October 17th, 2018

National News

In the news today, Oct. 17

By The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2018

Five stories in the news for Wednesday, Oct. 17 – – – FIRST LEGAL POT SALES MADE IN N.L. Ian Power made sure he was first in line on a chilly October night to make a midnight purchase that will likely cement his place in Canadian history. Outside one of the cannabis shops in St. ... Read More »

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Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2018

BATH, Ont. – Convicted rapist and killer Paul Bernardo is due to plead for release today. The 54-year-old Bernardo is expected to argue at a parole hearing that he has improved himself during his 25 years behind bars. The designated dangerous offender has been eligible for parole since February. His defence lawyer has said his ... Read More »

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New era dawns as cannabis becomes legal

By The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2018

Canadians are waking to a seismic cultural shift as nearly a century of marijuana prohibition ends across the country today. Recreational use is now legal – a once radical notion that for many, like longtime Toronto advocate Robin Ellins, is a stunning concept he’s still trying to wrap his head around. The co-founder of the ... Read More »

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Streamlined pardon process for marijuana possession convictions on the way

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – As Canada embarks today on a new era of legal recreational cannabis, the Trudeau government will close the door on the old prohibition era by announcing a streamlined pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past. A quartet of ministers – Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, Public ... Read More »

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Feds to expedite pardons for minor pot convictions

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government plans to move Wednesday on easing the process of obtaining a criminal pardon for simple pot possession. The Canadian Press has learned the announcement on setting aside minor marijuana convictions of the past will come as the government ushers in a historic new era of legalized cannabis. Prime Minister Justin ... Read More »

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B.C. man accused of swimming naked in Toronto shark tank arrested in Thunder Bay

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2018

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Police have arrested a B.C. man who is accused of swimming naked in a shark tank at a popular Toronto aquarium. Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook of Toronto police says the man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Ontario Provincial Police in the Thunder Bay area during a vehicle stop. She says Toronto police ... Read More »

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Feds’ tariff relief plan faces criticism; Morneau says 50 firms tariff-free

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2018

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says 50 Canadian companies have so far been exempted from paying surtaxes on U.S. steel and aluminum imports that have been in place since Ottawa imposed retaliatory tariffs last summer. Morneau provided the figure Tuesday before a parliamentary committee, where opposition MPs criticized his relief plan as too slow ... Read More »

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‘They dithered; he withered:’ Final arguments in Calgary child death trial

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2018

CALGARY – Jurors in the trial for a couple charged in their 14-month-old son’s death heard starkly differing accounts Tuesday of why he died. Jennifer and Jeromie Clark of Calgary have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for their son John. “This is not a ... Read More »

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Calgary Flames co-owner helped pay ransom to free hostage Amanda Lindhout

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2018

CALGARY – A Calgary businessman and philanthropist says he paid roughly $750,000 to help free kidnapped journalist Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. Allan Markin, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames, says he didn’t know Lindhout when she was taken hostage in 2008. But the 73-year-old says he believes in helping people. Lindhout and Markin both spoke ... Read More »

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Canadian crew member killed in ship accident at seaway dock in New York state

By The Associated Press on October 16th, 2018

MASSENA, N.Y. – Authorities say a Canadian man working on a freighter has died after he fell off a dock on the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern New York. WWNY-TV in Watertown reports 57-year-old Alfred Eshun of Quebec lost his balance and slipped off a dock after being lowered onto it off the side of ... Read More »

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Officials raise alarm after spate of suicides in northern Quebec region of Nunavik

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2018

MONTREAL – A spate of suicides in northern Quebec Inuit communities has the local school board sounding the alarm about what one official describes as a “deep and ongoing crisis.” “It is an emergency,” said Harriet Keleutak, the director general of the Kativik school board, which serves Quebec’s Nunavik region. “We are talking about a ... Read More »

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