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  • A quick look at new family benefits announced by the prime minister

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    OTTAWA – A look at the family-friendly tax measures announced Thursday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Income splitting: A “family tax cut” will allow an eligible taxpayer to transfer up to $50,000 of income to his or her spouse for tax purposes in order to collect a non-refundable tax credit of up to $2,000 a

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  • Canada’s farm protections a remaining hurdle to major trade deal: U.S.

    Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press 0

    WASHINGTON – Access to Canada’s tightly controlled agriculture market is among the main remaining hurdles to a historic 12-country free-trade deal, the U.S. administration said Thursday. The U.S. trade minister was asked at a public event what sticking points were keeping American negotiators busiest in the final stages of talks toward a Trans Pacific Partnership

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper wave as Harper announces tax cuts and increased benefits for families at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, October 30, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    Harper unveils controversial marquee tax relief for Canadian families

    The Canadian Press and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press 0

    OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing ahead with income splitting for families with kids under 18 — a multibillion-dollar Conservative election promise from 2011 that critics have said would benefit too few Canadians.

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    Prime Minister announces tax plan to allow family income-splitting

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing ahead with income splitting for families with kids under 18 _ a multibillion-dollar Conservative election promise from 2011 that critics have said would benefit too few Canadians. Harper says the Conservative government is also boosting the universal child care benefit to $160 a month for kids under six, up

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  • CBC to hire company to investigate in wake of Ghomeshi affair

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    The CBC says it is hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation in the wake of allegations against former “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi. A memo from the CBC’s Heather Conway says the move follows “accounts of impropriety towards (CBC) employees.” Reports in the Toronto Star and on CBC have outlined allegations from women

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  • Perjury trial hears of alleged meeting between Mounties in Dziekanski case

    The Canadian Press and James Keller, The Canadian Press 0

    VANCOUVER – The trial for a former RCMP officer charged with perjury has heard allegations that the four Mounties involved in Robert Dziekanski’s death met before testifying at a public inquiry. Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, one of four officers who confronted Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport in October 2007, is accused of lying at a public inquiry

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  • Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, right, talks to Britain's Prince Charles during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Prince Charles has made what is being described as a substantial donation to the families of the two Canadian soldiers killed recently in separate attacks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Fernando Vergara

    Prince Charles donates to fund helping families of slain soldiers

    The Canadian Press and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press 0

    OTTAWA – Prince Charles has made what is being described as a substantial donation to the families of the two Canadian soldiers killed recently in separate attacks. Clarence House confirmed a donation was made to the True Patriot Love Foundation, which is managing the flood of money coming in for the soldiers through the Stand

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    Ghomeshi says he’ll ‘meet allegations directly,’ won’t talk to media

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    Jian Ghomeshi thanked his supporters Thursday and vowed to meet the allegations against him head-on, a pledge that came as a “Trailer Park Boys” actor became the first to go on the record with accusations the ousted CBC-Radio personality engaged in abusive behaviour. The former “Q” radio host issued a Facebook post saying: “I want

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  • Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (left) meets with Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, shake hands on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

    United Nations official praises Canada’s stand on human rights in Iran

    The Canadian Press and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press 0

    OTTAWA – The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says Canada’s tough stand on the issue gives strength to those inside the country. Ahmed Shaheed made that comment as Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird welcomed him to his Centre Block office on Parliament Hill. Baird praised Shaheed’s work and says the rights situation

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  • A burned out house is pictured in January, 2011 in St. Theresa Point First Nation, Man. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP via Manitoba Law Courts

    Fires on Manitoba reserves ‘high risk’ but only $4M given out: internal document

    Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press 0

    WINNIPEG – An internal report from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada estimates it will take a $28-million injection of federal funding to reduce the number of deadly fires on Manitoba reserves, but only a fraction of that amount has been approved. In an department quarterly report from December 2011, obtained by The Canadian Press

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