February 21st, 2019

National News

Outpouring of support after children’s deaths: ‘Everyone is pulling together’

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – There is a growing outpouring of support as Canadians look for ways to express their grief and help after the Halifax house fire that killed seven children and left their father in critical condition. Seven kids, aged between three months and 14 years, died in a fire early Tuesday. The children’s father, Ebraheim ... Read More »

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MP urges RCMP to investigate allegations of forced, coerced sterilizations

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

OTTAWA – NDP health critic Don Davies is calling for the RCMP to immediately launch an investigation into all allegations of forced and coerced sterilizations in Canada. In a letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Davies urges action on the issue given “multiple, credible allegations of crimes” have been made. Davies says Indigenous women in ... Read More »

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Tony Clement returns to Parliament from ‘dark valley’ following sexting scandal

By Danielle Edwards, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

OTTAWA – MP Tony Clement is breaking his social media silence for the first time since a sexting scandal forced him to out of the Conservative Party. Clement made his first post to Instagram Wednesday since he resigned as a Conservative MP in November. Wednesday’s post includes a picture of him standing in the new ... Read More »

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Federal minister meeting Cat Lake chief amid housing and mould emergency

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

Canada’s indigenous services minister is meeting the chief of Cat Lake First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ont., today to discuss a housing and mould crisis. The northern Ontario band declared an emergency in mid-January but says nothing has happened since. Cat Lake leaders say terrible housing conditions have led to severe lung and skin ailments, ... Read More »

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PM not budging on SNC-Lavalin controversy dogging his government

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is signalling that his view of the SNC-Lavalin controversy has not budged despite a swirl of developments in the last week. Trudeau says he remains disappointed and surprised by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s decision to resign from cabinet – even though she spoke to ministers behind closed doors on Tuesday. Wilson-Raybould ... Read More »

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Ottawa looking at reuniting Syrian family after fire claims seven children:PM

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is looking into reuniting a mother who lost her seven children in a Halifax house fire this week with Syrian family members who are not in Canada. Trudeau says Halifax MP Andy Filmore has already been in touch with Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and immigration ... Read More »

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Some disabled veterans to receive less financial support under Liberal plan: PBO

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

OTTAWA – While most disabled veterans will see a small boost in financial support when the Trudeau government implements a new pension system in April, a new analysis shows some of the most severely injured will end up with less than under the current system. And the financial benefits available for all under the Liberals’ ... Read More »

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Ontario, NB, Saskatchewan premiers travel to Washington for trade discussions

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford heads to Washington, D.C., today to attend a National Governors Association meeting, along with the premiers of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Ford’s office says that while in Washington, Ford will connect with key trade partners, including his governor counterparts. In a statement, Ford says the Ontario-U.S. partnership is “one ... Read More »

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Prime Minister announces up to $86.5 million for Halifax expressway

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is continuing his visit to the Halifax area, announcing up to $86.5-million in federal funding to improve a busy expressway into the city. Trudeau says the money will help extend the Highway 107 Burnside Connector and build a high-speed bypass to connect Highways 101, 102, and 118. The prime ... Read More »

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Baby boom for endangered right whales offer researchers a glimmer of hope

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

After years of increasingly bad news, there’s a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered North Atlantic right whale. There are estimated to be fewer than 420 of the endangered mammals left, and their ranks have been decimated as deaths far outpaced live births – there were no births at all during last winter’s calving season. ... Read More »

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Prime Minister Trudeau to make infrastructure announcement on Halifax tour

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2019

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to Nova Scotia today. Trudeau is expected to make an announcement on improving a busy expressway that commuters use to enter Halifax before heading for an afternoon tour of historical exhibits at the Black Cultural Centre in the community of Cherry Brook. The prime minister is ... Read More »

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