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  • Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of crickets from the birther community after Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Why, you may ask, should there be any noise from this community over Senator Cruz's eligibility to run for President in 2016? Well, that's because Senator Cruz, unlike President Obama, actually wasn't born in the United States.
  • President Barack Obama will host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March, the White House announced Monday. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will hold a state dinner with Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, on March 10. “The visit will be an opportunity for the United States and Canada to deepen their bilateral relationship, which is one of the closest and most extensive in the world and is based on a shared history, common values, and a vast and intricate network of cultural, familial, and commercial ties,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “The visit also is intended to advance cooperation on important bilateral and multilateral issues, such as energy and climate change, security, and the economy.”
  • Trudeau and his wife are to be welcomed by the Obamas for an official visit and state dinner at the White House on March 10.
  • This year, let’s show each other what it really means to be good. To be Canadian. Let’s open our hearts and share love with those around us, writes the prime minister.
  • There will be a question from some about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president. That's because even though Cruz grew up in Texas, he was born in Canada. (He renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2013.) Democrats are sure to remind voters of Cruz's Canadian birth since some on the right have questioned where President Obama was born. The president is a native of Hawaii.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just meters from the spot where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country," Harper said. "Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic."
  • Canada once had a shot at being the world's leader on climate change. Back in 2002, our northern neighbors had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world's first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties. In 2005, the country hosted an international climate change conference in Montreal, where then-Prime Minister Paul Martin singled out America for its indifference. "To the reticent nations, including the United States, I say this: There is such a thing as a global conscience," Martin said.
  • Rob Ford faces more than a month of chemotherapy treatment for a rare form of cancer with an election less than six weeks away. The mayor has a malignant liposarcoma, a “very rare and a very difficult tumour,” said Dr. Zane Cohen, the renowned colorectal surgeon in charge of the mayor’s medical team at Mt. Sinai Hospital. A week after news that a tumour was discovered in Ford’s abdomen, Cohen said Wednesday the cancer has spread. A second, smaller tumour was discovered in the mayor’s buttocks, behind his left hip. “It’s fairly aggressive, but we are treating this very aggressively in order to eradicate the tumour,” the doctor told reporters in a packed meeting room across from the hospital’s main campus. “It comprises about 1 per cent only of all cancers.”
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford soon will begin chemotherapy to treat a rare and aggressive cancer, a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in the city said Wednesday. Dr. Zane Cohen said Ford has a malignant liposarcoma, and a second biopsy on his tumor done Monday shows it is aggressive. "However, we are optimistic about this tumor," Cohen said. Ford, who recently announced he will not run for re-election, will start chemotherapy by Friday afternoon.

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