June 19th, 2018

National News

Scheer calls for renegotiated Safe Third Country Agreement

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is banking on diplomacy with the United States to reduce the number of asylum seekers who enter Canada illegally. Scheer says the solution to the problem lies in a renegotiation of the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States. The agreement allows both countries to ... Read More »

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Ford’s victory in Ontario spells both good, bad news for PM Trudeau

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

OTTAWA – Doug Ford’s resounding victory in the country’s most populous province is bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the federal-provincial relations front – particularly on the climate change file where the two are on a “collision course,” as one veteran Liberal MP candidly admitted Friday. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad ... Read More »

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Police and protesters face off during anti-G7 ‘day of disruption’ in Quebec City

By Giuseppe Valiante and Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

QUEBEC – Police chased anti-G7 protesters through the streets of Quebec City Friday, as small pockets of activists carried out a series of actions aimed at tiring out security forces and disrupting activities related to the summit. Activists declared victory in the early morning after they managed to close a major road for one hour ... Read More »

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Female Mounties opt not to press charges in alleged sex assaults by fellow cop

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s police watchdog says it won’t lay charges against an RCMP officer accused of groping two female Mounties, because neither woman wanted criminal charges laid. Investigators say two Mounties were touched “in circumstances of a sexual nature, without their consent” after a team-building exercise at a bar on April 17. The accused ... Read More »

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What does losing official party status mean? The Canadian Press explains

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

TORONTO – The resounding defeat of Ontario’s Liberals in this week’s provincial election saw the party that previously held a majority slip below the number of seats required for official party status in the legislature. Here’s a look at what that means. What happened? The broad collapse of Liberal support throughout the province meant the ... Read More »

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Quebec cabinet minister Laurent Lessard decides to not seek re-election this year

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

QUEBEC – A seventh member of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s Liberal cabinet has announced he won’t seek re-election later this year. Agriculture Minister Laurent Lessard says the decision is driven by family reasons. Lessard, 55, has been a member of the legislature since 2003 and has also been responsible for the Labour, Municipal Affairs, Transport ... Read More »

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Wynne hopes Ford changes rules to give Ontario Liberals official party status

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

TORONTO – Outgoing Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she hopes premier-designate Doug Ford changes the rules to grant the Liberals official party status. The Liberals dropped below the eight-seat threshold in Thursday night’s election, winning only seven seats. Being a recognized party in the legislature allows parties to access resources such as research assistance, but ... Read More »

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Doug Ford to transition to power in Ontario over next three weeks

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

TORONTO – Doug Ford said Friday he’s working with Ontario’s outgoing Liberals to ensure a smooth transition to power – a process he said would take three weeks, involve the help of those who’ve worked at the federal level and see the formation of a strong Progressive Conservative cabinet. The premier-designate, who secured a majority ... Read More »

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Manitoba animal rescue seeks help after dogs left behind in wildfire evacuations

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba woman is pleading with Indigenous Services Canada for help feeding hundreds of dogs left behind after two First Nation communities were evacuated because of fire. Debra Vandekerkhove, the director of Norway House Animal Rescue, estimates about 700 dogs have been left behind in Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations after ... Read More »

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Orca pod cruises through Victoria’s Inner Harbour during hour-long visit

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

VICTORIA – A pod of killer whales has made a rare appearance in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, frolicking not far from the British Columbia legislature on Thursday. The group of four or five orcas, including a large male and what appeared to be a calf, spent about an hour touring the harbour, bringing vessel traffic to ... Read More »

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Five of six Montreal-area men get bail in alleged lottery scam

By Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

MONTREAL – Five of six Montreal-area men charged in an alleged lottery scam involving Americans have been granted bail. The six are facing extradition to the United States to face charges related to the alleged fraud of US$1.35 million between 2011 and 2013. They are aged between 53 and 72. The five who were freed ... Read More »

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