The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Two years after the controversy in the Iglesia ni Cristo broke out, ex-members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono have filed refugee claims in Canada. One has been successful so far.

SEEKING PROTECTION. Ex-INC members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono seek protection in Canada.

Landmark EU, Canada trade deal enters into force

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Observers have said the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could set a model for future ties between Britain and the EU after Brexit

This file photo taken on September 20, 2016 shows a man holding a placard depicting a no entry sign with the TTIP and CETA logos, during a demonstration outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

Max's Restaurant set to open in Winnipeg, Canada in 2018

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:50 PM

It will be the 5th Max's Restaurant branch in Canada, following branches in Vancouver, Toronto, Scarborough, and Edmonton

Equifax says 100,000 Canadians' data hacked

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Some 143 million Americans as well as 400,000 Brits may have had their names, addresses, and other information stolen in the data breach, Equifax says

Anti-terror chiefs want social media help with 'lone wolves'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Top counter terror chiefs say tough privacy laws and the protections enjoyed by the largely American internet and social media giants are impeding authorities in their ability to ferret out lone wolf threats

Second round of NAFTA talks amid Trump threats

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:53 AM

UPDATED There are 25 issues on the agenda for this round each being discussed at a separate roundtable including e commerce the environment anti corruption measures investment and access to property markets

NAFTA. US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trudeau shakes up Canada's colonial era indigenous affairs system

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces the dismantling and remaking of the government s colonial era apparatus to better deal with Canada s 600 indigenous tribes and their treaty rights

NEW CABINET MEMBERS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press outside Rideau Hall after announcing changes to his cabinet in Ottawa, Ontario on August 28, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Pastor says he owes release by North Korea to his Canadian citizenship

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Korean born pastor Hyeon Soo Lim also says he was never mistreated during detention even if he was forced to work in difficult conditions

Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim addresses his congregation at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga on August 13, 2017 after being freed from a North Korean labour camp last week. / AFP PHOTO / Cole BURSTON

Trudeau warns 'no short-cutting' in Canada's asylum process

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:05 AM

You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly You must follow the rules and there are many Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells migrants

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers process refugees who crossed the border illegally near Hemmingford, Quebec, August 5, 2017. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on August 4 promised that his government would redouble its efforts to handle the influx of migrants illegally entering the country from the United States to seek asylum. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins

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Police quash Quebec City anti-racism demo after clashes

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Meanwhile a demonstration organized by extreme right activists gained little traction

La Meute, a far-right, anti-immigration group, holds a rally in Quebec City, Canada, on August 20, 2017.  Alice Chiche/AFP

NAFTA renegotiation talks open amid high expectations

Aug 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

There are high expectations but vastly different views on how to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA into a deal that pleases all sides

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before Rex Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Canadian pastor returns home after North Korea ordeal

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Hyeon Soo Lim 62 was arrested in January 2015 on charges of subversive activities against the North Korean regime an accusation denied by Ottawa

FREED. This file photo taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 30, 2015 shows Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who was then being held in North Korea, during a public interrogation at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:40 PM

It pays off playing aggressively here in Montreal says Roger Federer

North Korea releases jailed Canadian pastor on medical parole – KCNA

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Hyeon Soo Lim 61 is freed on sick bail the agency announces after a Canadian government delegation arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the case

HYEON SOO LIM. This file photo taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 30, 2015 shows Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim during a public interrogation at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

LOOK: Kobe Paras writes #PrayForMarawi on Jones Cup game shoes

Jul 15, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Paras says his motivation for representing the country goes beyond the sport as he plays for the soldiers in Marawi

#PrayForMarawi. Kobe Paras writes down #PrayForMarawi on his game shoes worn against Canada in the 2017 William Jones Cup opener. File Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas comes out sloppy, falls to Canada in Jones Cup opener

Jul 15, 2017 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED The Philippines registers 22 turnovers in a lopsided loss to Canada

