February 21st, 2017

National News

Ontario attorney general seeks Ottawa’s help to speed up justice system

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

TORONTO – Ontario’s attorney general is calling on the federal government to help speed up the justice system by appointing more judges and making specific changes to the country’s Criminal Code. Yasir Naqvi says his requests come in light of a Supreme Court of Canada decision last year on the issue of the constitutionally guaranteed ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia doctor to stand trial in early April, defence lawyer says

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The defence lawyer for a Nova Scotia doctor charged with drug trafficking after police accused her of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient has confirmed the trial is now set to begin April 3. The trial of Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones had first been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but defence lawyer ... Read More »

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Man charged after camera found in thermos allegedly used to film in washroom

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

TORONTO – A Toronto man has been arrested after allegedly using a camera hidden in a thermos to film people in a washroom. Police say officers responded to a call about a suspicious incident at the Rexdale Community Health Centre last Friday and seized a silver thermos located in a staff washroom. They say a ... Read More »

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Canadians warn against Trump pressure to change strategy for fighting ISIL

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

PERSIAN GULF – Two senior Canadian generals are defending the current strategy for defeating ISIL in Iraq and Syria, which the U.S. military is reviewing following scathing criticism by President Donald Trump. Brigadier-generals David Anderson and Stephen Kelsey are both based in Baghdad and while Canadian, each holds a key position within the larger international ... Read More »

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Theft of more than a dozen snakes was likely targeted, police say

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

THOROLD, Ont. – Police in southern Ontario say they’re on the hunt for more than a dozen potentially deadly snakes after a the animals were stolen from a rural home. Const. Phil Gavin of the Niagara Regional Police says the break-in took place over the weekend in Thorold, Ont. He says 13 snakes were taken ... Read More »

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Sonia LeBel, former Charbonneau Commission lawyer, joins Quebec’s Coalition party

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

MONTREAL – The former lead counsel for the commission that looked into corruption in Quebec’s construction industry is joining the province’s third biggest political party. Sonia LeBel says she is becoming deputy chief of staff to Coalition Leader Francois Legault in order to keep alive the work of the commission. LeBel and Legault held a ... Read More »

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Anti-Semitic notes at Toronto condominium investigated as hate crime

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

TORONTO – Police say they’re investigating notes with anti-Semitic messages that were left on doors at a north Toronto condominium as a hate crime. They say several residents of the building found notes containing “racial comments” attached to their doors on Sunday. Local television footage from the building on Monday showed at least one small ... Read More »

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Southwestern Ontario teacher denies anti-vaccine allegations at hearing

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

TORONTO – A southwestern Ontario teacher says he did nothing wrong when he spoke to a nurse and students about vaccinations being administered at his high school. Timothy C. Sullivan told a disciplinary hearing at the Ontario College of Teachers on Tuesday that he warned students about the risks associated with vaccines on March 9, ... Read More »

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Man says Zoose the pooch helped free him, two boys from collapsed snow fort

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

LAWRENCETOWN, N.S. – A Nova Scotia man is praising the efforts of the family dog for saving him and two young boys who were buried under a heavy mountain of snow after their fort collapsed on top of them. Steve Bayers, his son Ben and a friend were building a snow fort in Lawrencetown on ... Read More »

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Man accused of killing off-duty police officer arrested for alleged bail breach

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

HALIFAX – A man accused of killing an off-duty Nova Scotia police officer has been charged with breaching his bail conditions. Halifax police say Christopher Calvin Garnier could not be found over the weekend at either of the two places where he is permitted to reside. Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 ... Read More »

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Case of accused in Quebec City mosque shootings to resume March 30

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2017

QUEBEC – The case of the man charged with murder in last month’s mosque shootings in Quebec City will resume March 30. Alexandre Bissonnette appeared in court this morning as the Crown handed over evidence to the defence lawyer. Bissonnette faces six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder using a restricted firearm. ... Read More »

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