May 26th, 2017

National News

Weak or non-existent El Nino to impact above-normal hurricane season

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

HALIFAX – The Canadian Hurricane Centre says warm water temperatures and a weak or non-existent El Nino will contribute to an above-normal hurricane season this year, with as many as 17 named storms. Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says figures released today from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict 11 to 17 named storms, with ... Read More »

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Overcoming the stigma around addiction and treatment facilities

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

POWELL RIVER, B.C. – Dan puts his fork down and smiles as he explains to his three lunch companions what it’s like when people learn he has an addiction. “It’s like that scene from ‘The Elephant Man,’ where he says, ‘I am not an elephant! I am a man!’ ” says the neatly dressed retired ... Read More »

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Jury chosen for Alberta man accused of killing dad, daughter, woman, in 2015

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The jury has been selected in the trial of an Alberta man accused of killing three people. Derek Saretzky is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Terry Blanchette, who was 27, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech. Saretzky, who is 24, is also charged with committing an ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia hospital promises changes after mistakes in dying man’s care

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

HALIFAX – Health authorities will act on recommendations stemming from the case of a Nova Scotia man who languished for six hours in a Halifax ER hallway while dying from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Mark Taylor, a medical director with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said today the draft recommendations regarding the treatment of 68-year-old Jack ... Read More »

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Appeal Court blasts judge for failures to give reasons; quashes verdict

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court sharply rebuked a prominent judge on Thursday for repeatedly failing to explain why she had acquitted a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman. In setting aside the acquittal and ordering the man face a new trial, the Appeal Court expressed dismay at the conduct displayed by Superior ... Read More »

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Trailblazing B.C. politician Grace McCarthy dies at age 89

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Grace McCarthy, a former Social Credit cabinet minister in British Columbia who blazed a trail for women in politics and business, has died. She was 89. A statement issued by her family says McCarthy died peacefully at her Vancouver home surrounded by her family Wednesday night after a lengthy battle with a brain ... Read More »

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Poll shows steep drop in Sask. Party support after unpopular provincial budget

By Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

REGINA – He has long been considered one of the country’s most popular leaders, but Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his party appear to be taking a hit in popularity after a widely criticized budget. A Mainstreet Research poll done for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post showed Wall’s Saskatchewan Party dropping steeply in voter ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Trailblazing B.C. politician Grace McCarthy dies

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Grace McCarthy, a former Social Credit cabinet minister in British Columbia who blazed a trail for women in politics and business, has died. She was 89. A statement issued by her family says McCarthy died peacefully at her Vancouver home Wednesday night after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor. The statement says ... Read More »

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Mayors across Canada urge federal government to lead on overdose deaths crisis

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Mayors across Canada are calling for federal leadership on the “national emergency” of overdoses by ensuring provinces provide timely access to addiction treatment and by launching public education campaigns. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who heads a task force of the big city mayors caucus on the opioid crisis, said he and his counterparts ... Read More »

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Oh no! Here comes the sun: Hot Calgary playground slide too hard on the tush

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

CALGARY – A popular Calgary playground has been forced to close for improvements because the sun is making metal slides too hot for kids to handle. Slides on the south-facing side of the playground are getting so heated that they reportedly singed a child. The play structure was opened just two years ago on St. ... Read More »

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Man pleads guilty in crash that killed Mountie in British Columbia

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2017

COLWOOD, B.C. – A man whose truck slammed into an RCMP officer’s cruiser killing a 32-year-old constable has pleaded guilty to two charges in a Victoria-area court. Kenneth Fenton pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death in court today in Colwood, B.C. Const. Sarah Beckett’s vehicle was hit by a ... Read More »

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