August 18th, 2018

National News

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – Canadian politicians are adding their voices to the international reaction pouring in to the death of former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his condolences on social media, saying the 80-year-old Annan made the world a better place. He said on his official Twitter account that it’s now ... Read More »

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The Latest: Funeral procession in progress for slain officers ahead of funeral

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2018

FREDERICTON – 12:15 p.m. Two hearses carrying the bodies of fallen Fredericton Police Constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns are travelling slowly along a funeral procession route, flanked by pallbearers. Following closely behind was Grimsby, a light grey horse co-owned by Burns and fellow Fredericton police Const. Stefan Decourcey. More than a thousand officers and ... Read More »

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The Latest: Funeral to be held today for slain officers

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2018

FREDERICTON – 11:00 a.m. Officials are beginning to gather at a high school in Fredericton for a funeral procession honouring two police officers who were gunned down last week. Rain is pouring down in New Brunswick’s capital, mirroring the gloom that has taken over the small city of nearly 60,000. Thousands of police officers and ... Read More »

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‘Four of a dozen kids will not make it:’ Tina Fontaine’s family healing together

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2018

WINNIPEG – Melissa Stevenson was just starting her career 18 years ago when a summer position at the Indigenous Family Centre in Winnipeg connected her to a youngster named Tina Fontaine. The social worker quickly became close with Tina and about a dozen other young kids who came to the program. “The family centre in ... Read More »

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Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2018

FREDERICTON – Thousands of police officers and other first responders from across North America are in Fredericton today for the funeral of two police officers who were gunned down last week with two civilians in the parking lot of a city apartment complex. Fredericton Police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns died along with Bobbie ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for Friday night’s $16 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2018

TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $16 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. That means the jackpot for the next draw on Aug. 24 will grow to approximately $24 million... Read More »

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12-year-old girl found dead in California was from Waterloo, reports say

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Officials have identified a 12-year-old Canadian girl as the victim of a deadly boat accident in California. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office says Lia Rose Barakett was riding in a boat with family friends last Saturday when tragedy struck. A statement on the office’s website says Barakett was thrown from ... Read More »

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Parks Canada kills a bull bison that wandered away from Banff National Park

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2018

BANFF, Alta. – Parks Canada says it has killed one of two bison bulls that wandered away from Banff National Park. Officials say the animal was moving toward private grazing land and posed a safety risk to the public and to livestock. Parks Canada says it made every effort to coax the bull back to ... Read More »

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Bernier diatribe against “extreme multiculturalism” boosts Liberal coffers

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – Maxime Bernier may be causing headaches for his fellow Conservative MPs, but his latest musings on “extreme multiculturalism” have been a boon for the federal Liberal party. The Liberals say a fundraising campaign based on Bernier’s controversial comments has raised 77 per cent more money than any of their previous issue-based efforts. Party ... Read More »

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‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2018

FORT FRASER, B.C. – A fragmented system that makes British Columbia responsible for regional districts but gives the federal government authority for First Nations is hampering Indigenous groups in the wildfire fight, community leaders say. Miranda Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en in central B.C. said the regional district has been calling Chief Larry Nooski to ... Read More »

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Toronto must convey dissatisfaction over Ontario move to cut council: Tory

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2018

Toronto’s mayor says the city must convey its “strong dissatisfaction” over the Ontario government’s move to slash the size of municipal council when local politicians and staff hold a meeting next week to discuss a potential court challenge to the province’s decision. John Tory said Friday that Premier Doug Ford’s abrupt decision to cut the ... Read More »

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