June 25th, 2017

National News

Relatives of 12-year-old indigenous girl who killed herself casting no blame

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

Relatives of an indigenous girl from northern Ontario who killed herself last week, apparently as part of a suicide pact, say they do not blame anyone. In a statement this week, the grandparents of Jenara Roundsky say everyone did their best to help her. The 12-year-old from Wapekeka is the third pre-teen from the community ... Read More »

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Boy charged in killing of 18-year-old woman on Halifax-area walkway

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

HALIFAX – A 16-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder after a young woman was found dying on a Halifax-area walkway earlier this month. Chelsie Probert was found in medical distress on the north end Dartmouth pathway around 10 p.m. on June 6. The 18-year-old woman was taken to hospital, where she later died ... Read More »

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Seven stories in the news for today, June 23

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

Seven stories in the news for Thursday, June 22 – – – FTOUHI TELLS HEARING HE HAS NO MENTAL ISSUES The Quebec man charged in the stabbing of a police officer at a Michigan airport says he has no mental or physical problems and does not use alcohol or drugs. Audio from Amor Ftouhi’s court ... Read More »

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Toronto-born son of Russian spies wins fight to regain Canadian citizenship

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – The Toronto-born son of Russian spies has won a court battle to regain his Canadian citizenship after it was revoked by Ottawa. The long-awaited Federal Court of Appeal decision in Alexander Vavilov’s favour is the latest twist in an intriguing espionage saga that spans continents and cultures. Vavilov was born in 1994 as ... Read More »

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Stolen Dawson City ‘sour toe’ returned to its rightful owner

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

DAWSON CITY, Yukon – A mummified human toe that is the key ingredient in a strange drinking ritual in Dawson City is back where it belongs. RCMP in the Yukon city say the shrivelled, brown toe that was stolen last weekend has been returned to its rightful owner. The toe, which is used in the ... Read More »

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Text from government representative outrages southern Alberta First Nation

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

STANDOFF, Alta. – Alberta Health Services is apologizing and has placed an employee on administrative leave after officials at a southern Alberta First Nation complained about a racial slur being used in a text message. The incident occurred last week during an AHS seminar for educators working on the Kainai First Nation, also known as ... Read More »

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Judicial Council to investigate complaints about jailing of sex assault victim

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Judicial Council will investigate complaints made about a judge over the jailing of an indigenous sex assault victim. The head of the council has received four complaints about provincial court Judge Raymond Bodnarek over his ruling that forced the homeless woman to spend time in the Edmonton Remand Centre. The woman, who ... Read More »

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Indigenous woman says shut down of Saskatchewan bus service will cost lives

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

REGINA – An indigenous woman in Regina says people are going to die because of the Saskatchewan government’s decision to shut down the provincial bus service. Connie Deiter says that’s why she has filed a complaint with the human rights commission alleging that the decision discriminates against her and other indigenous women. The Saskatchewan Transportation ... Read More »

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Police say security ‘climate,’ not specific threat, prompted weapons upgrade

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – City police officers patrolling the airport in the nation’s capital are getting military-style rifles, but officials say the move wasn’t prompted by any specific security threats. Rather, police say, the issuance of carbine rifles to officers at Ottawa International Airport will simply provide a higher degree of safety for travellers. The move comes ... Read More »

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B.C. throne speech promises electoral reform referendum, sales tax cut, no tolls

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

VICTORIA – A throne speech outlining what could be the final goals of Premier Christy Clark’s government includes a promise to hold a referendum on electoral reform. The speech, read Thursday by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, includes a number of planks from the NDP and Green party platforms in last month’s provincial election as Clark’s Liberals ... Read More »

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‘Occasional abuse:’ Woman who assaulted orphan nieces gets probation, no jail

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

CALGARY – A judge has spared a woman who assaulted two orphaned nieces in her care from going to jail because of her mental state at the time. At a hearing Thursday, Justice Sandy Park gave the woman an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered that she report to a probation officer. Earlier this month, Park ... Read More »

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