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Quebec removes crucifix from legislature as government defends secularism law in court

MONTREAL — As lawyers defended the Quebec government’s secularism law from a constitutional challenge in a Montreal court Tuesday, the crucifix hanging over the province’s legislative chamber in Quebec City was quietly removed. The Coalition Avenir Quebec offered to move the cross as a goodwill gesture to all those against its new law, which bans some public sector workers — such as teachers,...

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Scheer flips pancakes, appeals for votes on Calgary Stampede circuit

CALGARY — Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer made the rounds on the Calgary Stampede circuit on Saturday, with the aim of strengthening voter support in the traditional party stronghold ahead of this fall’s election. Andrew Scheer spent his day glad−handing and flipping pancakes in the only two Calgary ridings the Conservatives lost in the 2015 election. They...

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Five things to know about Canadian immigration detention centres

TORONTO — The treatment of migrants has recently been thrust into the spotlight as accounts emerge of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in American border detention facilities. Here’s a look at how Canada deals with immigration detainees. Immigration holding centres, sometimes jails The Canada Border Services Agency can detain foreign nationals and permanent residents under certain conditions — including...

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Scheer calls for more inspections on Chinese imports, possible tariffs

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports from the Asian country. In a letter Friday, Scheer pressed Trudeau to take a harder line with Canada’s second−biggest trading partner at a time when the countries are locked in a diplomatic...

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Alberta to hold $2.5-million public inquiry into funding for oil and gas foes

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the [public] inquiry — with a budget of $2.5-million — will find out if any laws have been broken and recommend any appropriate legal and policy action.

"Most importantly, it will serve notice that Alberta will no longer allow hostile interest groups to dictate our economic destiny as one of the most ethical major producers of energy in the world."

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A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haida Gwaii region in British Columbia

BELLA BELLA, B.C. — A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii archipelago region off the west coast Wednesday. The United States Geological Survey says the earthquake hit around 9:30 p.m. local time. It reports the quake’s epicentre was 196 kilometres west southwest of Bella Bella and it occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres. Earthquake Canada says the tremor...