January 18th, 2017

National News

Tory candidates Leitch, Blaney target Bernier in French-language debate

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

QUEBEC – All 13 Conservative leadership candidates crossed swords in a French-language debate Tuesday as they tried to cement their credentials ahead of the vote in May. Each of the 13 read a 30-second opening statement with varying degrees of proficiency in French. Kellie Leitch quickly fired a salvo at rival Maxime Bernier, accusing him ... Read More »

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French-language Conservative leadership debate underway in Quebec City

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

QUEBEC – The French-language Conservative leadership debate is underway in Quebec City with all 13 hopefuls trying to cement their credentials ahead of the vote in May. Each of the 13 read a 30-second opening statement with varying degrees of proficiency in French. Francophone MPs Maxime Bernier and Steven Blaney were the most fluent in ... Read More »

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‘Seemed to get more bitter:’ Family says murder suspect angry over unpaid money

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

CALGARY – The family of a man charged in the deaths of a couple and their young grandchild say the accused was angry over unpaid money. “He had some business dealings with Alvin that had fallen through. As the years went on he seemed to get more bitter about it,” the accused’s sister, Patti Garland, ... Read More »

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Little progress on info units for families of missing, murdered indigenous women

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Nearly six months after Ottawa promised millions of dollars to help the families of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls navigate the justice system, only Ontario appears anywhere near getting its program off the ground. “It’s quite concerning for families,” said Bernadette Smith, whose sister, Claudette Osborne, went missing from Winnipeg nearly ... Read More »

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

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Tuesday, Jan. 17 – – – TRUDEAU TOUTS NATO AFTER TRUMP CALLS IT OBSOLETE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to be a reliable partner in NATO. But just days after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump said the military alliance is obsolete, Trudeau stopped short of saying he ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan, Ottawa reach health-funding deal despite province’s concerns

By Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

REGINA – The united front that provinces wanted in negotiating a national health-funding deal with Ottawa weakened Tuesday when Saskatchewan struck an agreement with the federal government. The deal holds the health transfer increase to either three per cent or the three-year moving average of nominal GDP growth – whichever is higher. It also includes ... Read More »

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Kevin O’Leary won’t comment on ‘swirling’ rumours he’ll join Tory race Wednesday

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Kevin O’Leary says there are all sorts of rumours swirling about when he will join the Conservative leadership race. But he’s refusing to comment on the latest one: that he’ll finally launch his campaign Wednesday afternoon in Toronto. The celebrity businessman is, however, sharing his thoughts on the French-language Tory leadership debate taking ... Read More »

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Canadian travellers appear undeterred by fatal shooting in Mexico

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

Canadian travellers and expats appear undeterred by a fatal shooting at the popular Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen this week, saying the area remains safe despite what they consider an isolated tragedy. A spokesman for the Quebec-Riviera Maya Chamber of Commerce says the Canadian expats and business owners he has spoken to are ... Read More »

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Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches almost $10B: study

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

EDMONTON – An assessment of the total financial impact of last spring’s Fort McMurray wildfire is pegging the direct and indirect costs of the blaze at almost $10 billion. The $9.9-billion figure includes the expense of replacing buildings and infrastructure as well as lost income, profits and royalties in the oilsands and forestry industries, said ... Read More »

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Two Calgary Police Service officers charged with serious crimes

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

CALGARY – Alberta’s police watchdog says two officers from the Calgary Police Service have been charged with serious crimes. Susan Hughson, executive director of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, says Sgt. Les Kaminski has been charged with perjury and assault with a weapon. She says Const. Brant Derrick has been charged with assault causing ... Read More »

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Man charged after town’s school, hall, RCMP office burn: ‘Everything was ablaze’

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2017

MILLTOWN, N.L. – A small-town Newfoundland deputy mayor surveyed the smouldering remnants of his childhood school Tuesday, dismayed at having to rebuild his community after a series of alleged arsons that also damaged the town hall and police station. “It’s rubble. Basically, the school complex is reduced to basic ashes,” Clarence Kelly said Tuesday of ... Read More »

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