His election 'does not feel like America'

Harry Reid issues blistering statement decrying president-elect’s ‘forces of hate and bigotry’ as Elizabeth Warren urges voters to put in the work to resist Trump

Harry Reid said of Trump’s election: ‘I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics.’
Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Leading Democrats have begun their fightback against President-elect Donald Trump, accusing him of unleashing the “forces of hate and bigotry” and warning that America’s enemies were exultant at his election win.
As tens of thousands of Americans plan further protests and acts of dissent against the new president’s election, Democratic politicians have begun to echo the defiance seen on the streets of major cities from New York to Oakland that has sparked dozens of arrests.
Thousands were on the streets on Thursday …
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Election had little to do with gender

Your Thursday front-page story, “Female Dems in despair over results,” was an indication of behavior that has arisen out of the belief that participation deserves a reward. Rioters, students and these women feel cheated because things they wanted didn’t happen.This election had nothing to do with gender. Voters elected the person they believed to be the lesser of two evils. Hillary Clinton lost because of questionable activities involving the Clinton Foundation, irresponsible behavior and the fact that she has been accused of violating federal law. Her gender was not the problem.Don DavisHendersonGlass ceilingIf the presidential candidates had been Carly Fiorina and Bernie Sanders, would the Hillary supporters have pushed so hard to break that glass ceiling? I think not. The Democrat Party is about bigger government and advancing an extreme left-wing agenda.Andy TatayNorth Las VegasHistory makerSome people just don’t think clearly. Hillary Clinton did make …
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Stéphane Dion, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Ethiopia

Posted by: ecadforum
November 12, 2016

Minister Dion visits Ethiopia and underscores support for engagement of all Ethiopians in an inclusive democratic process

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Global Affairs Canada — The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday visited Addis Ababa to build on Canada’s relationship with Ethiopia, an important partner in the region. Ethiopia is the final stop of the Minister’s visit to Africa, which also included Nigeria and Kenya.
During his visit, the Minister reiterated his concerns over the deaths and violence arising from the recent unrest, particularly in the Oromia and Amhara regions, and underscored his support for all Ethiopians to engage in a peaceful and inclusive dialogue.
Minister Dion had a meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in which they discussed the current state of emergency and the critical importance of undertaking timely and meaningful reforms for the benefit of all Ethiopians—particularly its youth—in …
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Editorial: U.S. election can be a lesson

It has been hard to look away from U.S. politics as the candidates, the system and the voters made mistakes and made a mess.
But we should look away, and look within, and consider what the U.S. example means for Canada, because this has to be a teachable moment. It should be concerning that in our modern world, in an information age, Donald Trump was successful in becoming U.S. president-elect.
When we consider what we were reading in print media over the past year, if we round up, basically 100 per cent of newspaper and magazine articles criticized or lampooned Trump, and 100 per cent of editorial boards endorsed Hillary Clinton. None of that mattered. Of course people should make up their own minds and vote with their hearts, smarts and conscience. But at the end of the day, people should have known enough to know better.
There are …
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U.S. election results spur newfound American interest in Canada

There’s been some unprecedented interest by Americans in moving to Canada since Donald Trump became the U.S. President-elect.For some time, numerous celebrities and people have expressed an interest in getting to know Canada better.It hasn’t been this way since the era of the Vietnam War when thousands of draft dodgers and resisters fled to their northern neighbor’s country.The Canadian immigration website crashed on U.S. election night and until 8:30 a.m. the next day when it couldn’t handle a huge surge in traffic from Americans looking for advice on how to move north.There were more than 200,000 users accessing the website, five times higher than usual, said department spokesperson Sonia Lesage.Upsetting to some U.S. residents are comments by Trump about deportations of illegal immigrants and reopening international trade agreements.Moving company HireAHelper, operating in Lakeland, Florida and other U.S. …
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Canada “roadkill” under Trump?

Canadians are worried about the new guy who moved in next door.
An Angus Reid public opinion poll released Friday suggests 62% of Canadians are upset with President-Elect Donald Trump’s win, in part concerned his administration will damage the strong economic relationship between the two countries. We talked with trade experts about what Canadians should expect:
Is Canada in Trump’s protectionist sites?
The straightforward answer from experts is no.
Mexico – not Canada – is the real target of Trump’s promised trade deal rewrites.
Ian Lee, associate professor at the Carleton University Sprott School of Business, said Trump will dictate to Mexico — “a poor, relatively small country, utterly dependent on the United States for trade” — what changes he wants, including a possible cap on exports to the U.S.
“And they’re going to grit their teeth and say OK,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week …
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Helping Canada remember how Confederation happened

After writing about prospects for celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 last summer, I got a note from a former student in a U.S. history survey course I taught at the University of Waterloo years ago.

His name is Daniel Heidt and he went on to earn a doctoral degree at the University of Western Ontario. The purpose of the note was to tell me about his work as the founder and director of a sesquicentennial project that offers an opportunity not only for direct engagement with a fundamental aspect of Canadian memory, but also to make a meaningful contribution to assembling, preserving and providing access to the historical record.

The original impetus was an opinion piece published in the National Post early in 2015 in which Carleton University professor Geoffrey Kellow raised the question: “Why is it so hard to access Canada’s founding debates?”

In contrast to the …
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Canadians left with worthless wads of cash after Indian government scraps rupee bills

TORONTO – A number of Canadian residents have suddenly found themselves with worthless wads of cash after the Indian government abruptly scrapped its highest-denomination currency notes this week.
On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a surprise broadcast that his government was withdrawing all 500 and 1,000 Indian rupee notes — which are equivalent to about $10 and $20.
He said the action was being taken to combat corruption, money laundering and counterfeiting in India, where there is a significant amount of so-called undeclared, untaxed “black money.”

People in India were told to deposit their discontinued notes in banks and post office savings accounts before the end of the year. They were also told they could exchange limited amounts for new 500 and 2,000 rupee bills that are being delivered.
But for anyone with the cancelled currency outside India — including members of the large Indian diaspora in Canada — there appears to be confusion on what to …
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'Peace cannot wait anymore': Colombia, FARC rebels reach new deal to end 52-year war

Colombia’s government and Marxist guerillas said on Saturday they had agreed on a new peace deal to end their 52-year war, six weeks after the original one was narrowly rejected in a referendum for being too lenient on the rebels.
The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who have been negotiating a deal in Havana for four years, said they had incorporated changes proposed by various sectors of society into the accord.
“We have reached a new final accord to end the armed conflict that integrates changes, precisions and proposals suggested by the most diverse sectors of society,” both sides said in a statement.
“We call upon all Colombia and the international community….to back this new accord and its quick implementation so as to leave the tragedy of war in the past,” the statement read. “Peace cannot wait anymore.”

People react to the new agreement between the …
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What you missed in Canadian politics this week

OTTAWA – There were more than a few quiet tears shed this week in political Ottawa.First, Donald Trump’s win shook up politicos across the spectrum, prompting a fundamental rethinking of so many pillars of Canadian politics — our approach to defence policy, our embrace of multilateralism and multiculturalism and championing values like free trade, respect for women and visible minorities. Story continues below

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s transition team points to a return to Republican establishmentViewing parties deflated early on Tuesday night, setting the mood for the next few days during which most conversations dwelled on the election results.The week ended with a sombre Remembrance Day ceremony in the biting wind that brought together hundreds of veterans, the prime minister and the Governor General.Beyond the sadness and the scrambling for comprehension, decision makers and politicians took concrete steps — on the trade front, on the Trump front and …
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