September 20th, 2018

National News

Judge upholds university’s right to rescind master’s degree over plagiarism

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

CALGARY – An Alberta judge says the University of Calgary can rescind a master’s degree awarded to a student 15 years ago before allegations he plagiarized parts of his thesis. John Measor was awarded a master of arts degree by the University of Calgary in 2003. But prior to defending his thesis in 2002, an ... Read More »

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Ottawa police officer facing multiple charges, including sex assault, force says

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

A sexual assault investigation by Ottawa police has resulted in more than 20 charges being laid against one of the force’s officers and the possibility of more to come, investigators said Wednesday. Police offered few details about the allegations against Const. Eric Post, but did say the list of 21 offences he now stands accused ... Read More »

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Potential replacements for Phoenix pay system to undergo testing soon: Brison

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Testing of prototypes to replace the federal government’s troubled pay system will begin within weeks, but there is no firm deadline for when a new system will be fully launched, the minister in charge of finding a substitute for Phoenix said Wednesday. Treasury Board President Scott Brison said he’s hoping to have a ... Read More »

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Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – A Saskatchewan family is once again searching for their missing dog after a case of mistaken identity. On Tuesday, Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found near Moose Jaw. Duncan was certain that the dog was his beloved Georgia that had run off from his wife’s parents’ ... Read More »

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Liberals plan to have leaders’ debate organizer in place by next election

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government has been quietly working on a new body to organize leaders’ debates in federal elections, and plans to have it in place by next year’s vote. A senior official tells The Canadian Press the government will unveil specific details in the coming weeks. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould emphasized the ... Read More »

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Why one unlikely New Brunswicker is prohibited by law from voting

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

FREDERICTON – When New Brunswickers head to the polls Monday, one person will be prohibited entirely from casting a ballot: The woman in charge of the vote. The law doesn’t allow Kim Poffenroth, the chief electoral officer for New Brunswick, to vote in provincial or municipal elections. “The reason, I presume, is to enhance the ... Read More »

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Manitoba should focus more on prevention to reduce kids in child welfare: report

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

WINNIPEG – A report commissioned by the Manitoba government is recommending the province reduce the nation’s highest number of kids in child welfare by focusing more on supporting troubled families than on taking away their children. One of the recommendations from a committee appointed by the Progressive Conservative government last December, is to stop the ... Read More »

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B.C. judge tiptoes through divorce assets of decades-long cannabis grow-op

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has been placed in the difficult position of dividing assets in a divorce when the couple’s “family business” for over two decades was illegal marijuana. Due to the illegal nature of the enterprise, the ruling says the income was received in cash, business records weren’t kept and ... Read More »

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Potential replacements for Phoenix pay system to start testing soon: Brison

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The minister in charge of replacing the federal government’s troubled Phoenix pay system says testing of prototypes to replace it will begin within weeks. And while he says there is no definitive timetable as of yet for when a new system will be fully up and running, Treasury Board President Scott Brison says ... Read More »

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Inquiry hears of Quebec-N.L. tensions over Churchill River energy

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – The Muskrat Falls inquiry has been told that Quebec’s stronghold on the Churchill River’s resources have long blocked Newfoundland and Labrador from accessing elusive energy markets. Historian Jason Churchill was an expert witness Wednesday at the independent inquiry into the cost and schedule overruns of the $12.7 billion Labrador dam, ... Read More »

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A timeline of events in the Toronto council-cutting saga

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

TORONTO – A timeline of events in the battle between the Ontario government and Toronto over the size of the city’s council. July 27, 2018: Premier Doug Ford announces plans to slash the number of Toronto councillors from 47 to 25 in the middle of the city’s election campaign. He says the move will make ... Read More »

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