June 19th, 2018

National News

Study seeking cause of Crohn’s disease hopes to develop predictive test

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

TORONTO – With three brothers affected by either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, Kathleen Crispi knows she is at high risk of developing one of the literally gut-wrenching conditions known to run in families. So about a year ago, she volunteered to take part in the largest-ever study of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – research ... Read More »

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Regina school named after Indian residential school advocate to be renamed

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

REGINA – School trustees in Regina have voted to change the name of a school over concern that it honour’s a man who was a driving force behind the residential school system in Canada. The Davin School is to be renamed Crescents School. Davin School was named after Nicholas Davin, an MP who submitted a ... Read More »

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Pot to be legal by mid-September after senators pass pot legalization bill

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift almost a century-old prohibition on cannabis. Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass bill C-45, after seven months of study and debate. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said ... Read More »

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Senators pass government cannabis bill after deferring on home cultivation issue

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift Canada’s 95-year prohibition on cannabis. Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass bill C-45, after seven months of study and debate. Senators backed down on an amendment to the ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: Senate passes cannabis bill

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Senate has passed the federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis by a vote of 52-29. More Coming... Read More »

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Senators defer on home cultivation issue, clear way for passing cannabis bill

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Senators have backed down on an amendment to the federal government’s cannabis legalization bill that would have recognized the authority of provincial governments to ban home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose. The Trudeau government rejected that amendment and now senators have voted 45-35 against insisting on it. The government rejected 12 ... Read More »

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Montreal’s suspended police chief renounces job, will stay with force

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

MONTREAL – Suspended Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet, whose tenure was marred by scandals inside the force, will not return as head of the organization but will remain with the department in a new role, Mayor Valerie Plante said Tuesday. Plante said Pichet, who was suspended in December and temporarily replaced by the head of ... Read More »

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Lawyer challenges female military officer’s story in sex-assault case

By Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – A defence lawyer suggested Tuesday that a female military officer who says she was sexually assaulted initially reported just enough to superiors to cover the fact she slept with a subordinate. The woman has accused military police officer Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre of sexually assaulting her in her hotel room during 2015 Canadian Navy ... Read More »

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Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi trying to skirt immigration process: lawyer

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – A federal lawyer says a man who was a child refugee from Somalia when he first arrived in Nova Scotia is trying to get Canadian citizenship through the back door despite the fact he has been convicted of a violent crime and is facing possible deportation. Melissa Grant, who represents the federal public ... Read More »

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Homeowner didn’t call 911 before going out and killing suspected truck thief

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HAMILTON – A homeowner’s assertion that his training as a military reservist prompted him to head outside into the frigid darkness and shoot dead a man trying to steal his truck makes little sense, his murder trial heard Tuesday. Testifying in his own defence, Peter Khill agreed he could have stayed in his bedroom and ... Read More »

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Groups file response to government’s fight against solitary confinement

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

VANCOUVER – The head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the group is ready to take on the federal government in a dispute over fixing a law that violates the rights of inmates in solitary confinement. “Frankly, it’s offensive that the government is requiring us to continue this fight to the (B.C.) Court of ... Read More »

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