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July 2012 Archives

Canada's Economic Growth Slows

Canada's economy grew by a less-than-expected 0.1% in May from April as weak manufacturing and construction activity partially offset strength in natural resources and some services industries, according to Statistics Canada data on Tuesday.

Pictured: Economy grows less than expected as weak factory and construction sectors weigh on gains by robust mining and oil industries
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Canada Downs Britain for First Victory in Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament

Canada beat Great Britain 73-65 Monday night in women's basketball to even its record in the preliminary round of the tournament, and perhaps more importantly return a sense of equilibrium to its psyche.
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Russian Family Holed Up in Toronto Church Finally Deported to Israel

Time has finally run out for a Russian family who sought refuge in an east-end church for a year to avoid deportation.

Pictured: Ilan Brovman, his wife, Irit, and their two children, Tom, 8, and Katrin, 5, sought refuge at the West Hill United Church, on Orchard Park Dr., for more than a year. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency files)
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Students Reject CAQ Plan to End Conflict

CAQ leader François Legault's proposed "solution" to the student conflict in Quebec -- announced hastily Monday morning as the province prepares for an expected election launch on Wednesday -- was resoundingly rejected by the student associations that have been embroiled in a battle against tuition hikes since February.

Pictured: Coalition Avenir Québec leader Francois Legault waves from his party's new campaign bus in Quebec City.
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Fmr. Environment Minister says Enbridge Pipeline Not in Canada's Best Interest

A former federal environment minister has joined the mounting fracas around the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, arguing the project is not in Canada's best interest and that Enbridge is the "last company in North America" that should be permitted to do the job.

Pictured: David Anderson, former B.C. Liberal leader and federal minister of the environment, said Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway project is not in Canada's best interest. Anderson spoke to media Monday during a press conference opposing the pipeline proposal.
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The Collapse of the Liberal Church

by Margaret Wente

Two weeks from now, the United Church of Canada will assemble in Ottawa for its 41st General Council, where it will debate church policy and elect a new moderator. The top item on its agenda is a resolution calling for a boycott of products from Israeli settlements. Fortunately, nobody cares what the United Church thinks about Israeli settlements, or anything else for that matter, because the United Church doesn't matter any more.
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Canada Beats South Africa 3-0 in Olympic Soccer

Christine Sinclair scored two second-half goals Saturday to help Canada beat South Africa 3-0 in women's Olympic soccer.

Pictured: Canada's Christine Sinclair, center, is hugged by her teammate Lauren Sesselmann, after scoring during the group F women's soccer match between South Africa and Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, in Coventry, England, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Photo: Hussein Malla / AP
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Enbridge Shuts Down Part of Canada-US Pipeline After Oil Spill in Wisconsin

Canada's Enbridge Inc. said an oil spill in Wisconsin had forced it to shut down part of the main pipeline system delivering Canadian crude to U.S. refiners on Friday, a fresh blow for a firm already facing fierce criticism from regulators.

Pictured: Enbridge pipeline
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Faith Thrives in Winnipeg's Chinatown

Though tiny, Winnipeg's Chinatown thrived as a community in the early 1900s. Crowded grocery stores and laundromats displaying colourful red-and-white signs dotted the area around King Street downtown.

Pictured: Kai Cheng and Helen Wang of the Winnipeg Chinese Lutheran Church. (CHERYL GIRARD / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
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Preacher's Daughter Dorothy Ludwig Carries on Olympic Legacy in Pistol Event

Bill Hare was a reverend in the United Church of Canada, with a loving wife, a family and a shooting range in his basement.

Pictured: Dorothy Ludwig, will compete in the 10-metre air pistol event at the London Olympics on Sunday.
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Canada Becoming a Refuge for Egyptian Christians

Christians in Egypt will increasingly see Canada as their chance to escape from a country whose president belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, immigration officials warn.

Pictured: Members of the Egyptian Canadian Association gathered on Monday evening to watch the country's election. (QMI Agency/GILLIAN WHEATLEY)
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Canada Open to Boosting Syrian Humanitarian Aid

Canada is open to expanding its humanitarian aid to help Syrians caught in increasing violence, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said today as more reports emerged of a growing refugee crisis.

