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  • President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    Obama plans for immigration reform will cause tremors across America

    Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

    WASHINGTON – If you took the millions of people who could be affected by U.S. President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement tonight and gathered them all in one place, their numbers could rival Canada’s population. The president is set to announce legal rights for up to five million people who are undocumented immigrants — a move

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  • Cda gives $300M to help small countries address climate change

    The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Canada will contribute another $300 million to the Green Climate Fund, which helps developing countries address climate change. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says the funding comes on top of $1.2 billion in Canadian contributions to what is known as the Fast-Start Financing Initiative. That money goes to projects focused on climate-change adaptation and

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  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard speaks on November 19, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

    Quebec to hike daycare costs and base fees on family income

    The Canadian Press

    QUEBEC – Quebec is confirming it will introduce sliding-scale fees in the public daycare program, meaning higher payments based on family income. While the current fee of $7.30 will remain in place, at least symbolically, families will pay more tax when they send in their annual return. Those with income of below $75,000 should end

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  • Ottawa lets $125M in aid to poor countries lapse amid new spending on kids, moms

    The Canadian Press and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Almost 14 per cent of the money that Canada’s newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs Department planned to spend alleviating poverty in poor countries in the past year has been returned, unspent, to the Finance Department. Foreign Affairs managed to spend just shy of $792 million on aid to low-income countries in 2013-14, but had

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  • Internet and DSL lights are illuminated on a modem in Chelsea, Que., on July 11, 2011. An internal government memo says the RCMP has abandoned some cases following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warrant or other legal tool to obtain basic Internet subscriber information. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    RCMP has dropped Internet-related probes following high court decision: memo

    The Canadian Press and Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – An internal government memo says the RCMP has abandoned some cases following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warrant or other legal tool to obtain basic Internet subscriber information. The federal memo also says the Mounties and Canada’s spy and border agencies are “very concerned” about increased paperwork and

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  • A passenger holds his Canadian passport before boarding a flight in Ottawa on Jan 23, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson

    Last year’s passport fee hike poured millions more into federal coffers

    The Canadian Press and Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – A hike in passport fees has become a cash cow for the federal government. Recently released figures show the government took in $200 million more than it cost them to produce passports last year. The cost for a five-year passport increased to $120 from $87 last year, while a new 10-year passport was

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  • Some of the highlights from the Manitoba throne speech

    The Canadian Press

    WINNIPEG – Here are some of the promises in the Manitoba government’s throne speech: — Student loans will be offered interest-free — More courses will be offered online and more post-secondary credits will be available in high school — People under 18 will be banned from using tanning beds — The speed limit on the

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  • Oilsands firms not at fault in deaths of 196 waterfowl in northeast Alberta

    The Canadian Press

    CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says three oilsands corporations did nothing wrong when 196 birds died after landing in wastewater tailings ponds earlier this month. The regulator says Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX:CNQ), Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) and Syncrude followed the rules that require them to use devices to scare waterfowl away from the

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  • Second World War veteran Allan Bolduc, 91, wipes away a tear after receiving the French Legion of Honour medal at a ceremony at Ste. Anne's Veterans Hospital Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Seventeen veterans received the medal in recognition of their efforts in the liberation of France during the Second World War.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Seventeen Canadian veterans decorated with the French Legion of Honour

    The Canadian Press and Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

    MONTREAL – Seventeen Second World War veterans in Montreal have been awarded the French Legion of Honour, including one who will turn 100 next year. An emotional ceremony featuring the 17 was held today in the presence of Philippe Zeller, the French ambassador to Canada, and deputy veterans affairs minister Walt Natynczyk. The oldest of

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  • Imprisoned Iranian-Canadian blogger pardoned by Iran’s top leader:Report

    The Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting the country’s top leader has pardoned a controversial Iranian-Canadian blogger. The report says authorities informed Hossein Derakhshan about his amnesty late Wednesday when he returned to Tehran’s Evin prison from one of his occasional leaves. The pardon by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came more

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  • Rinelle Harper, centre, attends a news conference at a Winnipeg hotel, Thursday, November 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

    Teen who was assaulted, left for dead by river to meet men who found her

    Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

    WINNIPEG – A teen who was viciously beaten, assaulted and left to die beside a Winnipeg river was planning Thursday to meet the men who rescued her. The two construction workers found Rinelle Harper’s battered and bruised body under a downtown bridge near the Assiniboine River in the early morning of Nov. 8. They covered

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  • Condos made up more than a third of Canadian housing starts last year, CMHC

    The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – Condominiums accounted for more than one-third of all Canadian housing starts last year, and more than half of the total in several of the country’s biggest cities, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says. The federal agency says condominium apartment starts represented less than one in five Canadian housing starts in the early

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  • The third edition of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford bobbleheads are sold at the mayor's mother's home in Toronto on Monday, September 1, 2014. Outgoing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be selling off the rest of his "Robbie Bobbie" bobble heads on Friday.Ford released a statement saying proceeds from the bobble heads will be going to the two hospitals that have been treating him for cancer over the past two months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

    Outgoing Toronto mayor to sell off remaining ‘Robbie Bobbie’ bobble heads

    The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – Outgoing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be selling off the rest of his “Robbie Bobbie” bobble heads on Friday. Ford released a statement saying proceeds from the bobble heads will be going to the two hospitals that have been treating him for cancer over the past two months. He says supporters can buy

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  • RCMP officers take protesters into custody at an anti-pipeline demonstration in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting "Stop Kinder Morgan" as the Mounties moved in to end the months-long demonstration against the pipeline expansion. THE CANADIAN PRESSA/Jonathan Hayward

    Mounties begin arrests on Burnaby Mountain to dismantle pipeline protests

    The Canadian Press and James Keller, The Canadian Press

    BURNABY, B.C. – A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting “Stop Kinder Morgan” as Mounties move in to end the months-long demonstration against the pipeline expansion. Media are reporting that some people have been arrested as police begin to enforce an court injunction granted on Friday by B.C. Supreme Court. A

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