January 21st, 2017

National News

B.C. Premier Christy Clark no longer receiving stipend from party

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s premier says she is no longer receiving a $50,000 annual stipend from her political party. Christy Clark says she will instead ask the B.C. Liberal Party to re-imburse her for individual expenses. She says different parties do things differently and she has decided her party should move to a new system. ... Read More »

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Vancouver golf courses set to reopen after unprecedented 7-week closure

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

VANCOUVER – There have more than just the usual hazards on Vancouver’s public golf courses this season, in fact snow and ice conditions were so bad that the three courses were closed for an entire seven weeks. The city says it is the longest stretch that the Fraserview, Langara and McCleery golf courses have been ... Read More »

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Mayors push Trudeau on housing dollars as step to address opioid crisis

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – The mayors of Canada’s biggest cities are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to unleash more federal resources in order to help municipal governments combat the growing problem of fentanyl overdoses. The opioid crisis is a national emergency that can only be solved with federally co-ordinated national, provincial and municipal efforts, plus additional investment ... Read More »

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The Friday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

Highlights from the news file for Friday, Jan. 20 ___ TRUMP LOOKS TO ‘HEAL OUR DIVISIONS’: U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting that his election will lead to a “new national pride” that will “heal our divisions.” Trump, after beginning his inaugural speech with a dark accounting of America, says “the time for empty talk ... Read More »

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Former N.S. paramedic denied funding for appeal of sex assault convictions

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – A former paramedic convicted of two sexual assaults while on the job in Nova Scotia has lost a bid to have his appeal paid for by the province. James Duncan Keats, 52, was found guilty in December 2015 of groping two patients. In his appeal, Keats said his lawyer didn’t follow his instructions. ... Read More »

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Group plans interactive Titanic museum for Niagara Falls, Ont.

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

An interactive museum that hopes to recreate the experience of sailing on board the Titanic may be coming to Canada. A group in Niagara Falls, Ont., has conditionally purchased land that would house the museum and is moving ahead with plans to launch an exhibit dubbed “Experience Titanic.” David Van Velzen, who’s spearheading the project, ... Read More »

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Anglican Church working on formal apology for damage wrought by pedophile priest

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Anglican Church of Canada says it is working on a formal national apology to the victims of a notorious priest who preyed on boys in First Nations communities in the 1970s and 1980s. Ralph Rowe was a former air force pilot and police officer who was ordained in 1975. As a priest ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia should be incubator for Canadian health-care innovation: premier

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – If federal officials are looking for innovative ideas about how to better deliver health care, they should look to the Atlantic region, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil suggested Friday, saying important lessons could be learned from some of the novel approaches his province has already adopted. McNeil made the pitch Friday, after federal ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia strikes deal with teachers union, job action suspended

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says it has reached a tentative agreement with the province. The union says it has suspended its work-to-rule job action and it will be “phased out” beginning Monday. In a news release late Friday afternoon, the union says its executive reviewed the tentative agreement and recommended it be ... Read More »

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Tim Hortons billionaire co-founder loses bid to have sex-assault suit tossed

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2017

TORONTO – A woman’s lawsuit alleging that the billionaire co-founder of Tim Hortons sexually assaulted her at his home will have to be decided at a full-blown trial, Ontario’s top court ruled Friday. Ron Joyce, 86, who has painted the woman with whom he had a one-time intimate relationship as a “pathological extortionist,” had wanted ... Read More »

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