August 19th, 2017

National News

State of emergency extended over B.C. wildfires as windy weather expected

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia has extended a provincewide state of emergency because of wildfires that have scorched a record amount of land this season. Emergency Management BC said the third extension since July 19 is expected to remain in effect until Sept. 1. “This ensures that federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered ... Read More »

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In wake of Barcelona attack, CNE reassures visitors event is safe

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

TORONTO – The Canadian National Exhibition is reassuring visitors the Toronto event is safe in the wake of yesterday’s attack in Barcelona. The event’s CEO says the multi-day fair enhanced its security plan within the last year, following several terrorist attacks in London and Paris. Virginia Ludy says several areas around the CNE’s grounds have ... Read More »

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Deadly ice storm bred suspicion and fear, New Brunswick report says

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

FREDERICTON – A review of a devastating ice storm in northeast New Brunswick says many residents were ill-prepared for an emergency – and some responded to the crisis with fear and suspicion that put them in even greater danger. The storm in late January loaded trees and power lines with ice, snapping hundreds of power ... Read More »

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Montreal mayor and police chief apologize for past anti-LGBTQ raids and arrests

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

Montreal’s mayor and police chief are apologizing for the way LGBTQ people were treated in the city from the 1960s to the 1990s. Mayor Denis Coderre said today he is sorry on behalf of the city for institutional discrimination toward the community, while Chief Philippe Pichet apologized for police raids on gay bars. Pichet says ... Read More »

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Montreal amusement park yanks carousel horse showing Indigenous man’s severed head

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

Montreal’s La Ronde amusement park says it has removed a carousel horse depicting an Indigenous man’s severed head in a bag. A resident of the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve near Montreal said she’d heard about its existence and saw it during a visit to the park Wednesday. Jessica Hernandez later posted photos on Facebook and Twitter ... Read More »

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Found cash in borrowed library book creates its own mystery story for RCMP

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A library user who returned cash found in a book has drawn the RCMP into a detective whodunit. Cpl. Richard De Jong says the mystery began July 24 when the unnamed book borrower returned a significant amount of money that had been found in the pages of a library book in North Vancouver. ... Read More »

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Police tell Cape Dorset residents to stop providing supplies to help wanted man

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

CAPE DORSET, Nunavut – Mounties are urging residents of a community in Nunavut to stop helping a wanted man avoid arrest. Police say David Mikkigak of Cape Dorset is a suspect in several crimes, including assault, forcible confinement and firearms-related offences. Mounties say Mikkigak, who is 37, is living outside the community and people have ... Read More »

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Investigation finds policeman wasn’t handling gun when shot in leg

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

WINNIPEG – An investigation has found that a Winnipeg police officer who suffered a life-threatening leg injury when his gun accidentally discharged did not have his hand near the weapon when it went off. The tactical support team member had just finished a firearms training exercise earlier this month when he stopped at a restaurant ... Read More »

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NAFTA’s environmental arm demands Canada explain oilsands tailings leaks

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

OTTAWA – The environmental arm of NAFTA is demanding Canada explain what it is doing to stop oilsands tailings ponds from leaking into Alberta waterways. The request comes in a decision by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation, which oversees the environmental pact Canada, the United States and Mexico signed as a parallel agreement to NAFTA. ... Read More »

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80 people facing 412 charges as Hamilton police seize drugs and guns

By The Canadian Press on August 18th, 2017

HAMILTON – Police in Hamilton say 80 people are facing charges in a drug trafficking and firearms investigation. They say the operation – dubbed Project Phoenix – began in July and saw 44 search warrants executed across Hamilton. Investigators say 79 adults and a youth – all from the Hamilton area – are facing a ... Read More »

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