June 22nd, 2018

National News

Vancouver’s conversion therapy ban more than symbolic for identity: experts

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on June 9th, 2018

VICTORIA – A ban on the practice of so-called conversion therapy in Vancouver sends a powerful message of rejection for controversial “pray the gay away” treatments, say advocates and experts. The city’s unanimous support for a bylaw prohibiting techniques that attempt to persuade people to change their sexual orientation or gender identity gives people reinforcement ... Read More »

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Quebec ticket takes Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on June 9th, 2018

TORONTO – After going unclaimed for several weeks, the $60 million dollar jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw was won by a single ticket sold in Quebec. The draw also offered 52 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each, and 27 of them were won – to be shared by the holders 37 winning tickets ... Read More »

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Four groups join forces to study seamounts near Haida Gwaii in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on June 8th, 2018

VANCOUVER – The protection and understanding of underwater mountains near the islands of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia will be the focus of a new partnership and expedition involving four groups. Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it’s joining forces with the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada and Ocean Networks Canada to share resources and knowledge about ... Read More »

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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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