June 19th, 2018

National News

Crown recommends 150-year prison term for Quebec City mosque shooter

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

QUEBEC – The Crown is recommending Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette be sentenced to the longest prison term in Canadian history. Thomas Jacques argued at Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing today the shooter’s crimes merit a 150-year sentence. Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder ... Read More »

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Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit, new government figures show. The numbers released Tuesday came as the federal government announced plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The death toll rose to almost ... Read More »

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Commons committee calls on Liberals to subject parties to privacy laws

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – A committee of MPs is calling on the federal government to make Canada’s political parties subject to federal privacy laws. The House of Commons ethics committee makes the recommendation in a report released today about its investigation into a Facebook data scandal. Nearly 87 million users, including 622,161 Canadians, had their information accessed ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: opioid death toll nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit. The numbers are being released as the government unveils plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The death toll rose to almost ... Read More »

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Canadians sign letter opposing U.S. Arctic drilling in wildlife sanctuary

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

Thousands of Canadians are asking American regulators not to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife sanctuary that is home to a crucial transboundary caribou herd. The request comes in a letter delivered Tuesday, the last day for comments to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on its plans for an environmental assessment for energy ... Read More »

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Man charged in subway homicide case appears in Toronto court

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

TORONTO – A Toronto man accused in the death of another man who was allegedly pushed in front of a train at one of the city’s busiest subway stations has been remanded in custody until next month. John Reszetnik, 57, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the Monday morning incident at ... Read More »

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Global refugee numbers reach record high, U.S. and Canada take in record numbers

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – A new report from the United Nations Refugee Agency shows 2017 broke global records for displaced persons, with Canada becoming the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers in the world. The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows 68.5 million people fled their home countries due to wars, violence ... Read More »

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Police identify two men wanted in Toronto playground shooting

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Police have identified two men wanted in connection with a daylight shooting at a Toronto playground that sent two young sisters to hospital. Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell says police now believe two men opened fire at a quiet co-operative housing complex in an east Toronto suburb, striking the sisters as they played among ... Read More »

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Police search for two men wanted in Toronto playground shooting

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Police say they’re searching for two men in connection with a daylight shooting at a Toronto playground that sent two young sisters to hospital. Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell says police now believe two men opened fire at a quiet co-operative housing complex in an east Toronto suburb, striking the sisters as they played ... Read More »

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Yves Giroux, career public servant, nominated to be new budget watchdog

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Yves Giroux, a career public servant, as the new parliamentary budget officer. The budget watchdog is an independent officer of Parliament whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate and House of Commons. Giroux, a graduate of the University of Montreal, has spent more than 20 years ... Read More »

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Suman Virk, mother of slain teen Reena Virk, dies at 58 years old

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

VICTORIA – The mother of slain Victoria-area teen Reena Virk, whose death more than two decades ago made international headlines about youth bullying, has died. Suman Virk was 58 years old. British Columbia Premier John Horgan offered his condolences on Twitter after several media outlets reported Virk died in an accident. The B.C. Coroners Services ... Read More »

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