August 19th, 2019

National News

Prime Minister announces advisory committee aimed at promoting skilled trades

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the creation of a new advisory committee to help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada. Trudeau made the announcement today before a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, N.S. The advisory committee is to lay the ... Read More »

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Andrew Scheer calls on Liberal MPs to further probe SNC-Lavalin affair

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

MONCTON, N.B. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is asking Liberal MPs on the House of Commons ethics committee to vote to continue the investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair, after a scathing report found that the prime minister broke ethics law. On Wednesday, the federal ethics watchdog stated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict ... Read More »

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Canadian woman ‘shocked and distressed’ after murder of fiance in New Zealand

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Police in New Zealand say a Canadian woman is “shocked and distressed” after her Australian fiance was murdered in an apparently random attack. Insp. Graham Pitkethley says New Zealand Police are providing the woman with the support she needs after what he called a “tragic incident.” A manhunt is underway after ... Read More »

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As Turks flee oppression, Ottawa urged to speak out on human rights issues

By Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – It’s long past time for the federal government to publicly condemn human rights violations that have been going on in Turkey for years, an Ottawa-based human rights activist says. More than 3,000 Turkish families have landed in Canada seeking asylum during the last three years, said Vaner Kaplan, who represents a group called ... Read More »

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In the news today, Aug. 16

By The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

Five stories in the news for Friday, Aug. 16 – – – LITTLE HAS CHANGED SINCE TINA FONTAINE DIED: ADVOCATES Tomorrow marks five years since the body of a First Nations girl was pulled from the river in Winnipeg. The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down ... Read More »

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‘Tips on steroids:’ Social media both a help, hurdle for police investigations

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

Social media can help or hurt police investigations such as the one into three homicides in northern British Columbia, says a criminologist. Frank Cormier, head of the sociology and criminology department at the University of Manitoba, says police have started using social media as a way to get their message out. “It can be fairly ... Read More »

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‘Nothing has changed:’ Tina Fontaine’s body pulled from river five years ago

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

WINNIPEG – It was quiet on the summer day when Cora Morgan and her cousin stood on the waterfront and performed a smudging ceremony for a young Indigenous girl pulled out of the Red River in Winnipeg not long before. The First Nations family advocate remembers a makeshift memorial with flowers for 15-year-old Tina Fontaine ... Read More »

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‘Hurts just as bad:’ Tina Fontaine’s family, friends mourn 5 years after death

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on August 16th, 2019

WINNIPEG – On a recent warm evening in Winnipeg a woman ran up to the Bear Clan Patrol in a panic asking for help to find her niece who had not returned home. Patrol co-ordinator Melissa Stevenson says within minutes more than a dozen searchers wearing bright-yellow vests scoured the area, calling out the girl’s ... Read More »

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Most residents allowed home after house explosion in London, Ont.

By Geoff Robins, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

LONDON, Ont. – All but 12 of 100 homes evacuated after an explosion in a southwestern Ontario city have been cleared for residents to return. Seven people were injured Wednesday night after the blast, which was caused by a vehicle slamming into a home and hitting a gas line, police said. Acting Deputy Fire Chief ... Read More »

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Ex-Quebec Liberal convicted of sexual assault, given 50 hours community service

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

MONTREAL – A former member of Quebec’s legislature was convicted of sexual assault Thursday and given a conditional discharge with 50 hours of community service. Quebec court judge Michele Toupin agreed with the joint sentencing recommendation from the Crown and defence for Yves St-Denis, a former Liberal member for the riding of Argenteuil. He was ... Read More »

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Canadians deserve apology from Trudeau over SNC-Lavalin affair: former ministers

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2019

OTTAWA – Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould said Thursday it is “troubling” to her that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to “discredit” her through submissions made to the ethics commissioner from his lawyer. “I think that is incredibly unfortunate and for me is not the issue,” Wilson-Raybould told The Canadian Press in ... Read More »

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