February 19th, 2018

National News

Federal government to fight solitary confinement ruling from B.C. court

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says the federal government has announced it will appeal a B.C. court decision that finds indefinite solitary confinement is unconstitutional. The ruling was handed down last month following a challenge by the association and the John Howard Society of Canada. Association executive director Josh Paterson says he’s ... Read More »

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Trudeau to meet Indian politician behind Sikh separatist controversy

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

MUMBAI, India – An Indian politician who publicly accused members of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet of being connected to the Sikh separatist movement will meet the prime minister this week. A tweet from the account of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh says he will meet Trudeau on Wednesday. Singh’s tweet says he hopes the meeting will ... Read More »

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Quebec man arrested in slaying of Alberta woman 16 years ago

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

AIRDRIE, Alta. – A Quebec man has been arrested in the slaying of a 21-year-old woman 16 years ago. The body of Adrienne McColl was found on a rancher’s field in February 2002 about 85 kilometres south of Calgary. She’d gone missing around Valentine’s Day and was found on Feb. 17 just outside Nanton. The ... Read More »

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Apology sought for ‘disturbing’ confinement of people with disabilities

By Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – An independent report that warned people with disabilities were being unjustly confined in a Nova Scotia psychiatric hospital is being described as “startling and disturbing” by a law professor at Dalhousie University. Archie Kaiser, who teaches at the Schulich School of Law, said the province should have found housing in the community with ... Read More »

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Porch lights turn on across continent for N.B. teen behind good-deed movement

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

Porch lights have been turning on across North America in honour of a New Brunswick teenager who turned a terminal prognosis into an online movement that inspired acts of kindness around the globe. Rebecca Schofield died of brain cancer in Moncton on Saturday evening at the age of 18. Hundreds of members of a Facebook ... Read More »

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In the news today, Feb. 19

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

Three stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 19 – – – ARCHIVISTS AIM FOR MORE INDIGENOUS SENSITIVITY Reconciliation is rewriting Canada’s memory banks as archivists across the country work to make their collections more open to, and sensitive towards Indigenous people. Library and Archives Canada is leading the way with a 12-million dollar project ... Read More »

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Canadian families finding small living creates closeness, creative kids

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

VANCOUVER – Adrian Crook hadn’t always intended on raising his five kids in a three-bedroom condo in downtown Vancouver. But skyrocketing real estate and rental markets across much of the country have some families choosing small spaces over suburban sprawl – and finding unexpected benefits. Crook moved downtown from the suburbs following a divorce, craving ... Read More »

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Rewriting Canada’s memory banks: Archivists ‘decolonize’ collections

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2018

Reconciliation is rewriting Canada’s memory banks as archivists across the country work to make their collections more open to and sensitive towards Indigenous people. Library and Archives Canada is leading the way with a $12-million project to hire Aboriginal archivists to work in First Nations communities and to give more control over materials gathered there ... Read More »

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Petition wants GoFundMe to drop fundraiser for Gerald Stanley’s family

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

An international advocacy group says it has collected thousands of names in a campaign calling for GoFundMe to remove a page that’s raising funds for Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley’s family. The online petition launched by the group SumOfUs says the crowdfunding website is profiting from the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man who died ... Read More »

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Vacationing Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

CALGARY – A Calgary man who suddenly became ill while on vacation in Mexico has died. Jonathan Denis says his friend Troy Black began vomiting in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday and doctors found a tear in his esophagus. A social media campaign began when it appeared that the hospital where Black was being treated didn’t ... Read More »

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Montreal’s Oreo cookie plant prepares to shut its doors after drawn-out closing

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – There was a time when the whole neighbourhood surrounding an east-end Montreal bakery would smell like baking Oreos. But that era comes to an end this month when snack-maker Mondelez International closes its Montreal factory for good. Union spokesman Pierre Grenier says many of the factory’s 454 employees had worked there for decades, ... Read More »

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