Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Nineteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Nineteenth NewsWatch-

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(Canada-US-Kelly) (Audio: 134)

Canada and the United States will be doing some fact-finding about the recent influx of migrants into Canada.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says it's critical to ensure there's a complete and detailed picture on what's happening on both sides of the border.

Goodale was commenting after an Ottawa meeting Friday with his American counterpart, U-S Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Kelly tells The Canadian Press that ``everyone was perplexed'' because the most of the migrants who recently made the difficult journey across the border into Canada were in the United States legally, making the trend hard to explain. (19)

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(Health-Funding) (Audio: P07)

Quebec, Ontario and Alberta have reached new health agreements with Ottawa after months of heated negotiations and threats of walkouts at tense meetings last year.

Health Minister Jane Philpott says much of the federal funding is earmarked for home care and mental health.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard praises Ottawa for acknowledging his province's ``distinct'' character and accepting the ``principle of asymmetry,'' noting Quebec will be allowed to use federal funding as it sees fit.

Asked at a news conference Friday in Houston about the deals in general and Couillard's comments in particular, Prime Minister Trudeau responded the agreements are a victory for federalism and for Canadians. (19)

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(Senate-Meredith) (Audio: P12)

There are growing calls for Conservative Senator Don Meredith to resign for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

The Senate ethics officer says Meredith violated the chamber's code of ethics in his relationship with a vulnerable young woman.

Independent Liberal Senator Peter Harder, the party's leader in the upper chamber, calls Meredith's conduct disturbing, unacceptable -- and an affront to Canadian standards of decency.

Meredith, a father of two and an ordained minister, has remained silent, though in the ethic officer's report he said he regretted what happened. …

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