May 3rd, 2016

National News

A look at the men and women who make up Manitoba’s new Tory cabinet

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

WINNIPEG – New Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was sworn in Tuesday along with his 12-member cabinet. Here is a look at who got what posts: Heather Stefanson – Minister of justice and attorney general, deputy premier Cameron Friesen – Minister of finance Kelvin Goertzen – Minister of health, seniors and active living Ian Wishart – ... Read More »

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Manitoba’s new Tory premier Brian Pallister sworn in; names 12-member cabinet

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

WINNIPEG – Brian Pallister has been sworn in as Manitoba premier. The Progressive Conservative leader took the oath in front of the 12 ministers who will make up his cabinet – eight men and four women. Cameron Friesen, member of the legislature for Morden-Winkler, has been appointed finance minister. Longtime Tory member and former justice ... Read More »

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Government needs to cancel torture directives, says torture victim

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

OTTAWA – A prominent Canadian torture victim is calling on the government to cancel controversial directives that allow for the sharing of intelligence that could lead to torture. Abdullah Almalki, a Canadian who was imprisoned and tortured in Syria for almost two years, says it is time the Liberals ditched the policy that was enacted ... Read More »

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Groups take legal action to get Ottawa to enforce Canada Health Act in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

MONTREAL – Various health groups are getting involved in legal action aimed at making sure the federal government enforces the Canada Health Act in Quebec. The plaintiffs are represented by Jean-Pierre Menard, a well-known Quebec lawyer. Menard has filed a petition in Federal Court asking it to issue a writ to order the federal health ... Read More »

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Update on Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools talks May 10: lawyer

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A lawyer for plaintiffs who attended residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador says an update on compensation talks is coming May 10. Steven Cooper says all parties have agreed not to say more until they appear that day before a judge in provincial Supreme Court. Lawyers for former students alleging abuse ... Read More »

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Terror group releases video of Canadian hostage’s beheading in the Philippines

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

A U.S. group that monitors jihadi websites says Muslim militants in the Philippines have a released a video showing the beheading of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel. Ridsdel, 68, of Calgary, was one of four tourists – including fellow Canadian Robert Hall, a Norwegian man and a Filipino woman – who were kidnapped last Sept. 21 ... Read More »

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Animal hall of fame pooches save owners from fire, bear, heart attack

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

TORONTO – A tenacious German shepherd cross who pulled his sleeping owner to the door amid a house fire is among five heroic hounds being inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. Noreen Lucas credits nine-year-old Rex with saving her life last December. Lucas had been visiting her son and his family in Aberdeen, ... Read More »

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Canadian man ordered to leave Nepal after posting ‘provocative’ tweets

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

KATHMANDU, Nepal – A Canadian man has been ordered to leave Nepal within two days after authorities said he posted messages on social media that could disturb social harmony. Home Ministry official Yadav Koirala says Robert Penner’s work visa was revoked because a report prepared by authorities suggested his critical posts on Twitter threatened national ... Read More »

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Pot problem: Auditor urges Veterans Affairs to rein in medical pot use, costs

By Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

OTTAWA – The latest report from the federal auditor general urges Veterans Affairs to get a grip on its medical marijuana program for injured ex-soldiers, which is expected to cost taxpayers a startling $25 million this year. Michael Ferguson says it’s just one of the programs where the federal government has critical data available to ... Read More »

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Citizenships being granted without all checks being carried out: auditor

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

OTTAWA – People with serious criminal records and others using potentially phoney addresses are among those who managed to secure Canadian citizenship, thanks to a system that doesn’t do enough to root out fraud, the auditor general has found. Michael Ferguson’s audit of citizenship applications between July 2014 and last fall found the Immigration Department ... Read More »

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Canada’s army reserve lacking soldiers, equipment, training, audit finds

By The Canadian Press on May 3rd, 2016

OTTAWA – Canada’s auditor general has released a scathing report that shows the country’s army reserve is in dire straits, with only a fraction of its troops properly trained, equipped and fit for international operations and domestic emergencies. Michael Ferguson’s latest audit includes a detailed examination of the problems faced by the military’s part-time branch, ... Read More »

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