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[22 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

De Beers officially opened one of the world’s largest diamond mines on Tuesday near the Arctic Circle in Canada’s remote far north.
The Gahcho Kue mine is situated in the outback some 280 kilometers (174 miles) northeast of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories.
“It’s the largest diamond mine brought into production in the last 13 years and it’s the biggest outside South Africa,” De Beers chief executive Bruce Cleaver told AFP in an interview at a ceremony christening the new mine.
“So this is very significant for us.”
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[16 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Canadian government announced plans Monday for a specialized center to fight radicalization of its citizens following a police shooting death of a suspected jihadist last week and lone-wolf attacks.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Ottawa would combine a patchwork of counter-radicalization efforts launched by cities and universities under a new federal office.
“We pride ourselves of being a generous and diverse society,” Goodale said. “If we want to keep it that way, we have to be among the best in the world in dealing with radicalization and trying to head …

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[14 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

A group of Buddhist monks from Canada have saved the lives of a large number of lobsters, buying them from various vendors around Eastern Canada’s Prince Edward Island.
While the crustaceans had been destined for the cooking pot, the monks, from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society, instead took them back out to sea.
A spokesman for the monks, Venerable Dan, told CBC News that the lobster rescue mission was not intended as a comment on people’s dietary choices, but rather was about compassion.
“We respect everyone’s dietary choice, so we’re not doing …

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[19 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Canada’s parliament has adopted a law allowing medically assisted death for the terminally ill.
The senate’s move brushed aside critics who wanted the legislation to also cover people with degenerative diseases.
After weeks of political wrangling, the upper chamber voted in favour of a law that makes Canada one of the few countries where doctors can legally help sick people die.
Some senators complained the scope of the law – initially passed by the elected House of Commons chamber – was too narrow and should not be restricted to those facing imminent death.
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[26 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s popularity has reached a new high, even after his arguably worst day in office that saw him recently jostle fellow lawmakers, a poll found Tuesday.
“Trudeau has now hit a new personal best,” polling firm Nanos said in a statement.
Its random telephone interviews with 1,000 Canadians over four weeks ending May 20 found that 54% of respondents prefer the Liberal leader as prime minister.
Opposition heads, meanwhile, scored 16 and nine percent, respectively. Seventeen percent were unsure.
The survey is considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points.
Both the Conservatives …

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced legislation Monday to protect transgender people from hate speech and discrimination, as debate rages in the United States over laws restricting their rights.
“Even today, despite all the obstacles we have overcome, the battles we have won, and the victories we have celebrated, we are still witnesses, and in some cases, victims of injustices,” Trudeau said in a speech at a Montreal event hosted by gay rights group Fondation Emergence.
“We must continue to demand true equality,” he said. “We must carry on the legacy of …

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[21 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

A former Canadian ambassador lauded for helping to shelter American diplomats after the US embassy in Tehran was stormed in 1979 — inspiring the hit movie “Argo” — died. Ken Taylor was 81.
“It’s with sadness I learned of Ken Taylor’s passing,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “He represented the very best Canada’s foreign service offers.”
In November 1979, Taylor and another Canadian official sheltered six American diplomats in their Tehran homes after Iranian student radicals rampaged through the embassy and took 52 Americans hostage.
While the hostages ended …

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[19 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

A replica of the Hermione, the 18th-century ship that brought French General Lafayette to America, sailed to Canada Saturday on the last leg of its North American journey before its voyage back to France.
The faithful reproduction of the majestic French frigate fired its cannon 20 times as it arrived in the port of Lunenburg, not far from the city of Halifax, at around 10 am (1300 GMT).
The frigate was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers in Lunenburg, a village of fewer than 3,000 inhabitants, who had gathered to witness the awe-inspiring …

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[8 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday.
Trace amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 were detected in samples collected on Feb 19 off the coast of Ucluelet, a small town on Vancouver Island in Canada’s British Columbia, said Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist Ken Buesseler.
“Radioactivity can be dangerous, and we should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the …

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[27 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The guard credited with killing a gunman in Canada’s parliament fought back tears as lawmakers greeted him with a prolonged standing ovation, cheers and whistles on Thursday when he resumed his duties.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and fellow lawmakers stood for a thunderous, minutes-long ovation as Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons’ Sergeant-at-Arms, led the traditional parade that opens every House session, dressed in ceremonial garb.
Vickers, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer who is in charge of parliamentary security, was reportedly in his office on Wednesday morning when …