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The federal government blanketed the internet with ads and bought pricey TV spots during playoff hockey as part a $2.5-million publicity blitz to promote a skills training program that doesn't yet exist, CBC News has learned. http://cbc.sh/AYu0o6Q TV commercials for the Canada Job Grant often ran twice per game last May during the widely watched Hockey Night in Canada NHL playoff broadcasts on CBC. There were ads on radio, as well. “The Canada Job Grant will result in one important thing – a new or better job,” said the reassuring voice-over in the TV ads. The problem: The program was never launched and is still on hold. The job grants were announced in the 2013 federal budget, but it called for an agreement with the provinces, which have so far refused to buy in.

Exclusive: With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas | News Home | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt’s military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.<p>Palestinian members of the al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of …

Muslim Brotherhood

Duhatschek: In the City of Angels, NHL mends fences with The Great One

There he was, on Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, a gorgeous sunny day, wearing a shirt and tie in the 27 C heat: Wayne Gretzky, making his first official appearance on behalf of the NHL in eons – and it was good to see him back.<p>Officially, the occasion was the arrival of the "ice truck" – a …

Ice Hockey

Ontario farmer gets online reinforcements in feud with military over land grab

The two sides amassed like opposing armies, the excavators and bulldozers on the hilltop to the southwest, the old farmer and his rag-tag group of Facebook supporters to the northeast.<p>Two Hercules aircraft from nearby CFB Trenton buzzed overhead. A police cruiser watched from a distance. Everyone …

Special Forces

World is coming to understand Sharon’s hard line, Canadian envoy says

The man dispatched to represent Canada at memorial services for Ariel Sharon says the former Israeli prime minister understood that security is a necessary precursor to peace.<p>Chris Alexander, the federal Immigration Minister and a former ambassador to Afghanistan, made a quick flight to Israel on …

Israel

Scale back aid for dual citizens, bureaucrats advise Ottawa

The Conservative government is being advised by senior bureaucrats to consider limiting consular assistance for Canadians with dual citizenship who travel on a foreign passport or those who live outside the country for a long period of time.<p>The recommendation on the degree of aid extended to …

Canada