December 9th, 2018

National News

Speaker of B.C. legislature threatens to resign, calls situation a ‘circus’

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

VICTORIA – The Speaker of British Columbia’s legislature says he’ll resign if financial audits being done don’t result in outrage from the public and taxpayers. Darryl Plecas made his statements during an all-party committee meeting that is grappling with the fallout of a police investigation that saw the legislature’s top two officials placed on administrative ... Read More »

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By leaking, suspended vice-admiral Norman broke rules he swore to uphold: Crown

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – New court documents have sketched out the Crown’s case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, alleging the suspended military officer broke the rules he was sworn to uphold when he leaked cabinet secrets to a Quebec shipyard and the media. The breach-of-trust case against Norman revolves around a $700-million contract the federal government signed in ... Read More »

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United Conservative leader regrets comments on gay hospital visitation rights

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservative leader says he regrets comments made in his earlier days about overturning a law extending hospital visitation rights to gay couples during the 1980s AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. Jason Kenney says, since then, his public record in Parliament shows he supports domestic partner arrangements and benefits for couples regardless ... Read More »

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Hazing has long history, based on solidifying power, status within group: experts

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

TORONTO – It’s been called a rite of passage, a bonding ritual, a way to initiate novice members into a fraternity, elite sports team or military unit through physical and mental challenges – with the aim of individuals becoming cemented into the whole. But hazing can have a sinister side involving physical or sexual abuse ... Read More »

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Opposition presses for answers on MP Raj Grewal’s gambling activities

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – The House of Commons ethics committee has voted down a motion from opposition members to hear from the Privy Council clerk about who knew what and when concerning MP Raj Grewal’s gambling habit. The move by the Liberal-dominated committee prompted Conservative MP Peter Kent to suggest government members were trying to hide something ... Read More »

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Salvation Army in Calgary lacking toy donations; closes warehouse

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

CALGARY – The Salvation Army in Calgary says it has had to cancel volunteer shifts and close a warehouse because the agency hasn’t received enough Christmas toys for workers to sort. There are 7,000 children under the age of 14 registered for the agency’s toy program in the city. Officials say 18,000 toys have been ... Read More »

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Former Laval mayor at heart of corruption scandal granted full parole

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

MONTREAL – The former mayor of Quebec’s third-largest city has been granted full parole after serving a third of his six-year prison sentence for involvement in a corruption scheme. A Parole Board of Canada decision Thursday noted that Gilles Vaillancourt continues to downplay his responsibility for his crimes and their impact on society. But his ... Read More »

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Man ‘scared straight’ as teenager gets $175,000 in damage award from B.C. court

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A man who was required to visit a notorious British Columbia prison as part of a “scared straight” program has been awarded $175,000 in damages for a sexual assault that happened during the tour. The man, only identified by his initials in the judgment, was 14 in the late 1970s when he was ... Read More »

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Liberals revamp contentious anti-abortion test for summer jobs funding

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – Contentious wording in Ottawa’s summer-jobs program that required groups to declare themselves supportive of abortion rights to get funding has been dropped, and new rules put in place to appease faith groups and pro-choice advocates who each fuelled a furor over the policy last year. Instead, the federal Liberals have re-tooled the 2019 ... Read More »

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Federal whale-saving efforts threaten Vancouver Island livelihoods, say groups

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Sport fishing, tourism and business leaders from across Vancouver Island say their livelihoods would be damaged by an extension of federal fishing closures to protect endangered southern resident killer whales. About two dozen leaders gathered today at a popular sport fishing marina near Victoria to warn the federal government almost 10,000 jobs ... Read More »

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Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe second only to U.S. fundraiser for #metoo movement

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

A GoFundMe campaign created after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash was the second largest on the fundraising platform this year. The campaign, which raised nearly Cdn$15.2 million, is at the top of GoFundMe’s ‘Year in Giving’ report for 2018. It’s second only to the fundraising campaign for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which was ... Read More »

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