October 24th, 2020

National News

Navy investigating unexplained breakdown on brand-new Arctic patrol vessel

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Navy says it is investigating an unexplained breakdown on its brand-new, $400-million Arctic patrol ship. The problem first emerged last week as HMCS Harry DeWolf’s crew was training off the coast of Halifax, two and a half months after Irving Shipbuilding delivered the vessel to the Navy. Commodore Richard Feltham, ... Read More »

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Crash-prone ferry MV Apollo, slated for new life as Quebec tourist site, to be junked

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

MONTREAL – The crash-prone ferry MV Apollo, which officials on Quebec’s North Shore had hoped to sink and turn into an underwater diving attraction, is likely headed for the scrapyard. A non-profit organization that had been overseeing a plan to give the ferry new life as a diving destination and aquatic habitat says it won’t ... Read More »

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Elections watchdog announces charges against former leader of defunct Bridge party

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada’s elections watchdog says the former leader of the defunct Bridge Party of Canada and another individual are facing charges under both the Canada Elections Act and the Criminal Code. Elections commissioner Yves Côté says David Berlin, who led the since-deregistered party, has been charged under the Canada Elections Act with causing an ... Read More »

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Jurors in Fredericton mass murder trial hear recordings of accused killer

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

FREDERICTON – A lawyer for the accused Fredericton mass shooter says his client repeatedly demanded to be released and often refused to take legal advice during their meetings together in 2019. Defence lawyer Alex Pate returned to the witness stand today to discuss video and audio recordings of court appearances and interviews with suspect Matthew ... Read More »

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Quebec reports another quadruple-digit COVID-19 case count, 20 new deaths

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

Quebec is reporting another quadruple-digit new COVID-19 case count and 20 additional deaths. The province hardest-hit by the novel coronavirus recorded 1,033 new cases in its Thursday update. Five hundred and fifty three people are in hospital, including 101 in intensive care. A union is calling for the Olymel pork processing plant southeast of Quebec ... Read More »

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Ontario reports 841 new COVID-19 cases and another hospital outbreak

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

Ontario is reporting 841 new cases of COVID-19 today as another Toronto hospital declared an outbreak. Canada’s most populous province also recorded nine more deaths from the virus. Two hundred and seventy people are in hospital, including 74 in intensive care and 48 on ventilators. The Scarborough Health Network says six patients are infected in ... Read More »

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Minassian makes brief appearance as court grapples with logistics of murder trial

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

TORONTO – Lawyers say they are close to finalizing details that would allow a trial by Zoom for a man who killed 10 people when he drove a rental van down a busy Toronto sidewalk. Alek Minassian faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 2018 ... Read More »

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O’Toole says Liberals can play politics, Tories will focus on issues

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is brushing off concerns his party is setting up Parliament for yet another confidence vote. The Conservatives are using another chance they get this week to set the House of Commons agenda to propose a motion calling for a sweeping probe by the House of Commons health committee of ... Read More »

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Tory motion showdown and the U.S. presidential debate: In The News for Oct. 22

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kick-start your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 22 … What we are watching in Canada … One day after surviving a confidence vote on a Conservative motion, Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal ... Read More »

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New Tory motion could trigger second confidence showdown for Liberal minority

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – One day after surviving a confidence vote on a Conservative motion, Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government faces another Conservative motion that could trigger yet more high-stakes drama over the possibility of a snap election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The official Opposition is using its second opposition day this week to ... Read More »

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B.C. NDP takes snap election risk during pandemic in quest for majority government

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s New Democrats took a risk calling a snap election during a global pandemic to pursue a majority government, creating a major campaign issue for the party’s opponents. NDP Leader John Horgan said he called the election more than one year ahead of schedule because he is seeking the certainty and stability ... Read More »

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