February 21st, 2017

National News

TSB warns air travellers of importance of seatbelts after severe turbulence incident

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

TORONTO – The Transportation Safety Board is highlighting the importance of seatbelts for air travellers after it investigated a severe turbulence incident on a Toronto-bound flight. The incident took place on a Dec. 30, 2015 Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto. The TSB says that before entering an area of forecasted turbulence, the first ... Read More »

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N.S. RCMP stop to help stranded motorists, make major cocaine bust

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

KEMPTOWN, N.S. – Two motorists discovered one peril of not having snow tires – they were arrested for possession of 6.8 kilograms of cocaine after their car slid off a Nova Scotia road. RCMP say they spotted the car off a rural road in Kemptown at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and stopped to help. Cpl. ... Read More »

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Ottawa family overwhelmed after stranger saves memorial on tree slated for removal

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

An Ottawa family says it is overwhelmed with gratitude after a stranger saved a roadside memorial to a loved one that was on a tree slated for removal. That tree, known to the family as “Stef’s tree,” bore a memorial on its trunk to Stefan Trynda, a 19-year-old man who died after crashing into it ... Read More »

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Feds to overhaul victims’ fund where administrative costs far outstrip benefits

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on actual grants. Internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press show that the fund has doled out $170,000 in grants ... Read More »

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Defence lawyer blasts those who cheered the beating of a convicted murderer

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

CALGARY – A criminal defence lawyer who has raised concerns in the past about safety at a Calgary jail says people shouldn’t be happy that a convicted murderer in a high-profile case was beaten there. “Convicted or not, he’s entitled to protection and basic human rights. Even if he didn’t show that to his victims,” ... Read More »

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Five stories in the news today, Feb. 20

By The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2017

Five stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 20: – – – FEDERAL PROGRAM ADMIN COSTS OUTSTRIP GRANT PAYMENTS: A federal fund set up to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on grants. Internal ... Read More »

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Young kids at risk of opioid overdose from adult prescriptions in household: study

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2017

TORONTO – Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found. “It wouldn’t be at all surprising for a two- or three-year-old to find a tablet and put it in ... Read More »

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Tory leadership hopefuls square off in Vancouver, spar over environment, drugs

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Conservative party leadership hopefuls sparred in Vancouver Sunday about whether they would scrap the carbon tax, an environmental policy first introduced in British Columbia and proposed by the current Canadian government. Nine of the 14 candidates vying to lead the country’s official Opposition faced off on Sunday in front of several hundred members ... Read More »

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No longer bombing, Canadian planes identifying ISIL targets in Syria

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2017

PERSIAN GULF – Canadian military aircraft are once again over the skies of Syria, helping to identify targets in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant months after the Liberals pulled fighter jets from the mission. It has been one year since Canadian CF-18 fighter jets flew their last mission over ... Read More »

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Two Tory MPs call on Ottawa to stop illegal Canada-US border crossings

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2017

MONTREAL – Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement have tweeted that illegal crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement. Rempel’s comment is in response to the Manitoba ... Read More »

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Social media plea brings in loads of special Kraft Dinner for Autistic B.C. boy

By The Canadian Press on February 19th, 2017

NANAIMO, B.C. – Hundreds of boxes of a limited-edition pasta now fill the home of a family in Nanaimo, B.C., following a plea to help their autistic son. Reed Botwright put out a call on social media last week when he and his wife could not track down any more boxes of Star Wars Kraft ... Read More »

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