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August 14, 2017 8:00 PM Ontario 150 commercial seems just a titch self-congratulatory

Is TV ad's tag line, “A place for all of us” a pointed nose-thumbing to Ontario’s neighbours to the south? As a Toronto indie band sings the Ontario theme song “A Place to Stand,” we meet five characters, nonactors recreating versions of their real-life stories: A Syrian refugee in a head scarf packs her belongings; a gay man sits sadly at a kitchen 7

August 14, 2017 4:47 PM The migrant surge on the border isn’t a crisis, it’s just a fiasco

Terry Glavin: Canada can easily absorb migrants crossing into Quebec. The real problem is this country’s dysfunctional immigration system. As Canadian Forces teams were busy building a tent village last week to accommodate a surge of mostly Haitian asylum claimants crossing the border from upstate New York into Quebec near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, that’s 18 7

August 10, 2017 9:44 PM Five memorable moments from Brad Wall, retiring Saskatchewan premier

The leader of the province’s right-leaning Saskatchewan Party, Wall was notable for standing up for conservatism and sometimes clashing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Brad Wall, who has served as premier of Saskatchewan for nearly a decade, has announced his retirement from politics. The leader of the province’s right-leaning Saskatchewan 15

August 10, 2017 7:58 PM Five memorable moments from retiring Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

Brad Wall, who has served as premier of Saskatchewan for nearly a decade, has announced his retirement from politics. The leader of the province's right-leaning Saskatchewan Party, Wall was notable for standing up for conservatism and sometimes clashing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government as a result. Wall has been one of the loudest 15

August 9, 2017 2:39 PM A back road to hope: U.S. immigrants stream over into Canada

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. -- They have come from all over the United States, piling out of taxis, pushing strollers and pulling luggage, to the end of a country road in the north woods. Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a "road closed" sign, threading bushes, crossing a ditch, and filing 12

August 9, 2017 7:33 AM U.S. back road route to hope in Canada for many migrants

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. - They have come from all over the United States, piling out of taxis, pushing strollers and pulling luggage, to the end of a country road in the north woods. Where the pavement stops, they pick up small children and lead older ones wearing Mickey Mouse backpacks around a "road closed" sign, threading bushes, crossing a ditch, and filing 36

August 6, 2017 2:04 PM Syrian army takes last IS-held town in Homs

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government and allied forces have taken the last major town in Homs province from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as the army advances towards militant strongholds in the east of the country. The town of al-Sukhna lies northeast of the government-controlled ancient city of Palmyra. It is some 50 km (30 miles) 13

August 6, 2017 10:49 AM Syrian forces make gains in energy-rich Homs province

BEIRUT — A Syrian war monitoring group says pro-government forces have captured the last Islamic State group stronghold in the energy-rich Homs province in central Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says 30 IS militants were killed in the last 24 hours of battle for the town of al-Sukhna. It says the Russian 9

August 5, 2017 9:01 AM Misleading social media messages entice Haitian asylum seekers to come to Canada

WhatsApp message, Youtube video making rounds erroneously reports Canada issued open invitation to Haitians Many of the thousands of Haitian nationals streaming across Canada's border from the U.S. are basing their decision to flee on misleading and false information posted to WhatsApp, Facebook groups and other social media. Encouraged by those ambiguous 17

August 2, 2017 3:28 AM Tillerson: US-Russia ties could still get worse

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday he will meet with his Russian opposite number Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the weekend, but warned US-Russia ties could still get worse. Some in Moscow and Washington had hoped relations between the former Cold War foes might improve under US President Donald Trump, who has had warm words for President 18