Pictured: Syrian rebels man a checkpoint in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday. The commercial hub has become a new front in the country's 16-month uprising after being largely excluded from the violence. (Bulent Kilic/AFP Photo/Getty Images)
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Crime Rate in Canada at Lowest Level Since 1972

Statistics Canada says the rate of crimes reported to police in Canada reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011.

Pictured: A police officer watches over a crime scene following a shooting in Scarborough, a suburb in east Toronto, July 17, 2012.
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Canada's Oil Shifts Toward China With $15 Billion Nexen Deal

Cnooc Ltd. (883)'s $15.1 billion cash takeover bid for Nexen Inc. (NXY) signals a Canadian shift toward China and away from the U.S. as the nation's traditional oil and natural-gas partner and main export market.

Pictured: The headquarters of Cnooc Ltd. stand in Beijing. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg
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Jun Lin Becomes a Christian, Talks About Murdered, Dismembered Son at Montreal Church

The mother of a Chinese student murdered and dismembered in Canada announced that she has converted to Christianity and was recently baptized in the wake of the gruesome case.

Pictured: The mother of Jun Lin, Zhigui Du, cries uncontrollably as she is comforted by a friend while she speaks about her son during a public memorial for Lin in Montreal on Saturday. Jun Lin, 33, was killed in late May. A translator looks on at left. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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Canada's 'Warren Buffett', Prem Watsa, Doubles his Stake in Troubled RIM

Canadian investor Prem Watsa, dubbed the "Warren Buffett of the North," has nearly doubled his company's stake in embattled BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd to just under 10 percent, according to a regulatory filing.

Pictured: Research in Motion headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. Canadian investor Prem Watsa raised his stake in the BlackBerry maker. (Mike Cassese/Reuters / July 23, 2012)
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Tarek Fatah, Charles McVety and the JDL: Unholy Alliances?

These are interesting days for Tarek Fatah (pictured).

Mr. Fatah, if you are unfamiliar with him, is the self-proclaimed Marxist who has, of late, waged a relentless "war" against "Islamofascism", a fight that he claims his former "fellow travelers" have all but abandoned. 
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Ruthless Socialism Makes Canada Richer than the U.S.

On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians awoke to a startling, if pleasant, piece of news: For the first time in recent history, the average Canadian is richer than the average American.
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Two Arrested After Gunshots Fired at Cars on Ontario Highway

Two men were arrested Saturday morning for allegedly shooting into moving vehicles on an Ontario highway on Friday near Sudbury. Read More

Canada Growth Outlook Cut After Euro Crisis Bites

Canada's growth outlook darkened in the last three months as Europe's debt crisis and disappointing US data weigh on commodity prices and demand for other Canadian exports, a Reuters poll found. Read More

Canada's First Nations Chief is Re-elected

The national chief of Canada's First Nations aboriginals was re-elected on Wednesday in a vote of confidence for his non-confrontational approach with the Conservative federal government over its pro-development policies.

Pictured: Shawn Atleo, centre, celebrates with his great aunts, left to right, Gertrude Frank, Flossie Atleo and aunt Louise White after being re-elected as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Toronto on Wendsay, July 18, 2012.
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Smiths Falls Church Prepares to Feed 40 Cyclists During July 25 Stopover

On July 25 participants in the campaign to raise funds and open a church in three major city centres will receive a refueling of another sort in Smiths Falls.

Pictured: Bill Hodson, participant in this year's campaign holds his bike in a near by field along the travel route. 
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Canadian Cities Largely Safe but Rising Gun Violence is 'Disturbing'

International media are focused on Toronto after a shooting at a block party in the city's east end on Monday left two people dead and another 22 injured.

Pictured: Despite the fatal shooting of two people at a block party on July 16, Toronto remains one of the safest big cities in the Americas, says one criminologist. (Canadian Press)
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Canada's Favorite Tax Haven? The U.S.A.

Federal income taxes are in the spotlight again, thanks to expiring tax breaks that President Obama wants to take away from the well-heeled. Given the heated debate, you would imagine that Americans pay some of the highest taxes in the world. Read More

Drought in Central, Eastern Canada is Baking Crops

Most of Central and Eastern Canada is experiencing extreme heat and little rain causing drought conditions, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada says.

