September 20th, 2018

National News

Mother of baby who died at Vancouver daycare claims negligence

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

VANCOUVER – The mother of a baby who died at a Vancouver daycare describes the details of what she experienced that day in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court. The statement of claim filed Monday alleges baby Macallan “Mac” Saini choked on an electrical cord and died because he was left alone. His mother ... Read More »

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A by-the-numbers look at irregular migrants arriving in Canada

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canada began to experience an influx of irregular migrants in early 2017, when people began crossing into the country through unofficial pathways. Here are some key statistics about how this year’s numbers compare with last year: 3,381: Irregular migrants that arrived in July and August 2018 8,846: Number that arrived in the same ... Read More »

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Ontario won’t push through new council-cutting bill if granted stay, court hears

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

TORONTO – The Ontario government will not push through a controversial bill to cut Toronto city council nearly in half if the province’s highest court stays a ruling that quashed an earlier version of the legislation, lawyers argued Tuesday. In a hearing before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, government lawyer Robin Basu said legislators ... Read More »

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RCMP introduce traffic ‘scarecrow’ in bid to prevent speeding in Coquitlam, B.C.

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

COQUITLAM, B.C. – The RCMP is borrowing an idea from the United Kingdom by using a cut-out of a police officer to try and slow down traffic in Coquitlam, B.C. The Mounties have dubbed the life-sized figure “Constable Scarecrow,” which will be used on roads in the community in a pilot project for the next ... Read More »

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‘The crisis is not abating’: New stats show opioid deaths on the rise in Canada

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – Newly released statistics on opioid-related deaths in Canada through the first three months of the year suggest such fatalities are on the rise compared to each of the last two years. The latest national report tracking deaths linked to the painkilling drugs, released on Tuesday, shows there were 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths in ... Read More »

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Damage control needed on Alberta Opposition leader’s India trip: trade minister

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it will be doing “damage control” after Opposition leader Jason Kenney’s visit to India. Trade Minister Deron Bilous says there appears to be confusion in India over who Kenney is speaking for as he meets this week with business and political leaders. Bilous says the province also doesn’t know ... Read More »

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Freeland monitoring suspected poisoning of Canadian Pussy Riot member

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she is taking a personal interest in the possible poisoning of a Canadian member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot. German doctors have been treating a Pyotr Verzilov, a Pussy Riot member, since he arrived in Berlin on the weekend from Moscow. One physician told reporters ... Read More »

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Judge agrees to delay hearing Abdelrazik lawsuit due to federal plea

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – A Montreal man’s lawsuit over Canada’s role in his imprisonment in Sudan will be indefinitely delayed after a judge agreed to the federal government’s plea for a postponement. In a ruling today, Federal Court Justice Martine St-Louis says she reluctantly recognizes the trial must be adjourned pending a review of evidence disclosed to ... Read More »

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New Brunswick hires ‘election ambassadors’ in bid to generate youth excitement

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

FREDERICTON – Election officials and student groups have launched a concerted effort to get students to vote in next week’s New Brunswick election – including flexible voting rules and the hiring of “election ambassadors” to generate excitement. Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth said just 44 per cent of people between the ages of 18 and ... Read More »

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New private Halifax clinic ‘deeply troubling’ Nova Scotia NDP says

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s NDP says the emergence of a new private Halifax clinic that aims to reduce the strain on the public health-care system is “deeply troubling.” Unified Health bills itself as a “community triage centre” where patients are assessed for a fee by nurse practitioners, not doctors. Unified Health, which opened late last ... Read More »

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Trucker guilty of dangerous driving in Ontario highway crash that left 4 dead

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2018

A Quebec trucker’s prolonged inattentiveness on an Ontario highway three years ago triggered a horrific crash that left four people dead and several others injured, a judge has ruled, finding the man guilty of four counts of dangerous driving causing death. Mohinder Saini’s transport truck plowed into 20 vehicles that were slowed and stopped in ... Read More »

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