February 18th, 2018

National News

Montreal’s Oreo cookie plant prepares to shut its doors after drawn-out closing

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – There was a time when the whole neighbourhood surrounding an east-end Montreal bakery would smell like baking Oreos. But that era comes to an end this month when snack-maker Mondelez International closes its Montreal factory for good. Union spokesman Pierre Grenier says many of the factory’s 454 employees had worked there for decades, ... Read More »

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‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – A curious thing has unfolded with the release of details about a Russian campaign to interfere in U.S. politics, allegedly through a secretive unit that had 80 employees, a $1.2 million-a-month budget, and impersonated real Americans by stealing their personal information. It involves the reaction of the president of the United States. After ... Read More »

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Angry Quebec nurses push for lower patient ratios and less overtime

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – The head of a Quebec nurses’ union says the provincial government will be in for a fight if it doesn’t commit to improve nurses’ working conditions. Nancy Bedard says the union will press for a new law to limit nurse-to-patient ratios when they meet the health minister on Tuesday. Health-care workers have been ... Read More »

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New Brunswick teen behind good-deed movement #BeccaToldMeTo dies of cancer at 18

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

RIVERVIEW, N.B. – A New Brunswick teenager who turned a terminal prognosis into a online movement that has inspired acts of kindness across the globe has died of brain cancer. Rebecca Schofield of Riverview, N.B., died in Moncton on Saturday evening at the age of 18, her family said in a statement Sunday. “If the ... Read More »

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#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

They keep falling like dominoes: Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Patrick Brown and most recently members of the Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, high-profile or celebrity men who have been accused of sexual misconduct as the #metoo and #timesup movements continue unabated. Experts say these social media campaigns of outing males for alleged wrongdoing have created a ... Read More »

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Former Ontario PC leader says he grew the party, so he should get to lead it

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives says he helped grow the party to unprecedented levels, so he should be the one to lead it into the upcoming election. Patrick Brown was forced out of his position last month amid sexual misconduct allegations, which he categorically denies, but he’s now entered the ... Read More »

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Quebec court to hear appeal of challenge to British royal succession law

By Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – The Quebec Court of Appeal is set to begin reviewing a case on Monday that challenges the rules governing the ascension to the British throne, and the result could have political consequences in Canada. If the appeal is successful, the challenge could force Ottawa to undertake a round of constitutional negotiations, according to ... Read More »

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Five pillars Ottawa studied as part of its gender-budgeting exercise

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is preparing to table the first federal budget to scrutinize all its commitments with a gender-equality microscope. To get there, Finance Minister Bill Morneau was presented with many options on how best to subject his fiscal plan to a gender-based analysis. The Canadian Press obtained a briefing note that lays ... Read More »

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Former Ontario PC leader to address media following leadership bid announcement

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives will hold his first campaign event today in his efforts to reclaim his old job. Patrick Brown was forced out of his position last month amid sexual misconduct allegations but two days ago announced he’s going to run again. The Barrie, Ont., politician is one ... Read More »

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Sajjan asks Trudeau to meet Indian politician behind Sikh separatist controversy

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

AGRA, India – The Canadian government is now seeking a meeting with the Indian politician who publicly accused members of Trudeau’s cabinet of being connected to the Sikh separatist movement. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family spent much of their first full day in India touring the Taj Mahal and visiting an elephant ... Read More »

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‘Behind in our preparation:’ Nunavut rushing to meet pot deadline

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

IQALUIT, Nunavut – With marijuana legalization only months away, members of Nunavut’s new government are finally discussing how the territory will handle the change. “We do feel behind in our preparation,” said Dan Carlson, Nunavut’s deputy minister of finance. The territory had an election in the fall and, because of its consensus-style government, little could ... Read More »

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