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Canada’s allies bolster support for Harper’s Islamic State mission

No matter what happens in the course of the Canadian mission against Islamic State, no matter how events turn on the ground in Iraq or Syria over the six months before an election here in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has an indispensable political tool: his coalition allies.

This is no …

Canadian Politics

Genome Canada to create ‘innovation network’ of 10 research centres

Citing the need to keep up with a rapidly changing field of science, Canada’s principal entity for supporting research in genomics is changing its approach.

On Tuesday, Genome Canada is expected to announce it will spend $15.5-million over the next two years to jump-start the creation of what it …

DNA

Canada urged to join record Syria aid drive at UN pledging meeting

Canada is being called upon to pledge nearly $180-million towards a record-breaking international aid appeal for Syria this year.

With the Syrian civil war in its fifth year, the United Nations is making an $8.4-billion appeal for funds at a major international pledging conference in Kuwait.

That’s …

Middle East

Myanmar, rebel groups sign draft ceasefire agreement to end decades-long civil war

Myanmar’s government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.

Though it was lauded as a significant step — the opposing sides have tussled over words and rights over natural resources for months — the …

Civil War

Taiwan, Norway seek to join China-backed development bank

Japan remains cautious about signing up to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), indicating that Tokyo will miss the March 31 deadline for application, but both Taiwan and Norway said they would seek to join the institution.

Finance Minister Taro Aso reiterated Japan’s concerns …

Asia

Clinton also used iPad for email despite claims of single device

Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The …

Email

Fight over ‘religious freedom’ proposals shifts to Arkansas

The fight over “religious freedom” proposals that are coming under increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted to Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.

A final vote …

Arkansas

Modern treaties smooth development for some First Nations groups

In Sarita Bay, a remote cove on Canada’s Vancouver Island, aboriginal-owned land used for decades by loggers is slowly being reimagined as a multibillion-dollar export terminal to ship liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Aboriginal groups in the West Coast province of British Columbia are often in the …

Pacific Northwest

U.S. Coast Guard rescues nine people from Canadian tall ship

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued nine people from a disabled Canadian tall ship early Monday about 93 kilometres east of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The Boston command centre was notified at about 12:35 a.m. that the engines on the Liana’s Ransom were disabled and its sails wrapped around the mast.

As the …

Tall Ship

Saudi-led strikes again hit Yemen overnight

Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition again hit Houthi militia targets across Yemen on Monday night, striking the group’s northern stronghold of Saadeh, the capital, Sanaa, and the central town of Yarim, residents and media said.

“There were huge blazes in the mountains outside Sanaa. It looks like …

Middle East

Diplomats scramble for consensus as deadline day for Iran nuclear talks arrives

Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement.

Facing a midnight local time (6 p.m. EDT) target to conclude a framework accord, substantial differences persisted with officials predicting a …

Nuclear Power

Japan wants more business with Canada but senses our ambivalence

It is the world’s most populous metropolis with 35 million residents (we Canadians are 33 million). With towers, temples and the Imperial Palace, Tokyo is a labyrinth, intersected by triple-decker roadways, canals and efficient subways.

For Canadians, Tokyo is a good place to do business, with reach …

Japan

Bachman stops 29 shots as Oilers beat Avalanche to end five-game road losing streak

In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong.

The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose.

Defenceman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by …

News (Canada)

Flames score three goals in 2nd period to hang on for 5-3 win over Stars

Jiri Hudler is having the best season of his 10-year career, and the Calgary Flames forward is savvy enough to know that it doesn’t hurt to be a little lucky.

Hudler deflected in a second-period shot to start Calgary’s three-goal flurry in a span of 6:49 that helped the Flames beat the Dallas Stars …

NHL

Bolts dominate Habs once again to earn season sweep

Let’s accept it on faith that the Montreal Canadiens, like other teams, are not the same club without their best player.

The point is the Habs do indeed have Carey Price in goal most nights, and a lot of the time that’s enough.

But anyone who wants to consider an alternative Canadiens reality need …

News (Canada)

Career-night from DeRozan helps Raptors edge Rockets

It had been a long time since the Toronto Raptors delivered a statement win. Monday night’s victory over the Houston Rockets and MVP candidate James Harden, behind a career-night for DeMar DeRozan, fit the bill.

