January 18th, 2020

National News

U.S. court won’t force military to hear Omar Khadr war-crimes appeal

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

TORONTO – An American civilian court has refused to order a military court to decide an appeal from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. In a brief decision this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied Khadr’s request to force the issue. “At this time, (Khadr) has not demonstrated ... Read More »

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Groups seek leave to appeal Bill 21 ruling to Supreme Court of Canada

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

MONTREAL – Groups battling Quebec’s secularism law in court have applied to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal a decision refusing to suspend the law pending a full legal challenge. Both the Quebec Superior Court and the province’s Court of Appeal have refused a request by a national Muslim organization, a civil ... Read More »

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Canadian troops will leave Iraq if government orders it: Sajjan

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

OTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada wants to resume its military training efforts in Iraq, but will respect any decision by Baghdad to expel foreign troops. Sajjan spoke following a visit to Kuwait and Jordan, where he met with some of the hundreds of Canadian troops who have been participating in Canada’s five-year ... Read More »

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Calgary plans to withhold business licences to stop conversion therapy

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

CALGARY – The mayor of Calgary says a motion to ban the “insidious” practice of conversion therapy is to be brought before a council committee early next week with a vote expected sometime in February. “It is the right thing to do,” Naheed Nenshi said Friday after a meeting with federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu. ... Read More »

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U.S. sanction law not enough to prove Canadian fraud: Meng’s lawyers

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

VANCOUVER – Lawyers for a Huawei executive wanted on fraud charges in the United States are accusing Crown attorneys of relying on American sanction law to make its case for extradition from Canada. In documents released by the B.C. Supreme Court Friday, Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers say Canada has rejected similar U.S. sanction against Iran and ... Read More »

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Saskatoon man guilty of setting up fake fundraiser after Humboldt Broncos crash

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

SASKATOON – A Saskatoon man has been convicted of setting up a fake GoFundMe account for the Humboldt Broncos after the junior hockey team’s bus crashed. A provincial court judge found Andrij Olesiuk guilty of fraud under $5,000 and possession of stolen property obtained by crime. Court heard that Olesiuk raised $3,600 after the crash, ... Read More »

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Mountie to be sentenced for criminal negligence in relation to fatal on-duty shooting

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

THOMPSON, Man. – Family members of a man who died after being shot by a northern Manitoba RCMP officer say forgiveness is not an option. Const. Abram Letkeman is being sentenced for criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the 2015 death of Steven Campbell outside Thompson. The former officer, who was given a medical discharge ... Read More »

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Man found not criminally responsible for wife’s death gets insurance benefits

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge says a mentally ill man who killed his wife is entitled to the proceeds of her life insurance policy because he was found not criminally responsible for her death. Justice Frank Edwards of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has ruled that Richard Dwayne Maidment, who was diagnosed with ... Read More »

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Two Ontario men indicted in U.S. in alleged international smuggling scheme

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

Two Ontario men and three others have been indicted in the United States in connection with an alleged smuggling scheme investigators say aimed to support Pakistan’s nuclear program. Muhammad Ahsan Wali (Ahsan), 48, and Haji Wali Muhammad Sheikh (Haji), 82, both of Mississauga, Ont., are among five men alleged to have taken part in the ... Read More »

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Resident hummingbirds suffer in British Columbia’s frigid weather

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

BURNABY, B.C. – Harsh winter weather on British Columbia’s south coast has frozen out the area’s resident hummingbirds. The Wildlife Rescue Association says it has responded to more than 75 calls in just a few days from people who have found distressed, freezing or starving hummingbirds. The group has rescued 10 hummingbirds and expects more ... Read More »

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Calgary plans to ban conversion therapy by withholding business licences

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

CALGARY – A motion to ban conversion therapy is to go before a Calgary council committee with a vote expected sometime next month. Conversion therapy aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation through counselling or religious teachings. It has been discredited as psychologically damaging. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and five council members say the motion ... Read More »

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