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OTTAWA Canada is turning to the World Trade Organization in its challenge of a trade action by the United States that slaps a series of costly duties on Canadian mills that produce glossy paper.

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has filed a request for consultations with the WTO. International Trade Commission decided to impose the duties on paper, which is used for a variety of products including magazines, catalogues, corporate brochures and advertising inserts.

government is committed to defending the interests of Canadian companies, Freeland said in a statement.

are pursuing this matter in both binational and multilateral bodies to ensure trade practices are fair, allowing businesses to operate on a level playing field. duties affect paper producers in Quebec, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

and Canadian restaurants will serve only eggs laid by cage free chickens within 10 years, the company said Wednesday.

McDonald’s USA has been buying more than 13 million cage free eggs annually since 2011. history. outlets in nfl jerseys McDonald’s USA, which is fighting sagging sales, made waves in March by announcing a two year plan to phase out meat from chickens raised with antibiotics used to fight human infections. restaurants and 120 million for Canada to serve breakfast items, such as Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight.

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Fast food rival Burger King already has committed to using only cage free eggs by 2017. Other large companies, such as Starbucks Corp., General Mills Inc., Nestle, Sodexo Inc. and Aramark, also are in the process of switching.

Groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States, Mercy for Animals and World Animal Protection, have successfully lobbied many companies to adopt animal welfare practices. Such groups also have won commitments from nearly 100 major companies to phase out so called gestation crates, which are small cages for breeding sows.

Celebrities such as film star Ryan Gosling have teamed up with Humane Society of the United States to pressure Costco Wholesale Corp. to eliminate cage confined chickens from the company’s egg supply chain. The humane society said Costco has committed to going cage free, but has not set a timeline for its full transition. The society said Costco rival Wal Mart Stores Inc. also has not set a timeline. companies, led by burrito seller Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and other popular brands, increasingly are sourcing their ingredients from suppliers who vow to use humane and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.

California voters in 2008 passed a law mandating all eggs sold in the state come from chickens given more spacious living quarters. That law went into effect Jan. 1 and other states and countries since have followed California lead.

So far this year, the price of a dozen eggs has averaged 67 cents more in California than in the Midwest, said Brian Moscogiuri, market reporter for shell eggs and egg products at Urner Barry.

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OTTAWA Canada’s bombing missions against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria will end in a “matter of weeks,” Foreign Affairs Minister St Dion says.

That’s when the Liberals intend to roll out their new strategy for the Canada’s anti terror fight in the region, one that will involve a beefed up training role.

The Liberals campaigned on a vow to end to withdraw Canada’s CF 18 fighter jets from the region, ending a combat campaign that began a year earlier. But in the weeks since the Oct. 19 election, the CF 18s have continued to strike at ISIS targets, including four raids in the first five days of December.

But Dion suggested that the Liberals have delayed action on the election promise to consult with coalition partners on their plans for Canada’s next step.

“If it was only us to design a new plan, it would be done overnight. But we want to do it with our allies to be sure our work is complementary to their efforts, not duplication,” he said.

Still, pressed for a timeline when the Canadian bombing raids will stop, Dion replied, “it’s a matter of weeks, not months.”

The fate of the combat mission led off the first question period for the new Liberal government Monday as Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose questioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau why Canada was withdrawing from the ISIS fight at the very time other nations are escalating their military action.

“The prime minister has ordered our CF 18s to stand down. Why is the prime minister stepping back from the fight when our allies are stepping up?” Ambrose said.

“Let us just be clear about what ISIS is. It is a death cult that sells children and women into sexual slavery. It targets and kills gays and lesbians . . . . Just how bad does it have to be in Iraq and Syria for him to leave our CF 18s there?” she said.

Trudeau, who called ISIS a “group of terrible terrorists,” replied that the military will remain involved and that Canada would assist with humanitarian needs and refugees.

“The question has always been how best to engage, and how can Canada use its strengths,” the prime minister said.

