Canada's health minister wants 'system transformation'

“It might seem dishonourable for a Minister of the Crown to even say this,” Jane Philpott told a room full of doctors in August. “It’s a myth that Canada has the best health care system in the world.” 
Long before Donald Trump called out the Canadian health care system as “slow” and “catastrophic in certain ways”, this country’s health minister offered a more modest criticism: Canada could be doing much better. In fact, during the same speech, Philpott told the Canadian Medical Association that Canada’s health care system ought to be transformed.
“This is an opportunity that we must not …
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Canada advances to gold-medal match at men’s world curling championship

BASEL, SWITZERLAND—Canada’s last gold medal at the world men’s curling championship came at St. Jakobshalle four years ago.Now, Kevin Koe will have a chance to end that drought Sunday at the same venue.Koe advanced to the final with a 5-3 victory over Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne in the 1-2 Page playoff game on Friday. Koe broke a 2-2 tie by hitting a draw to the button to score three points in the decisive seventh end.“This is a chance to be a world champion again, and those opportunities are just so few and far between, …
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Canada's first female prime minister labels Trump a 'sexual predator'

Kim Campbell – the country’s former PM – warns Republican’s comments could mean troubling consequences for women across the US

Kim Campbell: ‘The giving permission of people to express the worst misogynistic attitudes is incredibly dangerous and very, very worrisome.’
Photograph: HO/AP

A Canadian politician who made history as the country’s first female prime minister has publicly voiced her concerns about Donald Trump, branding the Republican presidential nominee as a sexual predator who revels in his own inappropriate behaviour.
“He has described himself as a sexual predator,” Kim Campbell said of Trump’s 2005 leaked Access Hollywood tape. “The behaviour he has admitted to and celebrated in himself is predation.”
After taking helm of the country’s Progressive Conservative party in 1993, Campbell became Canada’s first – and to-date only – female prime minister. Her term lasted just over four months, coming to an end when her party lost the general …
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Canada mulled nixing Queen Elizabeth's successor from banknotes: documents

By Ethan Lou

(Reuters) – When Canada was designing its current C$20 bill, it considered dispensing with its “tradition” of depicting the reigning British monarch if Queen Elizabeth dies or abdicates, internal documents from the country’s central bank showed.

The issue of Elizabeth’s potential death came up several times at the Bank of Canada between 2007 and 2015, according to documents obtained by Reuters in October under access-to-information laws.

The longest-reigning British monarch, Elizabeth appears on all standard Canadian coins, but only one banknote, the C$20 ($15) bill.

The 90-year-old Elizabeth, head of state of 16 Commonwealth countries including Canada, has reigned since 1952 and …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as lower oil and gold prices weigh

Oct 14 Canada’s benchmark stock index
fell on Friday as lower oil and gold prices weighed on the
shares of key resource companies.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
unofficially closed down 58.72 points, or 0.40
percent, at 14,584.99. Seven of the index’s 10 main industry
groups ended lower.

(Reporting by Fergal Smith, editing by G Crosse)

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Canadian ex-federal minister Jim Prentice and three others dead in plane crash

Prentice, 60, and three others died in the crash of a small, private plane in southern British Columbia late on Thursday, says a senior government official

Jim Prentice address and his wife Karen address supporters in Calgary, Alberta, on 27 October 2014.
Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

Former Alberta premier and longtime federal minister Jim Prentice and three others have died in the crash of a small plane in southern British Columbia.
Prentice’s family confirmed that he had died in the crash late on Thursday. He was 60.
Prentice was among the former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s most trusted cabinet ministers. He …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as gold and energy shares lose ground

(Adds portfolio manager quotes, details on energy and utilities
companies, updates prices)* TSX closes down 58.72 points, or 0.4 percent, at 14,584.99* Seven of the TSX’s 10 main groups end lower* Index rises 0.1 percent for the weekBy Fergal SmithTORONTO, Oct 14 Canada’s main stock index fell
on Friday as a stronger U.S. dollar pressured gold prices and
energy companies scrambled to protect pipelines.The materials group, which includes precious and base metals
miners and fertilizer companies, lost 1.5 percent as gold prices
fell and copper prices hit a one-month low.Barrick Gold Corp fell 2.6 percent to C$20.60,
while Goldcorp Inc declined nearly 3 percent to C$18.81

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Canada home prices rise further, government says to remain vigilant

By Andrea Hopkins and Alastair Sharp

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian government will closely watch the country’s housing market but has no imminent plans for further cooling measures, its finance minister said on Thursday, as data showed prices were still on the rise.

Canadian resale home prices rose in September, while new home prices were up in August, separate reports showed, suggesting that slowing sales in some regions have not cooled prices.

Low borrowing costs have kept Canada’s housing market robust since the financial crisis, but surging prices in Toronto and Vancouver have fueled concerns about a potential housing …
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Canadian home prices rise further, government says will stay vigilant

By Andrea Hopkins and Alastair Sharp

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian government will closely watch the country’s housing market but has no imminent plans for further cooling measures, its finance minister said on Thursday, as data showed prices were still on the rise.

Canadian resale home prices rose in September, while new home prices were up in August, separate reports showed, suggesting that slowing sales in some regions have not cooled prices.

Low borrowing costs have kept Canada’s housing market robust since the financial crisis, but surging prices in Toronto and Vancouver have fueled concerns about a potential housing …
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