August 18th, 2017

National News

Canadian man sentenced to 20 years in prison for $130M drug ring

By Michelle McQuigge, The Associated Press on August 17th, 2017

A Canadian man has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada. Prosecutors had argued that Harinder Dhaliwal of Brampton, Ont., should spend 30 years behind bars for his role in ... Read More »

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Three U.S. children dead northeast of Calgary after SUV collides with truck

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

HANNA, Alta. – RCMP say three children who died when a semi-trailer truck collided with an SUV northeast of Calgary Wednesday were all from the United States. “The family is from Washington State,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott. “The parents are both in hospital in Calgary and they’re in stable condition.” The crash happened at ... Read More »

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Insults and put-downs: Outburst-prone former St. John’s mayor wants job back

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Former St. John’s mayor Andy Wells says he’s milder now than that time he called his archrival “a stupid old woman.” Former deputy mayor Shannie Duff also once accused him of saying he couldn’t wait to “piss” on her grave – a remark he didn’t deny. Wells’ legendary outbursts inspired Danny ... Read More »

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Canadians in Spain told to avoid Barcelona tourist area, scene of terror attack

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Canadians in Spain are being urged to avoid the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona, where a van has plowed through a crowd in the popular tourist area near the city centre. Spanish police say at least one person was killed and 32 more injured in the attack, which police say has been confirmed ... Read More »

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Justice officials testing waters for sentencing reform promised by Liberals

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Justice Department wants to know what Canadians think of changing some of the former Conservative government’s controversial tough-on-crime sentencing legacy, including mandatory minimum penalties. An online survey asks respondents to judge several unique scenarios, such as a brain-damaged offender whose condition leads to poor decision-making skills, or a single mother whose children ... Read More »

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Western University music students to live in retirement home alongside seniors

By Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

When Western University graduate Heather Gingerich saw a news segment about an Ohio retirement home where music students lived alongside seniors, she was amazed at the electric atmosphere as the young residents conversed with and performed for their older neighbours. That kind of environment is one she wants to recreate in Canada with a program ... Read More »

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Ontario reviewing outdoor education policies after student dies on field trip

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

TORONTO – Ontario is launching a review of outdoor education policies for every school board in the province after the death of a Toronto teen on a school-run canoe trip this summer. Education Minister Mitzie Hunter also says the ministry will immediately increase funding to life-saving swimming programs and increase awareness about the programs for ... Read More »

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Immigration board to audit process for reviewing long-term detention

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

TORONTO – The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada says it will carry out an independent audit of long-term detention reviews for permanent residents and foreigners after two recent court decisions raised concerns that the rules may not always be applied fairly. The board says it will look into how rigorously and thoroughly cases are ... Read More »

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Canadian schools reluctant to embrace later bell times despite mounting research

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

TORONTO – A wave of international research suggesting delaying high school start times would have health and academic benefits for students has not yet crested in Canada. Several individual boards and schools have embraced the growing number of global studies suggesting that early start times are at odds with adolescents’ natural sleep patterns and can ... Read More »

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Scheer says he won’t do interviewed on The Rebel, citing editorial direction

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he’ll do no further interviews with online news outlet The Rebel until it changes its editorial direction. Scheer is linking his decision to the Rebel’s coverage of last weekend’s deadly Charlottesville protests. The Rebel’s approach was seen by some as sympathetic to the white nationalists who organized the ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia’s Liberal government to table budget shelved by election Sept. 26

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government will next month re-introduce a budget shelved because of its May 30 election call. The budget will be tabled Sept. 26, five days after the legislature opens on Sept. 21 for its fall session. The $10.5-billion budget introduced April 27 included a tax cut for about 500,000 low and ... Read More »

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