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Meghan Markle visits Canada women's shelter in first public outing

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:37 AM

'She was interested, she was informed, she had great questions, followed up with questions on things that the staff had spoken about,' says the center's acting executive director

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality in October 2019 (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn/POOL/AFP)

Why Canada? Questions abound about Harry and Meghan's big move

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:23 AM

'Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal,' says one tabloid editorial

RECEPTION. A black and white photo shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. Photo by  Steve Parsons/POOL/AFP

Anger and grief as Canada remembers Iran plane crash victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells a memorial event in Edmonton that 'this tragedy struck our Iranian-Canadian community, leaving cities like Edmonton reeling, but this was truly a Canadian tragedy'

GRIEF. Mourners place flowers by photos of the victims in front of the stage before the start of a memorial service for the Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 who crashed in Iran at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, Canada on January 12, 2020. Photo by Walter Tychnowicz/AFP

Ukraine, Canada demand accountability after Iran plane admission

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,' Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a statement

CRASH. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/AFP

Ottawa lowers Canadian death toll in Iran air crash to 57

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:31 AM

'This is based on additional information we had about birth dates and comparing the travel documents that people were travelling on when they boarded the flight,' Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says

WRECKAGE. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Djokovic survives scare to send Serbia into ATP Cup semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:37 PM

After dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, Novak Djokovic storms back against Canada's Denis Shapovalov to book Serbia a Final Four ticket

CHALLENGED. Novak Djokovic figures in a tight battle against Denis Shapovalov for the first time. Photo by William West/AFP

Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The declaration comes as Tehran faces mounting international pressure to allow a 'credible' investigation into the crash

IRAN DENIAL. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh delivering a press statement in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Canadian PM Trudeau says Iranian missile shot down Ukrainian jet

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:46 AM

Trudeau's comments come as images posted on social media increasingly pointed to a catastrophic mistake by Tehran's air defense batteries bringing the down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in flames

People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. All 176 people on board a Ukrainian passenger plane were killed when it crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8, Iranian state media reported. State news agency IRNA said 167 passengers and nine crew members were on board the aircraft operated by Ukraine International Airlines. ROHHOLLAH VADATI / ISNA / AFP

11 Philippine groups to get Canada Fund backing in 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:05 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Canada Fund is a program run by the Canadian embassy, which provides financial aid for projects that promote inclusive governance in the Philippines

Iranians report being stopped, facing delays at U.S. border

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:51 AM

More than 60 travelers who were detained at length over the weekend and questioned about their political views at Washington state's border with Canada

DEMONSTRATION. Iranian women take part in a demonstration against American "crimes" in the capital Tehran on January 3, 2020 Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

LOOK: Jollibee opens new branches in U.S. and Canada

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Long lines welcome the opening of the new Jollibee stores in Chandler, Arizona; and in Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada

JOLLIBEE IN SASKATCHEWAN. Philippine fast-food chain Jollibee draws long lines of customers for its milestone opening in Saskatchewan, Canada. Photo courtesy of Jollibee

Canadian military assigned to play 'Pokemon Go' after fans invade bases

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

A surge in the number of suspects being apprehended in the summer after 'Pokemon Go's' release puzzles the army, according to internal documents obtained by Canadian public television channel CBC

BASE INVASIONS. Visitors pose with Pokemon character Pikachu during the opening day of the Pokemon Go Safari Zone at the New Taipei Metropolitan Park in New Taipei City on October 3, 2019. File photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Pacquiao erupts for triple-double in MPBL Canada All-Stars

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Manny Pacquiao dazzles as the MPBL treats Filipino basketball fans in Calgary

ICON. Manny Pacquiao wows the Filipino crowd in the MBPBL exhibition game in Canada.File photo from MPBL

Toronto's old streetcars, a symbol of city, leave the rails

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Toronto is one of the rare major cities in North America, along with San Francisco, to have maintained major tramway networks

Two streetcars, an old model (L) and a newer one, pass each other in Toronto, Canada, December 7, 2019. - The last of the historic and iconic old trams of the Canadian metropolis will be replaced by newer, sleeker and more spacious cars by the end of the calendar year. Streetcars have been part of the Toronto landscape since the 19th century and continue to be a main mode of public transportation in this city. (Photo by OLIVIER MONNIER / AFP)

MPBL All-Star squads take act to Calgary, Edmonton

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Manny Pacquiao banners two all-star team selections as the MPBL treats Filipino fans in Canada

UPSET BID. Jayjay Helterbrand and also-ran Imus hope to play spoiler against Zambianga in Canada. Photo release

Trudeau to U.S.: Don't sign China trade deal unless Canadians freed

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor are still held in China since December 2018 after being accused of espionage

US President Donald Trump (L) talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the plenary session of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