Pictured: A lack of rain and extremely hot temperatures badly affecting crops mean that Canadian consumers will likely be paying more for their produce. (CBC)
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Canada's Internet Domain Registry Celebrating 25 Years

How much can two letters accomplish in 25 years? Enough to become an entire country's online home and electronic national brand.

Pictured: The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the organization that manages the .CA domain space on behalf of all Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
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Parliamentary Report says MPs are in the Dark Over Government Spending

Members of Parliament aren't able to properly scrutinize the government's spending plans and are effectively rubber-stamping billions of dollars in proposed spending without due diligence, a new report says.

Photograph by: Bruno Schlumberger , The Ottawa Citizen
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Canada to Appeal Ruling on Assisted Suicide

Canada's justice minister says the federal government will appeal a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling that said federal laws banning doctor-assisted suicide are unconstitutional. Read More

Poll: United Church Members are More Liberal than Canadian Public on Abortion, Euthanasia

The United Church of Canada's quasi-official magazine is touting a new poll suggesting that members of Canada's largest Protestant denomination are more liberal on social issues than Canadians at large.

The United Church Observer says the results debunk the stereotype that Christians trend more "conservative."
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Cellular Towers Sprouting Around Canadian Churches

Churches across Canada are erecting massive cellphone towers on their properties as cash-strapped congregations help feed the country's insatiable desire for cellular coverage, CBC's John Lancaster reports.  Read More

Canada's Ambassador Expects China to Change its Stance on Syria

Canada's ambassador to China expects to see a change in Chinese foreign policy that could help the United Nations intervene to stop more bloodshed in Syria.

Pictured: Canada's ambassador to China, David Mulroney, guides Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird during a visit to the Chinese Foreign Ministry and meetings with Baird's Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, last summer. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)
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Canada Dollar Gains Versus Peers On Global-Stimulus View

Canada's dollar rose against most of its 16 major counterparts amid speculation global central banks will take additional steps to sustain wavering economic growth, adding to risk appetite. Read More

Canada's Gospel Music Celebration Runs July 12th-14th

Canada's Gospel Music Celebration kicks off today! The celebration will be held from today, July 12, till July 14, 2012 at Westerner Park 4847A-19 Street Red Deer, AB, Canada T4R 2N7.

Pictured: a flyer promoting the event.
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Canadian Business Executives Upbeat Despite Global Woes

Canadian businesses aren't as confident as they were a few months ago, but are maintaining a degree of faith in the face of threats from Europe to China to the crucial U.S. market.

Pictured: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney.
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Canada Supreme Court Ends Royalties for Music Downloads

Delivering a blow to artists and a benefit to telecoms companies, Canada's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that no performance royalties need be paid to songwriters and song publishers for downloaded music.

Pictured: Online music stores such as Apple's iTunes do not have to pay royalties for song previews (AFP/DDP/File, Oliver Stratmann)
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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Reopens After Bomb Threat Stops International Traffic

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel has reopened after a bomb threat phoned in to Canadian authorities led to the closing of the international crossing for several hours Thursday afternoon.

Pictured: The Detroit-Windsor tunnel was closed by police investigating an anonymous bomb threat (AFP/File)
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Harper Promises 'Canada Will Not Slip Back' on Economy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he is looking beyond the mandate of his current majority Conservative government and pledged to transform Canada into one of the world's "next generation of economic powers."

Pictured: Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses his annual riding association barbeque in Calgary, Alta. on Saturday, July 7, 2012. (Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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Israeli Refugee Family Holed Up in Toronto Church for a Year

Failed refugee claimants Ilan and Irit Brovman and their two young children have been hiding for more than a year in an east-end church to escape deportation to Israel.

Pictured: Ilan Brovman, his wife, Irit, and their two children, Tom, 8, and Katrin, 5, have been holed up at the West Hill United Church, on Orchard Park Dr., for more than a year. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)
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Canadian Celebrity Chef Anthony Sedlak Dead at Age 29

Canadian celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak has died at the age of 29.

