August 18th, 2017

National News

Ontario man accused of flying to Atlanta to have sex with Georgia girl, 13

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Justice says a Canadian man has been charged after allegedly flying to Atlanta in an attempt to have sex with a 13-year-old Georgia girl he met on the internet. Officials say the 53-year-old Ontario man has been arraigned on federal charges of using the internet to entice a child ... Read More »

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Scheer says he won’t do interviews with the Rebel, citing editorial direction

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Thursday he’ll do no further interviews with conservative news outlet the Rebel until it changes its editorial direction, following its coverage of last weekend’s protests in Charlottesville, Va. Scheer’s declaration he’ll stay away was followed hours later by Brian Jean and Jason Kenney, both running for leadership of ... Read More »

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Gusty winds threaten largest wildfires in B.C. as crews work to prevent spread

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The weather forecast calls for a cold front, bringing gusty winds to British Columbia that could inflame wildfires that had been stabilized this week. Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service says two of the largest fires in the Thompson Nicola and Cariboo regions have seen little growth since Wednesday. But he ... Read More »

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At least two Quebecers attended white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

By Melanie Marquis, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – At least two Quebec men have been identified after they travelled south to participate in a white supremacist rally last week in Charlottesville, Va. One of them took to Facebook to express his anger after an anti-fascist group posted a screen capture from the event that showed his face and that of four ... Read More »

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U.S. politics keeping Canadians’ attention off African famine: aid group

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a federal program to match donations for the East African famine generated $21.3 million from Canadians. The amount is one of the smallest responses to a Canadian government matching donation program since they initiated the idea for the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 – and at least ... Read More »

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Figures show nearly 7,000 asylum seekers nabbed at Quebec border over six weeks

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

LACOLLE, Que. – Almost 7,000 asylum seekers have been intercepted at the Quebec-U.S. border in the last six weeks, authorities said Thursday. The RCMP’s Claude Castonguay said the force intercepted more than 3,800 people between Aug. 1 and 15, while the nearly 3,000 in July were almost quadruple the 781 from June. “They’re unprecedented, we’ve ... Read More »

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Teachers knew half of the kids on ill-fated canoe trip had failed swim test:TDSB

By Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

TORONTO – Two teachers knew that nearly half of the 32 students they accompanied on an ill-fated canoe trip earlier this summer had failed a required swim test but allowed them to go anyway, the Toronto District School Board said Thursday. Fifteen-year-old Jeremiah Perry – one of the students who didn’t pass the swim test ... Read More »

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B.C. daycare operator defends youngsters from attempted abduction

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Martial arts training might not be the first thing a daycare worker would list on a resume, but six youngsters in central British Columbia are safe because the operator of their pre-school used those skills this week. Chelsi Sabbe, the owner of a licensed daycare in Prince George, says she reacted ... Read More »

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Questions raised about Nova Scotia pre-primary staffing weeks ahead of launch

By Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

HALIFAX – Hundreds of Nova Scotia families have registered for the promised expansion of pre-primary classes for four-year-olds, but there are still no firm numbers of trained staff available just weeks before its scheduled end-of-September startup. The uncertainty leaves many parents unsure whether spots will be available, with one private industry spokesperson saying she doubts ... Read More »

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P.E.I. police arrest nine men tied to Toronto-area Hells Angels chapter

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – Nine men affiliated with a Toronto-area Hells Angels chapter have been arrested by a new police task force targeting P.E.I.’s growing outlaw motorcycle gang presence. Police say the nine – reportedly aged 19 to 63 – are “hangarounds” with the Hells Angels in Woodbridge, Ont. They face charges relating to involvement in a ... Read More »

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Tug that rammed another left unattended at full speed: safety board

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Transportation Safety Board says a six-to-eight-second absence from the controls of a tug boat caused the sinking of another tug off the east coast of Vancouver Island. A safety board report says the captain of the C.T. Titan left the tug going while he moved from the upper bridge to the ... Read More »

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