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  • Lawyer versus consultant? Immigration data shows visa applicants have best shot with former

    December 10, 2018 1:11 AM 4

    Foreign nationals who prepare their own Canadian visa applications are nearly as successful in being accepted as those who spend money on a consultant to do the job. But chances of success are much higher if they hire an immigration lawyer to help get their study, work or visitor visas, according to immigration data obtained under an access to information

  • City of Kelowna takes steps to preserve 147-year-old log house

    December 9, 2018 2:11 PM 4

    KELOWNA, B.C.—The city of Kelowna, B.C., is taking steps to preserve a 147-year-old log house built by one of the area’s first European settlers after it was damaged in a fire earlier this year. In a close vote last week, the city decided to earmark $29,000 for the construction of a temporary roof to protect Fleming House from the elements. The city’s

  • Canada could be at risk of ‘nasty’ retaliation from China

    December 9, 2018 2:52 AM 9

    VANCOUVER—Canada is at risk of retaliation from China, including the arrest of Canadians in the country, said a former ambassador to China after the chief financial officer of Chinese-owned Huawei was taken into custody this week. With the bail hearing of Meng Wanzhou currently underway in a Vancouver court, Canada is “caught in the middle” between an extradition

  • Federal whale-saving efforts threaten Vancouver Island livelihoods, coalition says

    December 6, 2018 9:26 PM 6

    B.C. Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin says its member organizations across the Island have formed a coalition called Thriving Orcas, Thriving Communities to protect their cities, towns and villages. The federal government has extended a 5,000 square kilometre critical habitat zone off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island that could result

  • Fundraiser for Humboldt Broncos raises over $15 million — the second-largest GoFundMe campaign in 2018

    December 6, 2018 8:56 PM 6

    It’s second only to the fundraising campaign for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which was launched in December 2017 as part of the #metoo movement in the United States. That fundraiser, which helps defray legal costs for victims of sexual harassment, assault, abuse and retaliation in the workplace, has raised nearly $22 million (US) to become the largest

  • Trudeau says government will limit access to handguns, assault weapons on anniversary of Ecole Polytechnique shooting

    December 6, 2018 5:55 PM 7

    MONTREAL—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons to confront gun violence in the country. Speaking to Montreal radio station 98.5 FM Thursday on the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Trudeau did not rule out a full ban when asked by the host. “We are currently reflecting

  • Auditor general’s report urges province to ‘reassess’ Quayside project

    December 6, 2018 12:23 AM 12

    “We were out there talking to quite a number of potential proponents for this,” Meg Davis, chief development officer for Waterfront Toronto, said in an interview. Waterfront Toronto said that in the appendix to Lysyk’s audit she herself noted Waterfront Toronto launched “market soundings” with 50, local, national and international companies to gauge

  • Canada bracing for health, political fallout from North Korean nuke test, memos show

    December 5, 2018 8:07 PM 16

    Scenarios mapped out by the bureau suggest radiation levels would depend on the size and height of a detonation and weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean. A presentation prepared for Health Canada’s deputy minister says experience in fallout monitoring indicates that contamination would be well below levels of public health concern. But “significant

  • Talcum powder may be harmful to lungs, cause ovarian cancer, says Health Canada

    December 5, 2018 6:15 PM 10

    Talcum powder taken into the lungs can result in difficulty breathing, decreased lung function and fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs. Products containing the naturally occurring mineral have been linked to ovarian cancer in some women, and the Canadian Cancer Society identifies talc use on the genitals as a possible risk factor. The draft assessment

  • No president was ‘more courageous, more principled and more honourable’ than George H.W. Bush, Mulroney says in eulogy

    December 5, 2018 5:36 PM 13

    WASHINGTON—No American president was “more courageous, more principled and more honourable than George Herbert Walker Bush,” former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney said in an eulogy at Wednesday’s state funeral. “Let me tell you that, when George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew that they were dealing