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Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the coming years, some policy experts are worried about potential effects on health care, housing and the labour market. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberal minister says Canada needs more immigration as targets get mixed reviews

As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the…

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the coming years, some policy experts are worried about potential effects on health care, housing and the labour market. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE - President Joe Biden responds a reporters question after speaking about the economy in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Washington. Virtually everything was going right for Biden to open the year. His approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing. And Republicans were at war with themselves after a disappointing midterm season. But Biden’s rosy political outlook veered into uncertainty after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden political future clouded by classified document probe

Appointment of a special counsel thrusts legal uncertainty over the sitting president

FILE - President Joe Biden responds a reporters question after speaking about the economy in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Washington. Virtually everything was going right for Biden to open the year. His approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing. And Republicans were at war with themselves after a disappointing midterm season. But Biden’s rosy political outlook veered into uncertainty after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Members of a ground search and rescue team walk along the shore of the Bay of Fundy in Hillsburn, N.S. as they look for five fishermen missing after the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis sank in the Bay of Fundy, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. As Canadian fishers continue to die in frigid waters when their boats capsize, a debate is surfacing over why clear rules aren’t in place to ensure basic stability of vessels that face ocean storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Amid fishing deaths, calls rise for Canada’s small boats to have stability checks

Transport Canada: Regulation would be ‘functionally challenging and prohibitively expensive’

Members of a ground search and rescue team walk along the shore of the Bay of Fundy in Hillsburn, N.S. as they look for five fishermen missing after the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis sank in the Bay of Fundy, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. As Canadian fishers continue to die in frigid waters when their boats capsize, a debate is surfacing over why clear rules aren’t in place to ensure basic stability of vessels that face ocean storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A member of the First Nations Indigenous Warriors raises his fist toward the doors at Winnipeg City Hall, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A leading human rights group says Canada is failing to address long-standing abuses, delivering a scathing rebuke of what it calls the federal government’s inadequate climate policy and violations of the rights of Indigenous people and immigration detainees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Daniel Crump

Rights group releases scathing report on Canada’s violations of Indigenous rights

Multiple criticisms levelled in Human Rights Watch annual ‘World Report’

A member of the First Nations Indigenous Warriors raises his fist toward the doors at Winnipeg City Hall, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. A leading human rights group says Canada is failing to address long-standing abuses, delivering a scathing rebuke of what it calls the federal government’s inadequate climate policy and violations of the rights of Indigenous people and immigration detainees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Daniel Crump
President of the Treasury Board Mona Fortier speaks in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Fortier says that if federal public servants refuse to return-to-office by the end of March management will be left to assess each situation on a case by case basis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Penalties for public servants who won’t go back to office to be handled individually

Federal employees still working from home will begin to transition back starting Monday

President of the Treasury Board Mona Fortier speaks in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. Fortier says that if federal public servants refuse to return-to-office by the end of March management will be left to assess each situation on a case by case basis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE - The "Man" burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev., on Aug. 31, 2013. The Burning Man Project and four co-plaintiffs filed a new lawsuit in federal court in Reno this week accusing the Bureau of Land Management of breaking environmental laws in approving Ormat Nevada Inc.'s exploratory drilling in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Reno. (Andy Barron /The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

Burning Man latest foe of ‘green energy’ project in Nevada

Organizers of counterculture event battling exploratory drilling for a geothermal project

FILE - The "Man" burns on the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev., on Aug. 31, 2013. The Burning Man Project and four co-plaintiffs filed a new lawsuit in federal court in Reno this week accusing the Bureau of Land Management of breaking environmental laws in approving Ormat Nevada Inc.'s exploratory drilling in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Reno. (Andy Barron /The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)
Lee-Anne Richardson poses in this Jan. 9, 2023 handout photo. Richardson supports a change in Canada’s national low-risk drinking guidelines, to be released next week, and says a dramatic shift in alcohol guidance would be in line with younger people’s attitudes, many of whom are open about the health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lee-Anne Richardson

Researchers consider how to ‘denormalize’ drinking culture ahead of new alcohol guide

Canada’s recommendations soon to drop to no more than two drinks a week

Lee-Anne Richardson poses in this Jan. 9, 2023 handout photo. Richardson supports a change in Canada’s national low-risk drinking guidelines, to be released next week, and says a dramatic shift in alcohol guidance would be in line with younger people’s attitudes, many of whom are open about the health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lee-Anne Richardson
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Luggage bags are amassed in the bag claim area at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as a major winter storm disrupts flights in and out of the airport, in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. From long hours waiting on hold to sleepless nights on airport floors and desperate scrambles to rebook flights and find missing bags, it was a holiday travel season that no one had on their wish list — but that thousands of people got. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

‘Not hiding’: Transport minister says Ottawa will be accountable on travel mess

MPs are probing what went wrong in the days before and after Christmas

Luggage bags are amassed in the bag claim area at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as a major winter storm disrupts flights in and out of the airport, in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. From long hours waiting on hold to sleepless nights on airport floors and desperate scrambles to rebook flights and find missing bags, it was a holiday travel season that no one had on their wish list — but that thousands of people got. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A Little Brown Bat is shown in a handout photo. A disease that has been nearly wiping out bat populations in eastern Canada and the U.S. has made its first appearance in Alberta. White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that starves bats to death by interrupting their winter hibernation, was identified in several locations in the province last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Cory Olson, WCS Canada
A Little Brown Bat is shown in a handout photo. A disease that has been nearly wiping out bat populations in eastern Canada and the U.S. has made its first appearance in Alberta. White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that starves bats to death by interrupting their winter hibernation, was identified in several locations in the province last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Cory Olson, WCS Canada
The Department of National Defence has awarded a grant to University of Alberta professor Andy Knight, shown in a handout photo, to conduct a deep dive into the extent of white supremacy in the Canadian Armed Forces. Over the next year he will assess just how entrenched radicalization, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and anti-Black sentiments are in Canada’s military and come up with a suggested policy to respond. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-John Ulan

