Canada Wants the U.S. to Change Its ‘Ludicrous’ Marijuana Policy

Canada plans to push the United States to change a “ludicrous” current policy that forbids Canadians who admit to previously using marijuana from entering the U.S.
A spokesman for the Canadian government said on Friday that it has been in discussions with the U.S. government about Canada’s plans to legalize marijuana, Reuters reported. But the spokesman said the travel policy has not yet been addressed.
The policy drew attention when a Canadian man in 2014 was barred from entering the U.S. after he admitted he had smoked marijuana recreationally, Reuters reported.
Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Card …
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Fourteen dogs die in Canada kennel's heating malfunction

TORONTO (Reuters) – Fourteen dogs in a western Canadian pet daycare and boarding facility died on Saturday after a mechanical malfunction caused heat to continuously enter their kennels, the organization said.

The Playful Paws Pet Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said on Saturday in a Facebook post a “travesty of life” happened, and its staff are reaching out to the dogs’ owners.

“We love our dogs and each of our team is trying to personally cope with this terrible loss,” Playful Paws said on its Facebook page.

The center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is not …
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Canada flight diverts to Iceland

A flight from London to Canada has made an unscheduled landing in Iceland after declaring a mid-air emergency because of a suspected mechanical fault.The WestJet Boeing 767 flight to Edmonton diverted about two hours after taking off from Gatwick at 11:09 BST.The Canadian airline said the pilots acted “out of an abundance of caution” and the plane will undergo maintenance at Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik.Passengers are being put up in hotels as new flights are arranged.A WestJet spokeswoman said the crew had discovered a “potential mechanical issue” on flight WS27 but stressed declaring an emergency did “not necessarily …
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Australian political donations: how hard would it really be to clean up?

As a growing chorus of political figures call for the banning of union, foreign and corporate donations, three Australian law professors consider whether the most effective way to regulate political donations is to impose a cap on funding

Labor senator Sam Dastyari stepped down from the frontbench on Wednesday amid questions about donations from a wealthy Chinese businessman. There is no clear political consensus on how or whether donation reform is required in Australia.
Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

There is more than a little yellow peril in the latest political donations debate, which began with Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s acceptance of payments from companies, some of which had links to the Chinese government.
Distractions abound but here is the bottom line. Never mind race. Everyone donates for a reason. Often that reason is access or influence. If we all agree that undue influence over the political system is a …
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DiCaprio’s 'Before The Flood' aims to make climate a U.S. election issue

By Alastair Sharp
| TORONTO

Hollywood heartthrob and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio said he rushed to release his upcoming climate change documentary “Before the Flood” ahead of November’s U.S. presidential elections to issue a clarion call to U.S. voters in time to influence their decisions. “We wanted this film to come out before the next election because … the United States is the largest contributor to this issue,” DiCaprio said to the audience after the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday.”We cannot afford, at this critical moment in time, to have leaders in office that do not believe in the modern science of climate change,” he added. The film follows the Oscar-winning DiCaprio and actor-filmmaker Fisher Stevens as they travel from Canada’s oil sands to tiny Pacific islands, interviewing world leaders such as the Catholic Church’s Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama, …
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Canada regulator says TransCanada pipeline panel is quitting

By David Ljunggren
| OTTAWA

Canada’s energy regulator said on Friday that a panel assessing TransCanada Corp’s proposed Energy East pipeline was quitting, a decision that will drag out an already-lengthy appraisal process.Critics had demanded two of three panel members quit after it emerged they had privately discussed the project last year with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who was working for TransCanada as a consultant at the time.The regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), said in a statement that the panel was stepping down “to preserve the integrity” of the board and the Energy East review.Although the panel members had talked to Charest and others in good faith, “they understand that their participation in these meetings may have created an apprehension of bias,” which could undermine the board’s credibility, the statement said.The announcement represents another challenge for the project, which is designed to carry 1.1 million barrels …
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Canada Regulator Sets Out Stricter Mortgage Rules for Banks

(Bloomberg) — Canada’s financial regulator released proposed new mortgage rules that could see the country’s lenders hold more capital to offset risks.The draft guidelines have been updated to “reflect the changing risks in the Canadian mortgage market,” the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said in a statement. The watchdog said in December it would seek to shift the burden of risks to banks and away from taxpayers, part of a broader effort by government to address what some observers say is an overheated housing market.OSFI floated the policy as part of revised Capital Adequacy Requirements, or CAR, a set of rules governing federally-regulated banks, loan companies, and trusts and based on global requirements. The new CAR framework, published today, is open for comment until Oct.18. It will come into force as soon as November.If a Canadian lender doesn’t follow the compliance policies …
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Imperial to Market World War II-Era Oil Field in Canada’s North

(Bloomberg) — Imperial Oil Ltd. is looking for a buyer for its historic Norman Wells operations in Canada’s far north as the producer focuses on its larger business farther south.The producer, majority owned by Exxon Mobil Corp., plans to market the 11,000-barrel-a-day oil field this quarter, the company said in a statement Friday. The assets also include a fuel distribution center, Imperial said, without providing further details.Imperial began drilling for oil in Norman Wells, a town about 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Northwest Territories, in 1920, followed later by a refinery which supplied military operations in Alaska and the Yukon with fuel during the Second World War. Decades later, the company expanded production and connected the field to markets in the U.S. with a pipeline to Alberta.In recent years, Imperial has sold off legacy assets as it expanded its oil sands business …

Full Time Work Leads Faster-Than-Expected Canada August Job Gain

(Bloomberg) — Evidence of slack in Canada’s labor market is deepening, even as the country adds jobs. The number of hours worked fell in August at the fastest pace since the last recession against the same month a year earlier, and pay raises were the slowest in almost two years. Economists said those forces — along with a rise in the unemployment rate to 7 percent — are more powerful than the monthly job gain of 26,200 positions that Statistics Canada reported Friday from Ottawa.Canada’s dollar fell to the lowest in a week after the labor-market weakness mirrored the central bank’s assessment Wednesday that growth prospects have faded. The world’s 10th largest economy has been relying on employment growth to prop up consumer spending and offset falling investment brought on by low oil prices.“The Canadian job market is simply stuck in a rut,” Doug Porter, chief …