November 18th, 2017

National News

Toronto man gets 5 years in prison for claiming nearly $1M in tax refunds

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

TORONTO – A Toronto man has been sentenced to five years in prison for claiming nearly $1 million in Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax refunds to which he wasn’t entitled. The Canada Revenue Agency says Alexander Wiafe – who was convicted of fraud over $5,000 – also was fined $96,000 and faces ... Read More »

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Psychiatrist says terror suspect Mohamed Harkat poses low risk of violence

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – A psychiatrist who has treated terror suspect Mohamed Harkat for the last eight years says the refugee from Algeria is unlikely to commit violent acts. Dr. Colin Cameron has told a Federal Court of Canada hearing on Harkat’s release conditions that his patient supports democracy and expresses revulsion about terrorist attacks. Harkat, who ... Read More »

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Calgary woman found guilty in son’s death sentenced to three years

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

CALGARY – A woman found guilty in her son’s death by failing to seek medical treatment for his strep infection has been sentenced to three years in prison. Tamara Lovett, 48, was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing death. Justice Kristine Eidsvik said it wasn’t Lovett’s fault her son Ryan got sick, but ... Read More »

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister hurt while hiking in New Mexico

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has been injured on a hike while on vacation in New Mexico. The premier’s office says Pallister was hiking in the Gila Wilderness on Tuesday when he had a serious fall. He suffered compound fractures in his left arm, along with numerous cuts and bruises. The government says Pallister ... Read More »

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International political, military leaders gather in Halifax for security forum

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

HALIFAX – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan kicked off the Halifax International Security Forum today by underscoring the importance of frank discussion amongst global leaders in a complex international security landscape. Sajjan told reporters that the forum’s intimate setting provides a “unique” opportunity for political leaders, military strategists and security experts from around the world to ... Read More »

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Halifax cannabis shop owner says charges dropped in relation to three raids

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

HALIFAX – An outspoken Halifax marijuana advocate says the Crown has told him it is withdrawing all charges related to three raids at his cannabis shop. Chris Enns made the announcement today in front of a group of about 30 supporters on the steps of the provincial courthouse in downtown Halifax. Enns’ business, Farm Assists, ... Read More »

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Toronto police board approves donation of body armour for the force’s K9 members

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

TORONTO – Police dogs in Toronto will be getting armoured vests designed to protect them from sharp weapons. The Toronto Police Services Board voted Thursday to accept an anonymous corporate donation of 18 of the vests. The donor came forward after Lonca, a canine with the force, was seriously injured last year by a suspect ... Read More »

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Judge refuses to toss conviction of Calgary woman found guilty in son’s death

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

CALGARY – A Calgary woman found guilty in her son’s death by failing to seek medical treatment for his strep infection has failed to get her conviction tossed. Tamara Lovett, who is 48, will now be sentenced for criminal negligence causing death. Justice Kristine Eidsvik said it would not be just to set aside the ... Read More »

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Hundreds gather to watch Halifax send off its annual Tree for Boston

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

HALIFAX – Hundreds of people gathered at Halifax’s Grand Parade today to say bon voyage to a tree. The 16-metre white spruce is Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston – the province’s annual Christmas gift to the New England city as a thank-you for help after the 1917 Halifax Explosion. It was sent off on a ... Read More »

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CP NewsAlert: Manitoba premier Brian Pallister hurt while hiking in New Mexico

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has been injured while hiking in New Mexico. A government statement says the premier was hiking in the Gila Wilderness when he had a serious fall. It says he suffered compound fractures in his left arm, along with numerous cuts and bruises. He was hospitalized overnight and is to ... Read More »

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Crown seeking to revoke Const. Forcillo’s bail, officer remains in custody

By The Canadian Press on November 17th, 2017

TORONTO – The Crown is seeking to revoke the bail of a Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the death of a teen on an empty streetcar. Const. James Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 shooting of Sammy Yatim, but had been out on bail while appealing his ... Read More »

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