April 21st, 2018

National News

CN Tower, closed since Monday due to falling ice concerns, to reopen

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

TORONTO – The CN Tower will reopen late Friday afternoon after being closed since Monday due to concerns about ice falling from the Toronto landmark. The tower’s Twitter feed says crews have worked to ensure the buildings and streets in the surrounding area are safe for the public. The downtown Toronto attraction was first closed ... Read More »

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B.C. man accused of killing student not fit to stand trial: court

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A man accused of murdering a student at a high school in Abbotsford, B.C., has been found unfit to stand trial because of his mental state. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes said Friday that the variability of Gabriel Klein’s mental illness must be taken into account. Klein is accused of ... Read More »

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Doctors warn of cannabis risks for pregnant or breastfeeding users

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential dangers of cannabis use. The society points to evidence-based studies that suggest potential growth and development issues if cannabis is used while pregnant or breastfeeding. That includes pre-term labour, low birth weight, lower IQ scores and impulsivity and ... Read More »

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Supreme Court of Canada changes guidelines for international child custody cases

By Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

Canada’s top court is issuing new guidelines on how international custody disputes should be judged, saying “all relevant circumstances” should be taken into account when deciding what country a child should live in. The direction from the Supreme Court of Canada comes in a ruling on a custody battle involving parents who clashed on whether ... Read More »

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Grassroots Liberals pressuring Trudeau government to be more progressive

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being pushed by his backbenchers and grassroots Liberals to take a more progressive stance on issues such as pharmacare, prostitution and illegal drugs. The pressure is coming during the first full day of the Liberals’ national convention and it’s motivated, at least in part, by a determination not ... Read More »

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WestJet pilots get $2 million from union to help efforts to get first contract

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

MONTREAL – WestJet pilots are marking their first year since choosing to unionize by receiving $2 million from the international union’s contingency fund to help with efforts to achieve a first collective agreement. Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association master executive council, says the money will help secure a contract that ... Read More »

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B.C. man accused of killing student thinks staff trying to poison him: court

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A man accused of murdering a student at a high school in Abbotsford, B.C., has been found unfit to stand trial because of his mental state. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes says the variability of Gabriel Klein’s mental illness must be taken into account. Klein is accused of the second-degree ... Read More »

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Parliament Hill plays host to last annual marijuana rally before legalization

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

OTTAWA – Cannabis enthusiasts are gathering en masse on Parliament Hill to mark the annual marijuana celebration known as 4-20. The event marks the last time pot users will flock to the Hill to celebrate cannabis culture in late April before the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana later this summer. Organizers say as a result, ... Read More »

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Metis, Manitoba agree to 2-week ‘reset’ before heading to court in hydro spat

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation and the province have agreed to a two-week “reset” to avoid meeting in court over planned hydro projects. Metis federation president David Chartrand and Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen had a private meeting to discuss a deal between the federation and Manitoba Hydro. Last month, Premier Brian Pallister quashed ... Read More »

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Victoria naturopath criticized for treating boy with rabid-dog saliva remedy

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s top doctor and an alternative-medicine group are both expressing concern about a Victoria naturopath who treated a four-year-old boy with a rabid-dog saliva remedy. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she is urging Health Canada to review its approval of lyssin, a naturopathic product that claims to contain the infected ... Read More »

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Canadian First Nations to fight Alaska drilling on caribou calving grounds

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2018

Canadian First Nations are gearing up to fight new U.S. interest in oil drilling on the calving grounds of a caribou herd Indigenous people depend on for food. The Trump administration has announced the start of a 60-day environmental review before selling drilling leases in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The area is one of ... Read More »

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