July 19th, 2018

National News

Police, family ask for clues in finding 13-year-old B.C. girl’s killer

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

BURNABY, B.C. – On the one-year anniversary of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen’s murder in Burnaby, B.C., her family and the police are pleading with anyone who may have information to come forward. Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team read a statement from the family that says Shen loved life, had a beautiful smile ... Read More »

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Quebec to spend money to fight invasive plant species

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Quebec says it will spend about $8 million over five years to fight invasive plant species. Today’s announcement comes just a few days after a coalition of groups called on Quebec to act immediately against one plant in particular because it has invaded at least 200 rivers and lakes in the province. ... Read More »

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Attack of Muslim man appears to have been motivated by hate, police say

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

TORONTO – An attack in southern Ontario that sent a Muslim man to hospital appears to have been motivated by hate, police said Wednesday, as a Muslim advocacy group denounced the incident as “hateful and cowardly.” Peel regional police said they were called to investigate a fight in Mississauga, Ont., at about 9 p.m. on ... Read More »

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Fake abduction and Bitcoin ransom the latest way to trick victim: RCMP in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

RICHMOND, B.C. – Mounties in Richmond, B.C., say it appears criminals have added Bitcoin ransom to the growing list of manoeuvres to swindle money from unsuspecting victims. Officers responded to a report of an abduction on July 16 where a victim said they had received a call from a person demanding money for the safe ... Read More »

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‘Like magic:’ Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

EDMONTON – It curves elegantly, its delicate bones looking as if they could easily slither out of the amber encasing them into the forest undergrowth that would have been home. The oldest fossil of a baby snake ever found leaves University of Alberta paleontologist Tiago Rodrigues Simoes in awe. “It’s like magic,” he said. Simoes, ... Read More »

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Coroner who didn’t probe Wettlaufer victim death testifies at inquiry

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

An Ontario coroner who declined to investigate the death of one of Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s victims is defending his decision not to look into the circumstances despite alarms raised by other medical professionals. Wettlaufer has confessed to murdering eight patients and attempting to kill several more by injecting them with overdoses of insulin while working as ... Read More »

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Hundreds of European travellers stuck in Montreal after airline cancels flights

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – Hundreds of European travellers have been stuck in Montreal for days after their airline unexpectedly cancelled their flights home. Spanish airline Level cancelled its Saturday and Monday flights from Montreal to Paris, citing operation reasons. But passengers says the airline didn’t inform them about the decision and has done little to help them ... Read More »

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Long-term equitable recovery services needed to manage addiction in B.C.: report

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

VANCOUVER – The BC Centre on Substance Use is calling for improved addiction-recovery services that would provide equitable access to long-term, quality care regardless of someone’s ability to pay for treatment. The centre has released a report saying recovery must be recognized as a realistic option for a chronic relapsing disease that can be managed ... Read More »

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Incident with Niagara reporter was violation of rights: Ontario ombudsman

By Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Municipal staff in Ontario’s Niagara region violated a reporter’s charter rights when they seized his equipment and called police after assuming he was trying to record a closed council meeting, the province’s ombudsman found in a report released Wednesday. Paul Dube launched an investigation in December 2017, days after the incident involving a ... Read More »

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Parks Canada to acquire 1,325 hectares to expand Bruce Peninsula National Park

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Parks Canada says it has reached an agreement to acquire a privately owned parcel of land in Ontario’s Georgian Bay area to expand the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The agency says the 1,324-hectare property includes 6.5 kilometres of uninterrupted shoreline, and is home to at least 10 federally listed species at risk and ... Read More »

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Banff’s bathroom bears returned to the park after 15 months of rehab in Ontario

By The Canadian Press on July 18th, 2018

BANFF, Alta. – Three cubs found abandoned in a washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park have been returned to the area. The black bears, now yearlings, were sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario last April. Officials with Banff National Park say the bears were released in the backcountry on ... Read More »

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