BRIGHT SPOT. Matthew Wright was the biggest thing going right for Gilas Pilipinas, as he heats up early in the fourth quarter against Canada. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Former US president Carter released from Canada hospital

Jul 14, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The ex president suffers a brief health scare while helping to build a house at a Habitat for Humanity construction site

JIMMY CARTER. President Jimmy Carter presents an award during the 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music awards in November 2015. File photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Wildfires rage in California and in British Columbia due to searing temperatures and high winds

A helicopter drops water on an 80 acre spot fire that broke out in Butte County, California on July 10, 2017. Josh Edelson/AFP

Philippine Airlines orders 7 planes for $235 million

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

PAL will buy 7 Q400 turboprops from Canada s Bombardier as it aims to increase its fleet serving smaller islands in the Philippines

File photo from PAL

Outrage and solidarity over 'cowardly' London attacks

Jun 04, 2017 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED British and world leaders condemn the attacks in Central London reacting with both outrage and solidarity

CORDONED OFF. Police officers walk at the scene of an apparent terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017. Daniel Sorabji/AFP

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Canada's Trudeau meets Italy earthquake survivors

May 29, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a tour of the abandoned red zone in the Italian town of Amatrice

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) listens to Italy's Foreign Affairs Minister Angelino Alfano during a visit in earthquake-devastated village Amatrice, on May 28, 2017. Amatrice is part of the area affected by the earthquake that occurred in August 2016 in central Italy. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Emiliano GRILLOTTI

G7 in historic split as Trump goes his own way

May 28, 2017 - 12:43 AM

In a telling sign of the divisions now plaguing the G7 this year s statement comes in at a meager 6 pages – down from 32 pages last year

FAMILY PHOTO. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, pose for a family photo at the ancient Greek Theater of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Macron, Trudeau 'bromance' fires up internet

May 27, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The reaction to the telegenic pair s encounter in the picturesque hillside town of Taormina provides some light relief from a summit otherwise devoted to thorny issues such as climate change and the threat of extremism

BROMANCE? Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron talk during a bilateral meeting as they attend the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Canada to be 'firm' in trade conflicts with US – Trudeau

May 20, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will work very very hard to defend Canada s trade interests

WORLD LEADERS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

Canada's army rolls in after devastating floods

May 09, 2017 - 8:16 AM

Some 2 500 homes in Quebec and more than 300 in Ontario have been flooded and at least 1 500 people have been ordered to evacuate – most of them in the Canadian capital region

FLOODED. Homes in the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds are flooded on May 8, 2017.  Catherine Legault/AFP

More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

May 08, 2017 - 11:33 AM

A combination of torrential rains and runoff from melting snow has caused rivers to overflow their banks from Ottawa to Montreal

MEANS OF TRANSPORT. Residents in a canoe paddle on the flooded streets in Pierrefonds, Canada on Sunday May 7, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

Earthquakes rattle Alaska, Canada border area

May 01, 2017 - 10:06 PM

UPDATED The first quake measures 6 2 and is followed by a series of aftershocks and a second 6 3 magnitude quake nearly two hours later

Canada, Mexico win NAFTA breathing space

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:42 AM

But US President Donald Trump still left open the possibility of withdrawing from the pact if talks fail

WARM WELCOME. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump agrees to NAFTA talks, no exit – for now

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Trump s unrelenting back and forth seemed certain to keep Washington s two closest trade partners on edge as they move to revamp one of the world s biggest trading blocs

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks before Rex Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Pope Francis urges connection, not division, in TED talk

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:28 PM

Pope Francis: The future is most of all in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a you and themselves as part of an us

'FUTURE IS YOU' Pope Francis delivers a TED Talk from the Vatican, April 25, 2017. Frame grab from video by TED Talks

Canadian 'giant' of HIV research drowns

Apr 14, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Canadian scientist Mark Wainberg dies at the age of 71

