September 20th, 2019

National News

Power outage in North Bay, Ont., caused by fish dropped on powerline

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

NORTH BAY, Ont. – A northern Ontario utility says it didn’t have to fish long for answers when fixing a power outage Thursday morning. North Bay Hydro says the electricity cut was caused by a walleye that landed on a pole-mounted transformer. Hydro officials say the fish was likely dropped by a bird. They also ... Read More »

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Some facts on West Point Grey academy, where Justin Trudeau once was a teacher

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

VANCOUVER – Here’s a look at West Point Grey Academy, the school in Vancouver where Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau taught and was photographed as a 29-year-old wearing dark paint on his hands and face, dressed as Aladdin at a themed gala event: HISTORY: The school was founded in 1996 by four families. Its website says ... Read More »

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Even the sparrows: Extensive new study finds three-billion-bird decline

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

An extensive study of hundreds of bird species across decades worth of data has for the first time estimated how badly numbers of even the most common birds have shrunk. The paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, concludes the total number of North American birds has dropped by three billion since 1970 – about ... Read More »

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Singh urges Canadians to consider troubling impact of Trudeau photos, video

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – Jagmeet Signh challenged Canadians Thursday to try to see through his eyes the implications of a shocking trio of images catching Justin Trudeau in racist acts. This is a moment full of both political and personal resonance for the NDP leader, whose presence in the campaign as the visible-minority leader of a major ... Read More »

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Naked B.C. man who jumped in Toronto shark tank pleads guilty to mischief

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

TORONTO – A British Columbia man accused of stripping naked and jumping into a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium has pleaded guilty to mischief. David Weaver, of Nelson, B.C., was arrested and charged in October of last year, four days after the incident. Police say he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto on ... Read More »

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Quebec Provincial Police question 17 people about Desjardins data breach

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

MONTREAL – Quebec Provincial Police have questioned 17 people of interest and conducted property searches relating to the breach of personal information of 2.9 million Desjardins Group members. The QPP said it met 91 witnesses in Quebec City, Montreal and Laval earlier this week in the Portier investigation, which concerns the data leak of 2.7 ... Read More »

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Appeal court rules 3-2 in favour of law that slashed Toronto city council

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court says a provincial law that slashed the size of Toronto’s city council nearly in half last year is constitutional. In a split decision, the Ontario court of appeal has sided with Premier Doug Ford in his dispute with the City of Toronto, which had challenged his unprecedented intervention. Ford passed ... Read More »

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Miniature horse’s ear severed, legs gashed during dog attack in Nanaimo, B.C.

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

NANAIMO, B.C. – A tiny therapeutic horse on Vancouver Island faces extensive surgery and a long recovery after it was attacked by dogs. The horse’s owner, Eileen Stevens, says the 76-centimetre tall animal was attacked in its hobby farm corral on Monday when two pit bulls broke out of a well-fenced, neighbouring property in the ... Read More »

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Mountie who alleged unrelenting harassment loses final bid to sue RCMP

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

TORONTO – An RCMP officer who accused his superiors of waging an unrelenting campaign to ruin his career lost his 12-year battle to sue the force for harassment and intentional infliction of distress when the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear the case. Sgt. Peter Merrifield had wanted the country’s top court ... Read More »

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Health organizations call for end to promotion of vaping products

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – Eight health organizations are calling for urgent action from the federal government to treat vaping like smoking. The organizations are asking for an interim order to curb the marketing of vaping products, restrict the flavours available and regulate nicotine levels. The groups say waiting any longer for regulations would only increase risk to ... Read More »

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Top court won’t hear Mountie’s appeal over harassment allegations

By The Canadian Press on September 19th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says it will not hear an RCMP sergeant’s argument that he should be compensated for alleged harassment by superiors. In 2017, the Ontario Superior Court found senior Mounties had behaved egregiously in a campaign of harassment against Peter Merrifield after they decided he lied about his run for ... Read More »

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