July 26th, 2017

National News

Charges upgraded against Saskatchewan man accused of abduction girl

By The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Charges are being upgraded against a man accused of abducting an eight-year-old girl from a Saskatchewan playground. Court documents show a charge of sexual assault against Jared John Charles is being changed to aggravated sexual assault and a charge of break and enter of a dwelling house is being added. Charles, ... Read More »

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Scheer says Speer family needs to know Canadians don’t back Khadr payment

By The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says he intends to reach out to the widow of the soldier who died in a firefight with Omar Khadr. Scheer says he thinks it is important the Speer family knows that not all Canadians are on side with a decision by the Liberal government to settle Khadr’s ... Read More »

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Trudeau gets assured by Trump VP: New NAFTA will be ‘win, win, win’

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Canadian government has gotten what it wanted during U.S. meetings this week: clear, public assurances from powerful Republican politicians that the North American Free Trade Agreement will be preserved. Those soothing messages came just days before the U.S. government is set to release its positions for NAFTA negotiations, which are scheduled ... Read More »

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The Friday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

By The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Friday, July 14 – – – TRUDEAU TOUTS TRADE TO U.S. GOVERNORS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told American governors at a meeting Friday in Rhode Island that Canada is by far America’s biggest trading partner. He added that if anything, Canada wants a thinner trading border, not a thicker ... Read More »

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Walmart pulls onesie after complaints garment was offensive to Indigenous people

By The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

TORONTO – Walmart Canada says it is pulling a onesie off its shelves after receiving complaints that said the garment was offensive to Indigenous people. The onesie had the phrase “I Still Live With My Parents” written on it with illustrations of teepees and an arrow. Walmart Canada says the graphic on the item does ... Read More »

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Forgone revenue of $130K to replace passports, papers lost in Fort McMurray fire

By The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Waiving fees to replace passports and other documents lost in last year’s Fort McMurray wildfire cost Ottawa almost $130,000 in forgone revenue. The May 2016 disaster displaced more than 80,000 people in the northern Alberta city for at least a month as flames consumed one-tenth of its buildings. “At that time, ... Read More »

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Ombudsman investigating if vulnerable women and kids aware of tax benefits

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – Canada’s taxpayers’ advocate says the Canada Revenue Agency isn’t doing a good enough job ensuring women living in shelters with their children are aware of and receiving benefit cheques. Taxpayers’ ombudsman Sherra Profit launched a systemic examination Friday to study what kind of effort the CRA has made to reach out to shelters ... Read More »

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Canadians angry at Omar Khadr deal donate to kin of slain U.S. soldier

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

TORONTO – Canadians across the country have been reaching into their wallets to donate money to the family of an American soldier whom Omar Khadr is accused of killing in Afghanistan 15 years ago. The online fundraising effort – part political protest, part generosity – comes amid a furor over the $10.5 million sources said ... Read More »

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Looters taking advantage of B.C. fires are typical at natural disasters: expert

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

VANCOUVER – As if the risk of losing their homes isn’t enough, wildfire evacuees in British Columbia have faced the additional threat of looters searching through their belongings after they rushed to safety. Rob Gordon, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., says looting is an unfortunate but routine part of virtually every ... Read More »

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Winnipeg woman sentenced to 8.5 years for concealing dead babies

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba woman who hid the remains of six infants in a rented storage locker has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. Andrea Giesbrecht was found guilty earlier this year of storing the remains in plastic bins in a U-haul storage unit in Winnipeg. Provincial court Judge Murray Thompson said Giesbrecht’s ... Read More »

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North to be included as potential source for next Supreme Court justice

By The Canadian Press on July 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has opened the process to choose the next Supreme Court justice and for the first time, candidates from the North are being specifically invited to apply. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is retiring this year, and tradition dictates her vacancy would be filled by a qualified judge or lawyer from ... Read More »

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