Tolerance for refugees has limits – even in Canada

Tolerance for refugees has limits – even in Canada

Holding a mirror up to society and reflecting back what our society is, rather than what we think it is or want it to be, can be uncomfortable. Our latest poll on the resettlement of refugees – one that reveals Canadians do not appear to have an unlimited willingness or capacity to continue welcoming asylum-seekers…

Ottawa urged to go public with planned changes to tax credits

Ottawa urged to go public with planned changes to tax credits

The Liberal government’s plan to eliminate some tax credits in the 2017 budget faced private criticism from Canadian accountants for being too secretive. Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail show Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s department was urged by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the national voice of accountants, to make the government’s plans…

Germany summons Turkish ambassador, seeks release of jailed journalist

Germany summons Turkish ambassador, seeks release of jailed journalist

Berlin summoned Ankara’s ambassador on Tuesday to protest the arrest in Turkey of a correspondent for a German newspaper, further fueling tensions between the two NATO allies as demonstrations took place across German-speaking Europe. Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish dual national with Die Welt, faces up to 10-1/2 years in prison after being arrested on charges…

Cleric Desmond Connell, criticized during abuse scandal, dies at 90

Cleric Desmond Connell, criticized during abuse scandal, dies at 90

Cardinal Desmond Connell, who retired as the Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin during a furor over the church’s handling of cases of sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the clergy, died Tuesday. He was 90. The death, in Dublin, was announced by the current archbishop, Diarmuid Martin. A theological scholar with training in metaphysics, then-Father…

Alberta Premier Notley urges U.S. legislators to preserve trade with Canada

Alberta Premier Notley urges U.S. legislators to preserve trade with Canada

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is pushing legislators south of the border to reject proposed restrictions on trade, arguing parts of the American economy will suffer if, for example, the United States cuts energy imports from Canada. Ms. Notley’s trip to Washington comes as Republicans consider a hefty border-adjustment tax and U.S. President Donald Trump rails…

How the Canadarm changed spaceflight

How the Canadarm changed spaceflight

This story is part of a series about people, products and discoveries that changed the world. During a recent meeting at Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil, Que., Ken Podwalski put up a picture that he wanted his entire team to take a moment to absorb. It was Dextre, the built-in-Canada space robot that perches…

The Canadian investment idea that busted a mutual-fund monopoly

The Canadian investment idea that busted a mutual-fund monopoly

A series about people, products and discoveries that changed the world There was a time when mutual funds roamed the financial landscape virtually unchallenged, charging high fees and underperforming benchmarks – as a group – without concern. Investors with smaller amounts of capital may have grumbled, but they had few alternatives. In 1990, a competitor…

As PEI pushes for Confederation honour, New Brunswick says it deserves more credit

As PEI pushes for Confederation honour, New Brunswick says it deserves more credit

As Canada 150 celebrations roll across the country, a veteran Liberal MP and a new Prince Edward Island senator are pushing to get Charlottetown officially declared the “birthplace of Confederation” – but another Maritime province says PEI is hogging the spotlight. Charlottetown’s claim to Confederation fame stems from a conference the city hosted in 1864…

The mystery of the classic Quebec maple syrup can

The mystery of the classic Quebec maple syrup can

To mark Canada 150, Globe Style’s Clearly Canadian series explores iconic examples of domestic design. A twist of fate, Nathalie Atkinson discovers, means the mystery artist behind the graphic design on cans of Quebec maple syrup is the original Anonymous The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ) was formed in 1966. It regulates the…

U.S. anti-Semitism spike raises alarm in local Jewish groups

U.S. anti-Semitism spike raises alarm in local Jewish groups

After bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centres and schools throughout the United States, as well as the desecration of multiple cemeteries, Jewish leaders in Vancouver say they’re remaining vigilant but have not seen specific threats themselves. Statistics Canada has said members of the Jewish community are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than…