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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

Lotto jackpot winner keeps it a secret for 10 months

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:08 PM

A Vietnamese refugee who bet on the same numbers in the Canada lottery for 36 years, finally wins the jackpot, but tells no one about it until he claims his winnings 10 months later

Nick Nurse lifts Canada's FIBA World Cup 2019 hopes

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Fresh off an NBA title romp with the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse shifts his focus to Canada's 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign

ROOKIE WITH POTENTIAL. Nick Nurse relies on his NBA championship experience as a new coach of the Canadian men's basketball team. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Is Canada becoming anti-immigrant?

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Recent polls suggest that the attitudes of Canadians toward immigration is changing

Canada says no to Russia rejoining G-8

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Canada's foreign minister says: '... Russia grossly violated international law by invading and annexing Crimea and added to that with the continuing war in the Donbass'

Rival Hong Kong democracy and pro-China rallies in Canada

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Demonstrators from both camps square off in front of a metro station in the western city of Vancouver, home to a large Chinese community, with the crowds separated by police

NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:13 AM

With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface

In this picture taken on July 19, 2019 shows the NASA's new robotic space explorer at their base at the Lambahraun lava field in Iceland where they are getting it ready for the next mission to Mars. To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface. Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

Serena's US Open plans upended as injury hands Andreescu Toronto crown

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Back spasms prevent Serena Williams from clinching her first WTA title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017

REGRETS. Serena Williams says she should have undergone treatment before the match. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Nadal dominates Medvedev in Montreal for 35th Masters title

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Rafael Nadal extends his record haul of Masters 1000 titles, two ahead of Novak Djokovic

NEW FEAT. Rafael Nadal successfully defends a hard court title for the first time in his career. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour

Sharapova, Kerber fall in Toronto 1st round

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Former world No. 1's Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber get booted out of the Rogers Cup's 1st round

DISPATCHED. Maria Sharapova (left) and Angelique Kerber fail to advance to the second round in Toronto. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP (Sharapova) and Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP (Kerber)

Canada resident home after Iran jail escape – foreign ministry, family

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:14 PM

'Canada welcomes the news that Saeed Malekpour has been reunited with his family in Canada,' a foreign ministry spokesman says in a statement

GETTING HOME. This January 22, 2012 photo shows supporters demonstrating for the release of Saeed Malekpour, in Phillips Square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. File photo by Virginie Salmen/AFP

'Iceberg Corridor' sparks tourist boom on Canada's east coast

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:21 AM

While the rest of the world nervously eyes the impact of global warming, the calving of Greenland's glaciers breathes new life into the remote coastal villages

PURE ICE. Tour guide and former fisherman Barry Strickland steers his boat next to an iceberg off King's Point on July 5, 2019 in Newfoundland, Canada. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Canadian air force joins hunt for teen murder suspects

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The suspects, identified as Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run for more than a week

WANTED. The two teens in the photo are suspected of triple murder in Canada. Photo by Alberta RCMP/AFP

Filipino-Canadian couple in Toronto launches online wedding boutique

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Sinta & Co. aims to connect Filipino diaspora to their roots and celebrate their heritage

CULTURAL JOURNEY. Gelaine Santiago and Jérôme Gagnon-Voyer talk to artisans in Ilocos Norte. Contributed photo

Son of Australian police chief, U.S. girlfriend found dead in Canada

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The bodies of Lucas Robertson Fowler and Chynna Noelle Deese were discovered along a remote stretch of highway in northern British Columbia province

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Canada - Jones Cup 2019

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Bookmark this page for updates on Mighty Sports-Philippines' bid to stay undefeated versus Canada on Monday, July 15

Canada says another citizen detained in China amid row

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:10 AM

A Canadian citizen is reportedly detained in Yantai, China, but no further details are disclosed

CHINA-CANADA RELATIONS. This file photo shows the flags of Canada and China during the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing on November 12, 2018. File photo by Jason Lee/Pool/AFP

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:28 AM

Air Canada flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii and diverted back to the US island chain's capital Honolulu, says a company statement

EMERGENCY LANDING. File photo of an Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Shutterstock

