August 18th, 2017

National News

Pikangikum First Nation to be connected to Ontario power grid by next fall

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The federal government has announced funding to connect the Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario to the province’s power grid. The remote community near the Ontario-Manitoba border currently relies on diesel generators for electricity. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, says the government will spend up to $60.2 million ... Read More »

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Scheer says platforms given to ‘obnoxious’ groups worth condemnation

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer isn’t saying whether he’ll condemn online news outlet the Rebel for its coverage of last weekend’s deadly Charlottesville protests. In a video posted to Facebook by advocacy group Leadnow, Scheer would only say he saw some of the Rebel’s coverage, and that anything that gives a platform to what ... Read More »

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Some New Brunswick lobster fishermen park boats, concerned with low prices

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

SHEDIAC, N.B. – Some lobster fishermen in eastern New Brunswick have tied up their boats in a protest over the prices they’re getting for lobster. Fishermen in ports such as Pointe Sapin and Richibucto remained at the docks Thursday, saying landings are down and prices are low. Michel Richard, an organizer with the Maritime Fishermen’s ... Read More »

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Figures show number of asylum seekers in July nearly quadrupled at Quebec border

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

LACOLLE, Que. – Authorities say the number of asylum seekers intercepted at the Quebec-New York border nearly quadrupled in July and shows no sign of slowing down. Officials updated reporters at a news conference this morning in Lacolle, a Quebec border town at the forefront of the influx of people filing into Canada from the ... Read More »

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Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in Manitoba residential school case

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal in a case about whether a Manitoba institution should be considered a residential school. Two lower courts said the institution in Teulon does not qualify under the terms of what’s known as the Indian residential schools settlement, meaning its students are not entitled ... Read More »

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Emotional mother-and-child reunion as young former captive arrives in Winnipeg

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

WINNIPEG – A woman in Winnipeg tightly embraced her 12-year-old son for the first time in three years early Thursday morning when the child was reunited with his family after his liberation from Iraqi militants. Cheers went up from a large crowd on hand when Emad Mishko Tamo arrived at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, ... Read More »

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Judge orders woman facing terror charges to appear in court Monday

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

TORONTO – A judge has ordered a Toronto-area woman facing terror-related charges in an alleged attack at a Canadian Tire store to appear in court on Monday, by force if necessary. The order was issued for Rehab Dughmosh after the 32-year-old refused to leave her cell to attend a court hearing via video on Thursday. ... Read More »

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StatCan revises census data to show decline in English speakers in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada is walking back a key census finding that stoked political fires in Quebec and saying that the English as a mother tongue is on the decline in the province instead of on the rise. The change is the result of an error that the national statistics office says resulted in some ... Read More »

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StatCan revises census data to show fewer English speakers in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the number of English speakers in Quebec recorded in last year’s census is lower than it originally reported. The national statistics office says some 57,000 people recorded in last year’s census as English speakers really had French as their mother tongue, but were incorrectly classified because of a computer error. ... Read More »

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

By The Associated Press on August 17th, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – 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. Harinder Dhaliwal, of Brampton, Ontario, was sentenced on conspiracy charges Wednesday in federal court in Buffalo. ... Read More »

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Rip currents, heavy rainfall expected as Gert glances Atlantic Canada

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2017

HALIFAX – Environment Canada is warning of rip currents, rapidly changing water levels and heavy rainfall in parts of Atlantic Canada today as hurricane Gert glances the region. The national weather forecaster says while Gert will not have a direct impact on the Atlantic provinces, long-period swells are expected on the southern coasts of Nova ... Read More »

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