December 14th, 2017

National News

Alberta set to fight back Thursday on Saskatchewan licence plate ban

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta says it will take action on two fronts Thursday in its escalating fight with Saskatchewan over the ban on Alberta licence plates on Saskatchewan job sites. Deron Bilous, Alberta’s economic development minister, said unless Saskatchewan relents he will launch a formal application under the New West Partnership. He said Saskatchewan’s licence plate ... Read More »

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Accused bank robber gets bail in Alberta, but also faces charges in Saskatchewan

By Peggy Revell, Medicine Hat News, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – A former Winnipeg television news director accused of robbing banks in Alberta has been granted bail. But Stephan Vogelsang remains in custody in Medicine Hat, Alta., because he faces the same charges in Saskatchewan. Vogelsang, who is 54, is charged with robbing two banks in Medicine Hat, three in Regina and ... Read More »

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Clinton says Dem’s surprise win in Alabama a ‘turning point’ against Trump

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Hillary Clinton says the Democratic party’s surprise win in Alabama during Tuesday’s senate race in the United States marks a “turning point” for Americans who are opposed to President Donald Trump. Clinton told a crowd of more than 5,000 people gathered in Vancouver on Wednesday that the Democrats’ electoral upset in the heart ... Read More »

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National clean fuels strategy will affect all forms of fuels in Canada

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – Canada’s national clean fuels strategy will apply to every kind of fuel – be it liquid, solid or gas, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Wednesday. McKenna released the broad brushstrokes of the standard, which aims to eliminate at least 30 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually by 2030. It is the single ... Read More »

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Licence plate fight between Alberta and Saskatchewan heats up

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

EDMONTON – The licence plate war between Saskatchewan and Alberta is escalating. Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous says Saskatchewan had originally said the ban would be on future government projects, but is now applying it to current ones. “They’ve retroactively changed their open tenders,” Bilous said Wednesday at the legislature. “No Alberta plates will ... Read More »

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DND posts Facebook photo of Super Hornets to tout Australian fighter purchase

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Canadian Forces social-media team might have been flying high over the federal government’s plans to buy second-hand jets from Australia, but an errant photo of Boeing’s controversial Super Hornet fighter has brought it crashing back to Earth. The photo in question was posted to the military’s Facebook page Tuesday after the Liberals ... Read More »

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Sex ed to be compulsory in Quebec as of September: Couillard

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

QUEBEC – All students in Quebec primary and secondary schools will be taught sexual education as of September. Premier Philippe Couillard confirmed the news in an interview late this afternoon with The Canadian Press. Education Minister Sebastien Proulx has been trying for two years to gradually introduce voluntary sex-ed courses in schools but without much ... Read More »

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The Wednesday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, Dec. 13 – – – HOSTAGE TAKING AT ONTARIO BANK LEAVES GUNMAN DEAD: Police shot and killed a gunman during a hostage taking at a bank north of Toronto on Wednesday. Police say nobody else was injured but those inside the Royal Bank in Maple, Ont., were definitely ... Read More »

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Clinton visit Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Hillary Clinton says she feels “a tiny bit less” concerned about the United States following the Democratic party’s surprise win in Alabama’s senate race on Monday. The former presidential candidate is calling the electoral upset a turning point for Americans in pushing for accountability from President Donald Trump, who backed the unsuccessful Republican ... Read More »

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Liberal government opens door to Canadian arms exports to Ukraine

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is opening the door to the export of Canadian-made weapons and ammunition to Ukraine even as the three-year war there shows no signs of abating. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is touting the addition of Ukraine to what is known as the automatic firearms country control list as a sign ... Read More »

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Accused tells Winnipeg letter-bomb trial his ex-wife may be real perpetrator

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

WINNIPEG – A man accused of sending letter bombs to two law offices and his ex-wife has suggested that she is the real culprit and went so far as to send a bomb to herself. Guido Amsel, being tried on five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges, pointed the finger at his former ... Read More »

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