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The stream of asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States south of Montreal continues to rise. This week a crew from the army appeared at the most popular informal crossing point and built a tent camp to allow police and border officials to process the newcomers. The would-be immigrants are also being housed in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
Many of the newcomers are Haitians and apparently fear deportation from the United States under the policies of President Trump.
Dan Levin traveled to Montreal and to the border to report on this situation. He found that the current wave of asylum seekers was very likely prompted by false information shared by Haitians on social media indicating that if you could get into Canada, you could stay. But for most of the claimants, it may turn out that their efforts to slip into Canada will only leave them being deported from Canada.
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The novelist Claire Messud, the daughter of a Canadian mother and a French father, had an unusually peripatetic childhood. The many places in the world that her family called home included Toronto. “You’re only ever understood in parts,” she told Ruth Franklin in an interview for The New York Times Magazine. “I’m a different person in French. I’m a different person in New York. I’m a different person in Canada.”
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Brand’s Deli is a quick stroll from the beaches of Long Island. But its approach to sandwich nomenclature is more like something you’d expect to find in Canada. The sandwiches bear the nicknames of National Hockey League stars. Fancy roast pork, mozzarella, gravy, duck sauce on garlic bread? Then order a Messiah, named for the former New York Rangers great Mark Messier. Around Long Island, the deli’s owner, Joe Brand, shares Gordie Howe’s nickname: Mr. Hockey.
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At Mr. Trump’s insistence, Canada, the United States and Mexico will start negotiating a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement this coming week. There’s certainly apprehension in Canada about what may emerge. But Mr. Trump’s protectionist approach to trade is also causing hands to wring in the United States.
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Patricia Cohen found that foreign companies, including Volkswagen, have revived the economy and made local politicians and business leaders aware that foreign trade has become a key part of their local prosperity — and something that may now be in jeopardy.
Alan Rappeport, who covers economic policy for The Times from Washington, reported this week that one short-term effect of Mr. Trump’s approach to trade has been to hurt some American businesses. That includes home builders who rely on Canadian lumber which, once again, is a trade target.
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—A Times roundup of books about Muslim refugees for children and young adults includes two titles by Canadian authors.
—Jack Rabinovitch started life in Montreal’s Jewish ghetto and then used the fortune he made in commercial real estate to found and fund Canada’s premier literary award.
—Ernst Zündel, who spewed neo-Nazi messages from Toronto most of his life while denying the Holocaust, died in Germany.
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