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  • No, William and Kate weren't 'making a point' about Harry and Meghan by flying on a budget airline

    People think William and Kate purposely flew FlyBe to show up Meghan and Harry for travelling via private jet.

  • In the news today, Aug. 23

    Four stories in the news for Friday, Aug. 23---GRITS DIG UP VIDEO OF SCHEER SPEAKING AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGELiberals went trolling Thursday for young, progressive-minded voters with 14-year-old video footage of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaking out against same-sex marriage - a tactic that prompted Jagmeet Singh to vow that New Democrats won't prop up a minority Conservative government. Singh's statement came several hours after Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted a short, edited video of an April 2005 speech Scheer gave in the House of Commons explaining his opposition to the Civil Marriage Act, which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada later that year. Along with the video came a challenge to march in Sunday's Ottawa Pride parade, with Goodale noting that Scheer has never yet participated in any Pride parade.---SCHEER IS PASSING THE BUCK, LETTS' PARENTS SAYThe parents of Jack Letts, a British-Canadian man imprisoned in northern Syria, are chastising Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for saying he wouldn't lift a finger to help their son. Scheer might react differently if his own child was locked in a foreign dungeon without access to a lawyer or contact with his family, John Letts and Sally Lane said in a statement distributed Thursday. The couple, who live in Oxford, England, said it is time for Canadian politicians to show leadership and demonstrate that Ottawa is able to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens. Questions about the fate of Jack Letts, who is being held in a Kurdish jail in Syria, recently resurfaced following word that Britain had revoked his citizenship. Letts' parents said their son, who still holds Canadian citizenship, went to Syria for religious and humanitarian reasons, not to fight for the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.---QUEBEC MAKES BIG CUTS TO ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS IN 2019New statistics show Quebec is making good on its promise to reduce its share of immigrants in 2019, but the province has cut deeply in the category of skilled workers, which runs contrary to the government's stated goals. In the first six months of 2019, the number of immigrants to Quebec in the economic category fell by 32 per cent compared with the same period in 2018. Within that category, the province has so far accepted 41 per cent fewer skilled workers than it did in the first six months of last year. The numbers were compiled by Jack Jedwab, president of the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, using data from the federal Immigration Department.---ETHNIC MEDIA LOOK TO PROD VOTER TURNOUTZuhair Alshaer spends most of his day editing articles and organizing interviews with politicians for his Ottawa-based Arab Canada newspaper, to introduce Arabic-speaking new Canadians to federal politics. The community Alshaer's paper serves is growing - more immigrants are arriving in Canada from Africa, Asia and the Middle East than ever before, surpassing Europe that was once the dominant source. And it is also becoming more politically engaged: The voting rate of immigrant from West Central Asia and the Middle East increased to 73 per cent in the 2015 election from the 57 per cent recorded four years earlier, the largest increase among the 10 immigrant regions studied by Statistics Canada. Research published by Statistics Canada in 2016 highlighted that new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population.---ALSO IN THE NEWS:- Statistics Canada will release its retail trade figures for June.- Transat shareholders convene in a special meeting today to vote on Air Canada's $720-million bid for the company.- Federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi will announce funding today for a geothermal power project in Nisku, Alta.The Canadian Press

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    Democrats Just Got A Break In Their Trump Tax Return Case

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  • Stan Lee's daughter sides with Sony in Spider-Man row, accuses Disney of disrespecting her father

    Stan Lee's daughter has some strong words for Disney in the wake of the Spider-Man dispute.

  • Sikh teacher moves to B.C. over Quebec law banning religious symbols in public-sector jobs

    Amrit Kaur, who recently graduated to become a teacher, has moved across the country from her Montreal-area home to B.C. so she can work while wearing her turban, after the Quebec government passed a law banning religious symbols for some public-sector employees."I have a new job as a high school teacher which I'm very excited about," said Kaur, 28, who recently arrived in Surrey, B.C. "It's unfortunate that I had to leave my home province to pursue my career."Kaur is a member of the Sikh faith and believes the law, formerly known as Bill 21, violates her human rights."People who look like myself, we are being told that we're second-class citizens."Kaur, also vice-president of the World Sikh Organization of Quebec, said her turban represents equality and is part of her identity."If you look all across the world, you will see traditionally men wearing turbans, but in the Sikh faith we believe men and women are the same. So me wearing a turban is very empowering because it's telling the world that I'm no different than a Sikh man," she said. "I am empowered because I wear my turban, I don't need saving," she said.Teachers already on the job at Quebec public schools are exempt if they stay in the same position. Kaur had not begun teaching in Quebec.She has a one-year contract to teach English, humanities and social sciences at a private Surrey high school starting in September. Kaur said she felt she had no choice but to leave her home province, and she empathizes with public sector workers who don't have the same opportunity. "I have the privilege of leaving the province because I got a job outside, but there are still people who will endure the effects of Bill 21," she said. "Our lives are so disrupted. I'm very much a Quebecer and I'd always like to go back home." Legal wranglingThe new secularism law bans public school teachers, police officers, government lawyers, judges and other authority figures from wearing religious symbols such as a hijab, turban or kippa at work.It invokes the notwithstanding clause, which protects the legislation from being contested on the grounds it violates the right to religious freedom under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The religious symbols law was a major campaign promise during last year's provincial election in Quebec.Quebec Premier François Legault has argued the law is needed to ensure the secularism of the state and stop debates about how to accommodate cultural minorities.The National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association filed a legal challenge hours after it was passed in June, and the case is still winding its way through the court system.Advocacy groups argue that by limiting access to certain public institutions, Bill 21 is criminal legislation - something outside the province's jurisdiction.In July, a Quebec Superior Court rejected an emergency request to temporarily suspend parts of the new religious symbols law, which prompted the two advocacy groups to file an application at Quebec's Court of Appeal.Waiting for a final resolution could take time.B.C. welcomes Quebec teachers As the court battle continues, B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming is encouraging teachers from Quebec to apply for jobs in his province, which he said is experiencing a "resurgence" in French-language schooling.Fleming said that last year, B.C. accepted close to 900 out-of-province teachers."We don't police what kind of faith or observances individuals have. We judge them on the kind of competencies and the job that they do for the public."