October 18th, 2017

National News

Statue unveiled in Edmonton-area community in memory of slain couple

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – A sculpture has been unveiled in memory of an elderly couple who were slain by a drug user on the run from police. Lyle and Marie McCann, who were both in their late 70s, vanished after setting out from St. Albert, a city north of Edmonton, on a camping trip in ... Read More »

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Pharmacists say rural B.C. needs injectable treatment in overdose crisis fight

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Chronic opioid users in rural and remote communities in British Columbia need access to supervised injectable treatment that is already available in the Vancouver area, says the head of the BC Pharmacy Association. Geraldine Vance said the overdose epidemic demands immediate involvement by community pharmacists who have the skills to dispense medications, such ... Read More »

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Alleged victims sue man awarded millions after acquittal in sex-assault case

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A man who was acquitted of 10 counts of sexual assault after spending 27 years in prison is being sued by some of his alleged victims. Five women, identified only as Jane Does, have filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court accusing Ivan Henry of breaking into their homes in the early 1980s ... Read More »

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Tears, sorrow as families speak of missing and murdered Indigenous women

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

WINNIPEG – Family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women sobbed, fought back tears and expressed anger Monday as they recounted what happened to their loved ones. They also recalled running up against what they said was indifference from police and people in general. “What was she to society – nothing?” Isabel Daniels asked the ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia’s cap and trade needs targets to be effective, committee told

By Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s proposed cap and trade regime must have declining emissions caps in order to be effective, the legislature’s law amendments committee was told Monday. Proposed amendments to the province’s Environment Act don’t set caps yet, for a system that is expected to begin in late 2018. “The caps must be declining and ... Read More »

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Police make massive seizure of carfentanil in home east of Toronto

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

PICKERING, Ont. – Police in southern Ontario have seized 42 kilograms of the deadly opioid carfentanil, saying it’s believed to be the largest seizure of the drug in the country. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid similar to fentanyl but 100 times more potent, and an amount weighing less than a grain of salt can kill ... Read More »

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

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Monday, Oct. 16 – – – AMID BACKLASH, LIBERALS TRIM SMALL-BIZ TAX: The Trudeau government took the first of several steps Monday to stanch the bleeding from a self-inflicted political wound, resurrecting a campaign promise to cut taxes for small businesses outraged by its controversial tax-reform proposals. Prime Minister ... Read More »

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When no one wants to run for mayor: Quebec’s small-town democracy deficit

By Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

MONTREAL – Lise Dery, a single mother and outgoing mayor of a small Quebec town, decided not to run for re-election this year so she could spend more time with her nine-year-old son. The problem is no one wanted to replace her. Saint-Stanislas, a community of about 1,000 people on the north shore of the ... Read More »

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Canadian troops safe after Iraqi, Kurdish allies open fire on each other

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

OTTAWA – Defence officials say all Canadian military personnel in Iraq are safe after allied Iraqi and Kurdish forces opened fire on each near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Some Canadian troops had been operating in the area earlier this month, but a military spokesman said they left after it was liberated from the Islamic ... Read More »

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Accused Lindhout hostage-taker says he was coerced into helping kidnappers

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

OTTAWA – One of the men accused of kidnapping Amanda Lindhout says he was forced to travel to a house outside Mogadishu where she was being held in August 2008. Testifying today in Ontario Superior Court, Ali Omar Ader said he had no role in planning to seize Lindhout, who was working as a journalist ... Read More »

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B.C. pharmacists call for immediate expansion of services to remote communities

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2017

VANCOUVER – The head of the BC Pharmacy Association says chronic opioid users in rural and remote communities should have access to supervised injectable treatment that is already available in the Vancouver area. Geraldine Vance says the overdose epidemic demands immediate involvement by community pharmacists and up to 20 pilot projects should be started in ... Read More »

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