December 4th, 2016

National News

Federal subsidy failing to keep northern food healthy, affordable: study

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

A researcher has found that a federal subsidy intended to reduce astronomical food prices for northern families has resulted in stale-dated, unreliable food on store shelves without making grocery bills more affordable. Tracey Galloway of the University of Toronto, whose findings are to be published in a scientific journal later this month, says the Nutrition ... Read More »

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New PQ leader wants to work ‘within the system’ to defend Quebec’s interests

By Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

MONTREAL – Canadians can breathe easier with the new Parti Quebecois leader, a pragmatic and wily politician who promises that if elected premier in 2018, he won’t hold a sovereignty referendum until at least 2022 – if ever. And while the media attention surrounding Jean-Francois Lisee’s campaign and election – especially outside Quebec – was ... Read More »

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Some facts about Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

By The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

VANCOUVER – A sketch of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is also an outspoken climate crusader: Born: Sept. 18, 1964, in North Vancouver (age: 52). Professional background: He started an organic farm in B.C.’s Lower Mainland before co-founding Happy Planet, an organic fruit juice company. Political experience: One incomplete term as the NDP legislature member ... Read More »

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Montreal’s social-media-savvy religious sisters embrace modern devotion

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

MONTREAL – Sheila Sullivan was one of 58 prospective religious sisters to join Montreal’s Congregation de Notre-Dame in 1964. In 2016, only one woman in Canada has applied to join the country’s oldest non-cloistered religious community. As church attendance declines and the community shrinks with age, some of Notre-Dame’s sisters are carving out a new ... Read More »

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Vancouver mayor’s national profile on the rise in pipeline debate

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

VANCOUVER – The ever-simmering world of pipeline politics is once again threatening to boil over after the federal government approved the Trans Mountain project, as both backers and critics of the polarizing proposal mobilize for what many predict will be a fierce and lengthy battle. While a litany of local politicians, First Nations and environmental ... Read More »

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2 winning tickets for Saturday night’s $12.4 million Lotto 649 jackpot

By The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

TORONTO – Two winning tickets were sold for Saturday night’s nearly $12.4 million Lotto 649 jackpot. One was purchased in Ontario and the other in Quebec – each being worth almost $6.2 million. The winning ticket for the $1 million guaranteed prize was also sold in Quebec. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw ... Read More »

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Toronto doctor charged with first-degree murder in woman’s death

By The Canadian Press on December 3rd, 2016

TORONTO – The director of the Ontario Medical Association is remembering a doctor whose body was found by the side of a road in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday afternoon. Police say the woman was reported missing Wednesday night. The deceased doctor had been identified by police and in multiple media reports, but media reports Saturday ... Read More »

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Bus carrying over two dozen kids slides off road and rolls onto side in Manitoba

By The Canadian Press on December 3rd, 2016

PINE DOCK, Man. – RCMP and emergency officials in Manitoba say a school bus with more then two dozen students slid off a road and onto its side. Police say the bus, from the Frontier School Division, was on its way north from Winnipeg to Berens River on Saturday afternoon when it went off the ... Read More »

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Police continue search for girl, 9, last seen in Welland, Ont., on Thursday

By The Canadian Press on December 3rd, 2016

WELLAND, Ont. – Police in Ontario are continuing to search for a nine-year-old girl, but they say the Amber Alert related to her whereabouts has concluded. Niagara Regional Police say Layla Sabry and her mother Allana Haist were last seen on Thursday evening in Welland, Ont. Const. Virginia Moir says they are continuing to treat ... Read More »

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Police continue search for nine-year-old girl last seen in Welland, Ont.

By The Canadian Press on December 3rd, 2016

WELLAND, Ont. – Police in Ontario are continuing their search for a nine-year-old girl believed to be abducted by her mother. Niagara Regional Police say Layla Sabry and her mother Allana Haist were last seen Thursday at 6 p.m. in Welland, Ont. Earlier reports indicated the Amber Alert ended early Saturday, but Niagara police say ... Read More »

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Montreal man kidnapped in Libya happy to be home after seven-week ordeal

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on December 3rd, 2016

MONTREAL – When he was driven deep into the Libyan desert and told to kneel in the sand, Frank Poccia thought his seven weeks as a hostage were drawing to a tragic close. Lying on the ground, surrounded by armed gunmen, he thought, “OK, this is where they’re going to kill us, something didn’t go ... Read More »

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