March 28th, 2017

National News

Officer who punched teen in face during arrest violated his rights: judge

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

An Ottawa judge says a teenager who was punched in the face twice by a police officer after being pulled over for not signalling a lane change had his rights repeatedly violated. Justice Julie Bourgeois found Mohamed Hamed not guilty of possession of marijuana, possession of counterfeit currency and resisting arrest, saying the evidence against ... Read More »

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Federal plan to legalize marijuana could test provincial patience

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

OTTAWA – The complex task of legalizing marijuana in Canada looks poised to become the latest bone of contention between some of the provinces and the federal government. A number of provincial governments have expressed concern in the wake of signals that federal legislation to legalize pot will be introduced the week of April 10. ... Read More »

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Manitoba police investigate dead goat, miniature pony found in ditches

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

BRANDON, Man. – RCMP in southwestern Manitoba are investigating two cases of cruelty to animals involving a dead goat and a miniature pony. Brandon Mounties say the animals had their ears removed and the goat had its back legs tied up. The animals were found in separate ditches about three days apart in the Rural ... Read More »

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Asylum seeker who became a permanent resident loses fight to clear his name

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

VANCOUVER – An El Salvadoran asylum seeker who was granted permanent residency after spending two years in sanctuary in a British Columbia church to avoid deportation has again lost a fight to clear his name. The Federal Court of Appeal rejected Jose Figueroa’s request for a certificate from the minister of foreign affairs declaring that ... Read More »

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Number of snow days in Nova Scotia schools amounts to a crisis: expert

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

HALIFAX – An education expert says it is “bizarre” how often Nova Scotia schools are closed because of weather – and the number of days lost this year amounts to a crisis. Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, said there has been an average of 12 lost days this school year in the ... Read More »

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‘Very grateful:’ Driver returns birthday cash to woman who left purse on train

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

CALGARY – A woman who left behind a purse with $1,300 in birthday cash on a Calgary light-rail train says she can barely believe someone was honest enough to return it. Li Feng Yang had received the money for her 75th birthday and was planning to deposit it in the bank. Yang says she felt ... Read More »

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Lawyer says Sen. Meredith will honour ethics committee invite to appear

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

TORONTO – The lawyer for embattled Sen. Don Meredith says his client will honour an invitation to appear before the Senate ethics committee. However, Bill Trudell says it’s not clear what form Meredith’s appearance on April 4 will take, adding it could be via video or teleconference. Trudell says he has concerns about the senator’s ... Read More »

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Carleton University students, staff urged to change passwords after key-logging devices found

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

OTTAWA – Carleton University is urging caution among staff and students after discovering potential hacking tools on a handful of classroom computers. The university says it discovered USB key-logging devices on six classroom computers across three university buildings. Carleton says staff discovered the devices last week during what it called a routine classroom inspection, but ... Read More »

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Senator urged to leave aboriginal peoples committee over comments

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

OTTAWA – A Conservative senator continues to insist there was “good” done in residential schools, remarks that have threatened to sidetrack a committee looking into the Crown’s relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Lynn Beyak is refusing to elaborate on a CBC interview where she described an outpouring of public support for her position, adding that ... Read More »

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CEO of International Air Transport Association criticizes electronics device ban

By The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

MONTREAL – The head of the International Air Transport Association says it’s difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage on flights will improve security. In a prepared text of a speech Tuesday, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac called on governments to work with the transport industry to ensure passengers aren’t separated from ... Read More »

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China: As Canada talks trade deal, Trump’s Washington eyes it warily

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on March 28th, 2017

WASHINGTON – On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Robert Zoellick – an eminent figure in American trade policy – offered Canada a pointed warning about China: proceed with caution. A former president of the World Bank, trade czar to George W. Bush and occasional critic of Trump, Zoellick participated in a panel on Canada-U.S. ... Read More »

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