February 21st, 2019

National News

Prime minister decries profiling incident on Hill as ‘anti-black racism’

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – Justin Trudeau told an audience of African Nova Scotians on Thursday that an incident of apparent racial profiling on Parliament Hill shows that racism, unconscious bias and systemic discrimination still can emerge anywhere in Canada. The prime minister was referring to an incident this month during a lobbying event called Black Voices on ... Read More »

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Shambhala Buddhist leader drops teaching in wake of report on sexual misconduct

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – The Halifax-based spiritual leader of the Shambhala International Buddhist organization is stepping back from teaching and administrative duties several weeks after a report found allegations of sexual misconduct to be credible. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche said in an email to his students today that he is sorry for “all that has happened,” and that ... Read More »

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford talks tariffs, trade during trip to Washington

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

Ontario’s premier told an audience in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the American government hurt the U.S. more than Canada. Doug Ford made the comments during an fireside chat with Kelly Craft, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, at an event organized by the Canadian American Business Council. “To be ... Read More »

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Top Trudeau adviser Telford targeted in ex-Israel envoy’s lawsuit

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

OTTAWA – One week after losing his right-hand man Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top political aide – chief of staff Katie Telford – faces allegations she intentionally inflicted mental suffering on an ex-ambassador. The allegation is contained in a lawsuit filed by Vivian Bercovici, a former Canadian ambassador to Israel, who was appointed ... Read More »

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Oland trial witness adds ambiguity on timing of multimillionaire’s killing

By Chris Morris, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A man who probably heard Richard Oland being bludgeoned to death in his office has told a Saint John court he cannot pinpoint the time the strange thumping noises were made. John Ainsworth’s testimony at the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland on Thursday leaves open the possibility that the multimillionaire ... Read More »

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Prime Minister decries profiling incident on Parliament Hill as anti-black racism

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – Justin Trudeau told an audience of African Nova Scotians Thursday that an incident of apparent racial profiling on Parliament Hill shows that racism, unconscious bias and systemic discrimination still can emerge anywhere in Canada. The Prime Minister was referring to an incident this month during a lobbying event called Black Voices on the ... Read More »

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Quebec man charged after bus carrying passengers makes unplanned trip

By Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

A man is facing charges including vehicle theft and impaired driving after an intercity bus loaded with passengers made an unscheduled departure from Trois-Rivieres, Que., Wednesday night. Police say people waiting to travel to Montreal were unaware their bus had been stolen as it pulled out of the downtown terminal. But they did remark on ... Read More »

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McArthur linked to 3 missing men years before he was charged with murder: docs

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

Newly released court documents show Toronto police linked serial killer Bruce McArthur to three missing men with ties to the city’s gay village years before he was charged with killing them and five others. The documents, submitted to the court by officers seeking search warrants, show investigators interviewed McArthur in late 2013 as a witness ... Read More »

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Globally important fossil discovered in Prince Edward Island footprints

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

CAVENDISH, P.E.I. – Fossilized footprints discovered on Prince Edward Island last year have been matched with a prehistoric predator, giving the site newfound global significance. Federal and provincial officials announced Thursday that the series of footprints found last May near Cavendish National Park have been confirmed to be those of the sail-backed Bathygnathus borealis. The ... Read More »

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Wilson-Raybould wasn’t pressured, is free to talk, top bureaucrat says

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

OTTAWA – Canada’s top bureaucrat launched a blunt and vigorous defence Thursday of the government’s handling of the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, declaring allegations of political interference to be false and even defamatory. Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, took opposition MPs to task for jumping on the anonymously-sourced allegations to accuse the government ... Read More »

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Boy isolated 400 days: Manitoba urged to end long solitary confinement for youth

By James Turner, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s children’s advocate is urging the province to stop lengthy solitary confinement of youth in custody after a review that found one boy was isolated for 400 straight days in a cell no bigger than a parking stall. Daphne Penrose and provincial ombudsman Marc Cormier jointly investigated the use of solitary confinement, segregation ... Read More »

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