February 1st, 2015

National News

Students hope ‘sailbot’ makes history with first solo voyage across the Atlantic

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on February 1st, 2015

VANCOUVER – Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean by wind power alone is an impressive achievement by any standard. But contending with the unpredictable weather, busy freight traffic, meddlesome fishing nets and treacherous icebergs without anyone in the pilot’s seat is another feat entirely. This summer, a team of engineering students from the University of British ... Read More »

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One winning ticket for Saturday night’s $10 million Lotto-649 jackpot

By The Canadian Press on February 1st, 2015

TORONTO – There is one winning ticket for Saturday night’s $10 million Lotto 649 jackpot – and it was purchased somewhere in Ontario. The grand prize of the next 649 draw on Feb. 4 will be approximately $5 million... Read More »

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B.C. Conservative MP Randy Kamp announces he will not seek re-election

By The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Conservative MP has decided not to seek re-election, saying it is time for him to move on to a new chapter of his life. Randy Kamp has served the riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission since 2004, and made the announcement Saturday at a local meeting of the party. Kamp issued ... Read More »

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Baird in U.S. applauds ‘truly historic’ rapprochement with Cuba

By The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

BOSTON – Canada’s foreign affairs minister is in the U.S. today, where he’s applauded the country’s reopening of relations with Cuba. John Baird calls it a truly historic development. He says Canada strongly supports the new policy, and says it’s about time. The Canadian government played a cameo role in the process, hosting a series ... Read More »

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Four men rescued after fishing vessel capsizes in waters off Nova Scotia

By The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

YARMOUTH, N.S. – Four men are back on shore after a fishing vessel capsized off Nova Scotia’s southwest coast early Saturday morning. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax says around midnight it received a distress call from the Poseidon Princess approximately 100 km offshore from Yarmouth. Spokesman Cameron Hillier says the centre co-ordinated a ... Read More »

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Mother dies, seven-month-old son critical after being pulled from B.C. river

By The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

VICTORIA – A 26-year-old mother has died after she and her seven-month-old son were pulled from a Vancouver Island river. Comox Valley RCMP say the woman did not survive after being pulled from the Puntledge River on Friday, despite the efforts of multiple rescue and medical workers. Her son was airlifted to B.C. Children’s Hospital ... Read More »

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London man charged for impersonating a police officer with fake cruiser

By The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

LONDON, Ont. – A 50-year-old London, Ont., man is facing charges after police say he equipped his vehicle to look like a police cruiser and pulled over numerous drivers. Police say they spotted a silver four-door 2007 Dodge Charger, not unlike the ones used by police, equipped with a siren and flashing red and blue ... Read More »

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Montreal blocks imam Hamza Chaoui’s project to open Islamic community centre

By Alain Martineau, The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

MONTREAL – The Islamic community centre that controversial imam Hamza Chaoui had hoped to open in east Montreal will not see the light of day, local officials said. Real Menard, mayor of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, told a news conference Saturday he would not grant Chaoui an operating licence to open a centre in the neighbourhood. ... Read More »

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Montreal won’t grant imam Hamza Chaoui a permit to open Islamic community centre

By The Canadian Press on January 31st, 2015

MONTREAL – Controversial imam Hamza Chaoui will not be allowed to open an Islamic community centre in east Montreal. Real Menard, mayor of the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, says he won’t grant Chaoui an operating licence because places of worship are not permitted in the area where a site had been rented to open the centre. ... Read More »

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No winning tickets for Friday night’s $30 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on January 30th, 2015

TORONTO – No winning tickets were sold for Friday night’s $30 million Lotto Max jackpot. That means the grand prize for next Friday’s draw will rise to approximately $50 million, and there will also be two Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs... Read More »

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