June 19th, 2018

National News

Accused homeowner to testify in own defence in Hamilton murder trial

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HAMILTON – A Hamilton-area homeowner accused of gunning down a suspected car thief in the dark plans to testify in his own defence. In his opening statement, the lawyer for Peter Khill said the accused wants to tell jurors his story. The lawyer says the defence will lean heavily on the idea that Khill acted ... Read More »

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Montreal’s suspended police chief renounces role, will stay with force

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

Montreal’s suspended police chief won’t be returning to his post. Mayor Valerie Plante said today that Philippe Pichet has renounced his claim to the position but will stay with the force as chief inspector. The announcement comes amid mounting criticism of Pichet, who was suspended with pay in December. The suspension came after a report ... Read More »

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Three injured after industrial explosion outside St. John’s, N.L.

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

MOUNT PEARL, N.L. – Three people have been taken to hospital after an explosion in an industrial building outside St. John’s, N.L. Police say nine people were believed to be inside Trimac National Tank Services in Mount Pearl during the blast at 8:20 a.m. local time. Const. Geoffrey Higdon of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says ... Read More »

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Accused in subway homicide to appear in Toronto court this morning

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

Toronto police say a 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 will appear in court this morning. The 57-year-old accused, who has yet to be publicly identified, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in ... Read More »

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More temporary fisheries closures ordered after right whale sighting

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – The federal government has announced a temporary fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following a North Atlantic right whale sighting. The Fisheries Department says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing activities starting at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and will remain closed until further notice. Ottawa says all ... Read More »

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Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review set for today in Halifax

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – A judicial review is scheduled for today in the case of Abdoul Abdi, a former Somali child refugee fighting to stay in Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency detained Abdi – who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia – after he served about five years ... Read More »

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Not too close with Trudeau, Bellegarde insists as AFN race gets underway

By Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Experience usually helps when it comes to getting a job – except, it seems, when that job is at the helm of the Assembly of First Nations, where experience often seems more of a liability than an asset. Just ask Perry Bellegarde, the incumbent national chief of Canada’s most powerful Indigenous organization, who ... Read More »

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In the news today, June 19

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

Five stories in the news for Tuesday, June 19 – – – CANNABIS BILL HEADS BACK TO SENATE A federal bill to legalize recreational cannabis was bounced back to the Senate on Monday, where the government’s representative argued it’s time to get on with lifting Canada’s almost century-old prohibition on marijuana. The House of Commons ... Read More »

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Tories win Quebec byelection in first test of Scheer’s appeal to nationalists

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on June 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Conservatives have stolen a Quebec riding away from Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals, in the first test of Andrew Scheer’s effort to recreate the nationalist-conservative coalition that helped federal Tories dominate the province in the 1980s. With 181 of 188 polls reporting, Conservative candidate Richard Martel had captured 53 per cent of the ... Read More »

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Toronto police allege 57-year-old man pushed another man to his death

By The Canadian Press on June 18th, 2018

Toronto police say a 57-year-old man faces a first-degree murder change in the death of a man who was apparently pushed in front of a train at one of the city’s busiest subway stations Monday morning. Det. Rob North told a news conference Monday night that police are looking for witnesses to the incident. He ... Read More »

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Tories take commanding byelection lead in Liberal-held Quebec riding

By The Canadian Press on June 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Conservatives appear poised to steal a Quebec riding away from Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals. Conservative candidate Richard Martel has jumped into a commanding early lead in a federal byelection being held in the riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord. With 70 of 188 polls reporting, the well-known former junior hockey coach has captured just ... Read More »

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