March 27th, 2015

National News

Francis Boucher back in custody after walking out of Montreal jail

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2015

MONTREAL – Francis Boucher, who walked out of a Montreal jail on Monday, was back in custody early Friday after turning himself in to authorities. The son of former Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher surrendered while accompanied by his lawyer, Dimitrios Strapatsas. Boucher, 39, a former member of the Rockers, a Hells puppet gang, ... Read More »

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Undercover cop continues testimony at drug trial of Rob Ford friend

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2015

TORONTO – The trial of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s friend Alexander (Sandro) Lisi continues today with further cross-examination of an undercover cop and the officer who arrested him. Det. Ross Fernandes told the court on Thursday that he was unaware Lisi was part of an extraordinary investigation into the former mayor’s “crack video.” Fernandes ... Read More »

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Four stories in the news today, March 27

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2015

Four stories in the news today, March 27, from The Canadian Press: SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE GUN FIGHT BETWEEN FEDS AND QUEBEC Canada’s top court is expected to hand down a ruling today on whether the Quebec government can keep data it compiled for the now disbanded federal long gun registry. Quebec has been fighting ... Read More »

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In Newfoundland and Labrador, where fishery has been focus, literacy rates lag

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2015

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Two years ago, Linda Richards read at a Grade 3 level and was unemployed after being laid off from her home care job in St. John’s, N.L. She was 53 and had struggled for years with labels on medications, grocery lists and client reports. She grew up with three brothers and ... Read More »

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Supreme Court to rule today whether Quebec can preserve gun registry data

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2015

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether Quebec can maintain data on gun owners that was part of the now defunct federal gun registry. The Harper government abolished the registry for long guns in 2011 as part of a long-standing campaign promise. The federal government ordered the provinces ... Read More »

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B.C. airport evacuated over suspicious package that turned out to be a painting

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2015

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A rolled-up painting stored inside a tube is the latest suspicious-looking package to force an evacuation in Western Canada. Kamloops, B.C., airport manager Fred Legace (legacy) says an employee noticed a suspicious looking package Thursday afternoon and sounded an alert. He says the airport was evacuated and the RCMP found that the ... Read More »

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Accused B.C. terrorist laments missed chance to kill soldiers, families: trial

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2015

VANCOUVER – The man accused of plotting to bomb the B.C. legislature was recorded lamenting a missed chance to murder hundreds of soldiers and their loved ones at a military homecoming celebration, a B.C. Supreme Court jury has heard. “I could have killed 225 Canadian soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, and all their families,” says ... Read More »

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Canadian airlines will now have two crew members in cockpits at all times

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2015

MONTREAL – Canadian airlines and the federal government moved swiftly on Thursday to tighten security policies after it was revealed the pilot of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps this week was locked outside the cockpit. French investigators concluded that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane, killing all 150 people on board ... Read More »

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Proposed Liberal amendments to the government’s anti-terrorism bill

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2015

OTTAWA – The Liberal party’s key proposed amendments to the federal anti-terrorism bill: – Creation of a national security committee of parliamentarians with up to six MPs and three senators. – Expiry of certain provisions after three years, unless Parliament decides to renew them. – A comprehensive parliamentary review of the bill after three years. ... Read More »

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Lawyer is seeking a court order to prevent Alberta premier from calling election

By The Canadian Press on March 26th, 2015

EDMONTON – An Edmonton lawyer is seeking a court order to prevent Alberta Premier Jim Prentice from calling an early provincial election. Tom Engel wants a judge to declare that the next vote must be held between March 1, 2016, and May 31, 2016. That time period is spelled out in Alberta’s Election Act introduced ... Read More »

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