January 18th, 2017

National News

NewsAlert: Kevin O’Leary to run for Conservative leadership

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

Businessman Kevin O’Leary has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership. O’Leary said he intended to run in a video posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday morning, moments before making the official announcement on CTV. More coming... Read More »

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Six stories in the news today, Jan. 18

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

Six stories in the news for Wednesday, Jan. 18 – – – BANK OF CANADA TO RELEASE ECONOMIC FORECAST The Bank of Canada will make a scheduled interest rate announcement and release its economic forecast today amid widespread uncertainty as Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as U.S. president. It’s widely anticipated that Bank ... Read More »

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More stops in Quebec today as PM Trudeau continues national tour

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cross-country tour will remain in Quebec today, with stops in Sherbrooke and Granby. Trudeau, however, will begin his day by holding a private with Lac Megantic Mayor Jean-Guy Cloutier. The Quebec town was rocked by a huge train explosion in July 2013 that killed 47 people. The prime minister will later ... Read More »

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Senator wants inquiry after charges stayed against two women in Alberta killing

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – A senator is calling for a public inquiry after Alberta prosecutors stayed charges against a second woman accused in a murder case. Kim Pate says an inquiry is needed to look at the actions of police and the Crown in taking Wendy Scott and Connie Oakes to court. The pair were charged with ... Read More »

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Kelly Ellard tries again for parole from life sentence for killing B.C. teen

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Convicted British Columbia killer Kelly Ellard is expected to ask for parole again today, less than a year after a parole board said she was too entitled to be released. At Ellard’s first parole hearing last May, she took responsibility for the death of 14-year-old Reena Virk after repeatedly denying that she ... Read More »

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B.C. to announce latest numbers around illicit drug overdose deaths

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2017

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government is expected to release the latest statistics today around illicit drug overdose deaths. The number of fatalities in the province last year reached 755 up until the beginning of December, following a record-breaking 128 deaths in November. The previous high was 82 deaths, in January 2016. B.C. has been ... Read More »

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Canada to gain nice days under climate change, globe to lose: study

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

Research suggests climate change could increase the number of nice days Canadians enjoy. Most global warming studies have focused on extreme weather or broad-scale averages of temperature and precipitation. But Karin van der Wiel, of Princeton University, says that’s not how people will experience their new circumstances. “If you are a person living in Canada, ... Read More »

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Some quotes from Tuesday’s French-language Tory debate

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

QUEBEC – The 13 Conservative leadership candidates held a French-language debate in Quebec City on Tuesday night. Here is a translation of a quote from each of their opening statements: Chris Alexander: “One cannot understand Canada and one cannot prepare to govern Canada without understanding Quebec.” – – – Deepka Obhrai: “I am the dean ... Read More »

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Investigating officer testifies at trial in girl’s death three decades ago

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

WINNIPEG – A retired Winnipeg police officer has testified under cross-examination that he and his colleagues were careful while investigating the murder of a 13-year-old girl back in 1985, but they didn’t wear masks or bodysuits. Sgt. Ronald Allan was responding Tuesday to questioning from the defence at the retrial of Mark Grant, charged with ... Read More »

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Judge instructs jury to be cautious about eyewitness evidence in Tamil ship case

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has instructed a jury to be “very cautious” about relying on eyewitness evidence to find guilt in the case of four men accused of smuggling hundreds of Tamil migrants to Canada. Justice William Ehrcke noted that the jury had heard evidence from witnesses that on more than ... Read More »

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Tory candidates Leitch, Blaney target Bernier in French-language debate

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

QUEBEC – All 13 Conservative leadership candidates crossed swords in a French-language debate Tuesday as they tried to cement their credentials ahead of the vote in May. Each of the 13 read a 30-second opening statement with varying degrees of proficiency in French. Kellie Leitch quickly fired a salvo at rival Maxime Bernier, accusing him ... Read More »

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