September 20th, 2018

National News

Nova Scotia to allow ‘X’ as gender option on birth certificates

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – Nova Scotians who don’t exclusively identify as male or female will have the option of choosing ‘X’ on their birth certificates under changes proposed by the province. Proposed amendments to the Vital Statistics Act would also make the display of the sex field optional on birth certificates, while the $24.95 fee to change ... Read More »

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Lawsuit over solitary confinement in Ontario jails certified as class action

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

TORONTO – A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government violated the rights of inmates by placing them inappropriately in solitary confinement can proceed as a class action, a Superior Court judge has ruled. The province did not oppose certification of the $600-million action whose representative plaintiff maintains his already fragile mental health was exacerbated by stints ... Read More »

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Coalition candidates stand behind leader ahead of final Quebec debate

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

MONTREAL – With Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault out of the loop ahead of Thursday’s crucial final debate, it was left to a collection of star candidates to reaffirm their support for him today. Legault has been under fire in recent days over his party’s immigration proposals but candidate Sonia LeBel says confidence in ... Read More »

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Vancouver co-op develops tech to help prevent ODs, especially for alone users

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver technology co-operative is gaining recognition for developing a mobile app and three other digital monitoring tools aimed at preventing overdoses. Brave Technology is the only Canadian participant among 12 companies awarded $200,000 in the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, and they are all now vying for a $1-million grant to come up ... Read More »

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Toronto election proceeding with 25 wards after court sides with province

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court has sided with the provincial government in a legal battle over the size of Toronto’s council, firmly establishing a reduced 25-ward electoral map for the city’s looming municipal vote. In suspending what it called a “dubious” lower court ruling that found the province’s move to cut council unconstitutional, the Court ... Read More »

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

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is being urged to reduce the number of kids in child welfare by focusing more on supporting parents who struggle with poverty, addiction or housing issues. A committee appointed by the province last year says the government should stop the birth-alert system, which leads to newborns being seized in hospitals ... Read More »

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Dash cam video shows frightening near-miss on Newfoundland highway

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. – A dash cam video showing a frightening near-miss on Newfoundland’s west coast is getting a lot of views online. In the video, a pickup truck can be seen attempting to pass a vehicle on a solid yellow line, narrowly avoiding an oncoming tractor-trailer. Despite wet conditions, the pickup truck appears ... Read More »

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Erin Weir asking for external body to review harassment investigation

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir says he wants an external appeal of the harassment investigation about him earlier this year, arguing he was not afforded due process. In a statement today, Weir says he wants an outside authority such as the House of Commons human resources office or a human rights tribunal to review ... Read More »

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Ontario wins stay on ruling that struck down council-cutting plan

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court has stayed a ruling that upended the provincial government’s plans to cut Toronto city council in the middle of a municipal election. The legal victory for the Progressive Conservative government means city staff can immediately focus on planning for an election using 25 wards and abandon the 47-ward model that ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: Ontario wins stay on ruling that struck down council-cutting plan

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

TORONTO – The Ontario government has won a stay of a court ruling that upended its plan to cut Toronto city council in the middle of a municipal election campaign. That means city staff can immediately focus their efforts on planning for an election using 25 wards and abandon the 47-ward model that was revived ... Read More »

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Man arrested after Independent candidate’s election poster shot up in Quebec City

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2018

QUEBEC – A 26-year-old Quebec City man has been arrested after the election poster of an Independent candidate was shot up. Local police say the act did not meet criteria to be considered a hate crime. Police spokeswoman Melanie Jobin says the man turned himself in Tuesday and was released on conditions and a promise ... Read More »

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