March 20th, 2019

National News

Canada says B.C.’s proposed permitting regime for pipelines is unconstitutional

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

VANCOUVER – A lawyer for the federal government says British Columbia is overreaching with an unconstitutional effort to regulate oil and gas shipments through its lands and waters. The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks if the provincial government can create a permitting regime for companies that transport hazardous substances ... Read More »

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Extra project cash for cities needed to end-run laggard provinces, Morneau says

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – A one-time $2.2-billion windfall in the federal budget to help Canadian cities improve roads, bridges, highways and water systems won’t become an annual tradition, Finance Minister Bill Morneau warned Wednesday, even in the face of problems getting the first projects off the ground. Tuesday’s multibillion-dollar top-up will double the money cities receive this ... Read More »

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B.C. to start measles ‘catch-up’ campaign, offering shots at schools, clinics

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

VICTORIA – British Columbia has recorded 19 confirmed cases of measles this year and the province is responding by launching a measles immunization catch-up drive next month, aiming to vaccinate 95 per cent of the province’s youth. Health Minister Adrian Dix says provincial data from 2018 indicates 82 per cent of seven-year-olds in B.C. have ... Read More »

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‘Grieve every day:’ Full parole for Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

CALGARY – A woman who opted to treat her son with holistic remedies instead of taking him to the doctor for a strep infection has been granted full parole. Tamara Lovett, 50, gave seven-year-old Ryan dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection that kept him bedridden in their Calgary home for ... Read More »

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Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death granted full parole

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

CALGARY – A Calgary woman whose son died after she failed to take him to the doctor for a strep infection has been granted full parole. Tamara Lovett, who is 50, was convicted in 2017 of criminal negligence causing death and was sentenced to three years in prison. She was granted day parole last June ... Read More »

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Speaker relegates Parti Quebecois to 4th-place status in Quebec legislature

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

QUEBEC – The struggling Parti Quebecois has suffered another setback with a decision by the Speaker relegating it to fourth place in the provincial legislature. Francois Paradis ruled today that the departure of Catherine Fournier, who last week quit the PQ to sit as an Independent, means the party is now officially the third opposition ... Read More »

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Budget responds to long-standing calls for federal strategy to address dementia

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Health advocacy groups are cheering the Liberal government’s proposal to spend $50 million over five years to support a national dementia strategy that would be released later this spring. Tuesday’s pre-election budget from Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the aim of the measure is to improve the lives of people living with dementia ... Read More »

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First day of spring brings another day of heat to many parts of B.C.

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

VANCOUVER – British Columbia is welcoming the first day of spring with another day of record-breaking warmth. Environment Canada says a massive ridge of high pressure is camped over the province, keeping any bad weather at bay and delivering unseasonably high temperatures for yet another day. Forty-two record highs were posted around B.C. on Tuesday, ... Read More »

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Montreal to remove crucifix from council chamber and place it in museum

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

MONTREAL – The City of Montreal says it will take down the crucifix that has hung in its council chamber for more than 80 years and move it to a museum space. Coun. Laurence Lavigne Lalonde told the city’s executive committee meeting today that the crucifix, on display since 1937, will be removed ahead of ... Read More »

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Finance Minister Morneau begins promoting federal budget with Toronto speech

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

TORONTO – Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has begun promoting the recent budget that’s already come under fire for its big-ticket spending promises. Morneau is defending the Liberal government’s strategy in a speech to a breakfast meeting of business leaders in downtown Toronto. He is highlighting the budget’s many measures intended to help the middle ... Read More »

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In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Trudeau Liberals are making another end-run on the provinces in their bid to spend infrastructure money, citing problems with getting projects off the ground as a reason to deliver $2.2 billion more directly to cities. Tuesday’s budget announced a one-time top-up to the federal gas-tax fund, which sends money directly to municipalities ... Read More »

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