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Govt to create longer wait to become Canadian, strip citizenship from terrorists

TORONTO - The Conservative government has proposed sweeping changes to the Citizenship Act that include beefing up eligibility requirements for immigrants who want to become Canadians and stripping citizenship from terrorists and those who take up arms against Canada. The changes are aimed at strengthening the value of Canadian citizenship and improving the efficiency of the process required to attain it, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told a news conference on Thursday.

Key changes proposed for Canada's Citizenship Act

TORONTO - The Conservative government has proposed a significant revamp of Canada's Citizenship Act. Here are some of the key changes that were announced Thursday. — Residency: Permanent residents would have to maintain a "physical presence" in Canada for four years within six years before applying for citizenship. That would include spending a minimum of 183 days in the country per year in four out of six years. Currently, immigrants need to reside in Canada for three out of four years.

Key changes proposed for Canada's Citizenship Act

TORONTO - The Conservative government has proposed a significant revamp of Canada's Citizenship Act. Here are some of the key changes that were announced Thursday. — Residency: Permanent residents would have to maintain a "physical presence" in Canada for four years within six years before applying for citizenship. That would include spending a minimum of 183 days in the country per year in four out of six years. Currently, immigrants need to reside in Canada for three out of four years.

Life-and-death struggle with B.C. mom on life support as child due next month

VICTORIA - A Victoria family is living through a heartbreaking human drama, with a mother on life support while her unborn baby boy awaits an uncertain due date that is still weeks away. Robyn Benson, a 32-year-old who is five months pregnant, was declared brain dead after she was admitted to hospital in late December complaining of vomiting and a severe headache, according to a family friend and a blog post authored by her husband, Dylan.

Bob Dylan, Beckham steal Super Bowl commercial sideshow

Bob Dylan providing a rallying cry for the US auto industry and David Beckham losing his underwear were among the highlights of the Super Bowl advertising blitz Sunday. With a domestic television audience estimated at around 108 million viewers, America's most-watched sports event has become an opportunity for major brands to jostle for the nation's attention. Major brands pay an estimated $4 million per slot, deploying wry humor, sugar-coated sentiment or A-list celebrities to hammer home their message.

British MPs vote to strip terror suspects of citizenship

UK lawmakers voted Thursday in favour of stripping naturalised terror suspects of their British citizenship, a last-minute amendment to an immigration bill facing a bumpy ride through parliament. Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the amendment which would allow a British passport to be removed from any naturalised person whose conduct is deemed "seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK".

Madonna to share stage with freed Pussy Riot members

Madonna will share a stage with the freed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot at a concert in New York next month, the US pop star said. The singer will appear with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina as part of an Amnesty International concert on February 5 with a star-studded lineup including Bob Geldof, Blondie and Yoko Ono. "I am honoured to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Nadya and Masha," Madonna said in a statement late Wednesday, using diminutive names for the women, who were released two months early from prison camps in December.

Justin Bieber to be charged with assault in Toronto: CBC

By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be charged with assault in Toronto over an incident in December involving a limousine driver, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Wednesday, citing unidentified police sources. The broadcaster said Bieber was expected to arrive in Toronto on Wednesday and be formally charged. Bieber's representatives declined to comment on the report.

Justin Bieber's arraignment set in drunken driving case

(Reuters) - Teen pop star Justin Bieber will be arraigned next month in Miami, following his arrest last week on a charge of drunken driving when he was caught drag racing in a rented Lamborghini, according to court records published on Tuesday. Bieber, 19, will be arraigned on February 14 on the driving under the influence charge, as well as charges of driving on an expired license and resisting arrest without violence. The pop star is not expected to appear at the Valentine's Day arraignment.

Lorde's 'Royals' wins song of the year Grammy

New Zealand singer Lorde's mega-hit "Royals" won the song of the year Grammy on Sunday, as music's biggest night drew towards its climax. "Thank you everyone who has let this song explode... it's been kind of mental," she said, accepting the award on stage in Los Angeles with co-songwriter Joel Little. She beat rival songs "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink, "Locked Out Of Heaven" by Bruno Mars, "Roar" by Katy Perry and "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in the category.
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