June 17th, 2019

National News

Quebec adopts secularism bill that bans religious symbols for state workers

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

Quebec’s contentious secularism bill banning religious symbols for teachers, police officers and other public servants in positions of authority was voted into law late Sunday. Premier Francois Legault’s government used its majority to push through Bill 21 by a vote of 73 to 35 after applying the mechanism of closure to end debate on the ... Read More »

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Quebec set to adopt secularism bill that bans religious symbols for state workers

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

QUEBEC – No political party would dare reopen Quebec’s secularism bill once it becomes law, Premier Francois Legault predicted Sunday as his government moved to force passage of the contentious Bill 21 before the legislature broke for summer recess. Legault and his party extended the session into the weekend and were expected to force a ... Read More »

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Federal cabinet decision on fate of Trans Mountain pipeline due Tuesday

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Liberal government’s $4.5-billion gamble to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline in a bid to get it expanded will come to a head on Tuesday when the federal cabinet decides whether to sign off on the project for a second time. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the decision is coming by Tuesday ... Read More »

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Newfoundland iceberg tours draw more visitors as climate warms: tour operator

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

TRINITY, N.L. – Instead of May flowers, late spring in Newfoundland and Labrador is known for the towering icebergs sent drifting down the province’s coasts. After separating – or “calving” – from glaciers in Greenland, these 10,000-year-old hunks of ice, with eye-catching colourations and textures, may soon melt down to nothing off the island’s shores. ... Read More »

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Poll suggests majority of Canadians favour limiting immigration levels

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he is concerned by numbers in a new poll that suggest a majority of Canadians believe the federal government should limit the number of immigrants it accepts. Sixty-three per cent of respondents to a recent Leger poll said the government should prioritize limiting immigration levels, while just 37 ... Read More »

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NDP promise to expand universal health care, starting with national drug plan

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

HAMILTON – The federal NDP says if it is elected this fall it will expand Canada’s health-care system, starting with fast-tracking a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says if his party forms government after the October federal election, it will inject $10 billion annually into a ... Read More »

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‘He was ditched:’ La Loche victim spiralled without support, now going to prison

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

SASKATOON – A promising football player whose dreams of playing professionally were crushed after a deadly school shooting in northern Saskatchewan has been sent to prison and his family says it’s because he didn’t get the mental-health help he needed. They say they watched as the physical pain and the memories from the 2016 shooting ... Read More »

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Government wins last-ditch reprieve for law allowing inmate segregation

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

TORONTO – Prisoner isolation, declared unconstitutional 18 months ago, will remain legal for now after Canada’s top court granted Ottawa’s urgent request to allow the current law to stay in force for the time being. The reprieve from the Supreme Court, pending a full hearing on the issue, sets aside a lower court order that ... Read More »

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Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass, preaching to choir: experts

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

CALGARY – Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an Alberta government news conference about its so-called energy war room after a flood of nasty messages. Industry advocate Robbie Picard held a poster calling the prominent environmentalist an “enemy of the oilsands” as he introduced Premier Jason Kenney at the Calgary event. Berman ... Read More »

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‘I’ve fallen in love’: Paralyzed Bronco player finds passion for water sport

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

SASKATOON – Jacob Wassermann spent most of his life on the ice before he fell in love in the water. The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi truck collided in Saskatchewan. Sixteen people were killed. ... Read More »

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Quebec government passes contentious immigration bill in early-morning vote

By The Canadian Press on June 16th, 2019

QUEBEC – The Quebec government has passed a contentious immigration bill in an early-morning vote of 62 to 42. The legislation gives the province’s immigration minister more authority over who receives permanent residency in the province. It also allows the government to cancel roughly 18,000 immigration applications – some from people who have waited in ... Read More »

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