Sedlak's family released a statement Monday saying he collapsed this past Friday from an undiagnosed medical condition and his body was found in his North Vancouver apartment.
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Canadian Nuclear Power Engineers Go on Strike

Nuclear engineers at the Candu Energy subsidiary of Canada's SNC-Lavalin Group Inc went on strike on Monday in a contract dispute and no talks to end the walkout are scheduled, their union said. Read More

Canada's Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.2% On Public Jobs

Canada's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in June as employers added jobs for a fourth consecutive month and increased wages at the fastest pace in almost three years. Read More

Catholic Canadians Protest Ontario's Gay-Straight Alliance Law

The director of Parents as First Educators said Thursday they won't stand for the province bullying them into creating gay-straight alliance clubs in Catholic schools.

"We're calling upon Ontario Catholic Trustees to implement 'respecting difference' clubs as the responsible solution to bullying in schools," Teresa Pierre said.
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Canada's Ian Millar Ready to Make Historic 10th Olympic Appearance

When Ian Millar enters the show-jumping ring aboard Star Power at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Millar will have appeared in more Olympics than any athlete in history.

Pictured: Canadian equestrian legend Ian Millar is about to surpass Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl, who was an Olympian nine times from 1964 to 1996. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)
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Canadian Senators Warn Church Against Israel Boycott

In a rare move, nine Canadian senators have warned the United Church of Canada that its proposed boycott of goods from Israeli settlements would harm already tense relations with the Jewish community.

The nine senators, all United Church members and representing the Conservative and Liberal parties, wrote in a June 27 letter to UCC Moderator Mardi Tindal that the denomination risks setting back Christian-Jewish relations if it approves a boycott of products from West Bank settlements.
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Poll: Canada Actually More Progressive After 6 Years of Tory Rule

Six years into the Harper era, Canadians are inching inexorably into the conservative, and Conservative, columns. Right? And though not all are pleased with this incremental, rightward shift, most -- the so-called silent majority -- tacitly accept it. Read More

Alberta Man's Arrest on Cross-Canada Charity Run Boosts Awareness of his Cause

An Alberta man's quest to raise awareness about his cross-Canada run for charity has received a boost from an unexpected event -- his own arrest by Quebec police.
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The Loonie Marks 25 Years as Canada's Coin

The loonie, that brassy bird inhabiting millions of pockets and purses across Canada, has turned 25 years old -- a milestone being marked by the Royal Canadian Mint with the release of a new silver collector coin that finally gives the lonely lake-dweller a swimming companion. Read More

Canada Day: Rock stars, football and history highlight Canada's 145th birthday

Thousands of people covered Parliament Hill in red and white for the celebration of Canada's 145th birthday.

Mounties on horse back and in red serge escorted Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon as they rode an open horse-drawn carriage onto the Hill.

Pictured: Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with the crowd, celebrating Canada Dat on Parliament Hill Sunday July 1, 2012 in Ottawa.
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Report says two Canadians among four aid workers kidnapped in Kenya

A group of Somali militants who kidnapped four international aid workers, including at least one Canadian, during an attack on a refugee camp in Kenya may have crossed the border into Somalia, Kenyan police and military officials said Saturday.

Pictured: One of the vehicles in which the aid workers were travelling is seen with smashed windows at the scene of the attack in Dadaab refugee camp, northern Kenya, Friday, June 29, 2012. 
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This week in religious history: What Canadians were never to do on Sundays

July 1

1643: The Westminster Assembly first convened in England. From this emerged the Westminster longer and shorter catechisms, still used as doctrinal standards by many Presbyterian churches.

Pictured: Movie-goers line up in Toronto in 1947. This kind of outrageous behaviour was technically illegal to do on Sundays in Canada until the 1980s.
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Yarmouth church makes heritage list of sites at risk of demolition

Zion Baptist Church in Yarmouth has made the Heritage Canada Foundation's 2012 list of the country's top 10 heritage places in danger of demolition.

It made the list after Erin Mohle, a 24-year member of the church, responded to a call for nominations that was issued by the Heritage Canada Foundation in January.
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