February 19th, 2020

National News

Opponents to ramp up protests against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

VANCOUVER – Opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say they will do whatever it takes to stop the project after suffering a devastating legal blow at the Federal Court of Appeal. Tsleil-Waututh Nation member Will George says activists will be scheduling meetings in the next few days to plan future actions and “if it ... Read More »

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Crosswinds hold up chartered flight taking Canadians from Wuhan

By Lee Berthiaume and Hina Alam, The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

More than 200 Canadians due to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan should continue making their way to the airport if they are already on their way, even though their flight out of the centre of the new coronavirus outbreak has been delayed another day, Canada’s foreign affairs minister said Wednesday. The Canadians ... Read More »

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Sen. Lynn Beyak denies claiming to be Metis

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – Sen. Lynn Beyak is denying she ever claimed to be Metis. She issued a two-line statement today saying the media have reported that she is Metis but she says she has never been a member of the Indigenous nation. Beyak also says she has never, at any time in her life, made such ... Read More »

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Airbnb limits young people’s ability to rent properties following deadly shooting

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

TORONTO – Airbnb says it will limit young adults’ ability to book some properties in Canada in a bid to cut down on unauthorized parties like the one where three young men were killed in Toronto over the weekend. The company says it will launch a pilot project preventing people under the age of 25 ... Read More »

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Talks with Wet’suwet’en over pipeline ‘not successful,’ province says

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

SMITHERS, B.C. – The British Columbia government and First Nations hereditary chiefs say they have failed to reach an agreement on a peaceful resolution over the enforcement of an injunction in northwestern B.C. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs proposed seven days of discussions to de-escalate the dispute over the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through the ... Read More »

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Quebec premier says returns will fly high with $30-million blimp investment

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Francois Legault is dismissing naysayers who are accusing his government of wasting $30 million on an investment in giant blimps. Legault told reporters Tuesday Quebecers need to become more comfortable with the province’s investment arm taking risks with taxpayer money in order to generate higher returns. He is on the defensive ... Read More »

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Crosswinds delay chartered flight evacuating Canadians stranded in Wuhan

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada’s foreign affairs minister says more than 200 Canadians due to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan should continue making their way to the airport if they are already on their way, even though their flight out of the centre of the new coronavirus has been delayed another day. The Canadians ... Read More »

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Montreal to fully ban plastic bags by end of 2020, mayor announces

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante says the city will move to fully ban the sale of plastic bags by the end of 2020. Plante told a city council meeting today that the current measures that limit retailers to selling thicker bags haven’t worked to reduce the use of plastic. She said the only real way to ... Read More »

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Omar Khadr told to answer Utah plaintiffs’ questions about his confession

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

TORONTO – Relatives of a slain American soldier have won a skirmish in their attempt to collect on a US$134-million wrongful-death award against former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr. In a pre-trial decision this week, an Ontario Superior Court ordered Khadr to answer several questions from the plaintiffs about a 50-point agreed statement of facts ... Read More »

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Send black boxes from Iran plane crash to France, Champagne demands

By The Canadian Press on February 5th, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada’s foreign minister says he’s asked for international help to pressure Iran to give up the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. Francois-Philippe Champagne says he and Transport Minister Marc Garneau have met the leaders at the International Civil Aviation Organization to try to break a logjam ... Read More »

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People’s party leader Maxime Bernier sues political pundit for defamation

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

A former member of Parliament and leader of a fringe federal political party is suing a prominent political commentator and strategist for defamation. Maxime Bernier alleges Warren Kinsella repeatedly branded him as a racist on social media and blog posts before, during and after the federal election campaign last year. In his statement of claim, ... Read More »

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