Canadian peacekeeping mission in Africa, and that Canada will expect troops from partner countries to operate on the same principle.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Sajjan said he is concerned that despite having “robust” mandates and rules of engagement to act, peacekeepers from some countries have failed to intervene in cases where civilians have been attacked.The willingness of prospective partners to act when required is one factor being considered as the Liberal government …
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Canada may grant easier residency for foreign workers

Canada may make it easier for temporary foreign workers to get permanent residency and eventual citizenship, Immigration Minister John McCallum said on Sunday. Speaking on CTV television’s “Question Period,” a national politics talk show, McCallum did not give details, saying he was waiting for a parliamentary report on the matter to be introduced in September. Canada’s Liberal government has said it is revamping the program, which brings in workers who are often in low-skilled positions. Local unions have criticized it for depressing wages and affecting Canadian jobs, and workers and advocacy groups have complained of poor conditions and rights violations. The workers already have paths to permanent residency that have been criticized as too difficult. When asked whether Canada will consider loosening the rules, McCallum said the government “is certainly considering providing a pathway to permanent residence” to the workers. “We think that those who come, in general, …
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Friends and foes alike don't see Canada as unbiased on Ukraine, experts say

When the U.S., France, Germany, Britain and Italy talked with Ukraine about the meltdown in security there in 2014, the door was closed on Stephen Harper.
That was news.
The Conservatives had worked very hard to convince everyone — friend and foe alike — that Canada was Ukraine’s best friend and the optics of being left on the sidelines at the NATO summit in Wales two years ago was unmistakable.

“We have been seen as a party to the conflict.”
– Piotr Dutkiewicz, political science professor at Carleton University and Russia expert

It was, however, a footnote in the day’s coverage, coming as it did on the same day that the former Conservative prime minister announced the first special forces deployment to Iraq to counter ISIS fighters there.
Contrast that with the amount of ink spilled last week after the G20, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not invited to a meeting …
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Stephen Harper to join law firm in Calgary

Former prime minister Stephen Harper, who resigned his seat in Parliament to pursue a new career in international business consulting, is set to join Dentons LLP’s Calgary office, sources say.The massive global law firm, which counts former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien as one of its most prominent lawyers, has offices across Canada and around the world – including Shanghai, London and Washington. Mr. Harper’s work at Dentons will dovetail with his newly established international business consulting practice.

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Broderick takes sixth at $2m Grand Prix in Canada

Ireland’s Rio Games show jumping combination Greg Broderick and Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global, produced an excellent performance to take sixth place Sunday night in the $2m CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada.Against a top class field of 40 of the world’s leading horses and riders, Tipperary-born Broderick and Going Global knocked just a single fence in a demanding first round.

The Irish pair kept all the fences intact when one of 12 combinations who advanced round two, picking up just a single time fault for a five fault total which saw them finish in sixth place …
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Ontario Teachers’ Among Bidders for CitiFinancial Canada: Globe

(Bloomberg) — The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and several North American private-equity firms are among bidders to Citigroup Inc.’s subprime-lending business in Canada, according to the Globe and Mail.A sale of CitiFinancial Canada, a 200-branch unit that provides loans to consumers with poor credit ratings, could fetch more than C$400 million ($306.2 million), the newspaper reported Sunday, without saying how it learned about the bidders. That valuation is based on Citigroup’s $4.25 billion sale last year of its 1,100-branch U.S. subprime lender, OneMain Financial.Citigroup, which gets more revenue outside its home market than any of its U. …
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Canada and the United States: Allies in world affairs, but not in hockey

Means nothing …True, but don’t tell that to Team Canada or Team USA, who split two World Cup
exhibition games over the weekend, a 4-2 American victory in Columbus on Friday
followed the next night by a 5-2 Canadian win.Canada and the United States might be friendly allies when it comes to
international affairs, but when it comes to international hockey they get along
about as well as North and South Korea.

There is something about the red Maple Leaf – this particular version more
like a bleached marijuana plant – and the Stars and Stripes that seems to
discourage …
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Michelle Stilwell leads strong Canadian effort at Paralympics

Wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell added to Canada’s Paralympic medal haul, claiming gold in the women’s 400-metre T52 final in Paralympic record time Saturday morning in Rio.  
The 42-year-old from Parksville, B.C., clocked in at one minute, 5.43 seconds to convincingly claim her fifth-career Paralympic gold.
“It was amazing to start so strong,” said Stilwell. ”The race was fluid. I felt confident and relaxed through the whole race and to cross the line first and to bring the gold home for Canada, well, it was the moment I was working for.”
Stilwell was over two seconds faster than Belgium’s world-record holder Marieke Vervoort, who came in second at 1:07.62. Kerry Morgan, of the United States, rounded out the podium. 
Stilwell, who also competes in the 100 and holds the world record in that distance, is the only the second female Paralympian to have won gold in two separate summer sports. She also  …

Michael Arace commentary | World Cup of Hockey: Americans might be tough out for Canada

Nationwide Arena hosted an exhibition on Friday night, only it didn’t feel like an exhibition. It felt like an event. Drape a flag over a game and everything changes.Team USA and Canada played a World Cup of Hockey practice game before a near-sellout crowd of 17,791 and a contingent of local, continental and international media. It was a thumping affair, too, fast-paced, exciting and as chippy as Team USA wanted it to be. The Americans prevailed 4-2 with an empty-netter.
All the players stood for the anthem. Of course, they were lined up on the blue lines and they were on their skates already, but nobody kneeled or sat. This is something people were watching. Why? After Colin Kaepernick’s demonstration, Team USA coach John Tortorella — who for years has exercised his First Amendment rights as if he were Lenny Bruce — threatened to scratch any player who sat during …