July 19th, 2018

National News

Trudeau poised to shuffle cabinet with focus on Liberals’ team for 2019

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will shuffle his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election. The changes will expand the prime minister’s cabinet by adding new posts to showcase up-and-coming MPs and to broaden the profile of a party that has ... Read More »

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Invasive species known as the zombie plant present in waterways of five provinces

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

MONTREAL – An invasive plant species that has become a worrisome problem in Quebec lakes and rivers is also present in four other provinces as well as in almost every U.S. state. Barbara King, executive director of the non-profit Watersheds Canada, says the species is known to occur in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British ... Read More »

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Court orders CRA to stop setting political limits on charities’ activities

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – An Ontario Superior Court judge is telling the federal tax man that he can’t set limits on how much a charity devotes to political activity in a new ruling that grants a win to a national anti-poverty group. Justice Ed Morgan says in the decision Tuesday that the Canada Revenue Agency could not ... Read More »

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Vancouver’s corpse flower bloom fades, along with its rotting flesh smell

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

Vancouver’s rare corpse flower, dubbed Uncle Fester because of its overwhelming stench, is no longer raising a stink. The Vancouver Park Board says the titan arum, a plant native to Sumatra and the largest flower on earth, has closed its funnel-shaped petal around its two-metre central spike as the brief bloom period draws to a ... Read More »

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Ford says consultation on sex-ed curriculum will be largest in Ontario history

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

TORONTO – Doug Ford says his government’s consultations on a new sex-ed curriculum will be the largest in the history of Ontario education. The recently elected premier is scrapping the modernized version of the curriculum brought in by his Liberal predecessors and reverting to one introduced in 1998 while consultations are carried out for a ... Read More »

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Toronto police suspend officer after alleged leak during ‘potential risk’ probe

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

Toronto police say they have suspended an officer for allegedly leaking information regarding a “potential risk” to public safety that was investigated last week. The force has said uncorroborated information about a potential risk in the Greater Toronto Area led them to increase their presence in the downtown core on Thursday, but also said the ... Read More »

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Studying suicide notes can help with prevention, research suggests

By Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

TORONTO – Powerlessness, battling with mental illness and self-blame are common themes found in suicide notes, according to a study from Canadian researchers that recommends health-care professionals target those issues in treatment and prevention programs. The research, published this week in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, aimed to find patterns of thinking that contribute to ... Read More »

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new bridge between Windsor and Detroit

By Corey Williams, The Associated Press on July 17th, 2018

DETROIT – U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the economic benefits a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., will bring. A groundbreaking for the advance construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge was held Tuesday in southwest Detroit. The six-lane, cable-stayed Canadian-financed span over the Detroit ... Read More »

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Forgotten hero in marine disaster honoured by Red Cross in St. John’s, N.L.

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A Newfoundland man who gave his life to save others in a marine accident 46 years ago was honoured by the Canadian Red Cross today with a posthumous award. Leo Bullen offered his life-jacket to another passenger during the marine disaster on the schooner Delroy, when an engine fire sank the ... Read More »

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Cull hasn’t been able to solve bunny burden in Alberta mountain town of Canmore

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

CANMORE, Alta. – Problems persist in an Alberta mountain town overrun with rabbits despite an ongoing cull that has cost almost $400,000. Canmore introduced its feral rabbit management program six years ago after much pro- and anti-bunny bickering and outcries from animal rights advocates. The town says about 1,200 rabbits have been destroyed so far, ... Read More »

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Police wrap examination of property linked to McArthur, find more remains

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

TORONTO – Police say they found human remains on nearly every day of a nine-day exploration of a property related to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray says that examination has now wrapped, and did not confirm if the remains belonged to multiple people. The dig took place at a central ... Read More »

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