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Supreme Court rules former Stephen Harper aide guilty of influence peddling

OTTAWA-The Supreme Court of Canada says a one-time senior aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper is guilty of influence peddling. Bruce Carson’s case will now be sent back to the trial judge for sentencing after the court rejected his interpretation of the influence-peddling law in an 8-1 decision. He ...

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Tribe asks judge for ‘meaningful role’ in pipeline study

By Blake Nicholson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BISMARCK, N.D.-The American Indian tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says federal officials are being unco-operative as they complete more court-ordered environmental study of the project. The Standing Rock Sioux wants a federal judge to order that the tribe be allowed ...

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‘Napping on NAFTA’: Harper blasts Trudeau government handling of negotiations 

WASHINGTON- Stephen Harper has come out against his successor’s handling of NAFTA negotiations with the United States. He criticizes the Trudeau Liberals in a memo titled, “Napping on NAFTA.” The memo was obtained by The Canadian Press and it criticizes the government in several ways: For rejecting U.S. proposals outright, ...

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PM proposes federal excise tax on legal pot, sharing revenue with provinces

By Joan Bryden THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue. Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, ...

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Indigenous chapter in new NAFTA could address mobility concerns

OTTAWA — Aboriginal trade experts and leaders say the creation of an Indigenous chapter in a renegotiated NAFTA could be a way to address enduring concerns about mobility of tribes across the Canada-U.S. border. Passage rights have been an issue since long before the creation of the border, says Wayne ...

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Former First Nations head is optimistic about reconciliation

By Deborah Gyapong Canadian Catholic News August 21, 2017 OTTAWA – Bob Watts, former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations and key player in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), says he is optimistic about reconciliation. “I’m very hopeful; I’m very pro-reconciliation,” said Watts, speaking at a fundraiser Aug. ...

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Chapter of NAFTA focused on Indigenous rights critical: Bellegarde

OTTAWA- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says it will be important to work with Indigenous Peoples south of the border to garner support as Canada looks for a chapter of NAFTA focused on Aboriginal rights. Bellegarde tells The Canadian Press that Indigenous Peoples were not included in ...

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Ontario to move ahead with road access into chromite rich Ring of Fire region

THUNDER BAY, Ont.- Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario is moving ahead with building roads into the Ring of Fire region. The provincial government has been talking with the chiefs of the Matawa First Nations for years, since it pledged $1 billion in 2014 to fund infrastructure into the chromite-rich area. ...

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