September 21st, 2014

National News

Federal government’s plan to revoke passports raises human rights concerns

By The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

MONTREAL – A human rights lawyer is raising concern about the federal government’s plan to strip Canadian passports of those suspected of travelling abroad to join extremist groups. Citizenship and Immigration Canada has confirmed it is “revoking and refusing passports to those going abroad to take part in terrorist activities.” Lorne Waldman, the head of ... Read More »

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B.C. teachers strike fosters engagement from students and parents

By Steven Chua, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

VANCOUVER – Many parents and students in B.C. are relieved school is finally starting on Monday after three weeks of delay, and some say there is even a silver lining to the provincewide teachers strike. Half a million students are going back to school after more than 40,000 of the province’s public school teachers went ... Read More »

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After 32-day campaign on jobs, New Brunswick voters to polls Monday

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

FREDERICTON – After a 32-day election campaign fought largely on jobs, voters in New Brunswick decide Monday between a Liberal plan to turn the economy around through government stimulus or a Progressive Conservative promise to allow greater development of the province’s natural resources. The Tories and Liberals are the dominant forces in New Brunswick politics ... Read More »

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Soldiers diaries showcase dreary, perilous life First World War trenches

By Geordon Ormand, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

The three Rs they studied in school were nothing like those confronting young soldiers dug deep into the trenches of the First World War: rats, rain and rations. The labyrinthine network of passageways gouged into the hard-packed European soil offered precarious refuge from the ever-present threat of fast-firing machine guns and powerful artillery characterizing the ... Read More »

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Canadians among thousands taking part in global climate protest in NYC

By The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – A contingent of Canadians – some bearing anti-oilsands placards – were among the lively crowd of thousands of demonstrators who marched through New York City on Sunday to demand action on climate change. The protest – dubbed the People’s Climate March – was one of a series of events large ... Read More »

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Canadians in global climate protest in NYC; want Harper at UN summit

By The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Dozens of Canadians are among the thousands of demonstrators marching through New York City to demand action on climate change. Organizer Stu Basden has said his group, Toronto 350, bussed about 275 people down for today’s People’s Climate March. The Manhattan protest comes two days before the United Nations Climate ... Read More »

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Why Winnipeg? How Canada’s national lab became an Ebola research powerhouse

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

TORONTO – When Dr. Frank Plummer talks about the first experimental Ebola drug used in an outbreak, he pronounces it “Zed Map.” “I do it consciously,” says Plummer, who retired this year after serving for nearly 14 years as the head of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The rest of the world says the ... Read More »

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Tories revive union bill that provoked Senate rebellion, move to limit debate

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

OTTAWA – Conservative senators are making a bid to cut short debate on private members’ business just as the Senate is about to revive debate on a controversial bill that would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending. The timing of the two moves has sparked suspicions that the Harper government wants to ... Read More »

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Court asked to stop construction of huge Ontario wind farm pending appeal

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

TORONTO – The first court phase of a legal fight aimed at scuttling what would be one of Ontario’s largest wind-energy developments kicks off Monday with a farm family trying to force an immediate stop to its construction. Documents filed in support of their request show Shawn and Tricia Drennan are concerned about the potential ... Read More »

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Manitoba Appeal Court to hear case of man who died waiting for ER care

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2014

WINNIPEG – The family of a man who died during a 34-hour wait in a hospital emergency room is asking Manitoba’s highest court to rule his charter rights were violated. Lower court judges have previously struck down the heart of the family’s lawsuit by ruling that Brian Sinclair’s charter rights died with him. But lawyers ... Read More »

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