October 24th, 2020

National News

Nunavut NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq takes two-month health leave

By The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

OTTAWA – Nunavut’s lone MP says she’s taking eight weeks away from work on advice from her doctor. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq says she’s been dealing with unspecified health problems in the year since she was elected to represent the northern territory. Qaqqaq has been an outspoken critic of the federal government’s treatment of the North in ... Read More »

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Doctor tells jurors he’s unable to determine if Raymond was criminally responsible

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

FREDERICTON – A psychiatrist told jurors Friday at the Mathew Raymond murder trial that he didn’t have enough information to determine whether the accused was criminally responsible for the killings. The defence admits that Raymond, 50, shot dead Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns in August 2018. But ... Read More »

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B.C. snap election coloured by pandemic recovery, candidate gaffes

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

VANCOUVER – Voters go to the polls Saturday to determine who will lead British Columbia through the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery, marking the end of a campaign unlike any in the province’s recent history. The election has seen the NDP vie for a majority, the Greens make the case for minority governments and the Liberals ... Read More »

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Some facts on British Columbia politics as the province heads to the polls Saturday

By The Canadian Press, The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

VANCOUVER – Voters in British Columbia go to the polls on Saturday. Here’s some of what you need to know about B.C. politics: – The NDP formed a minority government in 2017 with support from the Green party after finishing on election night with two fewer seats than the B.C. Liberals, while the Greens had ... Read More »

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Nunavut politicians vote to remove minister from cabinet over social media post

By Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut’s legislature members have voted former housing and Nunavut Arctic College minister Patterk Netser out of cabinet over a post he made on social media. Premier Joe Savikataaq put a motion forward earlier this week to remove Netser from cabinet. Savikataaq stripped him of his portfolios on Oct. 8, soon after Netser ... Read More »

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Companies warn Tory motion could deter domestic production of PPE

By The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

OTTAWA – Canadian companies that answered the government’s call to produce ventilators and other desperately needed equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic say they’re worried that opposition MPs are now demanding disclosure of the contracts they signed with Ottawa. In a letter to Procurement Minister Anita Anand, Canadian Exporters and Manufacturers president Dennis Darby says members ... Read More »

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Victim of Markham, Ont., homicide identified as Iranian-Canadian activist Mehdi Amin

By Adam Burns, The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

TORONTO – An Iranian-Canadian human rights advocate found dead in his home north of Toronto this week was a kind, polite gentleman who never argued with anyone, friends of his said Friday as police asked for help with the investigation. York Regional Police have identified Mohammad Mehdi Amin Sadeghieh, 58, as the victim of a ... Read More »

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For Mi’kmaq fishers, dreams of a peaceful harvest on N.S. waters repeatedly dashed

By Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

HALIFAX – Mi’kmaw fisherman Robert Syliboy says he dreams of peacefully trapping lobster off the shores of southwestern Nova Scotia. But the hopes of the 27-year-old from the Sipekne’katik First Nation have been repeatedly dashed by the vandalism and arson that has descended on his community after it launched a self-regulated fishery in St. Marys ... Read More »

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Assembly of First Nations has ‘lost confidence’ in RCMP commissioner, says Bellegarde

By The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

OTTAWA – The head of the Assembly of First Nations says he is set to tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he has ‘lost confidence’ in RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki. National Chief Perry Bellegarde says he’s taking this step after months of unrest and many issues relating to the safety of First Nations people across Canada. ... Read More »

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Trudeau walks back pledge to end boil-water advisories on First Nations by 2021

By The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is walking back a long-standing promise to lift all boil-water advisories in First Nations by 2021. He says the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions have led to delays. He wouldn’t commit today to meeting the March 2021 deadline, but says the government is working to lift the advisories “soon.” Trudeau ... Read More »

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Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

By The Canadian Press on October 23rd, 2020

OTTAWA – More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March but less than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine – the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from the requirement. The Canada Border Services Agency provides data each week on the number of people arriving in Canada ... Read More »

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