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Parental leave for dads eyed

OTTAWA—The federal government is signalling that when it finally unveils changes to parental leave rules, there will be provisions dedicated exclusively to new fathers.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mused about the idea last month at the United Nations, it was in the context of more gender equality and increasing opportunities for women in the workforce.

Rural town soothes rough start

QUEENSLAND, N.S.—Just a few months ago, Syrian refugee Ziad Zeina was contemplating returning to the Middle East rather than continuing to live in a Halifax apartment he described as dirty, small, and cold.

Then a small Nova Scotia community 50 km outside the city swung into action to provide a cedar-shingled home with a yard and a view of a beach for the six-member family.

Border agency audit finds rail security gaps

OTTAWA—An internal audit has uncovered numerous gaps in the federal border agency’s efforts to prevent dangerous cargo and people from entering Canada aboard freight trains.

The Canada Border Services Agency review found inadequate managerial oversight, a lack of timely information on which to base decisions, and shoddy targeting of incoming rail shipments for scrutiny.

Feds introduce long-awaited law on assisted death

OTTAWA—The federal government has introduced a long-awaited and controversial new law spelling out the conditions in which seriously-ill or dying Canadians may seek medical help to end their lives.

The legislation says there should be a choice of medically-assisted death “for adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable.”