July 24th, 2017

National News

Missing non-lethal grenade launcher, ammunition found: B.C. police

By The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Mounties in British Columbia say a missing non-lethal grenade launcher has been found. The force released a plea Monday looking for anyone who had information about a missing 40-millimetre Abrams Airborne Less Lethal Multi-Launcher and some related ammunition. Online descriptions of the equipment say the multi-launcher is used by tactical teams to control ... Read More »

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‘I’m guilty of living my religion,’ says former B.C. bishop guilty of polygamy

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

CRANBROOK, B.C. – Winston Blackmore was making no apologies Monday after he and another former bishop of an isolated religious community in British Columbia were found guilty of practising polygamy. “I’m guilty of living my religion and that’s all I’m saying today because I’ve never denied that,” Blackmore told reporters after a judge announced a ... Read More »

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Corrective on story about Hamilton Fringe Festival posters defaced

By The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

HAMILTON – In a story Sunday about defaced posters for a Hamilton Fringe Festival show, The Canadian Press had the incorrect name of the show, the incorrect dates Les Mouches Fantastiques magazine was published and erroneously reported the magazine was illegal... Read More »

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New Alberta conservative party meets, but loses caucus member

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

EDMONTON – Caucus members from Alberta’s two conservative parties got together for the first time Monday, but one Progressive Conservative bowed out before the joint meeting even took place. Richard Starke, legislature member for Vermilion-Lloydminster, said he has not been happy with policy direction under PC Leader Jason Kenney and has no faith that will ... Read More »

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First Nations ink agreement with Ottawa, Ontario for more control of health care

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

OTTAWA – Authorities involved in dealing with mental health in remote First Nations reserves say they have a plan to disrupt the cycle of suicide and crisis. The federal and Ontario ministers of health as well as an umbrella organization representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario have signed a charter that will give front-line ... Read More »

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Manitoba RCMP bag man on lawn mower for impaired operation of motor vehicle

By The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba man found driving a lawn mower on a road leading to the Trans-Canada Highway in the dark has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. RCMP say officers pulled over a man on a John Deere riding mower in the rural municipality of Headingley at around 2 a.m. Saturday. ... Read More »

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City removes signs banning kids over 3 from opposite sex change rooms

By Jennifer Cheng, The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

A southern Ontario city has retracted a policy that had left many parents uneasy about taking their young children to their local pool. Officials in London, Ont., received a flood of complaints after signs posted at municipal swimming pools said children over the age of three weren’t permitted in change rooms for the opposite sex. ... Read More »

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Tens of thousands of B.C. residents go home after being forced out by wildfires

By The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Tens of thousands of anxious British Columbia residents who were forced to escape raging wildfires have returned home in recent days as firefighters made progress and conditions improved. About 20,000 people remained displaced on Monday, but that number was down significantly from 45,000 last week, said Chris Duffy, executive director of operations ... Read More »

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Former bishops guilty of polygamy involving isolated sect in Bountiful, B.C.

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

CRANBROOK, B.C. – Two former bishops of an isolated religious commune in British Columbia have been found guilty of practising polygamy after a decades-long legal fight launched by the provincial government. Winston Blackmore,60, was married to Jane Blackmore and then married 24 additional women as part of so-called “celestial” marriages involving residents in the tiny ... Read More »

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HIV-positive Regina man gets nine year- sentence for sexual assault

By The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

REGINA – An HIV-positive Regina man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for choking a woman until she was unconscious and then sexually assaulting her. Kenton Desjarlais, who is 26, had earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault. Court heard Desjarlais attacked the woman in May 2015 while she was walking home from ... Read More »

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Wildrose MLA Nathan Cooper picked as interim leader of new Alberta UCP

By The Canadian Press on July 24th, 2017

EDMONTON – The caucus members of Alberta’s two conservative parties held their first joint meeting and selected Nathan Cooper as their new interim leader. Cooper, the former Wildrose house leader, will lead the new United Conservative Party until a permanent leader is picked on Oct. 28. Members of the Wildrose party and the Progressive Conservatives ... Read More »

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