June 25th, 2017

National News

N.S. sends teen suicide expert to Cape Breton, promises new cyberbulling law

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

HALIFAX – As a Cape Breton school board grapples with multiple teen suicides, the Nova Scotia government is sending a youth mental health expert to the grief-stricken community and promising new anti-cyberbullying legislation this fall. Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor, will travel to Cape Breton Monday to talk to families, schools, and ... Read More »

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Ftouhi says he has no mental problems: court hearing

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

FLINT, Mich. – The Quebecer 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 hearing was released Thursday and indicates the accused has been working on and off as a truck driver ... Read More »

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Ontario to offer genital transitional surgery in 2018

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

TORONTO – The Ontario government is increasing access to transition-related surgeries in the province. Health Minister Eric Hoskins says the province will offer genital transition surgery for the first time next year. He says that will make Ontario only the second jurisdiction in Canada to provide access to such surgery. Hoskins also says the province ... Read More »

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Chief coroner asks outside force to probe indigenous teen deaths in Thunder Bay

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Ontario’s chief coroner has asked York Regional Police to assist Thunder Bay officers in the investigations of the deaths of two indigenous teens. Thunder Bay’s acting chief of police says questions remain about the deaths of 14-year-old Josiah Begg and 17-year-old Tammy Keeash. The force also says more investigative resources will serve the ... Read More »

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Child and youth advocate urges change: indigenous communities ‘must be heard’

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s child and youth advocate wants the province to put local communities at the heart of efforts to protect indigenous children at risk. Jackie Lake Kavanagh says there’s a chance for a new approach to child welfare as the government reviews related laws. She says aboriginal communities must be ... Read More »

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Manitoba eyes options to keep homes heated this winter in cut-off community

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is considering bringing in extra propane storage units to help people in Churchill get through the winter now that their rail service has been cut off. Lee Spencer, with the province’s emergency measures organization, also says Crown-owned Manitoba Hydro is looking to see whether some customers in Churchill can be ... Read More »

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Ottawa announces $1 million for project addressing gaps in tidal energy

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

HALIFAX – Ottawa has announced $1 million to help address challenges in harnessing the crushing tides of the Bay of Fundy and beyond to create renewable energy. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the project led by the Offshore Energy Research Association will address current knowledge gaps in tidal power. The association’s executive director, Stephen ... Read More »

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$50M breakdown-prone ferry to Fogo Island out of service with ice damage

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The ferry to Fogo Island, one of Newfoundland’s prime tourism destinations, is out of service once again with ice damage to its hull. The $50-million MV Veteran has had a history of mechanical flaws since it was launched with fanfare in 2015. A provincial government spokesman says repairs will take two ... Read More »

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Groups in Lethbridge, Alta., to make request for safe site for drug consumption

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

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta city in the throes of an opioid crisis is the latest community planning to seek approval for a safe consumption site for drug users. A coalition of community groups plans to submit a request at the end of July for one of the federally regulated sites in Lethbridge. The ... Read More »

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Newly minted Conservative leader Scheer leader to hit the road this summer

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Before Canada’s new Conservative leader arrived at a news conference this week to opine on the spring session of Parliament, an aide affixed a sign to the podium: “Andrew Scheer, leader of the Official Opposition.” The jokes came quickly: if the parliamentary media needed a sign to know who he was, what hope ... Read More »

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Desmond killings: Nova Scotia premier not ruling out public inquiry

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is calling a horrific murder-suicide involving a former Canadian soldier almost six months ago “a tragic event,” but the province is still not prepared to call a public inquiry – yet. McNeil says Nova Scotia Health Authority officials will meet with Lionel Desmond’s family next week to share ... Read More »

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