April 11th, 2021

National News

‘Uniquely reprehensible’: No parole for 35 years for Calgary man in triple murder

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

CALGARY – A Calgary man who admitted to slitting his girlfriend’s throat and, days later, stabbing to death his mother and stepfather must serve 35 years before he can apply for parole. Dustin Duthie, 27, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the 2018 deaths of Taylor Toller and Shawn Boshuk, and first-degree murder ... Read More »

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Liberals hope for ‘tame’ convention, in contrast to rival parties’ controversies

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Thousands of federal Liberals gathered online Thursday night for the start of a three-day national convention that promises to be downright dull compared to similar events held by the Conservative and New Democratic parties. And that suits Liberals just fine. They hope Canadians will see a governing party focused on the serious policy ... Read More »

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Man who killed girlfriend, mother, stepfather not eligible for parole for 35 years

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

CALGARY – A Calgary man who admitted to slitting his girlfriend’s throat and, days later, stabbing to death his mother and stepfather must serve 35 years before he can apply for parole. Dustin Duthie, who is 27, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the 2018 deaths of Taylor Toller and Shawn Boshuk, and ... Read More »

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Ottawa mulls exempting more workers from Canada-U.S. border shutdown: Garneau

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says Ottawa is looking at expanding the categories of essential workers allowed to travel across the Canada-U.S. border. He told a parliamentary committee today that could mean allowing technicians in the integrated auto industry to be considered essential workers for cross-border purposes. The Canada-U.S. border has been closed ... Read More »

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Two more COVID-19 variant cases identified in Northwest Territories

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories says two recently announced infections have been identified as the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases include an out-of-territory worker at the Diavik Diamond Mine, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, and a N.W.T. resident in Yellowknife. Last week, the territory identified its first variant case, another ... Read More »

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Variants of concern higher than reported, but giving precise data challenging: BCCDC

By Laura Dhillon Kane, The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

VANCOUVER – A medical director at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control says the number of active COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern is higher than what has been publicly reported in the province. But Mel Krajden, director of the centre’s public-health laboratory, says providing precise figures for these variant cases is challenging, ... Read More »

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Doctors group says changing rules causing confusion as COVID-19 variants surge

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

As Ontario brings back stay-at-home orders to deal with surging cases of COVID-19, the Canadian Medical Association says continually changing rules have contributed to confusion and relaxed adherence. The national advocacy group representing Canada’s doctors says constant changes to restrictions have left people frustrated and are detrimental to its purpose. “It’s time to apply what ... Read More »

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Canada has new ways to pressure Washington over softwood lumber duties: ambassador

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

VANCOUVER – Canada’s ambassador to the United States says Canadian officials have new leverage as they urge Washington to negotiate a solution to the long-standing dispute over U.S. duties on softwood lumber. Kirsten Hillman told a British Columbia forest industry conference that high lumber prices could affect U.S. President Joe Biden’s ability to fulfil his ... Read More »

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Two more COVID-19 variant cases identified in N.W.T.

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories says two recently announced infections have been identified as the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases include an out-of-territory worker at the Diavik Diamond Mine, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, and a N.W.T. resident in Yellowknife. The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, says ... Read More »

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Top doctor in N.W.T. says first COVID-19 variant cases identified in territory

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories has detected its first COVID-19 variant cases. The territory says two recently announced infections have been identified as the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases include an out-of-territory worker at the Diavik Diamond Mine, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, and a N.W.T. resident in Yellowknife. The ... Read More »

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Advocates demand sweeping changes to military complaints process for sexual violence

By The Canadian Press on April 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Advocates are calling for fundamental reforms to the process for complaining about sexual violence in Canada’s military. Christine Wood, co-chair of the military sexual-trauma survivors group It’s Just 700, told a parliamentary committee today that reporting and investigating an incident must happen outside the chain of command, and that a greater focus on ... Read More »

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