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B.C. government 'very interested' in moving open-net fish farms onto land, minister says

Growth of closed-containment aquaculture a 'bright spot' in industry's future<p>The B.C. minister in charge of aquaculture tenures for the province is …

City of Vancouver is facing criticism for what it defines as affordable rental housing

Carlito PabloA litigator who specializes in municipal law suggests that a 2014 B.C. Supreme Court decision may be worth reading again.Nathalie Baker …

Housing

Canada To Negotiate Trade Deal With South American Bloc Mercosur

Mercosur is much smaller than the revised TPP, but would deliver Canada a deal with Brazil.<p>OTTAWA — Canada is expected to announce Friday the start …

No equality without universal child care

Without the publicly funded child care now commonplace in many countries, Canada lacks this essential pillar of support for women’s equality.<p>Since …

'The game is rigged:' B.C. could have a price gouging problem when it comes to ticket sales

An expert weighs in on ways to cut out the middleman at the box office<p>As B.C. launches a public consultation on ticket scalping — an issue led, the …

The TPP Is Dead. Long Live The Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

<b>Updated at 4 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump pulled the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, spurning the massive free trade agreement in one of his first acts in the Oval Office, most analysts figured the deal was dead.<p>After years of strenuous talks, eager anticipation from some and vitriolic …

Economy

How I became an anti-Israel Jew

Bear with me. This is very difficult to write, but write it I must, however much the putting of words on paper intensifies the pain.When I was a …

Reynolds American gives bonuses, keeps 99 pct. of tax cuts

Reynolds American Inc. is giving most of its 5,500 employees a $1,000 bonus and keeping more than 99 percent of its earnings windfall from corporate tax reductions.<p>The Winston-Salem Journal reports the one-time bonus will cost parent company British American Tobacco PLC nearly $4.5 million.<p>After …

Hundreds of doctors in Canada are protesting. They say they make too much

<b>(CNN) —</b> What would you do if you and your coworkers were getting raises totaling $700 million? If you're like a group of doctors in Canada, you'd fight it.<p>Some general practitioners and medical specialists in Quebec have signed a petition saying they don't want the hundreds of millions in raises …

France

89 drivers ticketed in 2 hours despite 'Police ahead – Stay off your phone' signs

Mounties warned drivers with large, lit-up signs, but dozens of drivers on the North Shore were still caught using their phones.

Western Canada

Canada issues new security alert for Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Canada has updated its travel advisory for Mexico to note that the U.S. Embassy has now closed its consulate in the resort city of Playa del Carmen …

Mexico

'What does it take?' Lawyer calls on CRA to apologize to maliciously prosecuted couple

Steven Kelliher says the Canada Revenue Agency should stop trying to pursue his clients in tax court<p>The lawyer for a Nanaimo, B.C., couple who won a …

Are We Witnessing the Fall of the American Empire?

As a porn star sues President Donald Trump over a deal to keep her quiet about an alleged affair, and his White House is drained of everyone but his …

Trump’s Problem Isn’t Who’s Leaving—It’s Who’s Staying

The press is fixated on all these White House departures. But spare a thought for all those still in the executive branch who would serve the country …

Canada’s housing bubble is starting to burst

Soaring home prices, subprime lending, and huge debt levels have Canada on thin ice<p>Canada escaped the global financial crisis in 2008 unscathed relative to much of the developed world, but after 15 years of virtually uninterrupted home price appreciation, America’s neighbor to the north might be …

Hundreds of Canadian doctors demand lower salaries

By Amy B Wang, (c) 2018, The Washington Post<p>In a move that can only be described as utterly Canadian, hundreds of doctors in Quebec are protesting …

Income-sprinkling tax changes a windfall for government, budget watchdog says

Federal tax revenues from new income-sprinkling rules for small businesses could be about twice as much as Finance Department projections, states a new report from Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette.<p>Measures to restrict the use of income sprinkling by incorporated small businesses …

$10 bill featuring Canadian civil right icon Viola Desmond unveiled

Viola Desmond’s trailblazing act of defiance – overlooked for decades by most Canadians – will be honoured in a Halifax ceremony this afternoon that …

The U.S. Milks Europe, Not the Other Way Around

As the net beneficiary of the transatlantic business relationship, the U.S. should lay off Europe on trade.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for a trade war aren't ostensibly focused on Europe, but Trump himself appears to think they are. He said on Tuesday that "the European Union has been …

Economy

Trump Asked Key Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel

WASHINGTON — The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which President Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators, according to three people familiar with the encounters.<p>In one episode, the president told an …

Donald Trump

Hybrid solar cell captures energy from the sun and raindrops

As useful and ubiquitous as solar energy is becoming, it still has one major Kryptonite: gloomy weather. Now, a team of Chinese engineers has …

Rep. Adam Schiff raises questions about whether Trump ally lied to House Intelligence Committee

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee raised questions Thursday about whether Erik Prince, the founder of the private security company Blackwater, misled lawmakers in his testimony about a January 2017 meeting he held with a Russian official close to Vladi­mir Putin.<p>The …

Donald Trump

How Trump tried to keep his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels a secret

Keeping alleged affair secret has involved pseudonyms, a shell company, hushed arbitration and at least one active lawsuit<p>The story of Donald Trump’s alleged relationship with the pornographic actor Stephanie Clifford – AKA Stormy Daniels – is an open secret. Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has …

Corruption

Trump Vetoed ‘Ethnic,' 'Dark-Skinned,’ Miss Universe Women, Staffer Says

The allegation appears in an except from a new new book by Michael Isikoff and David Corn published in “Mother Jones” on Thursday<p>President Donald …

Donald Trump Is Furious with Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Report

CNN is reporting that President Donald Trump is furious at his own press secretary for her handling of the Stormy Daniels scandal.<p>According to the …

Donald Trump

Sinclair Forces Local News Anchors To Recite Trumpian-Sounding Promos: Report

Sinclair Broadcast Group is reportedly requiring local news anchors at TV stations it owns to recite pre-written promotional spots disavowing the national media’s “fake stories” and “personal bias” ― some of President Donald Trump’s favorite punchlines.<p>Sinclair, one of the biggest owners of local …

The gun control debate in Congress is no longer about guns

Congressional Republicans are looking for the narrowest possible action on gun violence prevention.<p>President Donald Trump said he wanted Congress to pass “comprehensive” gun control. Congress isn’t so keen.<p>In the immediate aftermath of the shooting in a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17 …

Guns

Archaeologists closer to finding lost Viking settlement

A lost Viking settlement known as "Hóp," which has been mentioned in sagas passed down over hundreds of years, is said to have supported wild grapes, abundant salmon and inhabitants who made canoes out of animal hides. Now, a prominent archaeologist says the settlement likely resides in …

Archaeology

It’s Official: There’s Now a Bill to Ban ‘Bachelor’ Arie From Minnesota

Democracy at work.<p>The entire country—or, OK, at least Bachelor Nation—is pretty furious at Arie Luyendyk, Jr., the most recent star of <i>The Bachelor</i>. In case you missed all the drama, Arie first proposed to Becca, then dumped her (while cameras were rolling!) and went back to the woman he initially …

The Bachelor

U.S. Allies Sign Sweeping Trade Deal in Challenge to Trump

SANTIAGO, Chile — A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now has a new target: President Trump’s embrace of protectionism.<p>A group of 11 nations — including major United States allies like Japan, Canada and Australia — signed a broad …

Globalization