Dion said later in question period that Canada is delivering only two per cent of the air strikes and that the Liberals wanted to “focus on where Canada will make a real difference.”

The Canadian Press reported Monday that NATO wants to see Canada play a role in its reconstituted military mission to train Iraqi security forces an idea the alliance’s secretary general pitched directly to Dion.

Jens Stoltenberg’s conversation with Dion at last week’s foreign minister’s meeting in Brussels was not a formal request, but defence and diplomatic sources say it was meant to sound out the Trudeau government’s potential interest in the defence capacity building program, which was announced last summer. withdrew its forces, the official added.

NATO gave no timelines for the training, which is to take place at secure bases in Turkey and Jordan.

New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair used question period to press the Liberals whether their climate change plan will result in a reduction of greenhouse gases in 2016.

Trudeau said the Liberals promised billions of dollars in investments in green infrastructure and clean energy.

“We have a whole plan to achieve what the previous government failed,” he said.

While MPs were in the Commons last week for the election of the Speaker, Monday marked the first day of routine business and gave several of the rookie politicians their first chance to speak in the chamber.

“I first want to say that it is a privilege and an honour to be standing for the first time in this honourable house,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said before his reply to a question.

There was a congenial feel to the first question period as MPs took turns congratulating each other on their election, a mood which helped Geoff Regan as he umpired his first question period since his election as Commons’ speaker last week.

There was also a standing ovation as Liberal MP Mauril B rose to his feet to ask a question. The political veteran revealed last week that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Beer makes you feel good. You knew that. But you don’t realize just how good. Recent research has revealed bioactive compounds in beer that battle cancer, boost your metabolism, and more. And these benefits come on top of the oft touted upsides of moderate alcohol intake: clot prevention, cleaner arteries, and reduced stress. We set out with a stack of studies, a panel of parched testers, and a full fridge to find the best tasting, healthiest brews available. Enjoy. (As if you needed more reasons to tip one back, here are 10 Health Benefits of Beer.)

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Hops help cut the sweetness in a beer, delivering a crisp citrus and pine kick to the back of your tongue. But the cone shaped hops flower is more than just a flavor savior. Researchers have shown that it’s also a significant source of cholesterol lowering, cancer fighting, and virus killing compounds called polyphenols. Cheap Jerseys china In our taste test, the winner was a smooth, fruity India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed with 8 pounds of hops per barrel. It boasts 80 times the hops of a mass market lager.

Runner Up: Southern Tier Unearthly IPA

Also Try: North Coast Brewing Red Seal Ale, Harpoon IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Two Hearted Ale

Best Low Cal Beer

Beamish Irish Stout

The typical low cal beer is run through a deflavorizing machine on its way to the bottle. “Most of the calories come from the alcohol content and whatever residual sugars may be left after fermentation,” says Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery. We sought a brew that would go easy on the waistline without disappointing the palate. Darker beers have a major advantage here: They’re relatively low in alcohol and have thick, creamy, smoky finishes. When the cans were emptied, Beamish stood tall. It contains about 130 calories per 12 ounce can, but with a full flavor and sturdy dark chocolate notes.

Runner Up: New Belgium Skinny Dip

Also Try: Sam Adams Light, Guinness Draught, Sprecher Micro Light Ale, Mahr’s Bru Leicht, Shiner Light

Best Organic Beer

Wolaver’s India Pale Ale

The German Beer Purity Law of 1516 restricted “true” beer to three ingredients: water, barley, and hops. Today’s megabrewery beers are anything but pure. Cheap Jerseys china A 2003 FDA study found that 27 percent of barley and 32 percent of nonorganic wheat products carried pesticide residues. What’s worse, a loophole in the USDA organic certification standard allows pesticide grown hops. Our winner, an IPA with a pleasant aftertaste, is made with wheat from organic farms near the brewer’s Vermont facility. “We track every detail of every organic ingredient,” says Max Oswald, a Wolaver’s spokesman.

