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Feb 6, 2014

Canada seeks to cut down on passports of convenience

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will toughen citizenship rules to prevent foreigners from picking up Canadian passports of convenience without spending much time in the country, part of a sweeping package of reforms under legislation introduced on Thursday.

Canada remains one of countries most open to immigration and plans to attract about 250,000 a year, in part because it needs workers to make up for a low birth rate. But the new rules would try to prevent abuse of the citizenship process.

Feb 6, 2014

Record imports boost Canada Dec trade gap

OTTAWA, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Canada’s trade deficit in December
jumped to the highest level since November 2012, C$1.66 billion
($1.49 billion), almost C$1 billion more than expected, with
imports hitting a record level despite a drop in import volumes.

Statistics Canada on Thursday also made a major revision of
the November gap to C$1.53 billion from an originally reported
C$940 million. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had, on average,
expected the deficit to fall to C$700 million in December.

Feb 5, 2014

Canada revamps military procurement policy after controversies

OTTAWA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Canada will change the way it buys
military equipment, the government said Wednesday, as it tries
to provide more benefits to local companies and include
safeguards to avoid fiascos such as its aborted plan to buy F-35
fighter jets.

“It’s no secret that businesses in Canada have been telling
us that defense procurement needs to be fixed,” Public Works
Diane Finley said in a speech to representatives of the defense
industry.

Feb 4, 2014

Canada senator, ex-senator charged with fraud on expenses

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police laid fraud charges against a senator and a former senator on Tuesday following an expenses scandal that has rocked the country’s unelected Senate and tainted the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The fraud and breach-of-trust charges were laid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police against Mac Harb, a Liberal appointee who resigned from the Senate in August, and Patrick Brazeau, who was expelled from the Conservative caucus last year and then suspended from the Senate because of what were deemed to be inappropriate expense claims.

Feb 4, 2014

Canada senator, ex-senator charged with fraud in expenses scandal

OTTAWA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Canadian police laid fraud charges
against a senator and a former senator on Tuesday following an
expenses scandal that has rocked the country’s unelected Senate
and tainted the Conservative government of Prime Minister
Stephen Harper.

The fraud and breach-of-trust charges were laid by the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police against Mac Harb, a Liberal appointee
who resigned from the Senate in August, and Patrick Brazeau, who
was expelled from the Conservative caucus last year and then
suspended from the Senate because of what were deemed to be
inappropriate expense claims.

Jan 29, 2014

Canada’s Trudeau boots unelected senators from Liberal group

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, fighting to unseat Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the 2015 election, expelled all his party’s members in the scandal-plagued Senate from the Liberal caucus on Wednesday.

The reputation of Canada’s Senate, the unelected upper chamber of its Parliament, is in tatters after controversial expense claims by four senators – three Conservative appointees and one Liberal appointee.

Jan 26, 2014

Small Quebec town prepares to mourn 32 seniors killed in fire

ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (Reuters) – The small grief-struck Quebec town of L’Isle-Verte will hold a memorial service on Sunday for the 32 people who died in a massive fire that engulfed a three-storey wooden residence for seniors.

Despite media reports alleging a cigarette ignited the blaze early on Thursday, police say they still do not know the cause of what appears be Canada’s second-most deadly disaster in a retirement home.

Jan 25, 2014

Thirty-two presumed dead in Quebec seniors’ home fire

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Thirty-two people died or are presumed to have died in the fire that swept through a retirement residence in the Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday, police said on Saturday. Eight bodies have been recovered.

The grim reality set in after careful investigation of who was missing and who may have been out of town, and as security officials worked to melt layers of ice up to two feet (60 cm) thick that encased many of the bodies.

Jan 25, 2014

Tired rescue workers pause in search for bodies in Quebec blaze

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Exhausted Canadian police and firefighters prepared to break off work for the night on Friday after using steam machines to melt thick ice encasing the bodies of elderly people who died in a retirement residence fire.

Police said eight people died and about 30 were unaccounted for after the blaze ripped through the Residence du Havre in the small community of L’Isle-Verte, about 230 km (140 miles) northeast of Quebec City, early on Thursday morning.

Jan 24, 2014

Firefighters melt ice to retrieve bodies after Quebec blaze

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian police and firefighters used steam machines on Friday to melt thick ice encasing the corpses of elderly people who died in a massive blaze that destroyed a wooden retirement residence in rural Quebec the day before.

Police said that five people died and about 30 were unaccounted for after the early morning blaze ripped through the Residence du Havre in the small community of L’Isle-Verte, about 230 km (140 miles) northeast of Quebec City.