January 18th, 2020

National News

Diane Ford, mother of Rob and Doug Ford, dies at 85, premier’s office says

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

TORONTO – Diane Ford, the mother of Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, has died at the age of 85. The premier’s office said the Ford matriarch died in her Etobicoke home on Sunday, surrounded by family. “Mrs. Ford was an active member of her community who supported numerous charitable ... Read More »

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MLA calls for poems by man who murdered Indigenous woman to be pulled from website

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

A Manitoba legislator is calling on Canadians to contact the federal heritage minister to remove two poems, written by the killer of an Indigenous woman, from the Parliamentary Poet Laureate website. Nahanni Fontaine says in a series of tweets that the inclusion of poems by Stephen Brown, including one about a prostitute, constitutes “blatant disrespect” ... Read More »

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Plans for Cdns unclear after Iraq lawmakers call for expulsion of foreign troops

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada is closely monitoring developments after Iraq’s parliament called for the expulsion of foreign troops from the country, a spokesman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said. But Sajjan’s press secretary, Todd Lane, would not say whether contingency plans are in the works for getting Canadian military personnel out of Iraq should the situation ... Read More »

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Plans for Cdns unclear after Iraqi lawmakers call for expulsion of foreign troops

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada says it is closely monitoring developments after Iraq’s parliament called for the expulsion of foreign troops from the country. But a spokesman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan would not say whether contingency plans are in the works for getting Canadian military personnel out of Iraq should the situation there deteriorate further. Iraqi ... Read More »

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New cannabis products may not eat into black market, experts say

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

TORONTO – The arrival of legal cannabis edibles, vapes and other products in Ontario won’t necessarily meet the government’s stated goal of cutting into the black market, according to industry observers. The Ontario Cannabis Store, the province’s pot distributor, has announced that a raft of new products is slated to start appearing in brick-and-mortar retailers ... Read More »

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Passengers removed from WestJet aircraft after it skids off Halifax runway

By The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

HALIFAX – A passenger jet has skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, but a spokeswoman for WestJet says there were no injuries. The city and much of the province has been enveloped in a snowstorm for much of the day. The airport authority confirmed though social media that ... Read More »

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Bryan Brulotte launches effort Monday to win Conservative leadership

By The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – A long-time conservative businessman officially kick starts a run for leadership of the federal Conservative party on Monday. Bryan Brulotte is rolling out ads, a social media campaign and an extensive policy document hoping to get early momentum in the race. Brulotte grew up in Quebec, and spent years both working and volunteering ... Read More »

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Passengers removed from WestJet aircraft after its skids of Halifax runway

By The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

HALIFAX – A passenger aircraft has skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, but a spokeswoman for WestJet says there were no injuries. The city and much of the province has been enveloped in a snowstorm for much of the day. The airport authority confirmed though social media that ... Read More »

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Slain dad among Canadians awarded bravery, meritorious service medals

By The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – A Nunavut man who was mauled to death while protecting his kids from a rare polar bear attack has been awarded a posthumous Star of Courage by Canada’s governor general. Aaron Gibbons, who was killed in July 2018, is among 30 Canadians awarded bravery decorations by Julie Payette on behalf of the Queen. ... Read More »

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Canadian aid worker Peter Dalglish set to appeal child sex conviction in Nepal

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

TORONTO – A prominent Canadian aid worker convicted of sexually assaulting two children in Nepal is set to argue he was the victim of a police conspiracy and unfair trial. In legal materials ahead of his appeal, expected to be heard Jan. 7, Peter Dalglish alleges a host of problems with the investigation and court ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for $21 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw

By The Canadian Press on January 5th, 2020

TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $21 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Jan. 8 will be approximately $25 million... Read More »

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