February 26th, 2024

National News

A list of prominent examples of online harms against youth in Canada in recent years

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

The federal government is introducing legislation designed to help protect young people in Canada from the dangers they face online. A look at some recent examples: Feb. 6, 2024 – Police in Surrey, B.C., disclose details of the suicide in February 2023 of an unnamed 14-year-old, tricked into sharing intimate images as part of a ... Read More »

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Liberal government wants voting health breaks for MPs after Opposition ‘obstruction’

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

OTTAWA – The Liberal government says it wants to bring in health breaks that would eliminate overnight voting in the House of Commons for this parliamentary session. Government House leader Steve MacKinnon introduced the motion today, and the New Democrats voiced their immediate support for it. MacKinnon says his motion would address the “obstruction” of ... Read More »

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Canadian cities ‘not gatekeepers’: Head of mayors’ group pushes back on Poilievre

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

OTTAWA – The president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities says his members are community builders and not gatekeepers, a term Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has commonly used to attack municipal bureaucrats. Scott Pearce made the comment at a news conference the federation held in Ottawa ahead of the spring budget, as the group calls ... Read More »

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Liberals to introduce online harms bill, which Amanda Todd’s mother urges MPs to pass

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

OTTAWA – The mother of a British Columbia teen who died by suicide after being targeted by online sextortion is pleading with federal lawmakers to pass a bill being tabled in Parliament today. Carol Todd, whose daughter Amanda posted a video on YouTube detailing her ordeal before she died in 2012, says she worries that ... Read More »

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Inquest into in-custody death of Saskatchewan mass killer begins with RCMP testimony

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

SASKATOON – A coroner’s inquest is hearing details about how Mounties searched for a man who killed 11 people and injured 17 others in the days after the mass stabbing in Saskatchewan. Myles Sanderson had been on the run for several days when police caught up to him on Sept. 7, 2022. During a pursuit, ... Read More »

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Military ombudsman calls on MPs to fix ‘obvious’ conflict, make office independent

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

OTTAWA – The Canadian Armed Forces and national defence ombudsman is calling on MPs to fix an obvious conflict of interest and make his office independent. Gregory Lick told the House of Commons defence committee today that his office reports to the defence minister, even though it’s supposed to oversee that department. Lick told the ... Read More »

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Quebec provincial police arrest 21 allegedly connected to eastern Quebec drug war

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

Quebec provincial police say they’ve so far arrested 21 people allegedly connected to a war over drug territory in eastern Quebec between a street gang and the Hells Angels. Sgt. Hélène St-Pierre said more arrests are possible in the crackdown on the running conflict between drug dealers tied to the Hells Angels and the Blood ... Read More »

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Groups bring allegations of racism at Canadian Human Rights Commission to global body

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

OTTAWA – A coalition of federal unions and organizations representing Black workers has filed an international complaint against the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The eight organizations say the body that handles human-rights complaints against the federal government is violating global law because of its treatment of Black employees. Nicholas Marcus Thompson, executive director of the ... Read More »

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Coroner’s inquest into in-custody death of Saskatchewan mass killer begins

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

SASKATOON – A coroner’s inquest into the in-custody death of a man who killed 11 people and injured 17 others in a mass stabbing in Saskatchewan has started with jury selection. Myles Sanderson had been on the run for several days when police caught up to him on Sept. 7, 2022. During a pursuit, the ... Read More »

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More than 70 per cent of people in jails awaiting bail or trial, report says

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

TORONTO – A new report says the crisis in Canada’s bail system has worsened over the last decade, with more people in pre-trial custody and some spending weeks in detention before being released. A report released today by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says that by 2021-2022, the proportion of people in provincial and territorial ... Read More »

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More to do on defence, Trudeau says after meetings with Polish leaders in Warsaw

By Laura Osman, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2024

WARSAW, Poland – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s defence spending levels as he wraps up a three-day visit to Ukraine and Poland. Trudeau says Canada is the seventh-largest contributor to defence of all 31 NATO allies, but he acknowledges there is still more to do. He met today with Polish Prime Minister Donald ... Read More »

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