February 26th, 2017

National News

NDP leadership race expands with Charlie Angus entering the fold

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – And then there were two. Ontario MP Charlie Angus officially entered the NDP leadership race Sunday – a competition that’s expected to start heating up soon with a debate scheduled for next month in Ottawa. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Angus said the New Democrat race will be about renewing the ... Read More »

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‘An engineering feat’: Workday traffic flows during Halifax bridge overhaul

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

HALIFAX – The 46th and final section of the decades-old Macdonald Bridge has been replaced, finishing the nearly two-year-long effort to redeck the suspension bridge spanning Halifax Harbour. The Macdonald Bridge, which is one of two overpasses connecting Halifax with its sprawling suburbs, has been closed on weekends since March 2015 while crews did the ... Read More »

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Health Canada’s position on opioid Tramadol indefensible: doctor

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – It is indefensible that Health Canada has failed to register the opioid Tramadol under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a drug-safety researcher says, noting the department explored making such a move in 2007, but backtracked. Dr. David Juurlink, based at the University of Toronto, says Health Canada’s inaction has helped to fuel ... Read More »

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Despite Manitoba concerns, immigration minister not convinced of an asylum trend

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – Canada’s immigration minister says he’s not yet convinced a recent increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally from the United States constitutes a growing trend, despite concerns raised by Manitoba that the situation may be getting out of hand. In the days and weeks that followed a move by ... Read More »

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The Populism Project: could the Conservative establishment be at risk?

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – There were “Make America Great Again” hats, there were signs with Donald Trump’s name. There was a panel devoted exclusively to the topic of whether Trumpism could be exported to Canada, and more than one other session made mention of the Trump effect. It’s clear that conservatives at the Manning Centre conference were ... Read More »

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A fresh look at stunning, historic ‘Book of Negroes’ through N.S. online portal

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

HALIFAX – The image on the computer screen looks innocent enough: A ledger showing a list of names, ages and descriptions of physical stature – all of it written in a precise script that hasn’t been practised in more than two centuries. But a closer examination of the “Book of Negroes” online reveals a time ... Read More »

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More Canadian schools move to incorporate, not ban, cellphones

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

Researchers and educators agree that cellphones have become fixtures in Canadian classrooms, but opinion remains divided on how best to address their presence. All agree that the presence of smartphones can be problematic if students are allowed to devote more attention to their screens than their studies. One research paper suggests the majority of schools ... Read More »

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Burden of isolation: Juror with PTSD urges triple-murder jury to get help

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

CALGARY – Mark Farrant has a good idea of what jurors are going through after they sat through a recent triple-murder trial’s disturbing testimony about how the victims were killed and disposed of. Farrant, who is from Toronto, spent five months at the 2014 trial of Farshad Badakhshan, who was ultimately convicted of murdering his ... Read More »

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Canadian school boards question trips to U.S. as travel ban debate continues

By Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

Schools across Canada are grappling with the uncertainty of U.S. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border. A travel ban instituted by President Donald Trump on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees may be on hold as it works its way through the U.S. justice system, but Canadian ... Read More »

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Canadian man travels to Turkey in effort to get aid to besieged family in Libya

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

A Canadian man whose family is trapped in a militant-controlled area in the Libyan city of Benghazi has travelled to Turkey in effort to assemble an aid shipment for civilians in the conflict-ridden neighbourhood. Ali Hamza, of Mississauga, Ont., says he’s made the journey with his wife and four children in a desperate attempt to ... Read More »

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Quebec’s clogged justice system needs big culture change, say lawyers, academics

By Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

MONTREAL – During the summers of 2015 and 2016 McGill University professor Jason Carmichael tried to study what factors influenced sentencing outcomes for people convicted of drunk driving – but he ran into a problem. The researchers he sent to the Montreal courthouse couldn’t track those criminal cases within a reasonable – and cost-efficient – ... Read More »

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