Canada to ban vaping ads aimed at youth

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:05 AM

There is also a proposal for mandatory health warnings on vaping product packaging and limiting their nicotine content

BANNED. Canada bans vaping ads aimed at the youth and proposes to place warnings on vaping products. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

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Mexico ratifies modified North American trade deal

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweets: 'Now it is up to the US and Canadian legislatures to do the same. It's good news'

Canadian Vice-Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland (L), United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) and Mexican negociatior Jesus Seade (C) show documents after signing an agreement next to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C, behind) in Mexico City on December 10, 2019. - The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday finalizing their new trade agreement after more than two years of arduous negotiations and paving the way to ratification. (Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP)

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,' says Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Seattle-based engineering firm magniX

FLYING HIGH. Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski addresses media questions after The Harbour Air de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver plane test flight on December 10, 2019 in Richmond, Canada. Photo by Don MacKinnon/AFP

U.S., Mexico, Canada to sign deal finalizing trade agreement

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'There is an initial deal between the governments,' says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

USMCA. In this file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on November 21, 2019. File photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Huawei to shift research from hostile U.S. to Canada – founder

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The company is also planning to manufacture 5G equipment outside China and build factories in Europe 'to win more trust,' says Ren Zhengfei

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP


7 dead in small plane crash in Canada

Nov 29, 2019 - 5:56 PM

'Five Americans and two Canadians were aboard,' Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Nora Vallee says

Stray dog saves abandoned kittens from cold Canada winter

Nov 26, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Serenity, a two-year-old female mongrel, snuggling 5 tiny black kittens in the dead of winter is a heartfelt story of survival and cross-species nurturing that has been widely shared on social media

PROUD RESCUER. Serenity the dog stands next to a litter of kittens at a shelter in Chatham, Ontario on November 17, 2019. Handout photo/Pet And Wildlife Rescue/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Is Canada really immune to populism?

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The populist People’s Party of Canada may have failed to gain a single seat in the country’s recent election, but its far-right platform is here to stay

Trudeau rules out coalition as he forms new Canadian government

Oct 24, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Justin Trudeau's new cabinet will be sworn in on November 20. Like his first in 2015, Trudeau says it will be made up of an equal number of women and men.

WEAKENED. File photo of Canadian Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau. Shutterstock.com

Victorious but weakened, Trudeau needs help to form government

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The win is a vindication for Trudeau, despite a campaign in which his party lost support across Canada

WINNING. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his victory speech at his election night headquarters on October 21, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Justin Trudeau to form minority government after winning Canada vote

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(4th UPDATE) Trudeau will have to form an alliance with one or more smaller parties in order to govern a fractured nation

POLLS. A supporter watches early election results roll in at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election night headquarters on October 21, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Canadians vote in tight election as Trudeau aims to cling to power

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Polls open in the province of Newfoundland in eastern Canada, the first of the country's 6 time zones – with some 27.4 million Canadians eligible to elect 338 members of parliament

ELECTION DAY. People line up to vote at a polling station at Trinity Community Rec Center for Canada's 43rd general election October 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Brett Gundlock/Getty Images/AFP

Liberals, Tories slug it out on last day of Canada election

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:30 AM

With Canadians going to the polls on Monday, October 21, the Liberals and Tories go into the home stretch in a dead heat

ELECTION TIME NEARS. Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer takes photos with supporters during a campaign stop on October 19, 2019 in Brampton, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Facts about Canada's election system

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Here are some facts about Canada's 43rd general election

CANADA ELECTIONS. Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaks to supporters during a "Team Trudeau 2019" Rally in Vancouver B.C. on October 20, 2019. Photo by Don MacKinnon/AFP

Canada election puts spotlight on the oil-climate divide

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:03 AM

Many voters in oil-producing province Saskatchewan feel the last 4 years of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, with the stricter environmental policies it has rolled out, hurt them

CANADA'S ELECTIONS. Canada's Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau (L), Conservative leader Andrew Scheer (C) and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet take part in the Federal leaders French language debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on October 10, 2019. File photo by Chris Wattie/AFP

Trudeau environment policy disappoints young Canada activists

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

For activists, Justin Trudeau, who was a symbol of hope when he took office in 2015, is no longer a change agent but the man who didn't do enough for the environment

CRITICISM. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media representatives at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Canada 2019 election: possible outcomes

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Canada's general elections is set on October 21

ASPIRANTS. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 (from left) NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, host Patrice Roy from Radio, Canada's Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet. Photo by Adrian Wyld/Pool/AFP

Justin Trudeau asks Canadians to give Liberals a clear majority

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The latest opinion Canadian election polls show the Liberals neck-and-neck with the Conservative Party of Andrew Scheer, with each tallying around 32 or 33%, leaving both parties far from an absolute majority

