March 1st, 2017

National News

Retired judge questions RCMP probe of fatal Newfoundland police shooting

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The retired judge hired by the RCMP to independently observe its probe into the police shooting of Don Dunphy now says the investigation was biased and that his own report was wrong. “To me, they weren’t pursuing this as diligently as I would have thought,” David Riche told a public inquiry ... Read More »

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Weather too cold to fight fire: Only school in Nunavut hamlet badly damaged

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

KUGAARUK, Nunavut – The only school in a small community in Nunavut has been badly damaged by a fire that could not be contained in frigid temperatures. RCMP say it was -55 C when the fire department in the hamlet of Kugaaruk was called out late Tuesday night. Police say the cold weather caused equipment ... Read More »

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Garneau calls for tough national standard for distracted drivers using cellphones

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

MONTREAL – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is proposing the creation of a tough national standard to penalize distracted drivers using their cellphones on the road. While dangerous driving is covered under the Criminal Code, cases involving distraction are a provincial responsibility that result in fines and demerit points that vary widely across regions. Garneau last ... Read More »

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RCMP ordered to pay egregiously harassed force member $141K

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

TORONTO – Senior RCMP officers harassed a sergeant mercilessly and damaged his career after deciding he had lied to them about his unsuccessful bid to run for the federal Conservatives in 2005, an Ontario judge has ruled. In awarding Sgt. Peter Merrifield $141,000 for his mistreatment, Superior Court Justice Mary Vallee denounced the RCMP’s conduct ... Read More »

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Justice minister seeks input from premiers on genetic discrimination Bill S-201

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould wants the premiers to tell her whether they think barring insurance providers from asking clients to disclose the results of genetic testing would stray too far into provincial jurisdiction. In a letter to the Council of the Federation today, Wilson-Raybould says a number of provinces have argued that parts ... Read More »

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Senators push Liberals to overhaul funding to address Inuit housing crisis

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

OTTAWA – A Senate committee is warning that an acute Inuit housing crisis will only get worse unless the federal government makes swift changes to how it funds housing in the North. In a report released today, the Senate committee on aboriginal peoples calls on the Liberals to provide funding directly to Inuit groups where ... Read More »

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Subban gets meritorious award on return to Montreal

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

MONTREAL – Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban has received an honour from Gov. Gen. David Johnston to acknowledge his charitable work. Today’s ceremony was held in the P.K. Subban atrium of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Subban pledged in September 2015 to raise $10 million over seven years through a program called P.K.’s Helping Hand ... Read More »

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Swastikas found in Ontario university classroom; police investigating

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

TORONTO – Police are investigating after swastikas were found in a classroom at an Ontario university. York University says “hate graffiti” and an anti-Semitic statement was found in a classroom at its north Toronto campus on Monday. Toronto police say the incident is a case of mischief at this point, but officers are continuing to ... Read More »

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Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea meets Swedish ambassador

By Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press on March 1st, 2017

TOKYO – A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Hyeon Soo Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Mississauga, Ont., was sentenced in December 2015 by a North Korean court to life in prison ... Read More »

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Newfoundland parents upset as son’s bowling medal revoked due to pants colour

By The Canadian Press on March 1st, 2017

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. – A Newfoundland family is upset after a seven-year old boy was denied a gold medal in bowling due to the shade of his pants. Todd Powell of Conception Bay South says his seven-year-old son participated in a provincial mixed B combo tournament in St. Pat’s on the weekend. The team ... Read More »

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