December 9th, 2018

National News

UN committee tells Canada to do more on sterilizations of Indigenous women

By The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

OTTAWA – The UN Committee Against Torture says it’s concerned about “extensive forced or coerced sterilization” of Indigenous women and girls in Canada, including recent cases in Saskatchewan. The committee says Canada must ensure all allegations are impartially investigated and that those responsible are held accountable. It also says the state needs to take legislative ... Read More »

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Carbon monoxide poisonings in B.C. prompt warning about detectors

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A senior paramedic in British Columbia is encouraging homeowners to buy carbon monoxide detectors and inspect their appliances following a spike in poisonings in the past week. Leon Baranowski, paramedic practice leader with B.C. Emergency Health Services, says the colourless and odourless gas can be emitted from fuels including wood, gasoline, coal and ... Read More »

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Inquiry into murder-suicide involving Afghan veteran to being early next year

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

HALIFAX – The long-awaited public inquiry into the death of an Afghan war veteran who killed his family and himself in rural Nova Scotia is expected to begin early next year – more than two years after the killings. Renovations to a satellite courtroom in Guysborough, N.S., are expected to be completed by the end ... Read More »

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In the news today, Dec. 7

By The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

Four stories in the news for Friday, Dec. 7 – – – CHINESE TELECOM EXEC DUE IN VANCOUVER COURT A Chinese telecommunications executive who was arrested after an extradition request from the United States is scheduled to appear in a Vancouver court for a bail hearing today. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei ... Read More »

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Chinese telecom executive due to appear in Vancouver court for bail hearng

By The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A Chinese telecommunications executive who was arrested after an extradition request from the United States is scheduled to appear in a Vancouver court for a bail hearing today. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested Saturday while in transit at Vancouver’s airport. The company says she faces extradition to ... Read More »

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Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press on December 7th, 2018

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – A man in Edmonton who made international headlines for holding onto a wrapped Christmas gift from a high-school girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago finally learned what it was on Thursday when she travelled to the city and opened it for him. Adrian Pearce, now a married father of ... Read More »

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B.C. legislature Speaker threatens to resign; defends handling of suspensions

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

VICTORIA – The Speaker of British Columbia’s legislature has promised to resign if a financial audit he is recommending doesn’t prompt public outrage and back his handling of a controversy that has engulfed the province’s politics. Darryl Plecas made the promise during a meeting Thursday of an all-party financial management committee that is grappling with ... Read More »

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Ontario environment minister meets with federal counterpart in Toronto

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

TORONTO – The federal environment minister met with her Ontario counterpart in Toronto on Thursday, where they discussed the province’s new plan to address climate change. The Progressive Conservative government’s plan, unveiled last week, replaces the cap-and-trade system brought in by the previous Liberal regime and does not put a price on carbon. The new ... Read More »

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Alberta couple facing new trial in son’s meningitis death want charge dropped

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A couple facing a second trial in the meningitis death of their son are calling for charges against them to be dropped and an estimated $4 million from Alberta Justice. David Stephan and his wife, Collet, were found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old ... Read More »

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Vice-Admiral Norman leaked cabinet secrets for more than a year, Crown alleges

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – New court documents have sketched out the Crown’s case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, alleging the suspended military officer tried to undermine and influence the federal cabinet’s decision-making on a shipbuilding project for more than a year by leaking government secrets. The documents were filed in an Ottawa court on Thursday and are the ... Read More »

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Trudeau says government will limit gun access as Polytechnique victims remembered

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

MONTREAL – Fourteen beams of light shone into the night sky from Montreal’s Mount Royal Thursday evening in memory of the 14 women who died at the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school 29 years ago. A crowd, which included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stood in silence atop the lookout as they attended a ceremony commemorating the ... Read More »

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