December 9th, 2018

National News

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

By 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. Grewal is considering his future in politics as he takes a leave to deal with what he calls a compulsive ... Read More »

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Feds weigh role in Iraq as defence chief warns about long-term need for troops

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan pledged Canada’s enduring support for Iraq and the war against Islamic State group on Thursday – but stopped short of extending Canada’s military mission in the region, most of which is set to expire next spring. Rather, after hosting a meeting with representatives from more than a dozen countries ... Read More »

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Premiers head to Montreal for tough meeting with Trudeau

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

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’ll have allies in the room to help push talks on the oil-price crisis at the upcoming first ministers meeting. “There is really no province in the country that doesn’t owe Alberta to some degree for their schools, their hospitals, their roads. The fact of the matter is Alberta has ... Read More »

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Canada to send hundreds of observers to Ukraine presidential election

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Canadian Press has learned that Canada is planning to send hundreds of election observers to Ukraine to prevent Russian meddling in its March 2019 presidential elections. Government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, say as many as 500 monitors could be sent in missions run by the Organization for Security and ... Read More »

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Naturopath convicted of manslaughter in death of patient to be heard by high court

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will hear the appeal of a Montreal naturopath convicted of manslaughter in the death of an elderly patient. Mitra Javanmardi was facing a possible prison sentence last May after the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned a 2015 acquittal and entered a guilty verdict in the ... Read More »

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Feds reject push to amend Criminal Code to outlaw forced sterilization

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office says the federal government doesn’t plan to change the law to make coercing someone into being sterilized a crime. First Nations leaders gathered at a special meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa today want the government to amend the Criminal Code following a resolution passed ... Read More »

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‘We’re all aware:’ Alberta premier doesn’t want to go over old ground at meeting

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’ll have allies in the room to help push talks on the oil-price crisis at the upcoming first ministers meeting in Montreal. She says she expects there will be support for her government’s concerns because all provinces depend on a healthy Alberta economy to some extent for their schools, hospitals ... Read More »

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Statcan chief: Agency can’t back down from push for new data sources

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canada’s chief statistician says his agency needs to do a better job of telling the country why it needs information and how it protects data after blowback from a proposal to collect banking information from 500,000 Canadians. Statistics Canada has pressed pause on the pilot project until the end of a review by ... Read More »

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A look at the process Canada follows in response to an extradition request

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canada’s Department of Justice, through its International Assistance Group, helps Canadian and foreign police and prosecutors by extraditing people to face prosecution or sentencing in the country in which they are charged or convicted. The Extradition Act provides Ottawa with the legal basis to extradite individuals located in Canada who are sought by ... Read More »

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‘I have no reason to want my father dead, to kill him’ Dennis Oland told police

By Chris Morris, The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A talkative Dennis Oland chatted with police at length about his relationship with his difficult dad, Richard, initially unaware that investigators were narrowing in on him as the prime suspect in his father’s murder. Video of the police interview with Dennis Oland on July 7, 2011, the day Richard Oland’s bludgeoned ... Read More »

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Doug Ford prepared to walk away from first ministers’ meeting over agenda issues

By The Canadian Press on December 6th, 2018

TORONTO – Doug Ford’s office says the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from a meeting of first ministers if it does not include specific discussions on the carbon tax. Ford is set to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal this afternoon ahead of Friday’s meeting of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial ... Read More »

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