April 24th, 2018

National News

Quebec teen suspended for donning sports jersey in support of Humboldt victims

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

MONTREAL – A Montreal-area 14-year-old says he was kicked out of class today after wearing a jersey to show support for the victims of the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos. Philippe Volek says he decided to wear a red and blue soccer shirt to his high school in Ste-Adele after hearing about a nationwide Jersey ... Read More »

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More than a dozen Canadians charged in global child sex abuse investigation

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – A sweeping global child exploitation investigation has led to more than 150 arrests around the world and either charges or convictions against 16 Canadians, Toronto police said Thursday. The probe, dubbed Project Mercury, took place over more than three years. It was aimed at stopping the alleged sexual abuse of children that was ... Read More »

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‘Consorting with the enemy:’ Tory jokes that viral clip could aid raccoons

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

Toronto Mayor John Tory says the city’s “animal-resistant” green bins are effective, despite a viral video of a clever raccoon breaking into one. The clip this month shows the critter patiently turning the latch and lifting the lid of the bin, then diving in for a snack. It’s been viewed more than 25,000 times. Tory ... Read More »

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Crown presents photos of Quebec mosque shooting as evidence in sentencing arguments

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

QUEBEC – The Crown says the gunman who killed six men as they prayed in a Quebec City mosque in 2017 fired off 48 bullets within two minutes. Crown prosecutors say 29 more bullets were in another weapon belonging to Alexandre Bissonnette, which was later abandoned outside the mosque, and nearly 30 others in his ... Read More »

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Five things to know about social and economic outcomes of immigrants to Canada

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

OTTAWA – Are immigrants performing well socially and in the workforce after arriving in Canada? An internal study by the federal Immigration Department, obtained by The Canadian press through access-to-information, offers a snapshot of economic and social outcomes of immigrants from all programs, including economic, family-class and refugee streams. The report identified some interesting trends: ... Read More »

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Trudeau government should make ‘robust’ reforms to info law, report card says

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government should make “robust reforms” to the Access to Information Act to finally bring the law into the 21st century, says an independent report card on Canada’s transparency efforts. The review released Thursday also calls for specific funding of federal openness commitments, better takeup of advice from interested parties and more ... Read More »

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People asked to steer clear of wayward beluga whale spotted in N.B.

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

POINTE-DU-CHENE, N.B. – A conservation group is urging people not to interact with belugas after a wayward whale was spotted in southeastern New Brunswick. A photo of a beluga was taken this month near Pointe-du-Chene, a small community on Shediac Bay, an inlet of the Northumberland Strait, and shared with the Marine Animal Response Society. ... Read More »

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B.C. professor arrested and jailed in Slovakia since November

By Dale Bass, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – An anthropology professor from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., has been in jail in Slovakia since last November, accused of child pornography, sexual violence and arms trafficking. Prof. David Scheffel said his request for bail was denied earlier this year and a second plea for release to the Slovak court filed ... Read More »

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More than a dozen Cdns charged in child sex abuse investigation:police

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

Toronto police say more than a dozen Canadians have been either arrested or convicted as part of a three-year international investigation into child sexual abuse. They say they worked alongside forces across Canada, the United States and United Kingdom after receiving reports that children were allegedly being sexually abused while others watched in real-time around ... Read More »

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Man on trial for military centre stabbing had mental illness, doctor testifies

By Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – A Toronto man charged with terror offences after being accused of attacking soldiers at a military recruitment centre two years ago should be found not criminally responsible for his actions due to serious mental health issues, a forensic psychiatrist testified Thursday. Ayanle Hassan Ali likely understood when he entered the recruitment centre that ... Read More »

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‘Take this to the bank,’ Doug Ford vows to fire Hydro One CEO if elected premier

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – If elected premier of Ontario in the spring election, Doug Ford says his first act will be to fire the CEO of Hydro One and the company’s board of directors. The newly minted leader of the opposition Progressive Conservatives blames the utility’s CEO Mayo Schmidt, who earned a $6.2-million salary last year, and ... Read More »

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