The week in commentary: How much for dinner with the prime minister?: Opinion

It’s that time of year again: the weather sucks, and we have to substitute sunshine for vitamins and cold medicine. Maybe that’s why our prime minister’s great complexion seems to be fading and he’s showing a few wrinkles around the eyes. But we can’t blame Trudeau for failing to keep up appearances — after all, those $1,500 cash-for-access dinners must be stressful and dry.

But even your popularity with the kids is exhibiting signs of aging, Mr. Trudeau, especially with your recent attempt to take part in the outdated “dabbing” meme.  

“Not only are you not actually hitting the dab correctly, but this perhaps the first time I’ve seen you pose for a social media photo op while maintaining the confidence of a hover-handing 15-year-old. The look on your face almost reads, ‘Maybe I actually shouldn’t be doing this,” says Jake Kivanç in Vice, the certified voice of young people everywhere.

First, …

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency : Victoria-by-the-Sea to Entice Visitors to Extend Their Stay

The rural community of Victoria is steeped in rich history and alive with an array of unique tourism experiences. The community council and volunteers have developed strategic plans to build on the area’s current strengths, with improvements to further promote the area and strengthen its appeal to visitors and residents alike.The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today joined community council members, business owners and residents to announce funding support.Through its Innovative Communities Fund, ACOA will support the Community of Victoria with a $647,307 contribution for the municipality’s plan to carry-out protective upgrades to the 90 metre-long seawall, create a pedestrian pathway to connect the popular waterfront with green-space and business areas, develop recreational greenspace with visitor parking, and upgrade and expand the historic …

/R E P E A T — Media advisory – On November 26th, Shop The Neighbourhood challenges Canadians to…

– Photo and interview opportunity –
MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Shop The
Neighbourhood, a local shopping awareness campaign from Yellow Pages (TSX: Y), encourages Canadians to adopt sustainable
shopping habits by supporting small businesses in their communities. This year, to celebrate its fourth edition, Shop The
Neighbourhood – now a year-round campaign – continues to put an emphasis on the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday
and is asking Canadians to take part in the Shop The Neighbourhood Challenge by making a local purchase during one of the
busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Approximately 12,500 businesses and one million Canadians participated in last year’s Shop The Neighbourhood event
resulting in $155 million invested back into the Canadian economy.
WHAT: Yellow Pages employees, along with participating local business associations, will be mobilizing in select
neighbourhoods across Canada to raise awareness for the importance of local businesses and the
positive impacts of shopping …

Building pipelines will pay off, says former Bank of Canada governor

At a business conference in the winter wonderland of Lake Louise, Alta., on Friday, attendees and speakers alike voiced the reasons why Canada needs more oil pipelines.
The crowd was made up of oilpatch leaders and supporters such as TransCanada CEO Russ Girling and former federal cabinet minister John Baird.
On stage were the likes of interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose and former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge. Even if they didn’t use their time at the podium to talk pipelines, it’s on their mind. In particular, they spout the benefits new pipelines would provide for the economy and various levels of government.
“I’m not sure Canadians really understand the financial benefits,” said Dodge in an interview.  

‘It’s absolutely unconscionable that we don’t take the actions we need to move it so that Canadians receive the full value for the product.’
– David Dodge, former Bank of Canada …

Hundreds face deportation to China in massive immigration fraud case

One by one, many of the 1,200 former clients of an unlicensed Richmond, B.C., immigration consultant are getting the bad news — they’re no longer welcome in Canada because they lied.
CBC News has learned 320 immigrants, who each paid thousands of dollars to New Can Consulting and owner Xun (Sunny) Wang, are now facing deportation to China.
One year ago, Wang, 47, was convicted of one of the biggest immigration scams in Canadian history — making $10 million by filing fraudulent immigration applications for his clients.
In one of his ploys, Wang falsely used his own home in Richmond as an address for 114 of his clients who didn’t live in Canada. 

Convicted immigration fraudster Xun (Sunny) Wang used his own home in Richmond as a fake address for at least 114 of his clients. (Mike Zimmer/CBC )

His appeal of his seven-year prison term and $900,000 fine was rejected last month.
Three of his former employees …

Clinical England women brush aside Canada

Women’s internationalEngland (15) 39Tries: Matthews, Cokayne, Waterman, Wilson, Scarratt, Thompson, Allen Cons: Scarratt, ScottCanada (6) 6Pens: Burk 2England women produced a clinical display to beat Canada 39-6 at Twickenham in their final autumn Test.Tries from Alex Matthews, Amy Cokayne and Danielle Waterman gave the Red Roses a 15-6 lead at the break.Kaye Wilson, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson and Claire Allen went over in the second half as Canada tired in their third Test in eight days.

The win means England move above Canada into second place in the world rankings, a place behind New Zealand. The game took place after …
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Canada plans new fuel rules, aims 30-megatonne emissions cut by 2030

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada will require reduced carbon footprints for all fuels so that the country can achieve a 30-megatonne cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the country’s environment department said on Friday.

The government will not mandate specific changes to fuels and will focus just on reducing their emissions, officials said after a government announcement in Toronto.

Precise steps are to be determined after consultations, including with Canada’s provinces and relevant industries, and the government will release a discussion paper in February 2017, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Canada’s Liberal government ran on a platform to do more for the environment. The country’s new fuel measures would help it meet the emissions reduction targets of the Paris agreement on climate change, which Canada’s Parliament ratified last month.

The government’s stance contrasts sharply with that of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has pledged to ease the regulatory burden …
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Canada says new fuel rules to cut emissions by 30 megatons by 2030

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada will require reduced carbon footprints for all fuels so that the country can achieve a 30-megatonne cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the country’s environment department said on Friday.

The government will not mandate specific changes to fuels and will focus just on reducing their emissions, officials said after a government announcement in Toronto.

Precise steps are to be determined after consultations, including with Canada’s provinces and relevant industries, and the government will release a discussion paper in February 2017, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Canada’s Liberal government ran on a platform to do more for the environment. The country’s new fuel measures would help it meet the emissions reduction targets of the Paris agreement on climate change, which Canada’s Parliament ratified last month.

The government’s stance contrasts sharply with that of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has pledged to ease the regulatory burden …
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Child poverty, the NDP and the way we vote: how politics touched Cdns this week

By Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press on November 25, 2016.
OTTAWA – The prime minister was out of town most of the week – winding up a trade-focused trip to South America and gearing up for an aid-focused trip to Africa – but the pace of politicking was relentless all the same.
Whether it was phasing out coal, cracking down on vaping or buying fighter jets; limiting medicinal pot for veterans, fretting about Liberal fundraising or coming to grips with suicide in the military, the news hurricane on Parliament Hill was relentless.
And that doesn’t even include the problem of child poverty, the leadership dynamics within the NDP and new steps on democratic reform.
Here are three ways politics this week will have a lasting effect on Canadians:
CHILD POVERTY
The number-crunchers at Campaign 2000, a group that advocates for the eradication of child poverty, say one out of five children in …
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