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Expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit, to come into effect Dec. 3

New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over a longer period of time. The federal government’s long-promised changes to parental leave rules will go into effect early next month, says Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, allowing eligible new parents to take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child. On that same date, a new family caregiver benefits will also kick in — one a 15-week leave to care for a critically ill or injured adult, the other a 35-week benefit...

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U.S. Seeks Restrictions on Mexican Trucking Under Nafta

The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually restrict long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people familiar with the discussions. American negotiators asked to remove Mexico’s long-haul industry from a Nafta chapter on cross-border services, according to an industry official familiar with the proposal who isn’t authorized to speak publicly. That could open the door to restrictions on truckers, as losing Nafta trade protections and advantages would make it harder for Mexico to challenge any future U.S. requirements on trucks such as new safety checks. One...

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Gay Honduran asylum seeker given four-week reprieve from deportation

Josué Martín Elvir Zamora will be allowed to stay in Canada for another four weeks while the government assesses his case. A gay Honduran asylum seeker, Elvir Zamora has lived in Canada since December 2013. His refugee claim was rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board because it didn’t believe that he’s gay. In an email sent to Xtra, David Garcia, the president of Latinx LGBT group Hola, said that Elvir Zamora’s case has been handed off to Rob Oliphant, the MP for Don Valley West in Toronto, and the chair of the federal government’s standing committee on citizenship...

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Tax-haven lobbyist held private meetings and got advice from top federal officials, Paradise Papers reveal

Top federal bureaucrats held private meetings with a lobbyist for the interests of the world’s tax havens, and one of them even provided talking points that went against Canada’s official stance on greater transparency of corporate ownership, records in the Paradise Papers reveal. The meetings with London-based Canadian lawyer Richard Hay were not reported to the federal lobbying registry and Hay himself was not registered to lobby in Canada — potentially violating the law depending on what exactly was said, an investigation by Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star has found. The meetings took place starting in summer 2013, two...

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Toronto is now majority visible minority. What about your neighborhood?

More than half of Torontonians — 51.5 per cent — identify as visible minorities, recently released data from Canada’s 2016 census shows. The data shows a marked difference in diversity between the multicultural heartland of the Greater Toronto Area and the rest of the country. Twenty-nine per cent of Ontarians and 22 per cent of Canadians overall reported being visible minorities, versus a thin majority in the City of Toronto. The numbers also varied in the Big Smoke. The higher proportions of diversity — more than 50 per cent — were clumped in the inner suburbs of Scarborough, North...

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Trudeau ‘satisfied’ with fundraiser’s explanation after Paradise Papers leak

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s satisfied with the public explanation provided by a top Liberal fundraiser whose name surfaced in leaked documents that provide details on legal, offshore tax havens used by the wealthy. Speaking to reporters today in Hanoi, Vietnam, Trudeau says he accepts the assurances made by Stephen Bronfman that he has followed all the rules. In a statement this week after the release of the so-called “Paradise Papers,” Bronfman said he never funded nor used offshore trusts, and that all his Canadian trusts have paid all federal taxes on their income. Trudeau made the comments...

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How TransCanada and ‘dark money’ groups pumped millions into Keystone XL

Just four days into his “America First” administration, U.S. President Donald Trump was delivering for a foreign company — TransCanada Corporation of Calgary. And when Trump approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, he ribbed TransCanada CEO Russ Girling over all the money the company had spent lobbying the previous administration to no avail. […] But the money TransCanada spent in the U.S. went well beyond the millions spent lobbying in Washington, D.C. For years, the Canadian pipeline company also spent millions influencing local state legislatures and Indigenous communities and allying itself with so-called “dark money” groups that helped sway...

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Home building ticks higher in Canada as more city high-rises break ground

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts ticked higher in October, boosted by construction of multi-unit homes. The housing agency says housing starts for the month came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 222,771 units in October, up from 219,293 units in September. The annualized pace of urban starts increased by 2.5 per cent in October to 205,935 units boosted by a 12.5 per cent jump in multiple urban starts to 149,593. […] Read more at Financial Post / The Canadian...

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Loblaw to merge Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs

Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Shoppers Drug Mart are merging two of the most popular loyalty point programs into one, in a new venture called PC Optimum. Starting Feb. 1, anyone who is a member of either PC Plus points or Shoppers Optimum will be grouped into the new points program, where their account balances will be transferred over at par. The lone exception where the move isn’t automatic is in Quebec, where Shoppers Drug Mart operates under the Pharmaprix name. In that province, the Pharmaprix Optimum program will end on Jan. 31 next year and members will have until May 2 that year to redeem their points or...

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Canadá aprueba sanciones contra Maduro y otros 18 altos cargos venezolanos

El Gobierno de Canadá ha anunciado este viernes la imposición de sanciones contra 52 dirigentes extranjeros acusados de violar los Derechos Humanos y cometer actos de corrupción, entre ellos el presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, y otros 18 altos cargos del país sudamericano. El Ejecutivo de Justin Trudeau ha expresado su “preocupación” por la extensión de la corrupción y las violaciones de libertades y derechos en Venezuela, “que están contribuyendo a la grave crisis en este país”, según una nota difundida por el Ministerio de Exteriores canadiense. Por este motivo, y con efecto “inmediato”, ha decidido imponer sanciones contra...

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Canada adds 35,300 jobs in October, as full-time positions surge

The Canadian economy added 35,300 jobs in October as a surge in full-time jobs was partially offset by a decline in part-time positions. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the economy added 88,700 full-time jobs last month, but shed 53,400 part-time jobs. The surge in full-time jobs came on the heels of an even larger add of 112,000 in September, bringing the two-month total for September and October to its highest two-month period on record, Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter noted. “After modest net job gains through the summer, October’s strong result suggest there is still some life left...

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Qué significa que Venezuela decida ahora “reestructurar y refinanciar” su deuda externa

La sanciones financieras que el gobierno de Donald Trump impuso a Venezuela en agosto tuvieron su primer efecto visible este jueves. El anuncio de reestructuración de deuda del presidente Nicolás Maduro, que no dio detalles y presenta aún múltiples incógnitas, confirmó los temores que muchos analistas venían presagiando: las dificultades de Venezuela para cumplir sus compromisos de deuda. Y son muchos. Venezuela ha duplicado su deuda en bonos en los últimos diez años, tanto a través del Estado como de la petrolera estatal PDVSA. La deuda de Venezuela supera los US$130.000 millones, según la Cepal (Comisión Económica para América...

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Canadian film industry is narrowing the gender gap

A year after setting a goal for gender parity in Canadian film by 2020, Telefilm is closer to the finish line than expected. Among the film projects the federal funding agency has in the pipeline for this fiscal year, 44 per cent have a female director attached, 46 per cent feature a female screenwriter and 51 per cent have a female producer. The figure is a heartening leap from the 2013-2014 fiscal year when only 17 per cent of Canadian film projects had women directors. That number plummeted to four per cent for films budgeted over $1 million. “We’re...

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