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Expired Maple Leaf Card can turn immigrants into exiles

Posted by Oped 8 hours ago Toronto Star| expired maple leaf card turn immigrants exiles All
http://www.thestar.com — Each year, thousands of permanent residents discover they can’t return to Canada after time away and face losing their permanent status because of an invalid “Maple Leaf Card,” the Ottawa-issued newcomer ID.Government figures show that in 2013 alone, 19,503 permanent residents had to apply for a one-time travel document to return to Canada after being away. But only 13,211, o Read More
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Ruffled feathers, power plays: Canada’s first TV debate was also a headache

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http://www.thestar.com — OTTAWA—The Tories walk away from the election debate negotiations, the Liberals make a set of demands to suit their leader, and the smaller parties balk at being shut out.That was 1968.Nearly a half-century after the first televised match-up between Canada’s federal party leaders, some of the same positioning and posturing is still part of the story before the debates get underway.& Read More
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Midtowners battle the rise of the midrise

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http://www.thestar.com — A group of midtown Toronto residents has banded together to fight what it’s dubbed “density creep,” amid a push for midrise development citywide that shows no signs of abating. The Density Creep Neighborhood Alliance formed in response to a proposed townhouse development on Keewatin Ave. near Mt. Pleasant Rd., north of Eglinton Ave. E.The group of about 50 neighbours claims t Read More
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Hydro One accused of deceit in damning Ombudsman report

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http://www.thestar.com — Hydro One deceived regulators, the ombudsman’s office and others on the extent of its billing and customer service disaster, Ombudsman André Marin says.In his latest report into Ontario’s largest utility, titled In the Dark, Marin said Hydro One’s introduction of a new computer billing service was an unmitigated failure that left many of its 1.3 million customers entangl Read More
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Energy East oil pipeline would threaten Manitoba’s drinking water: report

Posted by Oped 8 hours ago Toronto Star| energy east oil pipeline threaten manitobas drinking water report All
http://www.thestar.com — WINNIPEG — A new report says a pipeline that would carry millions of barrels of oil from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of over 60 per cent of Manitoba residents.The report by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition said a rupture on the proposed Energy East pipeline would seep into any number of waterways which feed into Winnipeg’s water supply.The pipeli Read More
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Air Canada carry-on curbs means ‘faster trip through the airport’

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http://www.thestar.com — Don’t expect to sneak carry-on baggage onto Air Canada flights out of Pearson International Airport any longer.That’s because Air Canada began on Monday to make sure all carry-on bags meet size and weight requirements by posting staff at check-in and security checkpoints.“It really means a faster, more efficient trip through the airport,” Renee Smith-Valade, Air Canada Read More
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Complaints about Bell, Rogers and Telus to CRTC include heart-wrenching, offbeat gripes

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http://www.thestar.com — Wireless carriers automatically renewing customers’ contracts without their consent. Clients being kept on hold for hours while trying to cancel their services. Mysterious charges from unknown third parties popping up on customers’ phone bills.These were some of the most commonly cited allegations in hundreds of complaints lodged by consumers with the CRTC about telecom companies be Read More
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Single-detached homes in dramatic decline in GTA, says CMHC

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http://www.thestar.com — The single-detached home is increasingly marching to extinction, unless you can afford $2 million in the core of the GTA or are willing to drive to the last remaining bastions of affordable low-rise housing – the easterly 905 regions, Hamilton, Barrie and Kitchener-Waterloo.The condo will remain king across the GTA and drive total housing starts up 12 per cent this year alone, according to Read More
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