Canadians switched at birth in second case at hospital

Two men in a remote community in Canada have found out they were switched at birth 41 years ago.Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr know each other and continue to live in the same town of 5,000 people, who are mostly indigenous from the Cree Nation.This is the second such case to come to light in a year.Canada’s health minister said it was an “important reminder” of the “urgent need to provide all indigenous people with high-quality health care”.Mr Tait and Mr Swanson were swapped in the government-run Norway House Hospital in 1975.DNA testing has confirmed that they …
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Ex-PM Stephen Harper quits Canada politics

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper has given up his seat as an MP, leaving Canadian politics after more than 20 years to focus on his businesses.The news comes 10 months after Mr Harper lost the election to Justin Trudeau and then resigned as Conservative leader.He said representing Calgary in Parliament had been an honour.He was first elected as a Reform MP in 1993 and later led the Conservative Party to three election victories.In a written statement, he said: “Friends, we did a lot together, but I know the best is yet to come.”Our country must continue to serve as a model of prosperity and freedom.”Three election wins, no shortage of controversyFive things Stephen Harper got wrong He listed his achievements as cutting taxes and balancing the national budget. “We got tough on crime and put families first. We managed our G7 economy through the worst global recession …

Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years

An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes.A photo of Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, and his wife, Anita, 81, went viral after their granddaughter shared their story.Ashley Baryik, 29 said her grandparents have been separated because there is no room for both of them at the same home in Surrey, British Columbia.Mr Gottschalk, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, is on a waiting list to move into the same home as his wife.In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Ms Baryik posted a touching image of her “Omi and Opi” …
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TD, CIBC continue strong performance by Canada's banks

* CRO says income checks have been tightened up* TD adjusted EPS C$1.27 vs average C$1.21 forecast* CEO says continuing to look for U.S. acquisitions

(Adds comments from executives on conference call)By Matt ScuffhamTORONTO, Aug 25 Toronto-Dominion Bank
has made changes to its mortgage underwriting practices in
recent years, its chief risk officer said on Thursday,
potentially making it more resilient if house prices fall in
Vancouver and Toronto.

Canada’s banks are facing heightened scrutiny of their
mortgage underwriting practices as authorities try to tackle the
potential threat of a housing bubble in the two cities, where
prices have soared.The country’s banking regulator last month raised concerns
about mortgage underwriting standards across the industry,
citing income verification checks as a concern.Speaking to investors after the bank reported
better-than-expected third-quarter results, TD’s Chief Risk
Officer Mark Chauvin said Canada’s second-biggest lender had
already tightened checks in response to price …

Three dead in street attack in Canada

Three people have been killed in Toronto, with one of the fatalities believed to be caused by a crossbow, say police.Attending to a reported stabbing in the Scarborough area, police found two people dead and one person wounded. The injured person later died.One person is in custody and a crossbow was found in the vicinity.One of the victims suffered injuries consistent with a crossbow, a police official told Canadian media.Constable Jennifer Sidhu, a Toronto police spokeswoman, told the BBC that police received reports of a stabbing incident and arrived just before 1300 EST (1800 GMT) to find the …
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Canada may ask oil firms to pay extra for far-offshore drilling: memo

By Ethan Lou

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada may ask oil companies to contribute to the hundreds of millions of dollars or more the country has to pay to an international body if they drill far offshore, according to an internal government memo.

If that happens, it could make the operations more expensive and strain talks that companies will have with provincial governments, which already require them to pay royalties.

A United Nations convention, which Canada ratified in 2003, says signatories need to pay the International Seabed Authority (ISA) if companies drill on the “extended continental shelf,” the seabed part of a country’s landmass, but more than 200 nautical miles (230 miles) offshore.

It was never clear from where that money should come. The ISA said only that Canada, where Norway’s Statoil ASA STL.OL has done such far-offshore explorations, is close to a position that warrants payments under the United Nations Convention on …
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Military veterans tackle business boot camp at University of Regina

Twenty Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members transitioning out of the military and embarking on new careers took part in a seven-day business boot camp at the University of Regina (U of R).The educational program — named Price’s Operation Entrepreneur — was developed by Prince’s Charities Canada in 2012 and is held annually in four locations across Canada. Regina is the only place west of Quebec where the program is available. Story continues below

Professors and students in the U of R’s Paul J. Hill School of Business volunteered time– sharing expertise and knowledge with the vets. “These military members will be ready to start their second careers,” Paul J. Hill Associate Dean Brian Schumacher said.“They’ve said they want to start their business. We’re going to do what we can to help them along that way.” Through lectures and discussions, the transitioning military members learned lessons in …

Canada's Mounties allow women in uniform to wear hijabs

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, is to allow women in uniform to wear hijabs.Government spokesman Scott Bardsley said the move was to reflect the diversity in Canada’s communities and to attract more female Muslim officers.The iconic uniform, famed for its wide-brimmed hat, has barely changed since it was introduced two centuries ago.Recent figures show women make up about a fifth of the RCMP but it is not clear how many this measure will affect.Three types of hijabs were tested before one was selected as suitable for police work, local media reported.According …
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Canada's stolen daughters

Story highlightsMore than half of all sex trafficking victims in Canada are indigenous people The reasons are rooted in a legacy of poverty, racism and abuse”A whole society is targeting indigenous women and girls,” says an indigenous rights advocate”I used to blame myself for everything. But, like I, I would say I let them do that to me. I am dirty. It’s my fault,” says Chopek through tears. But Chopek is finally speaking out, determined to shake the guilt and shame that she knows should stalk her perpetrators instead of her. “Now I see that I was just a child,” says Chopek, now sitting serenely in a safe house, a healing lodge in rural Manitoba that cradled her in the love and protection she so needed when she escaped her life on the streets. Now 19, Lauren was just 14 when she was sexually exploited and trafficked for sex in …
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AIG in talks to sell Lloyd's insurance business to CPPIB-WSJ

Aug 23 American International Group Inc
is in early talks to sell Lloyd’s of London Ltd’s
insurance operations to Canada Pension Fund (CPPIB), the Wall
Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

If the deal comes through, it could fetch the insurance
conglomerate hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds, the
Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (

CPPIB is also in talks to buy a related reinsurance company
based in Bermuda, the WSJ reported.AIG declined to comment while CPPIB could not be immediately

(Reporting by Nikhil Subba in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak

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