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Un-Bear-Ably Cute: Manitoba Man Photographs Polar Frolicking in Fireweed

A Manitoba man's photos of polar bears lolling about Canadian grasslands received international acclaim. New York based website MyModernMet selected Dennis Fast's work as one of the best photos of 2015.

Breathe It In: Canada Company Sells Air to China

Beijing's "Red Alert" air quality has a Canadian company rolling in green. Vitality Air, an Alberta-based company selling air bottled in the Rocky Mountains, has sold thousands of canisters to Chinese citizens in recent weeks.

Strengthening Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway: new interchange will help grow exports and benefit the local economy

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport; the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; and Don Iveson, Mayor of the City of Edmonton, today marked the official completion of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (QEII) and 41 Avenue Southwest Intermodal Access project in Edmonton, Alberta.

Governments of Canada and Ontario mark completion of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, today toured the completed Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.

Loonie's Buying Power Dwindles as Crude Oil Prices Fall

The value of the Canadian dollar continues to dwindle as crude oil prices tumble. At roughly $38 per barrel, oil prices are the lowest since 2009 and Canada's economy is suffering.
 
Canadian dollars are at their lowest value compared to United States currency since 2004. Right now, the loonie offers 74 cents of buying power for every American dollar. The development follows the wake of a Scotiabank announcement in November predicting the Canadian dollar would be worth less than 80 cents through 2017.
 

Ryan Gosling Playfully Avoids Canadian Heritage on "Saturday Night Live"

Heartthrob Ryan Gosling gently teased his Canadian heritage during the monologue of the latest episode of "Saturday Night Live."

Empty Words: Future Canadian Renounces Oath of Alliegence to Queen

An Israeli professor plans to begrudgingly pay lip-service to British monarchy just long enough to officially become a Canadian citizen.

Dror Bar-Natan told CBC News he’s formally recanting a portion of the mandatory oath of allegiance regarding the Royal Family seconds after proclaiming it.

“To become a Canadian citizen, I am made to utter phrases which are silly and ridiculous and offensive," said Bar-Natan, who compared the specific portion of the oath to a hazing ritual in an interview.

Health Canada: Chinese Company's Holiday Lights Pose Shock, Fire Hazards

A brand of Chinese-made holiday lights puts Canadians and their homes at risk, according to Health Canada. Overheating, electric shock and fire are among the dangers associated with strands made by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanters. Health Canada urges everyone to stop using lights made by the foreign company and return them to stores until more is known.  

Canada Braces for Influx of Syrian Refugees

Canadian officials might construct camps to temporarily house tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. Roughly 25,000 refugees escaping violence and conflict in the Middle East will arrive in Canada before year’s end.

"Interim lodging at bases in Quebec and Ontario as a priority," said Dominique Tessier, a media relations officer with the Department of National Defence, in an e-mail to CBC.

"Other bases and locations may be used if requested by government of Canada planners." Zero refugee camps currently exist in Canada.

Canada's Finance Minister Projects $3 Billion Deficit

Slumping oil prices mean Canada is more than likely to finish the fiscal year with a deficit.

“The simple truth is that the economy hasn’t performed as well as expected in the last budget,” said Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

The finance minister projects the nation will end be in the red by C$3 billion at the end of fiscal 2015. Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau championed a stimulus package and deficit spending to jumpstart the sagging economy during his campaign. Morneau’s financial projections for 2016 and 2017 are bleaker than initially thought.

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