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Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says his department will accelerate the processing of the families of interpreters and others who supported Canada’s mission in Afghanistan to evacuate as many approved people as possible quickly. Refugees from Afghanistan and Canadian Citizens board a bus after being processed at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021, after arriving indirectly from Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada ramping up evacuation from Kabul with faster processing, fewer hurdles

The main obstacle remains the Taliban checkpoints that Afghans have to go through to reach the airport

 

A line of vehicles wait to enter Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

United States extends border restrictions for Canada, Mexico to Sept. 21

The restrictions, which have been in place since March 2020, were set to expire Saturday

 

Governor General Mary Simon applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following his speech during a ceremony in the Senate in Ottawa on Monday, July 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Who fires the starter’s pistol for an election in Canada? 5 things to know

First, the prime minister heads over to Rideau Hall to request the Governor General dissolve Parliament

 

The landing page for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is seen in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. An internal government document is shining a light on how low-income seniors were abruptly cut off from monthly federal payments based on which bureaucratic body handled their emergency benefits last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Lost seniors’ income supplement hinged partly on what agency handled their CERB

Unknown to most, supplement was coming from two streams, one of which can be excluded

The landing page for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is seen in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. An internal government document is shining a light on how low-income seniors were abruptly cut off from monthly federal payments based on which bureaucratic body handled their emergency benefits last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP MP Charlie Angus rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The MP’s request for documents related to a new regulator that will handle child pornography and exploitive material could take over half a decade for government to process.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Government docs on porn regulator will take six years to access: Justice Department

Justice Department said that time frames for processing requests are based on the estimated number of records

NDP MP Charlie Angus rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The MP’s request for documents related to a new regulator that will handle child pornography and exploitive material could take over half a decade for government to process.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul attends a press briefing in Toronto on Monday, July 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Green party execs end ceasefire with leader Annamie Paul, as battle heads to court

Court filings show the Green party is trying to overturn arbitration orders that stymied threats to Annamie Paul’s leadership

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul attends a press briefing in Toronto on Monday, July 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo U.S. Air Force F-35 A-fighter jets from 31st Test Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB fly over Levi’s Stadium before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif. Canada has quietly made another multimillion-dollar payment toward development of the F-35 stealth fighter despite uncertainty over whether it will buy the stealth fighter and calls from some prominent Canadians not to purchase any new fighter jets.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ben Margot

Canada spends another US$71M on F-35 amid calls to cancel fighter jet purchase

The F-35, which is built by U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin, is competing against American rival Boeing’s Super Hornet

In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo U.S. Air Force F-35 A-fighter jets from 31st Test Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB fly over Levi’s Stadium before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif. Canada has quietly made another multimillion-dollar payment toward development of the F-35 stealth fighter despite uncertainty over whether it will buy the stealth fighter and calls from some prominent Canadians not to purchase any new fighter jets.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ben Margot
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes selfies with community members at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque after speaking to the congregation to recognize Eid al-Adha in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Feds looking into Muslim charities’ concerns: PM

Almost 100 Muslim organizations and civil society groups wrote to Trudeau this week

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes selfies with community members at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque after speaking to the congregation to recognize Eid al-Adha in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Singh says government must regulate online hate

Doing so would help address concerns from religious groups and visible minority populations, he says

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement about in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Defining issue’: Federal environment minister says extreme weather a wake-up call

Wildfires are raging out of control, forcing residents out of their homes in British Columbia

Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement about in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Challenges at southern border may be drag on efforts to reopen Canada-U.S. frontier

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions on visitors from the U.S. have always been more stringent

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna talks about the recent transit announcement during a press conference at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Liberals add $1.4 billion to climate change mitigation fund: McKenna

The new $1.4 billion fund will be spent over 12-year period

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna talks about the recent transit announcement during a press conference at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
New Toyota cars for sale are seen at an auto mall in Ottawa, on Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

At least 70% of vehicle sales must be ZEVs to achieve Ottawa’s emissions plan: report

The plan projects a reduction of 213 megatonnes (MT) of greenhouse gas emission

New Toyota cars for sale are seen at an auto mall in Ottawa, on Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Pte. Danny Drapeau, of Alpha Company 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment, waits to lowers the Canadian flag for the last time at Forward Operating Base Zangabad on Sunday June 19, 2011. The base, in the former Taliban redoubt, was officially handed over to an American unit as the Canadian withdrawal from Kandahar hits full stride. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Murray Brewster

Ottawa promises plan to help Afghan interpreters, stops short on timeline

Canadian veterans in particular have been sounding the alarm with growing concern

Pte. Danny Drapeau, of Alpha Company 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment, waits to lowers the Canadian flag for the last time at Forward Operating Base Zangabad on Sunday June 19, 2011. The base, in the former Taliban redoubt, was officially handed over to an American unit as the Canadian withdrawal from Kandahar hits full stride. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Murray Brewster
Pte. Danny Drapeau, of Alpha Company 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment, waits to lowers the Canadian flag for the last time at Forward Operating Base Zangabad on Sunday June 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Murray Brewster

Ottawa promises plan to help Afghan interpreters, stops short on timeline

Dozens of Afghans are facing Taliban arrest or worse for having worked with Canadian military

Pte. Danny Drapeau, of Alpha Company 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment, waits to lowers the Canadian flag for the last time at Forward Operating Base Zangabad on Sunday June 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Murray Brewster
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, June 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada to have new refugee stream for journalists, others who defend human rights

The new stream will include anyone facing persecution for advocating or defending human rights

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, June 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, greets tourists as he takes a stroll on the boardwalk near the Percé Rock with Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier, left, following a meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Percé, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Trudeau announces $25M to expand GE wind turbine plant in Gaspé region

Feds say the project, with 107-metre-long blades, would be the largest in the world

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, second left, greets tourists as he takes a stroll on the boardwalk near the Percé Rock with Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier, left, following a meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Percé, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Erin O’Toole is going back to where he started. The Conservative leader is set to travel to Calgary, where the Ontario MP kicked off his bid to win victory of the party in its heartland more than one year ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘True partner’ for Alberta: Conservative leader O’Toole confident in western support

Ending the ‘mistreatment to western Canadians’ starts with reforming the fiscal stabilization program, he says

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Erin O’Toole is going back to where he started. The Conservative leader is set to travel to Calgary, where the Ontario MP kicked off his bid to win victory of the party in its heartland more than one year ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Baggage stacks up from delayed travellers in the baggage claim area in Denver International Airport Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Zalubowski

Feds lay out beefed-up flight refund rules after gaps laid bare by pandemic

The majority of large airlines have now agreed to reimburse customers

Baggage stacks up from delayed travellers in the baggage claim area in Denver International Airport Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Zalubowski