January 18th, 2020

National News

B.C. court rules in favour of dad seeking power to immunize his children

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

SALMON ARM , B.C. – A judge says the father of two boys has the right to ensure his children receive necessary immunizations and dental treatments, despite objections from the children’s mother. B.C. provincial court Judge Stella Frame says the father should have sole responsibility for medical and dental treatments for his two young sons. ... Read More »

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Politicians past and present arrive for John Crosbie funeral in St. John’s

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Past and present politicians and other dignitaries have begun arriving at the state funeral for former federal cabinet minister John Crosbie. Crosbie, who also served as Newfoundland and Labrador lieutenant-governor, has been remembered for his sharp wit and for his devotion to his home province since his death Friday at age ... Read More »

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FBI arrest former Canadian reservist, suspected neo-Nazi, in United States

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – A former Canadian military reservist who was accused of being a neo-Nazi before disappearing last summer has been arrested in the United States. Dave Fitz of the FBI’s Baltimore office says Patrik Mathews was one of three men taken into custody this morning. A combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group in ... Read More »

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U.S. Senate approves new version of North American free trade agreement

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senators on Capitol Hill have finally approved the latest version of North America’s free trade pact. The implementation bill for the long-awaited U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed on a vote of 89-10. That means it now needs only the signature of President Donald Trump to be fully approved in the United States. Canada itself has ... Read More »

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Stephen Harper says farewell to party post, but says will stay connected

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – Former prime minister Stephen Harper has left his role with the chief fundraising arm of the federal Conservative party, but says he still intends to play a role with the party itself. Harper posted a rare comment on party politics to his Twitter account, thanking the Conservative Fund for its hard work and ... Read More »

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Sen. Mike Duffy begins appeal of ruling blocking him from suing Senate

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

TORONTO – Sen. Mike Duffy has begun his appeal of a ruling that bars him from suing the Senate. He says his suspension by the Upper Chamber was politically motivated and possibly unlawful. As a result, Duffy argues normal immunity the Senate has from legal action doesn’t apply in his case. The Senate suspended the ... Read More »

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Iran must compensate crash victims families, Canada-led group agrees

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

LONDON – Canada and other countries are demanding compensation from Iran for the families of people killed when Iranian forces shot down an airliner leaving Tehran last week. That’s one of five elements in an agreement coming out of a meeting Canada hosted in London Thursday, with representatives from Britain, Sweden, Afghanistan and Ukraine. The ... Read More »

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Quebec provincial police open homicide probe into killing of Mascouche mother

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police are investigating the killing of a woman in her 30s inside a home in Mascouche. Officers were called to a residence today on des Anglais Road in the suburb north of Montreal at about 4 a.m. Inside they found an injured man and the woman as well as several young ... Read More »

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Canada leads talks on ensuring Iranian co-operation on crash probe, compensation

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

LONDON – Foreign ministers from Canada and other countries who lost citizens in the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner are discussing the tools they might need to use to force Iran to co-operate with them if that becomes necessary. Those potential levers include legal action in European courts and possible resolutions against Iran at ... Read More »

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RCMP creating DNA profiles to help identify Canadians killed in Iran plane crash

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

Canada’s national police force is taking part in the massive effort to identify dozens of Canadians killed in last week’s plane crash in Iran. While no RCMP officers are currently on the ground in Tehran, where the Ukrainian passenger jet was shot down by the Iranian military, a spokeswoman said the force is co-ordinating the ... Read More »

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Canadian military resumes some operations in Iraq following Iran scare

By The Canadian Press on January 16th, 2020

OTTAWA – The Canadian military is resuming some operations in Iraq following a temporary suspension of activities last week. Brig.-Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis says the military is again flying transport aircraft in and out of Iraq to supply troops there. St-Louis Is the commander of Joint Task Force Impact, which oversees many of Canada’s anti-Islamic State ... Read More »

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