December 14th, 2017

National News

New Brunswick to seek new fuel source to replace coal in major power plant

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Crown-owned power utility will spend up to $7 million to find a new fuel source for its Belledune generating station – with the aim to eliminate coal by 2030. Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet says NB Power will look at alternatives such as hydrogen, biomass and natural gas. The ... Read More »

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Sexual masochism expert takes stand at murder trial in death of off-duty cop

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

HALIFAX – A psychiatrist who is an expert in sexual masochism is testifying today at Christopher Garnier’s murder trial. Dr. Stephen Hucker has been qualified as an expert witness in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, allowing him to give opinion evidence. Hucker said he was asked by the defence to interview Garnier and prepare a ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia recruiting doctors but still battling vacancy rate:health officials

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia health officials say they have recruited 92 doctors since April 1 although there are still 60 vacancies left to fill in areas across the province due to issues such as retirement. The breakdown of the new physicians who are working in the province is 26 family doctors and 66 specialists. Dr. ... Read More »

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

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

TORONTO – Police say a man, a woman and a four-month-old baby are in serious condition following a stabbing in west Toronto. A Toronto police spokesman says the incident took place in a building near the Sherway Gardens mall. Const. David Hopkinson says it appears the baby was also “assaulted in another manner.” He says ... Read More »

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Research lacking on medical pot, ample evidence of harms: doctors’ groups

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

VANCOUVER – There is little to no research to support the supposed benefits of medical cannabis, and what evidence exists suggests that using marijuana as medicine may do more harm than good, family doctors’ associations across Canada are telling their members. A trio of advisories prepared by the Alberta College of Family Physicians has been ... Read More »

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Dozens of dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farm arrive in Canada: group

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

An animal welfare group says dozens of dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea have arrived in Canada. Humane Society International’s Canadian branch says 50 dogs have arrived in the last five days and are bound for shelters and rescue groups in Ontario and Quebec. The organization says another 120 or so ... Read More »

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Officials watching for oiled birds after sheen reported off Newfoundland

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

FOGO ISLAND, N.L. – Federal officials say they are watching for oiled birds off the northern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador near Fogo Island after a report of a light oil sheen in the area. A news release from Environment Canada asks the public to report any sign of oil or birds covered in oil ... Read More »

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In the news today, Dec. 13

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

Five stories in the news for Wednesday, Dec. 13 – – – CANADIAN TO FORK OUT MORE FOR FOOD IN 2018 Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a report into food prices. Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per ... Read More »

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Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

OTTAWA – When newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attended the campaign kick-off for his party’s candidate in the Scarborough-Agincourt byelection, he enthused that it was like coming home. “This is incredible,” he told supporters gathered at the Black Gold Cafe. “This is literally where I was born. This has a nice homecoming feel.” While it ... Read More »

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What Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

If you are what you Google, Canadians are a pretty broad-minded lot. Google has released its 17th annual survey of top-trending searches, and top-of-mind topics for Canucks in 2017 ranged from devastating hurricanes to deceased rock icons to the continuing political circus south of the border. “Google Year-End Search takes a look at trillions of ... Read More »

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Alabama shocker: Six ways stunning Senate result upends American politics

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

WASHINGTON – It took a near-miraculous confluence of factors for a pro-choice Democrat to win the state of Alabama – but it happened Tuesday. The ruby-red Republican state delivered a stunning win to Democrat Doug Jones, now elected to the U.S. Senate pending a potential recount. Last time Democrats didn’t even mount a campaign in ... Read More »

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