March 28th, 2017

National News

Alberta premier says balancing books would mean laying off thousands of people

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says anyone who claims the province can balance its budget in two or three years is talking about thousands of layoffs. Notley made the comment at an Edmonton school a day after her NDP government delivered a budget that forecasts a $10.3-billion deficit this year, putting Alberta on track ... Read More »

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Illicit drug deaths in B.C. dip slightly in February for second straight month

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

VICTORIA – The number of illicit drug overdose deaths dropped slightly for the second straight month in February in British Columbia, but the coroner’s service says the numbers are still much higher compared with a year ago. The service says 102 people died in February, compared with 59 in February 2016. The provisional data says ... Read More »

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Federal budget to set aside billions for affordable housing

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Cities desperate for affordable housing money from the federal government are expected to find out next week that they will receive approximately half of the $22 billion in the Liberals’ social infrastructure fund, The Canadian Press has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously telegraphed to the mayors of Canada’s biggest cities that ... Read More »

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Canadian man accused in Yahoo email hack will seek bail, lawyer says

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

HAMILTON – The lawyer for a Canadian man arrested as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says he is seeking to have his client released on bail. Amedeo Dicarlo says the allegations against his client, 22-year-old Karim Baratov, are unfounded. Dicarlo spoke ahead of a court hearing in Hamilton in ... Read More »

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Quebec man charged in wife’s slaying at care facility to seek bail: lawyer

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

MONTREAL – The lawyer for a Montreal man charged with killing his wife says society and the courts will have to decide whether the alleged act constituted murder or assisted death. Elfriede-Andree Duclervil said Friday she intends to seek bail for Michel Cadotte, who is facing a second-degree murder charge. Duclervil said Cadotte doesn’t represent ... Read More »

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Two small planes collide over shopping mall south of Montreal

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

SAINT BRUNO, Que. – Two small planes have collided over a major shopping mall south of Montreal. One of them has landed in the parking lot of the Promenades Saint-Bruno. It is not known how many people were aboard the planes. A security perimeter has been set up... Read More »

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B.C. woman acquitted of counselling distraught husband to commit suicide

By Josh Hoffman, CHBZ, The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

CRANBROOK, B.C. – A woman accused of counselling her husband to commit suicide has been acquitted by a provincial court judge in Cranbrook, B.C. Terri Reimer wept Thursday as Judge Ron Webb ruled there was reasonable doubt the defendant encouraged Bill Reimer to try to take his life on March 22, 2016. Court was told ... Read More »

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‘Unconscionably stupid:’ Judge blasts man for balloon flight over Stampede

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

CALGARY – A man who strapped more than 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and soared above the Calgary Stampede grounds apologized at his sentencing today. Daniel Boria pleaded guilty in December to dangerous operation of an aircraft during a publicity stunt for his cleaning company in July 2015. Boria, who earned the nickname ... Read More »

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Man charged in slaying of spouse at long-term care facility to seek bail: lawyer

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

MONTREAL – The lawyer for a Montreal man charged with killing his wife at a long-term care facility says she intends to seek bail for her client. Elfriede-Andree Duclervil says Michel Cadotte doesn’t represent a risk to society and that some people see his alleged actions as driven by compassion. Cadotte, 55, appeared briefly in ... Read More »

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Police allege ex-patient shot and killed Ontario chiropractor in his clinic

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

BURLINGTON, Ont. – Police say an Ontario chiropractor has died after a former patient allegedly shot him at his clinic. Halton regional police say Ferdinand Mejilla, 50, was gunned down at his clinic in Burlington, Ont., just after noon on Thursday and died later in hospital. They say Mejilla leaves behind five children and his ... Read More »

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Bernier calls rival O’Leary a loser as Tories investigate vote-rigging claims

By The Canadian Press on March 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier is calling rival Kevin O’Leary a “loser” and “a bad candidate” as the party looks into claims of fraud and vote-rigging. O’Leary issued a statement Thursday accusing an unidentified campaign of trying to buy its way to the top by using untraceable prepaid credit cards to sign up ... Read More »

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