Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Finance-Ministers-Meeting)

Just days before Canada imposes retaliatory tariffs on a host of targeted U-S consumer goods, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canadians will hear more in the coming days about the next steps in fighting back against a U-S-sparked trade war.

Morneau met Tuesday with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa and says all agreed on the need to remain strong and unified amid the Trump Administration's punishing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

He says the government is also working on how to best help sectors and workers affected by the U-S action. (1)

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(Alta-GM-Wheat)

The Alberta Wheat Commission says South Korea has resumed imports of Canadian wheat after suspending trade last week over concerns about a small number of genetically modified plants.

Earlier this month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said a few G-M wheat plants were found near a farm in southern Alberta, prompting South Korea and Japan to halt their purchases.

Genetically modified wheat is not allowed to be grown commercially anywhere in Canada.

The commission says rigorous tests proved there is no evidence of G-M wheat in commercial shipments, and is confident Japan will also soon resume imports. (1)

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(Immigration-Board-Review)

An independent review of the Immigration and Refugee Board says there are persistent problems with the arms-length agency that handles asylum claims and appeals.

The year-long review was conducted by Neil Yeates, a former deputy minister of the Immigration Department, who says the problems cannot be fixed without a major shift at the top.

Yeates found a long history of problems in managing spikes in asylum claims and backlogs.

He says confusion, duplication and lack of co-ordination have resulted from an asylum system that is governed by three parties -- the Immigration Department, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Immigration and Review Board. …

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