Runner Up: Butte Creek Brewing Pilsner

Also Try: Peak Organic Amber, Dupont Foret, Old Plowshare Stout, Orlio India Pale Ale, Samuel Smith’s Organic Ale

He’Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale

Novelty beers can be cloying you can’t drink more than one and few of the added ingredients pack health benefits. In our taste test, our top pick featured the antioxidant laden superfruit, pomegranate, shown to combat cancer and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease. In a 2006 UCLA study, for example, men who drank a glass of pomegranate juice every day reduced prostate cancer cell growth by 12 percent. Brewers dump more than 150 gallons of pomegranate juice into every batch (equivalent to 10,000 pomegranates, or half of a fruit per bottle), giving the final product a raspberry like flavor that allows the malt and hops to come through.

Runner Up: Dogfish Head Black Blue

Brooklyn Brewery Local 1

With bottle conditioned beers, brewer’s yeast is added right before the bottle is closed, reigniting the fermentation process. The result: deeper flavors, extra effervescence, and, it turns out, many health benefits the yeast is a rich source of B complex vitamins, protein, and minerals such as chromium. “German doc tors used to prescribe bottle conditioned wheat beer to patients with vitamin deficiencies,” says Oliver. As a probiotic organism, yeast helps your body break down nutrients, regulates your digestive system, maintains your nervous system, and even helps modulate blood sugar levels. Oliver’s Local 1 won with a balanced blend of spices and subtle malt flavors. Bonus: Its brewmaster uses twice the yeast.

Runner Up: Southampton Grand Cru

Also Try: Ommegang Hennepin, Tripel Karmaliet, Franziskaner Hefe Weisse Hell, Allagash White, La Fin du Monde

Best Dark Malt

Trappistes Rochefort 8

The smooth, deep finish of a dark malt develops during the same high temperature roasting process that fuels the formation of antioxidants. Vinson showed in a 2003 study that stouts, porters, and browns contain more than twice the antioxidants of lagers, on average. What’s more, “The antioxidants in beer are better at reacting with toxic free radicals than the ones in antioxidant vitamin pills.” The Rochefort’s creamy cocoa and caramel notes won us over.

Also Try: Alaskan Smoked Porter, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown, Anchor Porter, Shakespeare Stout, Ayinger Celebrator.

The GTA is on the verge of what may be the and most significant heat wave of the summer so far, according to Environment Canada.

The federal agency is warning of high temperatures and even higher humidity until Friday. A heat warning was issued for much of southern Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, on Monday.

On Tuesday, Toronto acting medical officer of health issued a heat warning for the city. During heat and extended heat warnings, the city opens its cooling centres.

Environment Canada said a hot and humid air mass will enter the region on Tuesday afternoon, with temperatures expected to reach the low to mid 30s the next day.

values peaking in the upper 30s to low 40s are expected beginning Wednesday as well, it said.

In Toronto, it will be mainly sunny on Tuesday with a high of 31 C and a humidex near 37, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said. There is a slight chance of showers or an isolated thunderstorm late Tuesday night with a low near 22 C.

The high is near 33 C on Wednesday, but the humidity will make it feel like 44 C. The steamy temperatures continue into Thursday and Friday with highs in the low 30s and humidex values in the mid 40s.

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2015 offered plenty to lampoon, including the return of Wars, Donald Trump and the Mike Duffy hearings. With the Chicken Cannon long mothballed, the messy F Bomb is loaded and ready to splatter over these targets and more.

Helping the Farcers out this time are special guests Russell Peters, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Toronto Blue Jay Dalton Pompey, as well as veteran Toronto sketch comedian Pat Thornton. Thornton, back for a third year in a row, gets to play two of the biggest headline grabbers of 2015: Trump and Duffy.

