May 27th, 2015

National News

Mulcair, Trudeau, PM spar over NDP’s alleged improper use of taxpayers’ money

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper are duking it out over the allegedly improper use of parliamentary resources for partisan purposes by New Democrat MPs. The NDP leader insisted Wednesday there’s “not a scintilla” of evidence that New Democrats did anything wrong when they used their taxpayer-funded House of Commons budgets to ... Read More »

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Man accused of killing Calgary boy and his grandparents to stand trial

By The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

CALGARY – A man accused of killing a boy and his grandparents nearly one year ago has been ordered to stand trial. Douglas Garland was arrested last year following the disappearance of Alvin and Kathy Liknes (LIK’-ness) and five-year-old Nathan O’Brien. Alberta Judge Bob Wilkins ruled there was sufficient evidence presented at a preliminary inquiry ... Read More »

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People forced to leave in northern Alberta going home after crews hold wildfires

By The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

Emergency officials have lifted all evacuation orders for communities threatened by wildfires in northern Alberta. About 5,000 people who were told to leave their homes earlier this week are in the process of returning to their homes. Scott Long with the province’s Emergency Management Agency says fires near Wabasca and Slave Lake are being held. ... Read More »

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Deaf Canadians fear loss of televised, captioned election debates

By The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

OTTAWA – Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians fear their needs are being overlooked in the ongoing squabble over this year’s election debates. The Conservative party has rejected a proposal by the major TV networks to host debates in French and English, leaving those broadcasts in limbo. Networks like Global, CBC/Radio-Canada and CTV are required to include ... Read More »

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Canadian diplomat to testify at bail hearing for son, 15, charged with murder

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

MIAMI – A Canadian diplomat’s teenage son who is charged with murder watched attentively Wednesday as the prosecution methodically detailed the blood-soaked scene of a double killing in which his elder brother died. Among the exhibits shown at a special bail hearing for Marc Wabafiyebazu was surveillance video showing the frantic 15-year-old surrendering to police ... Read More »

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Lifespan lengthening for people with MS but there’s still a 7.5-year gap: study

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

TORONTO – Life expectancy for people who have multiple sclerosis is lengthening but is still about 7.5 years shorter than that of people who do not have the disease, a new study suggests. A team of researchers led by Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie of the University of Manitoba looked at health system billing data and ... Read More »

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New Alberta premier finds the unexpected as NDP take over

By The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says there have been some surprises in the few days since the New Democrats became the government. Notley says some of the province’s financial challenges are a bit bigger than the former Progressive Conservative government led Albertans to believe. Notley is meeting with her 11 cabinet colleagues for the ... Read More »

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Mulcair, Trudeau spar over NDP’s alleged improper use of parliamentary resources

By The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are duking it out over the allegedly improper use of parliamentary resources for partisan purposes by New Democrat MPs. The NDP leader insists there’s not “a scintilla” of evidence that New Democrats did anything wrong when they used their House of Commons budgets to pay the salaries of ... Read More »

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Concerns over retroactive law akin to angels on a pin head says Tory minister

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

OTTAWA – Treasury Board President Tony Clement says concerns over a Conservative move to retroactively rewrite the law in order to stop an investigation of alleged RCMP wrongdoing are akin to angels dancing on the head of a pin. The latest omnibus budget bill from the Harper government quietly inserted amendments, backdated to October 2011, ... Read More »

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Discovery-based learning to blame for students’ declining math skills: Report

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

A new report suggests that Canada’s math teachers need to shift their focus away from discovery-based learning and move back towards traditional methods. The report from the C.D. Howe Institute says that Canadian students’ math performance in international exams has been declining between 2003 and 2012. The report says that all but two provinces showed ... Read More »

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Canadian Hurricane Centre predicts below average hurricane season

By The Canadian Press on May 27th, 2015

HALIFAX – The Canadian Hurricane Centre says this year’s season will likely be quieter than average due to the so-called El Nino effect and cooler ocean temperatures. Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says El Nino, a patch of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, can interfere with the formation of hurricanes in the Atlantic by increasing wind ... Read More »

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