‘A raw nerve’: Alberta professor to assess level of white supremacy in military

Andy Knight decided to take on the research after seeing soldiers taking part in ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests

The Department of National Defence has awarded a grant to University of Alberta professor Andy Knight, shown in a handout photo, to conduct a deep dive into the extent of white supremacy in the Canadian Armed Forces. Over the next year he will assess just how entrenched radicalization, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and anti-Black sentiments are in Canada’s military and come up with a suggested policy to respond. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-John Ulan
The Sherloc technology currently installed on the Mars Rover is shown in a handout photo. Proponents say the same technology that is used to search for signs of ancient life on Mars can be used to help decarbonize the oilsands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-NASA/JPL

How technology used by NASA on Mars could reduce emissions from Canada’s oilsands

Replacing steam with solvents to extract natural gas could greatly decrease GHG emissions

The Sherloc technology currently installed on the Mars Rover is shown in a handout photo. Proponents say the same technology that is used to search for signs of ancient life on Mars can be used to help decarbonize the oilsands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-NASA/JPL
The Star Blanket Cree Nation, northeast of Regina, has announced the discovery of possible graves after a ground-penetrating radar search of the former site of the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School. Aboriginal students, principal Father Joseph Hugonnard, and staff, including the Grey Nuns, of the industrial School are shown in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., in this May 1885 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada/O.B. Buell - PA-118765

Radar shows 2,000 areas of interest at former residential school site in Saskatchewan

Team planning next steps to determine how many areas are unmarked graves

The Star Blanket Cree Nation, northeast of Regina, has announced the discovery of possible graves after a ground-penetrating radar search of the former site of the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School. Aboriginal students, principal Father Joseph Hugonnard, and staff, including the Grey Nuns, of the industrial School are shown in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., in this May 1885 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada/O.B. Buell - PA-118765
A pedestrian uses an umbrella to shield themselves from the heavy rain as they walk along the shore of the harbour in Vancouver Tuesday, January 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A pedestrian uses an umbrella to shield themselves from the heavy rain as they walk along the shore of the harbour in Vancouver Tuesday, January 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Luggage bags are amassed in the bag claim area at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as a major winter storm disrupts flights in and out of the airport, in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. From long hours waiting on hold to sleepless nights on airport floors and desperate scrambles to rebook flights and find missing bags, it was a holiday travel season that no one had on their wish list — but that thousands of people got. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Airlines, airports, transport minister to testify on holiday travel mess at committee

Leaders from country’s major airports and airlines are also among witnesses set to appear

Luggage bags are amassed in the bag claim area at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as a major winter storm disrupts flights in and out of the airport, in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. From long hours waiting on hold to sleepless nights on airport floors and desperate scrambles to rebook flights and find missing bags, it was a holiday travel season that no one had on their wish list — but that thousands of people got. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu walk past hand sanitizer as they leave a campaign plane in St. John's, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Provinces look to cleanse storerooms of expired hand sanitizer sent by Ottawa

Hundreds of thousands being spent on repurposing or disposal of unused sanitizer

New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu walk past hand sanitizer as they leave a campaign plane in St. John's, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A passenger ferry, operated by Halifax Transit, makes its way across the Halifax harbour to the Woodside ferry terminal in Dartmouth, N.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. Statistics Canada says that Moncton, N.B., and Halifax were the fastest-growing urban regions in Canada in the past year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Moncton, Halifax top list of fastest-growing urban regions, Statistics Canada says

Atlantic cities had growth rates last year of more than twice that of Canada for the same period

A passenger ferry, operated by Halifax Transit, makes its way across the Halifax harbour to the Woodside ferry terminal in Dartmouth, N.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. Statistics Canada says that Moncton, N.B., and Halifax were the fastest-growing urban regions in Canada in the past year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives
A protester carries a piece of wood simulating a weapon during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the Petion-Ville area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 3, 2022.The Canadian Armed Forces have sent armoured vehicles to Haiti that were purchased by Port-au-Prince. Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Defence Minister Anita Anand say the equipment will help the Haitian National Police to try containing a gang crisis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Odelyn Joseph

Canada delivers more tanks to Haiti as police try pushing back Port-au-Prince gangs

Port-au-Prince has been held hostage for months by violent, feuding gangs

A protester carries a piece of wood simulating a weapon during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the Petion-Ville area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 3, 2022.The Canadian Armed Forces have sent armoured vehicles to Haiti that were purchased by Port-au-Prince. Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Defence Minister Anita Anand say the equipment will help the Haitian National Police to try containing a gang crisis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Odelyn Joseph
A customer loads lumber into the back of a pickup truck in Maple Ridge, B.C., on Friday, June 12, 2020. Canadians are now eligible for a tax credit that will help pay for renovations to build a secondary suite for family member who is a senior or an adult with a disability.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Federal tax credit for multi-generational home renovations now available to Canadians

Credit will provide a 15 per cent tax refund on expenses of up to $50,000

A customer loads lumber into the back of a pickup truck in Maple Ridge, B.C., on Friday, June 12, 2020. Canadians are now eligible for a tax credit that will help pay for renovations to build a secondary suite for family member who is a senior or an adult with a disability.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People travel to the United States of America at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Air Canada warned travellers to check their flights before heading to the airport as troubles caused by a key computer outage at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration caused delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

U.S. travel problems affecting transborder flights: Air Canada, WestJet

Canadian travellers headed to or from the U.S. urged to check their flights

People travel to the United States of America at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Air Canada warned travellers to check their flights before heading to the airport as troubles caused by a key computer outage at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration caused delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette