December 9th, 2018

National News

ON, SK say carbon price, CPP expansion a double whammy for businesses

By The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

OTTAWA – Ontario and Saskatchewan want the federal government to fully analyze new tax measures before imposing them on Canadians next year. The finance ministers from Ottawa and the provinces will meet in Ottawa tonight and tomorrow, just two days after a somewhat tense meeting between premiers and the prime minister in Montreal. Many of ... Read More »

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Toronto mayor, TTC union ask Ontario govt to step in on transit modernization

By Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

TORONTO – As the transit agency in Canada’s most populous city prepares to do away with its decades-old payment system, Toronto’s mayor and the union representing transit workers are asking the Ontario government to step in and fix what they describe as faulty technology in the higher-tech replacement. December marks the last month commuters will ... Read More »

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‘We are the pioneers’ N.S. prof striving to create perfect Christmas tree

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia professor is striving to create the ideal Christmas tree, inside the only research lab of its kind in the world. Dalhousie University’s Raj Lada is the director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre in Truro, N.S., a unique lab dedicated to improving balsam fir Christmas trees. “We are the pioneers ... Read More »

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In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why.

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

OTTAWA – On a historic Remembrance Day, a century after the end of the First World War, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a Paris crowd that decaying trust in public institutions will lead citizens to look for easy answers “in populism, in nationalism, in closing borders, in shutting down trade, in xenophobia.” The implication was ... Read More »

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British Columbia trade trip to China cancelled over Meng detention

By The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

VICTORIA – The detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada has derailed British Columbia’s trade mission to China. The delegation led by B.C. Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson will no longer be stopping in China, and will instead end its trip after a visit to Japan. The province says in a statement the decision was ... Read More »

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TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

By The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

TORONTO – The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city is calling for the province to step in and fix what it describes as a faulty system intended to replace existing monthly transit passes. December marks the last month that Toronto’s commuters will be able to use Metropasses on the TTC, as the ... Read More »

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Boy who was ISIL captive behind movement to bring bicycles to refugee children

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

WINNIPEG – Emad Mishko Tamo looks excitedly at his bright-green mountain bike and talks about how he’s looking forward to summer cycling adventures with other Yazidi refugee children in his community. For the 14-year-old boy, the bicycle stands for freedom, something that only a few years ago was snatched away from him and his family ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for Saturday night’s $9 million Lotto 649 jackpot

By The Canadian Press on December 9th, 2018

TORONTO – There was no winning ticket for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Dec. 12 will be approximately $12 million... Read More »

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Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

By The Canadian Press on December 8th, 2018

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been arrested in the death of a 14-year-old boy. Investigators have said the teen’s body was found in a park in Mississauga, Ont., on Friday shortly before 8 a.m. Peel regional police have not released a cause of death, but identified the boy Saturday ... Read More »

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China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

By Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press on December 8th, 2018

BEIJING – China summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released. A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website said that ... Read More »

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‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on December 8th, 2018

CALGARY – A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this past week as the bus carrying him home from physiotherapy was rear-ended by a truck. Straschnitzki, 19, was one of 13 survivors April 6 when a team bus was hit by a semi-trailer at an intersection north of Tisdale, Sask. Sixteen people died. ... Read More »

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