December 14th, 2017

National News

Officials watching for oiled birds after light sheen reported off Fogo Island

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

FOGO ISLAND, N.L. – Federal officials say they are watching for oiled birds off northern Newfoundland near Fogo Island after a report of a light oil sheen in the area. Environment Canada is asking the public to report any sign of oil or oiled birds off the island, about 450 kilometres northwest of St. John’s. ... Read More »

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Grief for Saskatchewan foster mom when grinch makes off with Christmas treasures

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A foster mother to five children in Prince Albert, Sask., says her heart sank when a grinch stole her van that was carrying Christmas presents for her kids and an anniversary gift for her husband. Melanie Brown, who is 41, has children who range in age from three and a half ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia becomes first province to ban declawing of domestic cats

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia has become the first province to ban medically unnecessary cat declawing, part of a worldwide movement against the practice. The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association decided Tuesday to amend its code of ethics to make the practice of elective and non-therapeutic declawing ethically unacceptable. It will come into effect on March ... Read More »

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Montreal mosque denies asking that female construction workers be barred from site

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

MONTREAL – Members of a Montreal mosque are denying a TV report it asked for female construction workers to be excluded from a site opposite their building. They say they were surprised and astonished to hear about the report broadcast on the TVA network. In a statement today, the Ahl-ill Bait Mosque said it has ... Read More »

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Baby girl ‘critical’ after incident in west Toronto; injured woman arrested

By Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

TORONTO – Police say a four-month-old baby girl is fighting for her life after an incident in Toronto, while an injured woman is under arrest in hospital in connection with what happened. Police had initially said the baby had been stabbed but now say the infant’s injuries are not attributed to stab wounds. They also ... Read More »

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Accused tells Winnipeg letter-bomb trial he knows nothing about explosives

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

WINNIPEG – A man accused of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two Winnipeg law offices says he did not send the packages and has no experience with explosives. Guido Amsel is testifying at his trial where he faces five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges. He was arrested in 2015 after ... Read More »

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Canadian donations for Myanmar hit $12.5M, government to match funds: Bibeau

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadians have donated a total of $12.5 million towards easing the refugee crisis in Myanmar, a sum the federal government intends to match. Bibeau says the federal money will go to humanitarian agencies helping refugees in camps and settlements in Bangladesh and those displaced within Myanmar. She ... Read More »

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Baby girl ‘critical’ after stabbing in west Toronto; injured woman arrested

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

TORONTO – A female suspect is in custody at a Toronto hospital in connection with a life-threatening attack on a four-month-old baby girl. Police say a man is also in serious condition following the stabbing in the city’s west end. Police say a call from the lobby of a residential building at about 08:30 a.m. ... Read More »

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Bed shortage means no mental reviews done yet on accused Edmonton attacker

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

EDMONTON – A man accused of attempted murder after a police officer was hit by a car and stabbed is still waiting for psychiatric assessments due to a critical bed shortage at an Alberta mental hospital. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car drove through a barrier at a football game in Edmonton ... Read More »

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Halifax police charge 66-year-old man with manslaughter in manor pushing death

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

HALIFAX – A 66-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in relation to a pushing death of a fellow resident at a Halifax apartment complex. Edward Ernest Corbett of Halifax was scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court today. Halifax police say they first became aware of the case after they were informed of the ... Read More »

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Man, woman, 4-month-old girl in serious condition after stabbing in west Toronto

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

TORONTO – Police say a four-month-old girl, a man and a woman are in serious condition following a stabbing in west Toronto. Toronto police say the incident took place at least in part in the lobby of a residential building near the Sherway Gardens mall, and that residents of the building were involved. Police spokesman ... Read More »

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