January 18th, 2020

National News

As past Tory party players step up, Harper appears to step to the side

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – As the federal Conservative leadership race begins drawing party grandees into potential candidates’ camps, former prime minister Stephen Harper appears to be taking a step to the side. Harper has left his role with the fundraising arm of the federal Conservative party, posting a message to his social-media account thanking the Conservative Fund ... Read More »

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Family of Indigenous woman critical of police investigation into her death

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

WINNIPEG – The family of a 22-year-old Indigenous woman found unclothed and injured in a train yard is criticizing how Winnipeg police investigated her death. Police say Jaeda Vanderwal died from blunt force trauma and hypothermia after being struck by two trains on Jan. 5. Her family alleges there was evidence pointing to physical and ... Read More »

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Digital evidence a ‘double-edged sword’ in sexual crime cases: experts

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

Text messages, social media posts and video are playing an increasingly central role in the investigation and prosecution of sexual crimes, but experts say digital evidence is a double-edged sword that can prolong cases and potentially discourage complainants from coming forward. A study published last year by researchers at three Canadian universities documented some of ... Read More »

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Federal health minister says too early for broad drug decriminalization

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

VANCOUVER – Canada’s health minister says talk about decriminalizing drugs to deal with the country’s ongoing opioids crisis is premature until people have enough help to fight their addictions. Patty Hajdu says countries that have taken that step have supports in place to protect people. Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was not ... Read More »

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Parks Canada sets new rules for climbing Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, in Yukon

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

Parks Canada has implemented new rules for climbers on the country’s highest peak after having to rescue eight people in seven years. The rules, which are posted on the agency’s website, include a moratorium on solo climbing on the 5,959-metre Mount Logan, in Yukon. Climbers are also required to have insurance to cover any search-and-rescue ... Read More »

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Sen. Mike Duffy appeals ruling blocking him from suing Senate over suspension

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

TORONTO – The Senate forfeited any claim to immunity from lawsuits over its suspension of Mike Duffy, because its actions were politically motivated and unlawful, the senator’s lawyer argued on Thursday. In submissions to the Ontario Court of Appeal, Lawrence Greenspon said the decision in November 2013 to suspend Duffy without pay came at the ... Read More »

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British couple to attempt record-breaking transatlantic balloon flight from N.B.

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

FREDERICTON – A British couple is hoping to break through a glass ceiling with a balloon flight from Canada to Europe this summer. If the trip is successful, Deborah Day would become the first woman in command of a transatlantic balloon crossing, while Mike Scholes would become the first blind crewmember on such a trip. ... Read More »

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More than 16,000 people nabbed by RCMP between border crossings in 2019

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – The number of people intercepted by the RCMP as they crossed into Canada between official border points fell in 2019, newly released federal figures show, but overall, the number of asylum claims being lodged in this country is up. The data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada reveal that in all of 2019, ... Read More »

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Cdn military program seeking help to find and take out waste in space

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – The Canadian military is looking for help taking out the trash in space. Over the last two years, the military’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security program has awarded nearly $5 million in contracts to Canadian companies and university researchers to find ways to identify some of the millions of pieces of junk ... Read More »

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John Crosbie remembered as patriot, ‘indomitable’ force at state funeral

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – John Crosbie was remembered at his state funeral Thursday as a patriot who played a key role shaping Canada. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney delivered a eulogy highlighting Crosbie’s contributions as a minister in his Tory cabinet, alluding to his famous sense of humour but also his devotion to his home ... Read More »

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Over 16,000 people nabbed by RCMP between border crossings in 2019

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – New figures from the federal government show 16,503 people were intercepted by the RCMP last year crossing between formal border points, likely to seek asylum in Canada. Those numbers are down from 2018, but overall, the number of people filing asylum claims in Canada has risen. The data from the Immigration, Refugee and ... Read More »

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