Government’s inertia on helping Yazidis is shocking. It treats genocide like an inconvenience

Michelle Rempel needs to get angry more often.
The 36-year-old former Conservative cabinet minister, now the Official Opposition critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was the driving force behind Tuesday’s 313-0 House of Commons vote requiring Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to get its act together and open Canada’s doors to the persecuted Yazidi minority of Iraqi Kurdistan.
From her patient negotiations to build a consensus across party lines, and from her eloquence in the House debates leading up to Tuesday’s vote, you’d never know how angry Rempel has been. For two long years, pathetic excuses and institutional incompetence have prevented Canadians from making any use of themselves at all in coming to terms with the Yazidi genocide.

There was perhaps a hint of anger last week in Rempel’s address to Parliament. Even so, her speech was a masterwork of meticulous argument, oratory and moral …
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CanadaSaskatoon mayoral candidate gets endorsement from Zach Galifianakis

Dave Deibert, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Oct 26, 2016, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

The most random endorsement of the 2016 mayoral campaign came just hours before polls closed, courtesy the star of The Hangover trilogy.
From the side of a road in California, seemingly shooting the video himself, Zach Galifianakis urged Saskatoon voters to support Charlie Clark in his tight race with Don Atchison and Kelley Moore. The reason behind the endorsement: Galifianakis is married to a cousin of Clark’s, according to Clark’s official Facebook page. The two often spend time together in the summer when their extended families gather.

High-profile endorsers such as NHL coach Mike Babcock for Don Atchison and former FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild for Kelley Moore have more tangible connections to the other candidates. Galifianakis acknowledged how strange it was for him to be wading into the Saskatoon election from thousands of kilometres away.
“Why should you trust me? That’s …
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Canada says PM Trudeau won't travel to Brussels Wednesday

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be flying to Brussels on Wednesday night because a free trade deal he was supposed to sign with the European Union on Thursday is not finished yet, an official said.

“Canada remains ready to sign this important agreement when Europe is ready,” said Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Buying medical weed in Canada may get easier

Legal marijuana sales tripled in 2015
Canada’s top pharmacy chain is hoping to be the first in the country to legally sell over-the-counter medical marijuana. Shoppers Drug Mart confirmed Wednesday it had filed an application with the Canadian government earlier this year to be a licensed distributor, allowing pharmacists to dispense cannabis at its hundreds of stores across the nation.
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Charline Labonté, Canadian gold-medalist goalie, ponders future as chef

Charline Labonté may soon be trading in her goaltending equipment for an apron and a chef’s hat.While the four-time gold medalist with Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team hasn’t given up on playing quite yet, she is already planning a career after hockey in a professional kitchen.Her classes at the École des Métiers de la Restauration et du Tourisme de Montreal, a top school for aspiring chefs, begin Nov. 7.

“I want to put myself in situations where I don’t have any regrets at the end and one thing that always came back into …
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Canadian regulator cuts 2040 oil output forecast by 400,000 bpd

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canada’s National Energy Board downgraded its long-term crude oil supply forecast on Wednesday, saying the country would produce around 400,000 barrels per day less oil in 2040 than previously estimated.

The NEB said it now expects Canada, which holds the world’s third-largest crude reserves after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, to produce 5.7 million bpd by 2040, a 41 percent increase on 2015 levels.

That estimate is lower than the forecast of 6.1 million bpd by 2040 that was released in January this year, and the NEB attributed the cut to lower oil price assumptions.

The price of Brent crude oil LCOc1 will rise from $45 …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as energy stocks and earnings disappointments weigh

(Adds equity analyst comment, updates prices to close)* TSX ends down 63.07 points, or 0.42 percent, at 14,807.56* Six of the TSX’s 10 main groups fall; energy off 0.8
percentBy Alastair SharpTORONTO, Oct 26 Canada’s main stock index fell
on Wednesday as energy shares followed oil prices lower, a small
financial technology company plunged after missing earnings
expectations, and Canadian National Railway Co weighed
after its revenue dipped.The country’s largest railway shed 3.8 percent to C$84.30
after its quarterly revenue fell as it moved lower volumes of
crude oil, coal and fracking sand.

The industrials group lost 1.4 percent overall, while the
technology group shed 2.9 percent, with …
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Belgian Prime Minister ‘cannot sign’ landmark EU-Canada trade deal

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has said he cannot sign a landmark EU trade agreement with Canada after it was rejected by one of the country’s regions.

After the French-speaking Wallonia region refused to approve the historic deal with Canada, the EU gave Mr Michel until today to turn the situation around. 

But talks with Wallonia’s leaders have now broken down, leading Mr Michel to admit: “We are not in a position to sign Ceta.”

There is now major doubt over the pact’s future and over whether a special summit will go ahead on Thursday with Canadian President Justin Trudeau.

Socialist-run Wallonia wants stronger safeguards on labour, environmental and consumer standards before giving backing to the pact. Belgium’s federal government cannot agree to the deal without the consent of five regional authorities.

Supporters say Canada and the EU would eliminate 98 per cent of tariffs under the …
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