August 19th, 2019

National News

State of mind to be key issue in Alek Minassian trial, judge says

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

TORONTO – The trial of a man accused of killing ten people in a deadly Toronto van attack will turn on his state of mind at the time, not whether he was behind the wheel, a judge said Friday. Justice Anne Molloy, who will oversee Alek Minassian’s trial next year, made the comments as she ... Read More »

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Home explosion, fire taking a toll on London, Ont., neighbourhood: fire official

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

LONDON, Ont. – A gas explosion and a large fire that triggered the evacuation of a London, Ont., neighbourhood has taken an emotional toll on the community and first responders, one of the city’s top fire officials said Friday as residents returned to their homes. Seven people were injured and residents of 100 homes had ... Read More »

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Archeological teams to excavate, map wrecks of Franklin expedition

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – Canadian archeologists are on their way to a remote island near the Arctic Circle for another chance to dig up the secrets held by the Franklin expedition wrecks. Parks Canada and Inuit partners on the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee say this summer’s exploration will be the largest and most complex underwater archeological event ... Read More »

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First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says First Nations women will finally be treated the same as men under the Indian Act. Bennett says First Nations women and their descendants will be able to obtain equal status and category of membership as the First Nations men and their descendants. She says that past provisions ... Read More »

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NDP removes MP as candidate who was in discussions with another party

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – The New Democrats have removed Quebec MP Pierre Nantel as an NDP candidate following what the party is calling “confirmed reports” that he is in discussions to run for a different party. Nantel has been a New Democrat MP for the riding of Longueuil – Saint-Hubert since 2011 and had already been nominated ... Read More »

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Federal parties’ privacy policies meet bare minimum required by new law

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – The main federal political parties have developed and published privacy policies, as required by a new law, but none has adopted the stringent measures Canada’s privacy commissioner and chief electoral officer say are necessary to protect the personal information of voters. None of the parties requires individuals to give meaningful consent for the ... Read More »

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Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

By Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – A Toronto-based activist is calling on Canada’s political parties to nominate more black candidates in winnable ridings in this fall’s federal election in order to enhance the chances the community is better represented in the next Parliament. Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including a handful of Liberal MPs ... Read More »

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Alek Minassian’s statement to police after alleged van attack to be made public

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

TORONTO – Details of what a man accused in Toronto’s deadly van attack told police after his arrest will be made public next month. Justice Anne Molloy says a publication ban on Alek Minassian’s statement to police will be lifted on Sept. 27. Minassian, 26, is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 ... Read More »

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Ottawa announces $1.75B to compensate dairy farmers for impact of trade deals

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

COMPTON, Que. – Ottawa has announced $1.75 billion in compensation for Canadian dairy farmers to offset a loss of market share resulting from free trade agreements with Europe and countries on the Pacific Rim. Canada’s approximately 11,000 dairy producers, about half of whom are in Quebec, will receive the money over eight years, with $345 ... Read More »

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Power cut when minor earthquake shakes southeastern Saskatchewan

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

ESTERHAZY, Sask. – A small earthquake shook parts of southeastern Saskatchewan Thursday night, knocking out power and rattling homes in the region. The United States Geological Survey confirms the 4.1-magnitude quake happened 17 kilometres east of Esterhazy around 8:30 p.m. SaskPower says electricity was knocked out in seven communities, including Esterhazy, Whitewood, Moosomin and Rockanville, ... Read More »

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Prime Minister announces advisory committee aimed at promoting skilled trades

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the creation of a new advisory committee to help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada. Trudeau made the announcement today before a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, N.S. The advisory committee is to lay the ... Read More »

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