January 18th, 2020

National News

Calgary plans to ban conversion therapy by withholding business licences

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

CALGARY – A motion to ban conversion therapy is to go before a Calgary council committee with a vote expected sometime next month. Conversion therapy aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation through counselling or religious teachings. It has been discredited as psychologically damaging. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and five council members say the motion ... Read More »

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Quebec man charged in alleged online threats aimed at Trudeau, Muslims

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

MONTREAL – The RCMP says a Quebec man has been charged in connection to alleged online threats made against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Muslim community. Andre Audet, 62, appeared at a courthouse in Longueuil, Que., on Jan. 9 in connection with two charges – public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred. ... Read More »

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Partner charged with second-degree murder in slaying of Quebec mother of six

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

MONTREAL – A Quebec man was charged Friday in the slaying of his wife while their six children were present in their home. Benoit Cardinal, 33, was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Jael Cantin and remains detained with conditions not to contact his children or a number of other witnesses in the ... Read More »

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Man who raped sleeping woman has sentence reduced over planning issue

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

TORONTO – A man convicted of raping a sleeping woman has had his sentence reduced because the judge wrongly decided he had planned the crime. In its unanimous decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Saied Ghadghoni to overturn his conviction but said his 30-month sentence was too harsh. Ghadghoni, then 22, ... Read More »

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Ottawa plans to hire trainers in preparation for UN Security Council seat

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada is still vying for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, but it’s already warming up the chair with a plan to hire trainers for Canadian officials. The federal government issued a notice today saying it intends to award a contract worth an estimated $120,000 to New York-based organization Security Council ... Read More »

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‘Unprecedented’ blizzard prompts state of emergency in St. John’s, N.L.

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital shut down on Friday as blizzard conditions descended on the city and residents prepared for an intense storm that could knock out power. The City of St. John’s declared a state of emergency, ordering businesses closed and vehicles off the roads. The nearby towns of Mount Pearl ... Read More »

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Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died on Flight PS752

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will provide $25,000 to the families of each of the 57 Canadian citizens and 29 permanent residents who died when Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week. Trudeau says the money is intended to cover the cost of funeral arrangements or travel, and it’s on ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: Canada to compensate families $25,000 for Canadian victims who died on Flight PS752

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will be giving $25,000 to families for each of the 57 Canadian citizens and 29 permanent residents who died when Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week. He says the money is intended to cover the cost of funeral arrangements and travel. Trudeau ... Read More »

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Partner to appear in court in slaying of Quebec mother of six

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say a man in his 30s is expected to appear in court today in the killing of a mother of six early Thursday morning. The victim was identified by police as Jael Cantin, 33, of Mascouche, Que., who was found in a home in the suburb about 45 kilometres north ... Read More »

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First probable vaping-related illness reported in Newfoundland and Labrador

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador have reported the province’s first probable case of a lung illness related to vaping. The province’s chief medical officer confirmed Friday that a person became ill in late 2019 after using a cannabis product, which was not available for testing. The person was hospitalized but ... Read More »

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Champagne meets Iranian counterpart as Trudeau is set to speak on PS752

By The Canadian Press on January 17th, 2020

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is meeting with his Iranian counterpart to talk about the downing of flight PS752 last week. Champagne is in Oman to meet face-to-face with Javad Zarif one day after Canada and four other countries with nationals aboard the downed airliner set a list of demands they planned to ... Read More »

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