December 9th, 2018

National News

Canada seeking new members of anti-coal alliance at climate meeting

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on December 8th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canada and the United Kingdom are hosting a “coal-free day” at the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland, a city built on coal mining. Poland relies on coal for almost 80 per cent of its electricity, more than double the global average, and Katowice is the heart of its industry. The city ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on December 8th, 2018

TORONTO – There was no winning ticket for the $60 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. However, 14 of the 42 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each that were up for grabs were claimed by ticket holders across the country. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 14 will remain ... Read More »

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Quebec slams door on New Brunswick’s pipeline dream at premiers’ meeting

By Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

MONTREAL – New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs remained optimistic Friday that, someday, a pipeline would be built to bring western crude oil to ports in his region for transport overseas. But the Quebec premier tried his best to kill that dream. While the prime minister and Canada’s premiers found common ground on issues such as ... Read More »

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Fewer than half of ballots returned so far in B.C.’s electoral reform referendum

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

VANCOUVER – An advocate for maintaining British Columbia’s electoral system as it is questions whether residents really care about reform, given voter turnout figures released on the final day of the referendum campaign. Elections BC said it had received 41 per cent of eligible ballots by Friday morning in the referendum, which asks voters whether ... Read More »

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‘Mylan’s been hit’: Teammate recalls shooting of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

CALGARY – A former teammate of a Canadian Football League player who was shot to death identified the accused as the man who pulled a gun outside a nightclub two years ago. Nelson Lugela, 21, is on trial for second-degree murder in the death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks outside the Marquee Beer Market in ... Read More »

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Chinese telecom executive accused of fraud over Iran sanctions in United States

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is facing allegations of fraud by using a subsidiary to violate U.S. trade sanctions against Iran in a case that shook world stock markets this week. A federal prosecutor told a bail hearing for Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Friday that the chief financial officer ... Read More »

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Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen defends Canada signing onto UN migration pact

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canada is committed to signing onto the United Nations pact on migration, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says, despite angry protest from right-wing political activists both here and abroad. Speaking from Marrakech, Morocco on Friday, where a UN summit on migration is to kick off next week, Hussen said the Global Compact on Migration ... Read More »

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Iran connection emerges as Canada’s envoy briefs China on Huawei arrest

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

OTTAWA – As details of American allegations against a Chinese executive were revealed Friday in a Vancouver court, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada’s ambassador in Beijing had briefed the Chinese foreign ministry on her arrest. Freeland said that Ambassador John McCallum has assured the Chinese foreign ministry that due process is being followed ... Read More »

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Liberals order Crown attorneys to stop prosecuting some HIV non-disclosure cases

By The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canada’s justice minister is instructing federal prosecutors in the North that they should no longer prosecute anyone for not disclosing their HIV status to a sex partner where there is no risk of transmitting the virus. The new rules coming into effect Saturday won’t transfer over to provinces – only in the territories ... Read More »

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Fewer than half of ballots returned in B.C.’s electoral reform referendum

By The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

VICTORIA – An advocate for maintaining the first-past-the-post voting system in British Columbia questions whether residents really care about electoral reform, given voter turnout figures released on the final day of the referendum. Elections BC says it has received 41 per cent of eligible ballots in the mail-in referendum, which asks voters whether they would ... Read More »

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Friend of accused Stampeder shooter grilled by defence at murder trial

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

CALGARY – A friend of the man accused of killing a Calgary Stampeder player maintained Friday that the alleged shooter confessed to pulling the trigger shortly after shots rang out. But in a lengthy cross-examination by Nelson Lugela’s defence lawyer, Darwin Concepcion acknowledged he was drunk on the night of the shooting and is still ... Read More »

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