April 28th, 2017

National News

Five things to know about what’s up for discussion at justice ministers meeting

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – Five things justice ministers from across the country are expected to talk about a meeting in Gatineau, Que., Friday. 1) R. v. Jordan. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees someone charged with an offence the right to have their case tried within a reasonable amount of time. Last summer, the Supreme Court ... Read More »

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Engineering marvel: Ship begins laying massive power cable connecting N.L., N.S.

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

HALIFAX – Somewhere off Newfoundland’s southwest coast, a Norwegian ship has begun spooling out a massive, thick cable that will connect the island with Nova Scotia, a 170-kilometre voyage that, once completed, will create North America’s longest subsea electricity link. The cable-laying ship CS Nexans Skagerrak started rolling out the black-and-orange cable across the Cabot ... Read More »

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Ottawa announces space funding; long-term plan expected this summer

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

LONGUEUIL, Que. – Money earmarked for space development in this year’s federal budget will go to two projects that could have lasting impacts on Earth and beyond, the federal government announced Thursday. One of them involves a radar instrument that would be used to study the surface and subsurface of Mars. The other looks at ... Read More »

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The Canadian Press explains the Ontario budget’s health care funding

By Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

TORONTO – After years of restricting health-care funding growth, the Ontario budget released Thursday promises new money to reduce wait times and increase capacity at overcrowded hospitals, as well as free prescription medication for children and youth. “BOOSTER SHOT” The budget promises to increase health-care spending by a total of $11.5 billion over the next ... Read More »

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B.C. Liberal leader says all Canadians involved in U.S. softwood offer balked

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s Liberal leader says everyone involved in a potential softwood lumber agreement said No when the United States offered a “lousy” deal that would have cost her province 20,000 forestry jobs. Christy Clark said talks with former president Barack Obama ended because of opposition by the prime minister, the international trade minister ... Read More »

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Canadian border agents among five charged with drug smuggling offences

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

TORONTO – Two Canadian border agents are among five people arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling. RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency say the agents worked out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Authorities allege the pair facilitated the importation of more than 30 kilograms of cocaine between January last year and April this year. They ... Read More »

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Crown disputes self-defence argument at Calgary trial for man who strangled wife

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

CALGARY – The lawyer for a man who admits he strangled his wife and buried her body in their home says he was acting in self-defence, but the Crown is arguing he made up stories of domestic abuse to avoid a murder conviction. The two sides made their closing arguments Thursday in the second-degree murder ... Read More »

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Another court delay for two men accused of assaulting Dennis Oland in prison

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – The case of two Halifax men charged with assaulting Dennis Oland in a New Brunswick prison has been delayed yet again. Convicted killer Cody Alexander Muise and Aaron Marriott, who was convicted in a 2008 drug shooting, allegedly attacked Oland at Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., on July 31 of last year. ... Read More »

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Kevin O’Leary says he tried to convince Bernier to quit Conservative race

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – Kevin O’Leary says he and Maxime Bernier went several rounds trying to convince the other to drop out of the Conservative leadership race. But O’Leary says he was the ultimately the one to leave because Bernier had the better argument – the seats needed in Quebec for a parliamentary majority could only be ... Read More »

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Ship from Norway laying electricity cable connecting Newfoundland, Nova Scotia

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

HALIFAX – Work has begun on a remarkable engineering feat beneath the Cabot Strait, the body of water that separates Cape Breton from southwestern Newfoundland. Halifax-based Emera Inc. announced today that a cable-laying ship, the Nexans Skagerrak, has started rolling out North America’s longest submarine electricity cables between the two provinces – a 170-kilometre span. ... Read More »

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