August 19th, 2019

National News

Maxime Bernier tells party faithful he will make it into the leaders’ debates

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Maxime Bernier argued that not inviting him to take part in the official election debates means excluding the only political party leader who has anything different to say. “It won’t be a real debate if I’m not there,” Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, said to candidates and supporters at ... Read More »

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Maxime Bernier tells party faithfuls he will make it into the leaders’ debates

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Maxime Bernier says not inviting him to take part in the official election debates means excluding the only political party leader who has anything different to say. Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, says the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NDP, the Greens and the Bloc Quebecois all share similar views ... Read More »

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Environment groups warned saying climate is real could be seen as partisan

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – A pre-election chill has descended over some environment charities after Elections Canada warned them that discussing the dangers of climate change during the upcoming federal campaign could be deemed partisan activity. An Elections Canada official warned groups in a training session earlier this summer that because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s ... Read More »

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Canada “disappointed” terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office says the United Kingdom has “off-loaded their responsibilities” in revoking the citizenship of a British-Canadian man imprisoned in Syria. A statement released today from Goodale’s office says “Canada is disappointed” that the U.K. government stripped Jack Letts of his British citizenship. Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” ... Read More »

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Federal and provincial leaders to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

MONTREAL – A number of federal and provincial leaders are expected in Montreal today to march in the city’s annual Pride parade. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Francois Legault will be in attendance, as will NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Trudeau, Singh and May also walked together in Vancouver’s ... Read More »

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Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

MONTREAL – More than seven years after Raif Badawi was thrown in prison, lawyers and allies of the Saudi blogger are increasingly lobbying foreign governments in an effort to secure his release as Saudi Arabia prepares to host next year’s G-20 meeting. Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer and former federal justice minister who represents ... Read More »

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Regina woman suing after tip of son’s penis cut off in circumcision

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2019

REGINA – A Regina mother has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence after the tip of her baby’s penis was severed during a circumcision. In an interview, the woman says she and her husband are worried about their son’s self-esteem as he grows up. The circumcision happened last November when the boy was nine-days old. The ... Read More »

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Ontario ticket wins Saturday night’s $9 million Lotto 649 jackpot

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2019

TORONTO – A single ticket sold in Ontario claimed the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Aug, 21 will be approximately $5 million... Read More »

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Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is condemning violence in Hong Kong as tension escalates between pro-democracy protesters and police. She made the remarks in a joint statement issued Saturday with her counterpart in the European Union, Federica Mogherini. The statement says that both Canada and the EU support Hong Kong’s “high degree of ... Read More »

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Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – Emotions ran free in Ottawa Saturday as the more than 150 Canadians killed in Afghanistan were honoured during a sombre ceremony attended by hundreds of family members, many of whom continue to struggle with the loss of their loved ones. The ceremony involved the re-dedication of a cenotaph built during the war in ... Read More »

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay after 40 years

By The Canadian Press on August 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – After 40 years, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has come out as gay. In a column published in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, Watson writes that it was a “mistake” not coming out sooner. He writes that he was worried about how his family, friends and colleagues would react and he struggled coming to ... Read More »

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