October 19th, 2017

National News

Conditional sentences don’t count as jail time in immigration law: Supreme Court

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court says conditional sentences don’t count as jail time when it comes to deciding whether permanent residents convicted of a crime ought to lose their status in Canada. The top court also says that deciding whether a permanent resident is inadmissible to Canada hinges on the maximum sentence on the books ... Read More »

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Trudeau campaigns with candidate in Quebec ahead of federal byelection

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

ROBERVAL, Que. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is campaigning in Quebec today ahead of a federal byelection in the Lac-Saint-Jean riding next week. Trudeau will also spend Friday in the riding supporting the party’s candidate, Richard Hebert, the outgoing mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini. The prime minister’s visit comes after the three other federal leaders visited the ... Read More »

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Police in Newfoundland defend national undercover operation aimed at sex trade

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Police in Newfoundland and Labrador are defending a national police operation aimed at finding victims of human trafficking working in the sex trade. Last week, the St. John’s Status of Women Counsel issued a hard-hitting statement about Operation Northern Spotlight, saying it should be stopped because it targets sex workers for ... Read More »

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Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life: ‘The shifting line of what is crazy’

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

HALIFAX – Sara Seager has pledged to spend the rest of her life searching for another Earth among the billions of stars that inhabit our night sky. “That’s our goal: to find life out there,” the Toronto-born astrophysicist says in a distinctly assured monotone, as if describing a walk to the local mall. The highly ... Read More »

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Seven stories in the news for today, Oct. 19

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

Seven stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 19 – – – FANS CELEBRATE LIFE OF GORD DOWNIE Fans of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie gathered yesterday to celebrate the life of the Tragically Hip frontman, who died on Tuesday at the age of 53. In his hometown of Kingston, Ont., last night, a city-run ... Read More »

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Fernie residents shaken by deaths following gas leak at local arena

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

FERNIE, B.C. – A lifelong resident of a picturesque Rocky Mountain community says people have been shaken by the deaths of three workers following an ammonia leak at the local ice rink. Twyla Sevinski recalled coming across a chaotic scene on Tuesday afternoon as a flurry of fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the arena ... Read More »

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Homeless B.C. nomads pitch tents at tony Oak Bay park after week at city hall

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2017

OAK BAY, B.C. – A nomadic group of homeless people has chosen one of Canada’s wealthiest communities to pitch some tents and draw attention to housing shortages for disadvantaged people across British Columbia. The latest location for the wandering group of 15 people is Willows Park, a seaside recreation area in the Victoria suburb of ... Read More »

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High-end Edmonton condominium costs $3.1 million but comes with free Bentley

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2017

EDMONTON – A luxury penthouse in the heart of a developing area of downtown Edmonton has hit the market and it comes with a perk – a free $200,000 car. The 3,000 square-foot, two-storey condo is on the 32nd floor of the Ultima Tower and boasts a 36-degree view of the city including the new ... Read More »

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Crews access part of B.C. arena after ammonia leak

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2017

FERNIE, B.C. – Emergency crews gained access to part of an arena in Fernie, B.C., on Wednesday more than 24 hours after three workers died following an ammonia leak while emergency maintenance was being done on refrigeration equipment. Fire Chief Ted Ruiter said the west side of the building was determined to be safe. The ... Read More »

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Quebec changes hearings into racism, new forum will tackle ‘discrimination’

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2017

MONTREAL – Quebec’s immigration minister announced Wednesday the government would be changing its widely criticized plan to hold public consultations on so-called systemic discrimination. Instead, minister David Heurtel said Quebec would hold a forum in December on the importance of diversity in society and the fight against discrimination, especially in the workplace. Quebec’s opposition parties ... Read More »

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Opposition hammers proposed changes to Access to Information law

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – Federal cabinet ministers were on the defensive Wednesday as opposition parties hammered proposed changes to the law that gives Canadians access to government files. The criticisms largely echoed those voiced last month by the federal information watchdog, who said the Liberals’ plan to amend the Access to Information Act would take people’s right ... Read More »

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