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Severe flooding has hit 173 municipalities around Quebec. More than 4,000 homes were flooded, and about 3,000 people were forced out of their homes. And more rain is expected this weekend.

President Trump recently went on a small rampage against Canada for blocking imports of one particular type of milk from the United States.

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Many recent immigrants living in the U.S. are scared that their claims for asylum won't have a fair hearing by the Trump administration. Hundreds of those people are fleeing to Canada — and for one man, the journey through the frigid, snowy woods nearly killed him.  

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As high volumes of migrants flee the United States to apply for asylum in Canada, one popular route into Quebec is just west of Lake Champlain. To get to the snowy illegal crossing, many are calling a cab.

But there's a catch: Some of those cabbies are coordinating with U.S. Border Patrol, and that practice has some civil liberties advocates concerned.  

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The Canada Border Services Agency has created a makeshift refugee processing center to respond to the influx of refugees crossing the border west of Lake Champlain.

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Some people in the U.S. who are worried about changes in policy are making their way to the Canadian border to seek asylum. And they've had to cross the border into Canada illegally.

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Several aid organizations and pro-immigrant groups are pressuring the Canadian government to pull out of a controversial program that turns away almost all refugees coming in through the United States.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting surges in illegal crossings in Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in remote, snowy areas west of Lake Champlain.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossing into Canada this past weekend. Officials say Quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in frigid, remote areas west of Lake Champlain, and ending up in Hemmingford and Lacolle.

A Canadian woman who was traveling to Burlington for a day of shopping says she was denied entry to the United States last weekend. She says it's because of her religion.

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Quebec's far-right groups may not have played a direct role in a mosque shooting late last month, but some worry that extremist language is heating up and may be pushing some people to action.

A shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday left six dead and 19 wounded. Police arrested one suspect who has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

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A group of Canadians and French nationals trying to cross into the United States to participate in the Women's March in Washington, D.C. Saturday were detained by border guards and then turned away with no explanation, according to a member of the group.

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A new federal law will bring Vermont one step closer to the resumption of rail service to and from Montreal, Canada.

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The case of a journalist being spied on by police in Montreal has raised questions about the ease with which law enforcement can get warrants to track the phones of reporters.

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A bylaw banning pit bulls in the city of Montreal has been placed on hold until Wednesday. The law would prohibit people from owning pit bulls and other related breeds and place restrictions those who already own these types of dogs.

Long-distance hiking trails have an adventurous attraction to them. People set out on the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail with dreams of endurance, austerity, wilderness and distance. 

In Canada, they've been working on a slightly different kind of project called The Great Trail. While it doesn't have the same claims of wilderness as the AT and PCT, the Great Trail wins hands-down when it comes to distance covered.

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The company that owns the hydro system that the state might buy has completed a $13 billion acquisition of a natural gas pipeline.

Last year, Canada's Supreme Court overturned the country's ban on doctor-assisted suicide. Advocates for a patient's right to choose to end their own lives with a physician's help applauded the ruling. But they have been waiting since then for the federal government to issue a new law that spells out the conditions for which seriously ill or dying Canadians can ask for a doctor's help to end their lives.

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When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with President Barack Obama at a state dinner this Thursday, it will mark the first time in nearly 20 years the United States has hosted a Canadian leader for a high-profile White House event.

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