With 42 points and 11 rebounds from DeRozan, the Raptors beat the Rockets 99-96 in a …

NBA

Jays beat Astros in Grapefruit League action

Danny Valencia, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak homered in the first two innings off Brett Olberholtzer, and Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 7-4 Monday night.

Oberholtzer, pitching for the first time since straining a lat muscle on March 10, gave up five hits and five runs in 3 1-3 …

Major League Baseball

Ontario budget expected to beat $12.5-billion deficit target

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, who will deliver a budget in the coming weeks, says he will beat his deficit target of $12.5-billion for the current fiscal year, helped in part by a lower Canadian dollar, reduced oil prices and the economic recovery in the United States.

Mr. Sousa is …

Finance (Canada)

A meeting of unity in war-torn Myanmar

The emissaries of peace arrived under the hot morning sun Monday and strode into a meeting room in the Myanmar Peace Centre in downtown Rangoon. They took their places facing each other across two long parallel tables, the officers in army green on one side, the country’s warring ethnic groups on …

Burma

Ontario Culture Minister believes ROM will pay off $33-million loan by 2027

Culture Minister Michael Coteau says he is confident the Royal Ontario Museum will pay the $33-million it owes provincial taxpayers – but warns he will “hold them accountable” for the money.

As The Globe and Mail revealed last week, the ROM has struggled to pay off a provincial loan in recent years …

Business (Canada)

Government votes to extend, expand military mission into Syria

Canadian fighter jets will soon be launching airstrikes in Syria now that the House of Commons has approved the federal government’s plan to expand and extend its military mission in Iraq.

Federal MPs voted 142-129 in favour of a motion extending the mission for up to a full year and authorizing …

International Relations

Uncertainty about long-term aid leaves thalidomide victims in limbo

Marie Harnois gets around on a child-sized tricycle so crucial to her survival, she has given it a name: Arthur. It’s a homemade device that she steers with her only arm and propels like a scooter with her one, misshapen leg.

Ms. Harnois, a victim of the drug thalidomide, has been using it since the …

Thalidomide

Leaders’ personal info revealed in Australian G20 summit privacy breach: report

A published report says personal details of world leaders attending last November’s G20 summit in Australia were accidentally disclosed to the organizers of an Asian Cup soccer tournament.

The Guardian says an Australian Immigration Department employee inadvertently sent the group the passport …

Australian Politics

Leafs’ top line returns to form just in time to raise trade value

As comebacks go, it was pretty impressive.

Down 3-1 with 10 minutes left against the Ottawa Senators, who were desperately in need of points to support their unlikely playoff bid, the Toronto Maple Leafs rattled off three unanswered goals to win in overtime on Saturday night.

All of the Maple Leaf …

News (Canada)

Duhatschek: If Flames make playoffs, Hartley will be coach of the year

Officially, the Jack Adams Award goes to the NHL coached “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success” – a definition that sometimes trips up the selectors – members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. Often, voters who follow the exact definition of the award will inadvertently …

News (Canada)

Ottawa unveils new lump-sum payout for critically wounded veterans

A small number of Canada’s military men and women who suffer traumatic injuries or diseases resulting from a sudden one-time event will be given $70,000 by the government to compensate for their pain and suffering.

Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole announced on Monday the fifth in a series of …

Veterans

‘Investors with greenbacks’ eye Canada for takeovers

The $12.8-billion (U.S.) acquisition of Catamaran Corp. announced Monday could signal the start of a wave of foreign takeovers of Canadian-listed companies, as the lower loonie effectively puts many companies up for sale.

With the Canadian dollar trading below 79 cents, crude oil prices slumping and …

News (Canada)

York University union overspent during 2008-09 strike, audit says

The union representing York University teaching assistants and contract instructors spent almost $300,000 on food and beverages during the 2008-2009 strike at the school, delivering expensive meals to picket lines, and ordering enough for hundreds of people at a meeting that was sparsely attended, …

Unions

Jay Z, Jack White among superstar owners of new music streaming service

Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj also announced that they are co-owners of the …

Jack White

Jay Z, Jack White among superstar owners of new music streaming service

Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj also announced that they are co-owners of the …

Music Videos