October 19th, 2019

National News

Fate of N.B. clinic speaks to unfinished fight for abortion access in region

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The announcement last week that the only private abortion clinic in New Brunswick would close its doors has made abortion a tangible issue in the federal election and highlighted regional barriers Canadians face accessing the procedure. More than 30 years after the 1988 Morgentaler Supreme Court decision struck down laws restricting ... Read More »

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Bail hearing in RCMP secrets case begins, expected to last two days

By The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – A bail hearing is underway for Cameron Jay Ortis, a senior RCMP official accused of breaching official-secrets law. Ortis, 47, faces charges of violating the Security of Information Act and breach of trust for allegedly trying to disclose classified information to an unspecified foreign entity or terrorist group. He faces a total of ... Read More »

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Owner of stolen Kamloops, B.C., truck hangs on as suspects speed away

By The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The owner of a pickup truck stolen in British Columbia has survived a high speed, potentially life-threatening ride in an unsuccessful bid to save his property. Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodie Shelkie says the flatbed pickup was reported stolen last Friday in the southern Interior city, but a man and woman continued to ... Read More »

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Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – With four days before Canadians go to the polls, the leaders of three biggest parties are arguing over how the country will be governed if there’s a minority government after election day. Most polls continue to suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are deadlocked, raising talk about a potential coalition government. Conservative Leader Andrew ... Read More »

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Attention everyone: Something’s fishy with In-The-News for Oct. 17

By The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

In-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 17. What we are watching in Canada … Today marks one year since pot was made legal in Canada. Police, lawyers and advocates say that one ... Read More »

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‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

Police, lawyers and advocates say that one year into cannabis legalization, Canada has a long way to go toward stamping out the black market and pot-impaired driving. “We can’t call it a success at this point,” Chief Const. Mike Serr of the Abbotsford, B.C., police department said of the law change a year ago Thursday. ... Read More »

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Fewer people prescribed opioids but data for all provinces needed: doctor

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

VANCOUVER – Fewer people in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario were prescribed opioids last year compared with 2013 and the number of patients who began treatment on the pain medication decreased by nearly 10 per cent, the Canadian Institute for Health Information says. The institute said in a report released Thursday that eight per cent ... Read More »

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Leaders make for hotly contested seats in Quebec, Ontario, N.S. as clock ticks

By The Canadian Press on October 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – After spending Wednesday wooing voters in Quebec, the leaders of the three biggest parties are separating, only Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau staying behind. He started in Montreal yesterday before road-tripping to a rally in Sherbrooke and today he’s going the other way, beginning in hotly contested Trois-Rivieres and making several stops as he ... Read More »

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Alberta takes second look at trucking changes after meeting Broncos families

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2019

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it will take a second look at training requirements for truck drivers after meeting with Humboldt Broncos families. Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured when an inexperienced Calgary truck driver ran a stop sign and barrelled into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus in Saskatchewan ... Read More »

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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton on Friday for climate strike

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2019

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he hopes Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg is warmly welcomed in Edmonton on Friday, but there are no plans to meet with her. Climate Justice Edmonton announced Wednesday that the 16-year-old Stockholm student will join a march from a downtown Edmonton park to a climate strike rally at ... Read More »

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B.C. logs its first case of vaping illness with more suspected: health officer

By The Canadian Press on October 16th, 2019

VICTORIA – British Columbia has confirmed its first probable case of vaping-related illness. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there are several other investigations underway that may also meet the case definition of the illness in the near future. Henry says she expects there will be more cases and the illness is quickly emerging ... Read More »

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