February 21st, 2017

National News

Montreal council passes sanctuary motion; migrant rights’ groups call it symbolic

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

Montreal city council has passed a motion that makes it the latest Canadian jurisdiction to declare itself a “sanctuary city.” The motion was adopted unanimously this afternoon. Mayor Denis Coderre says it’s time to offer more to undocumented people. Migrant rights’ groups say the measure is a largely symbolic gesture. The designation means undocumented refugees ... Read More »

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New Brunswick saw spike in refugee claimants at United States border in 2016

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

FREDERICTON – The number of refugee claimants crossing into New Brunswick from the United States saw a significant increase last year. According to figures released by the Canadian Border Services Agency, there were 23 refugee claimants at the border in 2016, which was more than the previous four years combined. Officials have said a growing ... Read More »

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Forces member and his brother charged in drug probe at CFB Petawawa

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

PETAWAWA, Ont. – A member of the Canadian Forces and his civilian brother are facing drug trafficking charges. National Defence announced Monday that the pair were charged on Feb. 7 following an investigation into illegal drug activity at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa in eastern Ontario. Officials say a private home on the base ... Read More »

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Petition pushes back against move to exclude police from Vancouver Pride Parade

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A push to exclude police from Vancouver’s Pride Parade is experiencing push back from a group that says not allowing officers to take part in the event risks undermining the positive relationship between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement. Sandy Leo, a longtime trans-activist in the city, says more than 2,600 people have ... Read More »

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Groups call Montreal’s move to become sanctuary city a symbolic gesture

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

Montreal city council is expected to pass a motion on Monday that will make it the latest Canadian jurisdiction to declare itself a “sanctuary city,” but migrant rights’ groups are calling it a largely symbolic gesture. The designation would mean that undocumented refugees have full access to local services regardless of their status, with the ... Read More »

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Jewish aboriginal inmate, 12 years in solitary, claims abuse of rights

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

TORONTO – A Jewish aboriginal prisoner who was assaulted by other inmates alleges the authorities set up the white supremacist attack in retaliation for his complaints about treatment he says has violated his constitutional rights. Timothy Nome, 42, who is serving an indeterminate sentence for punching a guard years ago, also claims correctional officers at ... Read More »

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Severity of national opioid crisis highlighted by Ottawa family’s struggle

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – An Ottawa father is calling on parents of teens struggling with drug addiction to speak up after he found his daughter’s friend unconscious in his garage on New Year’s Eve. For Sean O’Leary, the issue is personal – he wakes up every day to check if his 16-year-old is still alive. O’Leary’s experience ... Read More »

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People injured on turbulent Air Canada flight not wearing seatbelts: report

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

CALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board says passengers not wearing seatbelts – even after they were told to buckle up – led to the injury of 21 people on a turbulent Air Canada flight to Toronto from China in December 2015. The Boeing 777 carrying 332 passengers hit severe turbulence at 33,000 feet over Alaska ... Read More »

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Groups call Montreal’s move to become sanctuary city positive but symbolic

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

Montreal city council is expected to pass a motion today that will declare it a “sanctuary city,” but migrant rights’ groups say more needs to be done. The declaration would mean that undocumented refugees have full access to city services regardless of their status. But groups like Solidarity Across Borders say while the city’s gesture ... Read More »

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N.L. paper apologizes for headline critics said blamed sex-case complainant

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland newspaper has issued an apology for a headline some readers said blamed the victim of an alleged sexual assault by a police officer. Steve Bartlett, managing editor of the Telegram in St. John’s, said in a letter to readers Sunday that the headline writer was trying to draw attention ... Read More »

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Calgary flight instructor remembered for his caring attitude, love of family

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

CALGARY – One of two flight instructors killed in the crash of a small plane in southern Alberta has been described as a rock-solid pilot who knew the dangers of flying could one day lead to his death. Hundreds of people turned out for Sunday’s funeral at Calgary’s Mount Royal University for Jeffrey Bird. Bird ... Read More »

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