September 20th, 2019

National News

Canada pushes China on canola at WTO as Beijing bristles over Trudeau criticism

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

OTTAWA – Canada has requested a formal meeting with China at the World Trade Organization to resolve a Chinese ban on Canadian canola shipments. International Trade Minister Jim Carr announced Friday that Canada is seeking a bilateral consultation at the WTO because the two sides have been unable to resolve the issue. China’s decision to ... Read More »

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Conservatives finishing up candidate harassment policy promised this year

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Conservative Party of Canada is putting the final touches on an anti-harassment policy that’s to apply to candidates in the October election. The party promised a code of conduct for its candidates in response to a report on how former Conservative MP Rick Dykstra remained on the ballot in 2015 even after ... Read More »

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The Mooch’s Trump tips for the next PM: keep a low profile, exercise restraint

By The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

TORONTO – Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has a couple of tips for the next prime minister of Canada on how to deal with Donald Trump: stay out of his field of vision and exercise restraint, because the U.S. president is in “severe mental decline.” Scaramucci, who served under Trump for 11 days ... Read More »

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Scheer promises to create ‘Canada Cyber Safe’ certification for digital products

By The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

MONTREAL – Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer says if elected his government would create a certification system to let consumers know if certain digital products meet federal security standards. The certification regime was one of several data protection and cybersecurity policies Scheer introduced today during a speech to a business luncheon hosted by the Chamber ... Read More »

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Ontario’s top court to hear case that deals with sentencing black offenders

By Lidia Abraha, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court is set to grapplethis month with just how much weight should be given to systemic racism when it comes to sentencing black offenders. In a case that could change how judges punish black people, the Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear the Crown’s challenge to what it calls a ... Read More »

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Uncertainty over start date, debates ratchet up pre-election angst

By Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

OTTAWA – A campaign that could start at any time and a debate schedule that is itself the subject of debate are intensifying pre-election jitters in Ottawa going into the weekend. Observers are keenly monitoring the schedules and public appearances of MPs, the governor general and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discern when the election ... Read More »

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Noted criminologist to head panel on replacement for solitary confinement

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

TORONTO – A veteran criminologist has been tabbed to head a panel on implementing an alternative system to solitary confinement. In an announcement on Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale named Anthony Doob, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, as chair of the new advisory panel. Legislation passed in June eliminates solitary confinement as ... Read More »

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Two Marineland belugas moving to Spain after Ottawa issues permits

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

Two belugas at Marineland will be moved to a Spanish facility that the federal government says is better equipped to look after them. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson approved the permits for the move under a new law that bans the imports and exports of live whales, dolphins and porpoises. “Marineland has a large number of ... Read More »

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Health Canada eyes private-sector cash to fund opioids solution

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

OTTAWA – Health Canada is hoping to use private-sector dollars to fight opioid addiction because “conventional efforts are not enough” to address the national health crisis, newly released documents reveal. For months, the department has been quietly considering a pay-for-performance project to see if specific help targeted at a small group of opioid addicts reduces ... Read More »

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Conservatives still working on candidate harassment policy promised this year

By The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives are still working on an anti-harassment policy that would apply to candidates in the coming election campaign. The party promised a code of conduct for its candidates in response to a report on how former Conservative MP Rick Dykstra remained on the ballot in 2015 even after the party learned ... Read More »

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Joshua Boyle, accused of assault, says he tried to build wife’s self-esteem

By The Canadian Press on September 6th, 2019

OTTAWA – Former hostage Joshua Boyle, accused of assaulting wife Caitlan Coleman, denies he told her how to dress, limited her contact with other men or generally belittled her during their sometimes fractious courtship. Boyle has testified during his trial in Ontario court that he bought Coleman clothes to help her project a more mature ... Read More »

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