December 22nd, 2014

National News

TTC speeds up review of bus and streetcar operators after teen’s death

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

TORONTO – Toronto’s transit authority will be speeding up its review of bus and streetcar operators following the death of a 14-year-old girl who was killed after being hit by a city bus. Toronto Transit Commission CEO Andy Byford says the death of Amaria Diljohn has “shaken” his organization and he wants to assure everyone ... Read More »

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Man charged with kidnapping, attempted murder of six-year-old in Alberta

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

EDMONTON – A 21-year-old man has been charged with attempted murderer, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping in an attack on a six-year-old girl on a reserve west of Edmonton. RCMP say James Clifford Paul was arrested not far from where attack happened on the Paul Band First Nation thanks to tips from the public. Supt. ... Read More »

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Study involving UBC scientist says Chinook salmon could be wiped out by 2100

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

VANCOUVER – New climate-change research involving a University of British Columbia scientist predicts that one of the West Coast’s most prized salmon stocks could be wiped out over the next 85 years. A study has concluded that there is a five per cent chance of a catastrophic loss of the chinook salmon by 2075, and ... Read More »

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Imprisoned journalist warned Al Jazeera tactics could come back to ‘bite’ them

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has spent the last year in a Cairo prison sounded the alarm about his network’s approach to Egypt’s precarious security situation months before he and his colleagues were arrested, documents obtained by The Canadian Press suggest. Mohamed Fahmy had taken over as acting bureau chief in Cairo for Qatar-based satellite news ... Read More »

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Man charged in Calgary after unlocked running SUV was stolen with baby inside

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

CALGARY – A young man has been charged after an SUV was stolen in Calgary with a sleeping baby inside. Police say the mother had left her 10-month-old boy in the running and unlocked vehicle Sunday afternoon while she dashed into a store. When she came outside the SUV and her infant son were gone. ... Read More »

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Man arrested in Montreal on terrorism-related charge

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

MONTREAL – A Montreal man is facing a terrorism-related charge after police were tipped off by his family that he had recently become radicalized. Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere says authorities searched his apartment on Friday and found a city map that showed the co-ordinates of four different police stations. The 21-year-old man is scheduled ... Read More »

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Minister Steve Ashton resigns, says he will seek leadership of Manitoba NDP

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba cabinet minister has resigned and says he is running to become the province’s next premier. Steve Ashton, who was the province’s transportation and emergency measures minister, says he met with Premier Greg Selinger and told him he was stepping down. He says he plans to make an official announcement Tuesday. Ashton ... Read More »

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Going to pot: As attitudes to marijuana mellow, could legalization be next?

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

TORONTO – Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it – marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor’s prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be ... Read More »

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Man arrested in Montreal for allegedly threatening police officers

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

MONTREAL – A man has been detained for making alleged threats against Montreal police stations. Police say he is scheduled to be arraigned in Montreal this afternoon. He was arrested last Friday after police were tipped off by his family. The arrest came a day before a man fatally shot two New York City police ... Read More »

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Jurors in Magnotta trial begin seventh day of deliberations

By The Canadian Press on December 22nd, 2014

MONTREAL – Jurors deciding the fate of Luka Rocco Magnotta have begun their seventh day of deliberations. Since getting the case last Tuesday the panel of eight women and four men have contacted the court only twice – once to ask a legal question and once to get technical help. Magnotta is charged with first-degree ... Read More »

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