November 24th, 2014

National News

Key witness testifies at fisherman’s second-degree murder trial in Cape Breton

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – A crew member aboard a fishing boat told a murder trial in Cape Breton on Monday that Phillip Boudreau was shot at and hooked with a fishing gaff after the captain suspected him of “playing” with their lobster traps. Craig Landry testified at the murder trial of Joseph James Landry, who ... Read More »

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Conservative attempt to embarrass Liberal candidate ends up embarrassing Tories

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

OTTAWA – An attempt by the Conservatives to catch a prominent Liberal candidate with his foot in his mouth has instead wound up biting several Tory MPs, including senior cabinet minister Jason Kenney. The political sting operation – just the latest in a series of covert Tory efforts aimed at capturing verbal gaffes by Liberals ... Read More »

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Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools trial starts next September: judge

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has ruled that five class-action lawsuits involving residential schools will go to trial next September. Judge Robert Stack’s decision comes after a trial that was supposed to start last week was delayed by procedural arguments. A lawyer defending the federal government against allegations of ... Read More »

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Patients on oxygen therapy risk fire injury from e-cigarettes: Health Canada

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

TORONTO – Health Canada is warning about the potential risks of “vaping” after an unidentified Quebec resident receiving oxygen therapy was injured by a fire sparked by an electronic cigarette. The federal department says similar incidents of fires started by e-cigarettes in the presence of an oxygen source have been reported in other countries. Electronic ... Read More »

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Bill to cement CSIS powers is constitutional, Public Safety official tells MPs

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

OTTAWA – The deputy minister of public safety says a bill that would allow Canada’s spy agency to break foreign laws is constitutional. At a Commons committee meeting, Francois Guimont assured MPs that Justice Department lawyers had vetted the legislation against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government legislation introduced last month would provide ... Read More »

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Bill to cement CSIS powers is constitutional, Public Safety official tells MPs

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

OTTAWA – The deputy minister of public safety says a bill that would allow Canada’s spy agency to break foreign laws is constitutional. At a Commons committee meeting, Francois Guimont assured MPs that Justice Department lawyers had vetted the legislation against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government legislation introduced last month would provide ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan premier concerned about Ontario and Quebec position on Energy East

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Monday he believes the premiers of Ontario and Quebec are creating unnecessary barriers to the Energy East Pipeline by setting conditions for their support of the project. Wall said he is concerned by the position taken by Premiers Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard, who said last week that greenhouse gas ... Read More »

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Wild ride: Two opposition Wildrose members cross floor to join Alberta PCs

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Official Opposition Wildrose party continued a descent into disarray Monday as two members – including key caucus lieutenant Kerry Towle – bolted to join Premier Jim Prentice. “Two individuals who I have admired from a distance today have joined the Progressive Conservative caucus,” Prentice, flanked by Towle and Ian Donovan, told a ... Read More »

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Splitting off investigative role from Elections Canada cost $2.9 million

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

OTTAWA – A Conservative government decision to move the office that investigates election fraud from under the roof of Elections Canada is costing almost $3 million in up-front costs. A written response to a question from Liberal MP Scott Simms details $2,939.557.90 budgeted to move the office of elections commissioner Yves Cote into the Office ... Read More »

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Quebec orders review of evidence in case of speeding cop cruiser

By The Canadian Press on November 24th, 2014

MONTREAL – Quebec’s justice minister has ordered an independent review of the evidence in the case of a five-year-old boy who was killed when a speeding police cruiser struck his father’s car. Stephanie Vallee made the announcement this afternoon, shortly after the Crown prosecutors’ office said it would reopen the file. The Crown’s decision came ... Read More »

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