October 19th, 2019

National News

B.C. working to move away from established illegal pot industry: minister

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s solicitor general says the government has been working hard to transition away from the province’s “well-entrenched” illegal marijuana industry. Mike Farnworth says in a statement that the government recognizes cannabis production has been a significant economic driver in many rural regions and is committed to supporting a legal, small-scale marijuana industry. ... Read More »

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Bail hearing for alleged RCMP leaker wraps, decision due Tuesday

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Cameron Jay Ortis, a senior RCMP official accused of breaching Canada’s official-secrets law, should learn next week whether he will be released on bail. A two-day bail hearing wrapped up Friday and a decision is slated for Tuesday. Ortis, 47, is charged with violating the Security of Information Act and breach of trust ... Read More »

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Alleged sex assault victim details struggles in proposed suit against Toronto school

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

TORONTO – A former student at an all-boys Catholic school in Toronto alleges in court documents that he endured months of ridicule after being bullied and sexually assaulted by his football teammates, which left him struggling with depression and severe mental health issues. The teen and his family have detailed their plight publicly for the ... Read More »

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Former Hamilton Conservative riding association president charged with fraud

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

Hamilton police have charged the former president of a federal Conservative riding association with fraud. Investigators say they received a report of “accounting irregularities” in the Federal Conservative Electoral District Association of Hamilton Centre in March 2019. They say the discrepancy was noted at the end of the 2015 federal election. Police allege the former ... Read More »

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Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Friday he’s not spreading misinformation by accusing his Liberal and NDP opponents of contemplating tax hikes that they haven’t announced. Scheer made the remark as he kicked off a day of campaigning in Fredericton by suggesting – without citing specific evidence – that a potential coalition between the ... Read More »

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Longer jail sentence for Manitoba man convicted in mother’s death

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man who left his mother on a floor for weeks until she died has been ordered to spend more time behind bars. The Manitoba Court of Appeal overturned a 90-day jail sentence given to Ronald Siwicki and replaced it with a two-year term minus three months credit for time served. Siwicki’s ... Read More »

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Alberta teen found guilty of shooting German tourist, leaving him paralyzed

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

CALGARY – A youth has been found guilty of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary last year. A judge convicted the boy from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, who cannot be identified because he was 16 at the time, of aggravated assault and recklessly discharging a firearm. Court ... Read More »

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No mistrial for con man guilty in romantic partner scam but can argue for stay

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

TORONTO – A man found guilty of defrauding his romantic partner lost his bid to have the judge declare a mistrial on Friday but will get the chance to reargue his position that charges against him should be stayed. In her ruling, Superior Court Justice Beth Allen rejected Shaun Rootenberg’s mistrial arguments which alleged she ... Read More »

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No mistrial for con man who scammed his romantic partner, but can argue for stay

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

TORONTO – A judge has denied a mistrial application from a Toronto-area man she found guilty of defrauding his romantic partner. However, Superior Court Justice Beth Allen is allowing Shawn Rootenberg to again argue the proceedings should be stayed. In a ruling today, Allen rejected Rootenberg’s argument that she showed bias by rejecting his initial ... Read More »

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Greta, food waste and a wild ride in a stolen pickup; In-The-News for Oct. 18

By The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

In-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 18. What we are watching in Canada … Climate activist Greta Thunberg is back in Canada today. The Swedish teen will march through the streets of ... Read More »

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Fewer than 850 irregular border crossers deported, hundreds more in limbo

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on October 18th, 2019

Multiple options for appeals, diplomatic difficulties and changing global conditions mean only a small fraction of the people who’ve crossed into Canada from the U.S. between border points to seek asylum here are being deported if they fail to get refugee status. Statistics from the Canada Border Services Agency show that as of Sept. 27, ... Read More »

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