December 14th, 2017

National News

Constitutional arguments begin in case of B.C. man found guilty of polygamy

By Trevor Crawley, Cranbrook Townsman, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

CRANBROOK, B.C. – A British Columbia man found guilty of marrying two dozen women says he believed he was entitled to practice polygamy because he wasn’t charged when police investigated the allegations in the 1990s. Winston Blackmore appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook on Tuesday, where a judge is hearing arguments on whether Canada’s ... Read More »

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B.C. premier says pot smokers may face same rules as cigarette smokers

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

VICTORIA – Marijuana smokers in British Columbia may have to abide by the same public smoking rules as tobacco users when cannabis becomes legal, Premier John Horgan said Tuesday. Horgan said his government is still formulating its marijuana policy, but may follow the same provincial smoking laws and community clean air bylaws that prohibit smoking ... Read More »

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Activist going back to court, Alberta appeals stay in pot seed giveaway case

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

CALGARY – A prominent cannabis activist who was arrested in Calgary during a national tour to distribute millions of free marijuana seeds to the public is heading back to court. Police charged Dana Larsen with drug trafficking and possession in April 2016 after small packets of pot seeds were handed out to the audience at ... Read More »

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F-35 stealth fighter, Super Hornet top list of potential new fighters for Canada

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – There are five potential replacements for Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet. Here’s a closer look at what’s known about the contenders: F-35 – Lockheed Martin, U.S. Largely overlooked in Tuesday’s news about a new competition to find a CF-18 replacement was confirmation that the F-35 is back in the running. The move represents the ... Read More »

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B.C. premier says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says marijuana users in British Columbia could face the same rules as those who smoke tobacco in public. Horgan says his government is still formulating its marijuana policy, but following bylaws that prohibit people from smoking near buildings or public spaces is under consideration. Recreational use of marijuana in Canada ... Read More »

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Feds’ ethics watchdog pick won’t commit to probes of Trudeau, Morneau

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Liberal government’s nominee for federal ethics watchdog won’t commit to completing ongoing investigations into the prime minister or finance minister if he gets the job. But Mario Dion told the House of Commons ethics committee that if he is appointed, reviewing the files would be a top priority. “One of the first ... Read More »

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Intelligence reform needed to rebuild confidence, Muslim group tells MPs

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – Reform of national security agencies – not just more oversight and review – is needed to rebuild confidence and trust, a national Muslim group says. The National Council of Canadian Muslims told MPs studying the Liberal government’s wide-ranging national security bill Tuesday that new watchdog powers won’t fix the “culture of impunity” and ... Read More »

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Trudeau boasts about byelection results, Tories and NDP defensive

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau says the results of four federal byelections Monday night show the Liberals are on the right track with their focus on middle-class Canadians. Not surprisingly, the prime minister was the only party leader to express unalloyed pleasure Tuesday in the results, which saw the Liberals score their second byelection upset in ... Read More »

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Would-be ethics watchdog won’t commit to keep Trudeau, Morneau files open

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

OTTAWA – The nominee for federal ethics watchdog won’t commit to completing ongoing investigations into the prime minister or finance minister if he gets the job. But Mario Dion tells the House of Commons ethics committee that if he is appointed, reviewing the files would be a top priority so he could understand them fully ... Read More »

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Trial told teen girl who killed Saskatoon infant needs life-long treatment

By CKOM, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

SASKATOON – A justice official says a teen girl who killed a six-week-old Saskatoon baby will need to be treated for her psychological problems for the rest of her life. A judge is to decide whether the teen, now 18, will be sentenced as a youth or an adult for the second-degree murder of Nikosis ... Read More »

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

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Tuesday, Dec. 12 – – – OTTAWA TO BUY AUSSIE JETS, TWEAK PROCESS: The Trudeau government is kicking off its latest bid to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets – and adding a new requirement to the procurement process by assessing a company’s overall impact on the Canadian ... Read More »

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