January 18th, 2017

National News

NewsAlert: Suspect in airport shooting was not passenger on Canadian flight, says government

By The Associated Press on January 6th, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Flight on which Fort Lauderdale airport shooter arrived did not originate in Canada nor was a Canadian carrier involved, Global Affairs Canada says. More Coming... Read More »

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‘Ignorance, not animus:’ Judge asks to keep job after ‘knees together’ comment

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

CALGARY – A Calgary judge who asked a sex assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together wants to remain on the bench. Justice Robin Camp has written a response to a report from the Canadian Judicial Council which recommended in November that he should lose his job. Camp says his mistakes were a ... Read More »

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

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Friday, Jan. 6 – – – NO KNOWN CANADIAN CASUALTIES IN FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT SHOOTING: Canadian government officials were trying to determine whether any Canadians were among the casualties of a mass shooting Friday in the baggage area of the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The office of Foreign ... Read More »

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B.C. judge questions Crown’s urgency in applying for peace bond in terror case

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A provincial court judge in British Columbia is asking why the Crown doesn’t wait to apply for a peace bond until after the appeal of a decision that threw out guilty verdicts against a couple accused of committing terrorist acts. Judge Reg Harris asked Crown attorney Sharon Steele why there is an urgency ... Read More »

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Canadians reported safe after Florida airport shooting that left five dead

By Colin Perkel and Peter Cameron, The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

TORONTO – Canadian government officials were trying to determine whether any Canadians were among the casualties of a mass shooting Friday in the baggage area of the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The office of Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said it had no immediate information about Canadian citizens being among the five people reported ... Read More »

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Air Canada says no record of Florida airport shooting suspect on its flights

By David Fischer, The Associated Press on January 6th, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – An arriving airline passenger pulled a gun from his luggage and opened fire in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday, killing five people and wounding eight before throwing his weapon down and lying spread-eagle on the ground, authorities and witnesses said. Chip LaMarca, a Broward County commissioner ... Read More »

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Tilikum, orca from B.C. who killed three people, dies at SeaWorld

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

Tilikum, an orca who killed a trainer at an aquarium near Victoria before being linked to the deaths of two more people at a Florida facility, has died in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando. The whale estimated to be 36 was profiled in the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” and helped sway the public against keeping killer whales ... Read More »

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Judge allows Quebec City man to keep ‘Moko,’ his 7-year-old pet crow

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

MONTREAL – A Quebec City man says he will be allowed to keep his pet crow after going to court to fight a fine for keeping the animal in captivity without a permit. Simon Perusse says a Quebec judge cancelled the $650 fine and told him he could keep “Moko,” his seven-year-old pet bird. Perusse ... Read More »

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Manitoba premier rarely uses email, but says work gets done anyway in Costa Rica

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister faced renewed questions Friday over how much work he gets done while spending up to two months a year at his vacation home in Costa Rica. Pallister said he reads and writes documents, and communicates by phone, while in the tropical country but rarely uses email. He said he ... Read More »

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Fort Lauderdale airport shooter a passenger on Canadian flight: official

By David Fischer, The Associated Press on January 6th, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A county official says the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter pulled a gun out of a checked bag, loaded in a bathroom and started shooting, killing five people and wounding at least eight. Chip LaMarca, a Broward County commissioner, was briefed on the airport shooting by Broward Sheriff’s office. He told The ... Read More »

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Desmonds ‘working to be a family’ as they struggled with former soldier’s PTSD

By Michael MacDonald and Alison Auld, The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2017

HALIFAX – Former soldier Lionel Desmond and his wife Shanna were in counselling as the pair struggled to deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder, and she seemed content the day before they died in murder-suicide, friends and family said. “They were working to be a family,” Rev. Elaine Walcott, a relative, said Friday. “They were ... Read More »

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