HIV RESEARCH 'GIANT'. Dr Mark Wainberg drowned on Wednesday, April 12, while swimming off Bal Harbor in Florida. Image by Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Canada set to unveil legislation legalizing cannabis

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:19 PM

Its legalization and regulation would follow in 2018 in time for Canada s national day on July 1

LEGALIZATION? Reports say Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana by 2018. File photo

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Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:50 AM

She is the youngest to receive honorary Canadian citizenship – a privilege previously granted to 5 others including Nelson Mandela the Dalai Lama and Myanmar s Aung San Suu Kyi

HONORARY CITIZENSHIP. Malala Yousafzai is the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. File Photo by AFP

Canada to legalize recreational marijuana by mid-2018 – report

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:08 PM

UPDATED Under the proposed rules Canadians will be allowed to grow up to 4 plants at home for personal use Personal possession will be limited to 30 grams one ounce

Canada lawmakers pass anti-Islamophobia motion

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The motion asks the government to recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear and condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination

HOUSE OF COMMONS. Canada's House of Commons has passed a motion asking the government to 'condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.' File photo by Martin Lipman/Library of Parliament

Teacher from Canadian Arctic wins global prize in Dubai

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Maggie MacDonnell praised for changing the lives of her students and transforming her community has created a life skills program specifically for girls in a region where teenage pregnancies are common with high levels of sexual abuse

TOP TEACHER. Maggie MacDonnell (center) hoists the Global Teacher Prize trophy during an award ceremony in Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2017. Photo courtesy Global Teacher Prize/Facebook

Winter storm paralyzes eastern Canada, 6 dead

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Up to 70 centimeters 28 inches of snow fell on parts of Ontario Quebec and the coastal Maritimes region according to Environment Canada s weather office

'STELLA' This NOAA/NASA GOES East satellite handout image taken on March 13, 2017 at 1400 UTC shows storm activity in the eastern United States. Handout / NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Oil sands development threatens Canadian nature reserve – UNESCO

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The UN organization vows to add the country s Wood Buffalo National Park to its list of world heritage in danger if corrective measures are not taken quickly

THREATENED. The UNESCO says a massive delta in the heart of the Wood Buffalo National Park is threatened by pollution and water extraction from nearby oil sands mines and hydroelectric dams upstream. File photo from the UNESCO website

Canada, U.S. to probe uptick in migrant flow

Mar 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he does not understand why migrants would push on to Canada so quickly when they were legally in the United States

Tillerson recuses himself from Keystone XL decision

Mar 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Environmental activists have said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a conflict of interest and should not have a hand in the new recommendations

U.S. cooperation needed as asylum seekers flow into Canada – minister

Mar 05, 2017 - 10:12 AM

Crossings into Canada have been increasing since the beginning of the year

An RCMP officer speaks with women from Sudan after they illegally crossed the Canada-US border near Hemmingford, Quebec, February 26, 2017. Geoff Robins/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Miss Canada Siera Bearchell in PH for Tim Hortons opening

Feb 25, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Siera Bearchell talks about her advocacy and her plans after finishing in the Top 9 of the Miss Universe pageant

3 reasons for Canada's renewed interest in Southeast Asia

Feb 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM

There is geopolitical significance in what happens within the ASEAN The security profile in the region is significant to Canada says Ambassador Maria Louise Hannan first ever Canadian envoy dedicated to ASEAN

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Canada's Trudeau says 'whole world benefits from strong EU'

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Canada knows that an effective European voice on the global stage isn t just preferable it s essential Trudeau says in a speech to the European Parliament a day after MEPs approved a landmark free trade deal between the EU and Canada

TRUDEAU ON THE EU. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) smiles as he arrives with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani for a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on February 16, 2017. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

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EU Parliament backs landmark Canada trade deal

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:18 AM

The accord known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA is tipped as Europe s most modern ever and a possible model for relations with Britain after its leaves the EU

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on February 15, 2017. Frederick Florin/AFP