August 26th, 2016

National News

Five possible peacekeeping missions that Canada could end up joining

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

OTTAWA – The Liberal government announced Friday that it will make 600 Canadian troops available for UN peacekeeping operations. Here are five places they could end up. 1) Mali. The dangers are very real, with 105 peacekeepers have been killed in this West African country since April 2013. Islamist militant groups are responsible for most ... Read More »

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Alberta’s Notley says budget plan is working but she’ll alter if need be

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

EDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley says her government will stick with its economic plan despite a budget deficit of almost $11 billion, but will alter course if necessary. Notley made the comments Friday as she renewed her attack on the 2015 election platform of former Progressive Conservative premier Jim Prentice. “The key is to stay ... Read More »

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Three plead guilty on terrorism-related charges after planning to join ISIL

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

OTTAWA – Three Ottawa men who debated committing a domestic terrorist attack, but instead decided to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, pleaded guilty on Friday to terrorism-related offences in Ontario Superior Court. The group, including 25-year-old twins – Ashton and Carlos Larmond – were arrested in 2015 as part of an ... Read More »

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Liberals edge closer to peacekeeping, stop short of choosing a mission

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

OTTAWA – The Liberal government has edged Canada closer to a return to peacekeeping, but stopped short of what might be the most important – and toughest – question: Where? Four federal cabinet ministers used an air force base in Quebec as a backdrop Friday to announce that Canada will allot up to 600 troops ... Read More »

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Halifax cabbie faces sexual assault charge after turning himself in to police

By The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

HALIFAX – A 28-year-old man in Halifax has turned himself in to police in connection with one of several reported sexual assaults involving taxi drivers this year. Investigators arrested Saher Hamdan at Halifax Regional Police headquarters on Thursday. Police say Hamdan has been charged in relation to a July 15 incident in which a young ... Read More »

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Appeal court to hear Trader Joe’s suit involving B.C. man reselling groceries

By The Associated Press on August 26th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe’s against a man who buys the company’s products and resells them in Vancouver at Pirate Joe’s, a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe’s, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court ... Read More »

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Sobeys withdraws appeal of discrimination decision as company faces boycotts

By The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

HALIFAX – One of Canada’s largest grocery store chains has withdrawn its appeal of a human rights decision that found a Sobeys employee discriminated against a black customer. In a statement, Sobeys said Friday it had reached a settlement with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and would apologize to Andrella David, pay her $21,000 ... Read More »

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Prostitution case: judge rejects man’s claim he was the victim of public shaming

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

HALIFAX – A 73-year-old man who says police in Cape Breton subjected him to “public shaming” has lost his initial bid to challenge a charge that he sought sexual services from an undercover cop. John Russell Mercer was one of 27 men charged Sept. 8, 2015 after Cape Breton Regional Police concluded “Operation John Be ... Read More »

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Photo of separated elderly couple draws attention to bed shortage in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

VANCOUVER – Every time the elevator doors open at Wolfram Gottschalk’s care home and he sees his wife of 62 years, the couple’s granddaughter says he always reacts the same way. The 83-year-old, who suffers from dementia, cries out his nickname for his beloved Anita – “My little mouse!” in German – and the two ... Read More »

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Chief copes with fallout after firefighters charged with arson in local blazes

By The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

SYDNEY, N.S. – Dave Julian says serial arson charges laid against two volunteer firefighters he worked alongside in rural Cape Breton came as a shock – but it turns out the cases aren’t as rare as he once thought. “It’s called firefighter arson. It’s not uncommon,” the Florence fire chief said in a telephone interview, ... Read More »

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Three Ottawa men, including twins, sentenced on terrorism-related charges

By The Canadian Press on August 26th, 2016

OTTAWA – Three Ottawa men accused of terrorism-related offences have pleaded guilty in Ontario Superior Court. The group, including twin brothers, was arrested in 2015 as part of an RCMP investigation. Ashton Larmond has pleaded guilty to providing instructions to carry out an activity for the benefit of a terrorist group and sentenced to 17 ... Read More »

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