Canada to face a tough group at U-20 Women’s World Cup

Olympians Deanne Rose and Gabrielle Carle will lead Canada next month at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.The Canadians are in a challenging group with Japan, Spain and Nigeria at the 16-team tournament, which runs Nov. 13 to Dec. 3.The 17-year-old Rose scored twice during the 2016 Rio Games, becoming the youngest goal scorer in Olympic women’s soccer history. At the U-17 World Cup in Jordan that ended earlier this month, the young forward captained the Canadian team that went 1-1-1, exiting after the first round.

Coach Danny Worthington’s 21-woman Canadian squad also …
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Canada's Cenovus says would consider refinery acquisitions

By Nia Williams

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canadian oil and gas producer Cenovus Energy Inc CVE.TO said on Thursday it would consider refinery acquisitions in areas including the U.S. Gulf coast region provided the opportunity offered good value and was easily accessible for Canadian crude.

Chief Executive Brian Ferguson, speaking on a third-quarter earnings call, said integrating Cenovus’s oil production in western Canada with its downstream business was core.

“It’s very consistent with strategy and really revolves around how do we improve the margin on every barrel that we can produce,” he said. “There would be a whole …
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Canada-EU trade deal inches toward 'positive outcome' as 11th-hour talks continue

Belgian talks designed to end the deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement ended on Wednesday without a breakthrough, but participants said they would resume on Thursday morning.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel worked with the heads of Belgium’s regions and linguistic communities to produce a common text to allay their concerns about agricultural imports and a dispute settlement system that critics say could be abused by multinationals to dictate public policy.. “We made a lot of progress, but we are not there yet. We will continue tomorrow, but we are close to an agreement,” said Oliver Paasch, the head of Belgium’s 76,000-strong German-speaking community. 

European Council President Donald Tusk said earlier that a planned EU-Canada summit to sign the accord was still possible. It was originally planned for Thursday, but its timing now is unclear.
“As of this time, the summit remains on Europe’s agenda and on Canada’s …
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EU Council President says Canada-EU deal still possible

Belgian talks designed to end the deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement ended on Wednesday without a breakthrough, but participants said they would resume on Thursday morning.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel worked with the heads of Belgium’s regions and linguistic communities to produce a common text to allay their concerns about agricultural imports and a dispute settlement system that critics say could be abused by multinationals to dictate public policy.. “We made a lot of progress, but we are not there yet. We will continue tomorrow, but we are close to an agreement,” said Oliver Paasch, the head of Belgium’s 76,000-strong German-speaking community. 

European Council President Donald Tusk said earlier that a planned EU-Canada summit to sign the accord was still possible. It was originally planned for Thursday, but its timing now is unclear.
“As of this time, the summit remains on Europe’s agenda and on Canada’s …
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The presidential election may be settled, but here's why the battle isn't really over: Keith Boag

Now that it looks like Donald Trump will end up with the silver medal in next month’s presidential election, Washington political chatter is turning away from the race for the White House and toward “down ballot” races. 
“Down ballot” is what politicos here call all the other elections that voters will decide on Nov. 8. That includes for 34 Senate seats, 435 House seats, 12 state governors, hundreds of state senators, thousands of state house representatives, plus judges, mayors, district attorneys, attorneys general and so on.
And the stakes are high. President Barack Obama explained them this way:
“We can’t elect Hillary and then saddle her with a Congress that’s do-nothing, won’t even try to do something,” he said in Nevada, where he was stumping for Democrat Catherine Cortez Mastro in the hope she’ll be the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate.

The Hillary Clinton campaign has made the pivot. She’s said …
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‘Cash-for-access’ fundraisers are a necessary part of politics

Geoff Plant was British Columbia’s attorney-general from 2001 to 2005. He practices law with Gall Legge Grant & Munroe in Vancouver.A growing chorus of voices calls for an end to what are derisively called “cash for access” political fundraisers. Most recently, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to ban politicians from attending them. Respectfully, I dissent.

One such event that recently caught the public’s attention is a private federal Liberal Party fundraiser in Halifax attended by a small group of donors who paid $1,500 each. The featured guest was Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Two points of context. One, the law of Canada encourages individuals to donate up to $1,500 a year to political parties by granting a tax credit. Two, fundraising dinners are – and always have been – a basic feature of our democratic landscape.What is the difference between a big-ticket fundraiser attended by a very small group and a large-scale …
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Canada to welcome Yazidi refugees — here’s what you need to know

Yazidi survivor and activist Nadia Murad Basee Taha. Photo, Yorgos Karahalis/AP.On Tuesday, Parliament unanimously passed a motion that will bring Yazidi women and girls who survived sexual slavery to Canada within the next four months. It’s a victory for activists and politicians who, for the better part of a year, urged the Liberal government to extend the generosity that brought more than 30,000 Syrians to this country to Yazidi women and girls.
The Yazidis are a religious minority group who have been brutally targeted by ISIS in northern Iraq, resulting in what the United Nations has called a genocide. The sexual violence committed against Yazidis is considered to be among the worst atrocities happening to women and girls in the world right now, according to the UN.
“For us to see Canada not accepting the injustice that was committed by ISIS is something very important,” 23-year-old survivor and …
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Belgium keeps EU, Canada waiting over trade deal

Belgian politicians failed to break their deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement on Wednesday, but agreed to resume talks on Thursday in a sign they may be nearing a consensus that would keep the deal alive.
The news prompted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call off plans to fly to Brussels on Wednesday night. He had been due to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at a summit on Thursday.
CETA, seven years in the making, is backed by all 27 other EU governments but rejected by the French-speaking south of Belgium, meaning Belgium as a whole cannot sign it.
Prime Minister Charles Michel worked with the heads of Belgium’s regions and linguistic communities to produce a common text to allay concerns about agricultural imports and a dispute settlement system that critics say could be abused by multi nationals to dictate public policy.
“We made a …
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For politicians, the abuse of Adam Capay is no big deal

Just as Adam Capay represents all that is wrong with Canada’s prison and justice systems, David Orazietti, Ontario’s Minister of Correctional Services, embodies the institutionalized failure of compassion that has brought us to this point.Mr. Capay is the young indigenous man who has been held without trial in solitary confinement in a Thunder Bay jail for four years. And Mr. Orazietti is the responsible government official who, when alerted to this barbarous state of affairs, refused to do anything about it.

The minister seemed unmoved that Mr. Capay was kept in a cell bathed in 24-hour artificial light for 1,500 days, that these conditions seemed to be damaging his mental health, and that Mr. Capay had been denied a trial in a reasonable amount of time. There simply wasn’t anything far enough out of the ordinary to prompt Mr. Orazietti to take action. And even if he …
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