Canada takes garbage back from Philippines, ending long dispute

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:37 PM

A cargo vessel loaded with about 69 containers of rubbish docked in a port on the outskirts of Vancouver, says an Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

6 dead endangered right whales found in Canadian waters

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Conservation officials say that North Atlantic right whales are among the most threatened species in the world

THREATENED. File photo of a North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia Canada. Shutterstock Image

China halts Canadian meat exports over fake certificates

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:35 AM

China's embassy in Ottawa said a customs investigation – launched after the discovery of traces of a banned feed additive – reveals that up to 188 forged documents had been provided to Chinese officials

Trump, Trudeau mend fences at White House meeting

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:27 AM

The two men have had a rocky relationship since Trump walked out of a G7 summit in Quebec last June

NEIGHBORS. US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take part in a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Shooting at rally mars Raptors celebration of NBA crown

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Gunshots briefly halt the victory rally at the jam-packed square

MEMORABLE CROWD. The Toronto Raptors star in the victory celebration attended by one million people. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America/AFP

Filipino migrant farm workers, care workers join marches in cities across Canada

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Protest actions call for decent work, permanent resident status upon arrival, universal services, and an end to discrimination and displacement of migrant workers

PROTEST. Marisol Veridiano Bobadilla lost her status as a temporary foreign worker when she moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. A Filipino recruiter who charged her for '€œimmigration services'€ had promised her a job as a full-time care worker; she ended up as a mushroom picker without a work permit. Photo by Marites Sison

New Quebec law stresses migrants' skills, thousands must reapply

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The law will attempt to more closely match the skills offered by would-be immigrants with the needs of the labor market in Quebec, Canada's second most-populous province

Canada's new caregiver program to open applications on June 18

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The new Canadian caregiver programs will now give work permits that will allow them to change employers quickly

NEW PROGRAM. The new Canadian caregiver programs will now assess the eligibility of applicants for permanent residence even before coming to Canada. Shutterstock photos

FAST FACTS: Canada and its love affair with basketball

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:11 AM

For a country where the sport's inventor was born and where the first NBA game was held, the Toronto Raptors capturing their first title is a significant moment

TRUST THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard helps bring to Toronto the Raptors' maiden championship in franchise history. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)

Cannabis edibles expected on the market in Canada by year's end

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:05 AM

New products are not expected to hit stores before mid-December as this relatively new industry takes off slowly and adjusts to consumer tastes

CANNABIS. Authorized marijuana distributor John Berfelo stands outside Marc Emery's Cannabis Cafe as he holds two accredited child resistant packaging containers for recreational cannabis for legalization. AFP file photo

Ressa on Canadian Journalism Tribute: ‘Our only weapon is to shine the light’

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, also an awardee at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards Gala in Toronto, asks journalists to stand beside Ressa ‘every step of the way’

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa after receiving the Canadian Journalism Foundation Tribute in Toronto. Photo by Marites Sison

Beijing blames Canada for deteriorating ties

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'The current difficulties in China-Canada relations are entirely caused by Canada herself, and entire responsibility for it lies with the Canadian side,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Filipino Heritage Month in Canada should go beyond 'revelry and feasts'

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Writers and academics say observance should also focus on experiences of Filipinos as immigrants and migrants

FILIPINO HERITAGE MONTH. Member of Parliament Salma Zahid (C) is the one who introduced the motion declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month at the House of Commons. Photo from Instagram/@halohalopopculture

Canada's excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Raptors are on the verge of winning their maiden title in their 24-year history and becoming the first NBA champions outside the United States

WE THE NORTH. Fans in Toronto are in full support of their beloved Raptors. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)

Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates and stir sticks would be among the items banned, a government statement says

Venezuela says it is closing consulates in Canada

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The Venezuelan foreign ministry says it is in response to Canada's temporary closing of its embassies in Caracas

Raptors NBA crown can bring Canada hoops legacy full circle

Jun 09, 2019 - 12:36 PM

It's high time for the birthplace of the sport's inventor and the site of the first NBA game to witness its team capture an NBA championship

INCHING CLOSER. The Toronto Raptors are one win away from their first NBA title in franchise history. Photo from