OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he believes there will be agreement in short order on a renewed North American free trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States. “We are there working very, very hard and moving forward on trying to get a good deal,” Trudeau said on his way into a caucus meeting. Trudeau said his government is very aware of the time pressures imposed by both votes and is working hard to get a good deal. There is significant interest on all sides to signing a deal that helps all three countries and Canada will continue to negotiate towards that, Trudeau says. U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer is to outline his view of NAFTA talks today in the first of two days of testimony before Congress.
March 21, 2018 14:50 UTC
Cherrett and a friend went to Cuba last week and virtually everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. In it was her passport and money, which she hadn't left in her room because the safe was broken. "He put it in his duffel bag and he walked over to a corner and started counting money," said Cherrett. Cherrett booked her vacation with Air Transat. She said she was in communication with an Air Transat representative at the resort.
March 21, 2018 14:37 UTC
will be testing its emergency alert system across the province this afternoon. Click below to hear the sound:What the alert tone sounds like for B.C. Emergency Management B.C. said the test is part of the national Alert Ready system, which allows governments to issue public safety alerts through major broadcasters. Tofino has started testing its tsunami warning system more often after a scare on the B.C.
March 21, 2018 14:14 UTC
Ontario’s Liberal government is promising $2.1 billion in additional mental health funding over the next four years. Premier Kathleen Wynne made the pre-budget announcement Wednesday at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “No one in Ontario should struggle to access mental health or addictions care for themselves or their loved ones,” said the premier. “We are thrilled with the government of Ontario’s remarkable commitment to increase mental health funding for children and youth community-based services,” said Kim Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Under former leader Patrick Brown, the Progressive Conservatives had promised $1.9 billion in new mental health funding over the next decade.
March 21, 2018 14:07 UTC
British Prime Minister Theresa May says allegations that Facebook users' data was improperly used by political campaigns are "very concerning." May says she expects Facebook and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to "comply fully" with British authorities investigating how personal information was obtained and used. Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data. Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating the alleged improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political research firm. Kogan said Cambridge Analytica approached him to gather Facebook data and provided the legal advice that this was "appropriate."
March 21, 2018 13:58 UTC
A NASA astronaut with ties to Canada blasted off for the International Space Station today on a visit that will last nearly six months. ET Wednesday with fellow NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. This will be Feustel's third flight into space, and his second to the space station where he will also take over as commander in June. It will be Feustel's third flight into space, and his second to the space station where he will also take over as commander in June. A NASA astronaut biography says Feustel began his astronaut training when he reported to the Johnson Space Center in Houston in August 2000.
March 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
Word of a breakthrough in the automotive component of NAFTA discussions has negotiators and stakeholders dealing with an unfamiliar feeling: optimism. 'A step in the right direction'6:37That's a key concession on a critical industry, and it has raised hopes that similar progress can be made in other areas. While he also says he's encouraged, economist Derek Holt at Scotiabank also urges caution on hopes of an apparent breakthrough. Still, the news is the biggest positive development that the talks have seen in a long time. "I must say that in the last two weeks the talks that we've had … have been more positive than I've seen them before," MacNaughton told Tuesday's conference.
March 21, 2018 13:46 UTC
BEIRUT — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local):6:05 p.m.Syrian state media and a rebel spokesman say a deal has been reached to evacuate 7,500 gunmen and their families from a town in eastern Ghouta to an opposition-held province in northern Syria. The deal would be the first instance of fighters evacuating the rebel-held region east of Damascus which has been under a ferocious government air and ground assault for a month. The state-run Addounia TV says 1,500 gunmen and 6000 of their relatives would be evacuated Thursday from the town of Harasta would be evacuated in two batches to Idlib. ——3:40 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is condemning the bombing of rebel-held eastern Ghouta and also calling the situation in the northern Syrian district of Afrin unacceptable. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday put the death toll from the attack in Kashkol neighbourhood even higher, at 43, including 11 pro-government fighters.
March 21, 2018 12:59 UTC
FLORENCE, Ala. — A man who promised to build a $3.5 billion theme park in northwest Alabama is going to prison for fraud. A judge in Florence sentenced Bryan Keith Robinson of Killen to 10 years in prison during a hearing Tuesday. Robinson announced plans three years ago to build DreamVision SoundScape, a 1,400-acre amusement park in the Shoals area of northwest Alabama. Neither park was ever built, and Robinson pleaded guilty to fraud. The TimesDaily reports that court documents indicate 42 people who invested in Robinson’s plan, with the money supposedly going to finance the project.
March 21, 2018 12:56 UTC
Marine mammal expert Regina Eisert thought minke whales were a little boring until she captured some striking footage of one swimming underwater near Antarctica. But she said their observations of minke whales could shed new light on their feeding patterns. Scott Base Antarctica Minke Whale Swim-By, plus additional footage. The conventional thinking has been that minke whales mainly chase krill, Eisert said. She said there had been very little study of minke whales in the Ross Sea region, despite there being over 100,000 in the area.
March 21, 2018 12:48 UTC
Service Canada employees who interact with the public are being asked to stay away from terms like Mr., Mrs., father and mother, and to use gender-neutral terms in their place, CBC News has learned. The same goes for honorifics such as Mr., Mrs., and Ms., and in both languages. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, whose department oversees Service Canada, took to Twitter Wednesday to clarify that agents can still call people Mr. or Ms. if that's what the caller prefers. — @jyduclosService Canada helps Canadians connect with a variety of government programs, including Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. The bill updates the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression."
March 21, 2018 12:38 UTC
"The Israeli government, the Israel Defence Forces and the Mossad prevented Syria from developing nuclear capability. Israel's policy was and remains consistent — to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with nuclear weapons," Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew on Twitter. At the time of the 2007 strike, Syria accused Israel of invading its airspace, but gave no further details about the target. Wednesday's announcement also indicated the Syrian reactor was much closer to completion than previously reported. "Imagine what situation we would be in today if there was a nuclear reactor in Syria," Norkin said.
March 21, 2018 12:14 UTC
Carleton University students say they're dealing with more than headaches as a support staff strike continues for a third week. More than 800 administrative, technical and support workers are off the job, temporarily stopping vehicles, handing out pamphlets and explaining their issues with university management. CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning spoke to Carleton students to find out what their experience has been so far and how the strike has affected them. "I'm able to manage but it's making it really difficult ... Also I'm [a teaching assistant] in the labs. For example, right now, as we speak, I'm doing a radio [piece] for my same-day radio class but our radio technician is gone.
March 21, 2018 12:14 UTC
Fire tore through a hotel on Taschereau Boulevard in Brossard this morning, causing extensive damage to the two-storey structure. The fire had already spread to the roof of the building, located near the intersection of Pelletier Boulevard. A total of 75 firefighters responded to the five alarm blaze and it took nearly two hours to fully extinguish the flames. Flames could be seen shooting out of the roof of the two-storey structure as firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control. He said the hotel suffered significant damage and it's not yet clear if it can be salvaged.
March 21, 2018 12:05 UTC
The developments increased legal pressure on Trump, who during and after the 2016 presidential campaign was accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, allegations he denied. That lawsuit was the second time this month that a woman challenged legal arrangements to prevent discussions about affairs women said they had with Trump. Both involved payments that legal experts have said could equate to in-kind contributions to Trump's campaign in violation of federal election laws. She also called the agreement an illegal donation from AMI to the Trump campaign in violation of federal election law. Trump's election hopes appeared to be threatened in October 2016 after Access Hollywood production footage was released in which he bragged about sexually assaulting women.
March 21, 2018 11:56 UTC