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference following the Federal leaders French language debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on October 10, 2019. Dave Chan / AFP

Canada's Trudeau called 'compulsive liar' in last election debate

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The liberals and conservatives are neck-and-neck according to polls, with Canada's general election set for October 21

CANADA DEBATES. Canada's Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau (C) and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh shake hands following the Federal leaders French language debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on October 10, 2019. Photo by Adrian Wyld/AFP

Parks, 2 other Pinoys make ABL all-time top 10 list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Ray Parks, Leo Avenido, and Jerick Cañada boast storied careers in regional play to land on the list of ABL’s all-time best players

Ray Parks. Photo from ABL

Scheer ups attacks on Trudeau in Canada election debate

Oct 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

From the get-go, Andrew Scheer goes on the attack, calling Justin Trudeau 'a phoney and a fraud.' Trudeau shots back, criticizing Scheer for his underwhelming climate proposals at a time of global crisis.

DEBATE. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer (R) and Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau gesture to each other as they both respond during the Federal Leaders Debate at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on October 7, 2019. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/Pool/AFP

Canada Tory leader slammed after 'pro-life' and U.S. citizenship reveals

Oct 04, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Andew Scheer, leader of Canada's conservative party, finds himself on the defensive after revealing his dual citizenship and pro-life personal views

ANDREW SCHEER. Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer addresses the press after the French debate for the 2019 federal election in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on October 2, 2019. Photo by Sebastien St-Jean/AFP

Canada manhunt suspects made videos admitting to murders – police

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'These videos do not contain information regarding the motive behind their actions nor do they provide specifics regarding the murders,' the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says

SUSPECTS. This file photo released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on July 23, 2019 shows Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, British Columbia, who are considered main suspects in the slayings of 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24.Photo by Alberta RCMP/AFP

McDonald's to test veggie burger in Canada

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:18 AM

McDonald's will be testing the 'PLT', their new plant-based burger that stands for 'plant, lettuce, tomato', around Ontario

Justin Trudeau returns to campaign with promise of lower taxes

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:02 AM

If he is reelected, Trudeau says middle-class Canadians would not pay taxes on the first Can$15,000 ($11,300) they earn

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing dark makeup on September 19, 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada. Photo by John Woods/Getty Images/AFP

Justin Trudeau apologizes again for wearing blackface as new images emerge

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Trudeau is already under fire for an ethics lapse and other controversies, so the resurfacing of photos and videos of him engaging in activities he himself termed 'racist' dealt a fresh blow to his chances

CONTRITE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing dark makeup on September 19, 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada.  Photo by John Woods/Getty Images/AFP

New video emerges of Canada's Trudeau wearing blackface makeup

Sep 20, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The footage of Justin Trudeau 'in the early 1990s' depicts the Liberal leader in ripped jeans and a T-shirt, his arms up and dark makeup on his face

CONTROVERSY. New images of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing blackface makeup emerged on Canadian television Thursday, September 19. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Canada's Trudeau admits to racist 'brownface' makeup

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The black-and-white photograph published by Time Magazine shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001

BROWNFACE. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Justin Trudeau opens bruising Canada election campaign

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Polls shows Trudeau, once the youthful golden boy of Canadian politics, in a horse race with Conservative Andrew Scheer

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 450701449  KIEV, UKRAINE - Jul 11, 2016: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau during his official visit to Kiev, Ukraine

One week after Dorian, Bahamians struggle amid the ruins

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:40 AM

In the Bahamas, people are still scrambling for shelter, with lucky evacuees beginning to reunite with loved ones but the fate of uncounted others still in doubt

SEEK SHELTER. Haiti's Charge d'Affaires Dorval Darlier tells survivors of Hurricane Dorian, who are waiting for family members to arrive, to leave the port and go to a shelter on September 8, 2019, in Nassau, New Providence. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Dorian makes landfall near Halifax, Canada as dangerous cyclone

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:26 AM

'We're talking about a very dangerous storm,' says Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Center

IT'S COMING. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. Photo by HO/NOAA/RAMMB/AFP

As climate debate heats up, Canada environment minister gets security detail

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna's move is unheard of in a Canadian capital where top officials mingle with common folk

NEW SECURITY DETAIL. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna participates in a signing ceremony during the Canada-EU Summit in Montreal on July 18, 2019. File photo by Sebastien St-Jean/AFP

Canada's Justin Trudeau says China uses detentions as political tool

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The Canadian Prime Minister says: 'we need to figure out how to engage with them, but we also have to be clear-eyed about it, that China plays by a very different set of rules and principles than we do in the West'

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his opening remarks during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017, expresses his intent to remain a vital partner of the ASEAN for the years to come. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO