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Nov 4, 2015

Canada to release ex-Guantanamo inmate for return to France: lawyer

TORONTO (Reuters) – Mourad Benchellali, a French national and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner detained by Canadian police at a Toronto airport on Monday, will likely be released and allowed to return to France within hours, his Canadian lawyer said on Wednesday.

“The details are being worked out, but they are willing to allow him to return tonight,” Hadayt Nazami said in a phone interview. Benchellali would withdraw his request to enter Canada and voluntarily return to France, Nazami said.

Nov 2, 2015

Royal Bank of Canada scraps limit on size of newcomer mortgages

VANCOUVER, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The Royal Bank of Canada
scrapped an internal limit on mortgage loan size for
immigrants in the spring to tap into surging demand for
financing on multi-million dollar houses by newcomers to

Wealthy buyers, mostly from China, are fueling a booming
mortgage business in Vancouver, where the median price for a
detached home on the desirable west side jumped 31 percent to
C$2.87 million ($2.19 million) in the last two years.

Oct 18, 2015

Canada Greens pin hopes on rivals’ promises of electoral reform

VANCOUVER, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The Green Party, which is in
fifth place behind the separatist Bloc Quebecois in Canada’s
closely fought election, is banking on its rivals’ promises of
electoral reform to help boost its showings in future elections.

Led by Elizabeth May, a fiery lawyer and vocal opponent of
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Green Party has in recent
years broadened its message from a single issue – the
environment – into what it believes is a viable alternative for
progressive voters.

Oct 17, 2015

Canada’s strategic voters lean Liberal as vote nears

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Organizers of two key strategic voting campaigns in Canada are throwing most of their support to the center-left Liberals, who lead the ruling Conservatives in polls and may also benefit from a bandwagon effect in the final days of the tight campaign.

Both Leadnow, a non-profit group funded through individual donations, and website strategicvoting.ca have seen support grow as sentiment against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his 10-year-old government builds and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau opens up a lead in opinion polls.

Oct 14, 2015

Bentleys and Bordeaux: Chinese newcomers drive Vancouver’s luxury market

VANCOUVER, Oct 14 (Reuters) – At a luxury car dealership in
Vancouver, a 19-year-old college student recently traded in his
2014 Ferrari for a 2016 Bentley that cost C$350,000 ($268,446).

MCL Motor Cars Manager Scott Warren says the teen was his
typical customer: young, Chinese and eager to swap a relatively
new car for an even newer, trendier model.

Oct 9, 2015

Canada Conservatives pledge modest balanced budgets if reelected

RICHMOND, British Columbia, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Canada’s
ruling Conservatives on Friday pledged to run a series of modest
budget surpluses if they retain power in an Oct 19 election,
seeking to portray themselves as the best economic stewards in a
race that looks too tight to call.

Recent polls indicate Harper could well lose power after
almost a decade in office focused on cutting taxes, implementing
tougher sentences for crime and trying to support the energy

Sep 24, 2015

Canada PM faces ‘Anyone But Harper’ strategic voting in election

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so out of favour with some voters that they say they are prepared to back a political party they don’t usually support just to unseat him in the Oct. 19 general election.

A number of groups have been formed to encourage Canadians to vote strategically by taking a “Anyone But Conservative” or “Anyone But Harper” stance.

Sep 17, 2015

In tied race, Canada PM Harper carries momentum into debate

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Battered but unbowed,
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has momentum and the
economy on his side as he heads into the second leaders’ debate
later on Thursday, hoping a home-turf advantage will help him
break away from centre-left opponents.

The debate offers a pivot point for Harper, 56, as he
recovers his footing following a string of scandals and bad news
in the first half of the campaign for the Oct. 19 federal

Sep 16, 2015

Canada government to press for ban on veil at citizenship ceremonies

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The Canadian government on Wednesday said it would go to the Supreme Court to press its case for banning Muslim women’s face coverings during citizenship ceremonies, an issue in the election campaign.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday found the ban on veils such as the niqab was unlawful. The case was brought by Zunera Ishaq, an immigrant from Pakistan who refused to take part in a citizenship ceremony because it meant she could not wear a niqab and would have to show her face.

Sep 14, 2015

Balanced budget for Canada’s Harper overshadows corruption trial

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Good news
about the economy propelled Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper on the campaign trail on Monday, with an
earlier-than-expected budget surplus overshadowing the trial of
a former aide for influence peddling.

Trumpeting a C$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion) budget surplus for
the year just passed – the first surplus in seven years for
Harper’s nine-year-old Conservative government – the prime
minister said his opponents in the race to the Oct. 19 election
will turn the good news into bad if they topple him from office.

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      "I am based in Vancouver, where I focus on energy, foreign investment and the city's 'west west' housing market. Prior to moving to Vancouver, I primarily covered the Canadian mining industry out of Toronto. Before that I was an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile, where I had the opportunity to visit the Atacama desert and a giant copper mine for stories. Before becoming a journalist, I spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands, where I swam with sea turtles and hiked through sleeping volcanoes."
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