July 28th, 2015

National News

Medical marijuana suit over alleged federal privacy issue certified: plaintiffs

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

HALIFAX – The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class action started on behalf of medical marijuana licensees alleging that Health Canada violated their privacy. The plaintiffs allege in a news release that Health Canada sent notices to over 40,000 participants of the Marihuana Medical Access Program advising them of changes to regulations governing ... Read More »

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U.S. alleges Colombian man was dealing drugs to U.S. from a Quebec prison

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – U.S. officials say an alleged international synthetic drug ring involved a Colombian man who trafficked drugs while serving time in a Quebec prison. Daniel Vivas Ceron, 34, has been charged with five counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. Investigators began looking into the ... Read More »

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Greens say national pharmacare plan would expand coverage, save money

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

OTTAWA – The federal Green party is making a national pharmacare plan a key plank of its election platform. The party says it would make affordable medicine a reality for all Canadians while saving billions of dollars. The plan would expand and co-ordinates the patchwork of public and private plans that already provide drug insurance ... Read More »

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Longer federal election campaign will cost taxpayers millions more

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

OTTAWA – It’s not just political parties that will be spending money hand over fist if Stephen Harper fires the starting gun for the Oct. 19 federal election weeks earlier than necessary. Taxpayers will be shelling out big bucks, too – millions in extra administrative costs and tens of millions more in rebates to parties ... Read More »

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Serial killer could be responsible for human remains found near Edmonton: RCMP

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

EDMONTON – Mounties in Alberta say the discovery of a woman’s remains in the same area where three other women have been found could mean police are dealing with a serial killer. RCMP Insp. Stacey Talbot said Tuesday that the remains found in April on a rural property near Leduc, south of Edmonton, have been ... Read More »

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U.S. lawmaker says Obama is about to reject Keystone XL pipeline project

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

WASHINGTON – A U.S. lawmaker says he’s hearing that President Barack Obama is about to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, after years of delay and debate. As a vocal supporter of the Canada-to-Texas project and a Republican critic of the president, Sen. John Hoeven would be an unlikely candidate to announce the long-awaited decision. But ... Read More »

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Toronto researchers alleged to have falsified data; ask court to review claims

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

TORONTO – The retraction of two scientific papers and a concern raised about a third written by a team of Toronto researchers have led to allegations of data falsification. The researchers – Dr. Sylvia Asa, a pathologist, and her husband, Dr. Shereen Ezzat, an endocrinologist – have denied the finding of an internal review at ... Read More »

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Five things which may challenge Olivia Chow’s bid to return to the Commons

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

OTTAWA – Olivia Chow, who was an MP for eight years before resigning to make a failed bid for the Toronto mayoralty, plans to run for the NDP in the new riding of Spadina-Fort York. Here are five things which could pose challenges for her as she tries to return to the House of Commons: ... Read More »

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Donald Sutherland rails against federal voting restrictions for expats

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

TORONTO – One of Canada’s most famous expats is railing against the Harper government over a federal law that takes the right to vote away from citizens living abroad for more than five years. Donald Sutherland attacks the policy in an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Globe and Mail titled, “I’m Canadian ““ and ... Read More »

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Three Ontario sisters say they were stopped by police for biking topless

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

KITCHENER, Ont. – Three Ontario sisters who say they were cycling topless when a police officer told them to cover up are organizing a Bare With Us rally to help raise awareness about women’s rights. Alysha Brilla, a Juno-nominated musician and women’s rights advocate, says the incident happened last Friday when she and her two ... Read More »

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RCMP identify human remains near Edmonton as woman missing for more than decade

By The Canadian Press on July 28th, 2015

EDMONTON – Mounties in Alberta say they may be dealing with a serial killer after identifying the remains of a woman south of Edmonton. RCMP Insp. Stacey Talbot says the remains found on a rural property near Leduc in April have been identified as belonging to Corrie Ottenbreit. Ottenbreit, a sex trade worker, was last ... Read More »

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