February 18th, 2019

National News

Hunt continues for convicted killer who escaped from prison north of Montreal

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

LAVAL, Que. – Police continue to search for a convicted murderer who escaped from custody at a minimum security federal facility north of Montreal last week. Quebec provincial police, who are investigating the disappearance, believe Denis Begin was likely headed to Gatineau or the surrounding Outaouais region in western Quebec. Correctional Service Canada said Begin, ... Read More »

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An insider’s view of the Quadriga meltdown: ‘It’s kinda devastating’

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

HALIFAX – Software engineer Tong Zou lost his life savings – more than $500,000 – in the QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency meltdown. The mild-mannered 30-year-old Vancouver resident wasn’t making any clandestine, high-stakes trades when the online platform was shut down on Jan. 28 amid a storm of controversy and conspiracy rumours. Instead, Zou was simply looking for ... Read More »

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Protesters across U.S. rail against Trump’s emergency, demand Congress act

By James McCarten, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

WASHINGTON – Americans furious with Donald Trump’s latest gambit for financing his long-promised border wall vented their frustrations Monday, gathering at protests across the country to denounce the president’s “fake emergency” and to demand that Congress stand up to his administration. In Washington’s Lafayette Square, directly across the street from the White House, several hundred ... Read More »

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Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Feb. 19, 2015 – The RCMP lays corruption and fraud charges against Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, over allegations it used bribery to get government business in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the charges are without merit and stem from “alleged reprehensible deeds by former employees who left the company long ago.” A conviction ... Read More »

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Hiker missing after avalanche near Vancouver but clouds keep helicopter grounded

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

VANCOUVER – A search and rescue manager says one hiker is missing following an avalanche on a peak north of Vancouver, near Mount Seymour. Allan McMordie of North Shore Search and Rescue says a man activated an emergency beacon and called for help on his cellphone after an avalanche on Runner Peak on Monday morning. ... Read More »

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Text of statement from Gerald Butts, who resigned as PM’s principal secretary

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his friend since university days, issued this statement Monday afternoon: I have resigned as Principal Secretary to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, PC, MP, Prime Minister of Canada. He has accepted my resignation. Recently, anonymous sources have alleged that I pressured the former ... Read More »

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Possible avalanche may have caught two hikers on Vancouver’s North Shore

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

VANCOUVER – North Vancouver RCMP say two overnight hikers may have been caught in an avalanche near Mount Seymour. Police say on social media that first responders are heading to a remote area located between Runners Peak and Mount Elsay within Mount Seymour Provincial Park, about 30 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. The response was launched ... Read More »

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Body found after apparent house explosion in Calgary, police investigating

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

Calgary police say a body has been recovered from the site of an apparent house explosion in the city’s southeast. Sgt. Dwayne Lepchuk declined to say whose remains were found. Fire department spokeswoman Carol Henke says fire and police investigators were able to enter the destroyed home late Sunday. She says heavy equipment had to ... Read More »

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

BURNABY, B.C. – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada’s former justice minister. Singh says serious questions need to be answered about the scandal that cuts to the heart of Canada’s democracy. Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last ... Read More »

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Mermen calendar targets ‘toxic masculinity,’ raises big money for charities

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – What started as a dare for a burly Newfoundland man to pose in mermaid flippers has turned into a globally known effort to combat gender stereotypes – and raised more than a half million dollars for charity. This past weekend, the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque ... Read More »

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Closing arguments begin in trial of Quebec mother accused of killing her two girls

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

LAVAL, Que. – The lawyer for a Quebec mother accused of killing her two daughters is questioning the work of investigators who analyzed the crime scene. Pierre Poupart told jurors in his closing arguments today that police were obsessed with proving Adele Sorella had killed her daughters, aged 8 and 9. The cause of death ... Read More »

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