June 22nd, 2018

National News

High Indigenous prison rate ‘unacceptable’: Supreme Court chief justice

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court’s chief justice says the over-representation of Indigenous people in prison is unacceptable and reveals a serious problem. Richard Wagner tells a news conference today he’ll leave the politics to others, but the court will make its voice heard on issues of Indigenous justice. He points to a decision this month ... Read More »

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Members of Manitoba First Nation to return home after forest fire

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

WINNIPEG – Residents of Little Grand Rapids, a remote First Nations community in east-central Manitoba, are to start returning to their homes this weekend. The fly-in community was evacuated on May 20 because of a forest fire. Nearly 1,000 residents have been living in hotels in Winnipeg for the last month. Once the fire threat ... Read More »

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Charges dropped against Alberta property owner in rural shooting

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OKOTOKS, Alta. – All charges have been dropped against a man accused of firing shots at some suspected thieves on his rural property in southern Alberta. The Crown withdrew the charges against Edouard Maurice at his court appearance in Okotoks, south of Calgary, this morning. Maurice was charged with aggravated assault and firearms offences after ... Read More »

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Lorne Grabher wins $750 from province amid lengthy battle over licence plate

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has to reimburse a retiree for a court skirmish over a report suggesting a licence plate bearing his last name supports sexual violence against women. Lorne Grabher has been trying to reinstate his personalized licence plate since it was revoked in 2016 by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles following ... Read More »

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More than 1,000 charges laid against 75 people after Toronto police raids

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

TORONTO – Police forces in Ontario say a sweeping raid on a Toronto-based gang has resulted in more than a thousand charges being laid against 75 people. More than 800 officers from a variety of forces executed the raids on Thursday, resulting in the seizures of dozens of weapons and various types of drugs. Police ... Read More »

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New Brunswick woman given life sentence in 2015 murder of teenager

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

MONCTON, N.B. – A young New Brunswick woman has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years in the brutal slaying of a Moncton teen stabbed about 200 times. Marissa Shephard was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and arson in the 2015 death of 18-year-old Baylee Wylie. ... Read More »

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Judge rules out crucial Crown evidence in Dellen Millard’s murder trial

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

TORONTO – A judge has ruled out crucial Crown evidence from a police expert at the trial of a man accused of killing his father, whose death was initially deemed a suicide. Justice Maureen Forestell says the majority of testimony from Det. Const. Grant Sutherland is inadmissible. Sutherland said he believed it was unlikely Wayne ... Read More »

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Quebec crane operators continue strike despite order to return to work

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

MONTREAL – Quebec’s transport minister says the government will claim damages from the crane operators’ union for the costs of a strike that has paralyzed work sites across the province. Andre Fortin says in a statement that he’s planning to send a formal notice to the union over what he describes as an illegal strike. ... Read More »

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Case of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur put over to July 23

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

TORONTO – The prosecution says it has now turned over all its evidence to the defence of a Toronto man accused of being a serial killer. They say lawyers for Bruce McArthur can now begin compiling their list of witnesses. McArthur appeared by video link from a Toronto jail today, and his case was put ... Read More »

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N.L. confronts its archaic coat of arms depicting ‘noble savage’

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

Another archaic symbol of Canada’s colonial past is under the microscope. The Newfoundland and Labrador government confirmed this week it plans to redesign the province’s 400-year-old coat of arms, which depicts two Indigenous warriors holding a red shield. At first glance, the stoic Beothuk figures seem innocent enough. But the official description of the pair, ... Read More »

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Liberals set hiring, procurement rules for federally-funded projects

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OTTAWA – Cities, provinces and territories building new roads, bridges, water and transit systems funded with federal dollars will have to let Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants have a hand in those projects under new rules being unveiled today. The idea of so-called community benefits will be a mandatory requirement for many infrastructure projects ... Read More »

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