Joining the regulars is Emma Hunter. The Etobicoke native is the 14th person to join Air Farce, dating back to the troupe CBC radio roots beginning in the early already invited her back for next year, says founding member Don Ferguson, again also acting as executive producer. not afraid of comedy. A lot of people don quite commit all the way. She totally into it from the get go. says shooting the show probably one of the coolest experiences I ever had. Working with Ferguson and the other original cast member, Luba Goy, a real trip, she says.canada goose bird was surreal, I kept going, is not my life, no way!’ was especially jazzed about playing a man in one sketch actor Jonny Harris from Mysteries and Standing. just love the Newfoundland accent anyway and then the fact that I got to be a man was a blast, says Hunter. on this wig, drawing lines around my Adam apple and putting on this man suit, I just thought, is rad!’ says she played men before in comedy sketches. do a pretty bad ass Napoleon, she says. Previously she was part of the comedy troupe Said What and has performed on Hour Has 22 Minutes as well as Game, and Out. impersonated everyone from Kate Middleton to Paula Deen to Carly Rae Jepsen. She can also be seen when CBC D returns for a fifth season on Jan. 19. Hunter plays a high strung new teacher named Nisha. That series is shot in Halifax, and, naturally, Hunter had a blast working there, too. paid for me to get on a plane and go act somewhere. It was nuts! parents were both born in the UK and Hunter says she grew up on a steady diet of Brit coms.

seen every episode of Towers at least a dozen times, she says, citing Minister and You Being Served? as other big influences.

Hunter studied theatre at Queen University in Kingston, Ont., and says learning the classics has helped with her sketch timing. are parts of of Venice that are just really funny. is part of a new wave of young Air Farce recruits, joining the additions of Second City veteran Darryl Hinds and stand up comedian Aisha Alfa. Craig Lauzon, who joined full time in 2004, is back along with veterans Goy and Ferguson.

Gone after a decade are Alan Park and Penelope Corrin. Ferguson praised them both but confirms Park wasn offered a contract heading into this New Year show. Corrin, who partners with Park off screen, opted to quit.

This provided an opening for Hunter and Ferguson says her positive energy lifted the entire cast.

from the first table read, everybody was totally into it, he says. was having more fun, we all had a lot of fun, it was just a good mix of people. says the cast could not have been more welcoming.

have this ego less vibe, she says. walk into this space it theirs, they created it it an amazing legacy in Canadian comedy. Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first senior American official to visit London and Brussels since the United Kingdom historic referendum.

Kerry emphasized the importance of thoughtful co operation at a time of economic uncertainty and fears about crumbling European unity. support to both capitals. But he offered no concrete suggestions for how the two sides should make good on the decision by British voters to leave the 28 nation bloc.

most important thing is that all of us, as leaders, work together to provide as much continuity, as much stability, as much certainty as possible, Kerry said as he met in Rome with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Responsible handling of the situation, he said, will help marketplace understand there are ways to minimize disruption, there are ways to smartly move ahead in order to protect the values and interests that we share. had scheduled talks in Rome with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Sunday. to Japan, Kerry set up a frantic, four nation schedule for Monday.

After gathering again with Netanyahu in the morning, he planned to fly to Brussels to discuss Europe situation with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Later, he was to meet British Secretary Philip Hammond in London before returning to Washington by day end. response, which focused on the unchanged nature of the allies relationship. the gloomiest of predictions about the British exit from the EU do not foresee the collapse of the close cultural ties or military alliance between Washington and London. But how relations evolve is an open question, especially if Britain separation from the EU causes significant economic pain in the United States. Since the result of the referendum, however, Obama and other American officials have gone out of their way to emphasize the durability of the relationship, playing down the idea of any repercussions from Washington.

will continue, the United States, to have a very close and special relationship with Great Britain, Kerry said on the rooftop of a hotel overlooking the Pantheon. value that relationship. That does not change because of this vote. backing for the EU amid speculation that other member countries could follow Britain lead.