June 22nd, 2018

National News

Alberta court hears arguments from both sides of gay-straight alliance law

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – A group that believes parents should be told when their children join gay-straight alliances at school says Alberta’s law barring teachers from doing that is unsound. “The legislation is deeply flawed and it fails to protect children,” Jay Cameron, a lawyer with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, said in Medicine ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan premier pitches changes to federal equalization program

By The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is proposing a major change to a federal policy that transfers money from so-called “have” provinces to less prosperous ones. Moe says Canada’s equalization program has not benefited Saskatchewan for years despite the steep economic downturn in the resource sector. At the same time, he notes provinces such as ... Read More »

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Bulldozed house: Saskatchewan man sentenced for attempted murder

By The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

YORKTON, Sask. – A Saskatchewan man who bulldozed a house with two people inside, including his son’s wife, has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder. Ronald Fatteicher, who is 60, knocked down the house last summer on rural property near Calder east of Yorkton. Fatteicher’s daughter-in-law and ... Read More »

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Bills for Trudeau’s nine-day to India now top $1.5 million, documents show

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

OTTAWA – New documents suggest the bills for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s troubled trip to India in February exceed $1.5 million. The latest figures released by the government include $323,000 for hotel stays, $485,070 to fly and staff the VIP Airbus for 43.7 hours over the nine-day trip, $5,235 for cell phone fees, $5,100 to ... Read More »

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‘Pretty amazing:’ Alberta researchers spot new fossil species – and its lunch

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

EDMONTON – University of Alberta researchers have discovered a new species of ancient underwater lizards in a fossil so well preserved they can see what it had for lunch. “We know what it was eating,” said Ilaria Paparella, a PhD candidate who worked on the fossil. “We have a tiny fish bone in the stomach.” ... Read More »

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B.C. Appeal Court rules lottery winner must be paid back $600,000 loan

By The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A dispute over whether $600,000 was a loan or a gift from a lottery winner has been settled by the British Columbia Court of Appeal in favour of the gambler. Enone Rosas won $4.1 million in a lottery in 2007 and loaned the $600,000 to her friend Hermenisabel Toca so she could buy ... Read More »

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Green programs tied to cap and trade in limbo as Ford vows to scrap carbon pricing

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

TORONTO – With Ontario’s cap-and-trade system headed for the chopping block, several green initiatives and projects funded by the program are also on their way out – and some environmental advocates and experts say more rollbacks are likely as the province swears in a new Progressive Conservative government focused on cutting costs and helping business. ... Read More »

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Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

By The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

The federal government has tabled Canada’s first national accessibility law to help residents with disabilities. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, introduced the Accessible Canada Act in the House of Commons today shortly before parliament rose for the summer. The Liberals have pledged $290 million over six years to support the legislation, ... Read More »

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Winemaker Norman Hardie denies some misconduct allegations, says “many” are true

By The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

WELLINGTON, Ont. – Ontario winemaker Norman Hardie is disputing parts of a report detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against him, while admitting that “many” of the allegations are true. The Globe and Mail reported numerous misconduct allegations against Hardie on Tuesday, including unwanted sexual contact and inappropriate remarks. The winemaker told the newspaper he does ... Read More »

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Death of man on Toronto subway tracks puts platform barriers in spotlight

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

Toronto’s subway operator has reiterated its long-standing desire to build platform barriers that could prevent deaths such as one this week where a 73-year-old man was killed after allegedly being pushed in front of a moving train. But implementing platform edge doors, as they’re known, would cost well over a billion dollars for the city’s ... Read More »

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Spy agency ended right-wing probe just months before Quebec mosque shooting

By The Canadian Press on June 20th, 2018

OTTAWA – A new report reveals Canada’s spy agency ended its investigation of right-wing extremism 10 months before a gunman killed six worshippers at a Quebec City mosque. The federal spy watchdog says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service reopened the probe following the shooting. In its annual report, the Security Intelligence Review Committee says CSIS ... Read More »

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