January 18th, 2017

National News

Kelly Ellard, convicted killer of Reena Virk, says motherhood has ‘calmed’ her

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Convicted killer Kelly Ellard says she sees the world through different eyes after the birth of her newborn baby, but her emotional plea for prison leave wasn’t enough to convince one parole board member. Ellard was asking the board’s permission for escorted absences for parenting programs and her child’s doctors’ appointments, but ... Read More »

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O’Leary running to lead Conservatives; now to get them to support him

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – A brash businessman-turned-reality TV star turns his outsized appetite for success towards the most powerful position in federal politics. Sound familiar? Canadians felt a shudder of deja vu Wednesday as Kevin O’Leary officially joined the Conservative leadership race, hoping his celebrity and private-sector experience will help him stand out from an already crowded ... Read More »

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Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in B.C. last year

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

VICTORIA – British Columbia reached a new peak of 914 illicit drug overdose deaths last year with the arrival of the deadly opioid fentanyl. The figure is almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 overdose deaths due to illicit drugs in 2015. The BC Coroners Service says December was the worst month at 142 ... Read More »

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A noisy majority: Anti-Trump protesters to line inaugural parade route

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump will get an earful from America’s noisy majority as he moves into his new home Friday. He’ll be jeered on the parade route as he enters the White House with the lowest approval rating of any new president of the modern era. One protest organizer expects thousands in a plaza on ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Illicit drug deaths reaches record high 914 in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

VANCOUVER – British Columbia reached a new peak of 914 illicit drug overdose deaths last year with the arrival of the deadly opioid fentanyl. The figure is almost 80 per cent higher than the 510 overdose deaths due to illicit drugs in 2015. The BC Coroners Service says December was the worst month at 142 ... Read More »

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Fate of police floats in Toronto Pride festivities uncertain after vote

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

TORONTO – Uncertainty is swirling around a vote by the organizer of Toronto’s Pride parade to ostensibly ban official police floats from future festivities. A surprise vote at Pride Toronto’s annual general meeting saw members vote to adopt a list of demands put forward by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, which interrupted last ... Read More »

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Lead legal counsel announced for inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – Susan Vella, a lawyer with extensive experience in representing victims of sexual trauma has been named lead counsel for the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. An award-winning Toronto lawyer, she will be responsible for building the inquiry’s legal team. Formal hearings are expected to begin in spring 2017. Vella has worked ... Read More »

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No prison leave for convicted killer and new mother Kelly Ellard

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Convicted killer Kelly Ellard won’t get the escorted releases from prison she says she needs after the recent birth of her child. Ellard was asking for the parole board’s permission to leave prison for medical appointments and parenting programs, but the two board members were split on their decision Wednesday. Ellard told ... Read More »

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Officer continues to lead police union while facing assault, perjury charges

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

CALGARY – A Calgary Police Association vice-president says the union continues to be led by an officer who has been charged with perjury and assault with a weapon. Mike Lomore says Sgt. Les Kaminski remains president, but the organization’s board is weighing all options and consulting members. Police watchdog Alberta Serious Incident Response Team announced ... Read More »

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Newfoundland town already talking about rebuilding after devastating fires

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

MILLTOWN, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s municipal affairs minister was to survey damage Wednesday in the small town devastated by fires at several key institutions. Eddie Joyce was to tour the scenes in Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir, where the elementary school was destroyed and the RCMP station and town hall badly damaged Tuesday. Joyce has ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Kelly Ellard fails in latest bid for parole

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A parole board panel has been unable to reach a decision to allow convicted killer Kelly Ellard escorted temporary absences. Ellard was asking for the absences for medical appointments and parenting programs following the recent birth of her child. She told the board the birth of her baby has calmed her, and the ... Read More »

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