August 23rd, 2017

National News

NDP’s Jenny Kwan says Liberals are misleading asylum seekers over border

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on August 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is misleading people when it says there’s no advantage to crossing illegally into Canada to seek asylum, NDP MP Jenny Kwan says. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made those comments over the weekend as the Liberals have become more assertive in their efforts to tamp down the volume of asylum seekers. ... Read More »

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Abortion barrier likely ‘historical practice,’ not law: N.S. health minister

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on August 23rd, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister says the province is addressing concerns about abortion access, adding it appears the need for women to get a referral from a family doctor is simply historical practice rather than law. “There were concerns about how the process, particularly around referrals, takes place,” Randy Delorey said in an interview ... Read More »

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Disciplinary hearing for Ontario judge who wore ‘Make America Great Again’ hat

By The Canadian Press on August 23rd, 2017

TORONTO – An Ontario judge who wore a hat in court bearing a slogan used by U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a disciplinary hearing today. Justice Bernd Zabel is set to appear before an Ontario Judicial Council panel in Toronto to face allegations of judicial misconduct over the November 2016 incident. The council says ... Read More »

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More than 63,000 customers blacked out by storms in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

MONTREAL – More than 63,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were without electricity early Wednesday after severe thunderstorms ripped through southern Quebec, Montreal and the Laurentian region north of the city. Most of the outages were in the Montreal area affecting more than 42,000 homes and businesses, with another 8,000 blackouts reported in the Laurentians and a further ... Read More »

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‘Hysterically screaming’: dad of baby that died in house fire in Edmonton

By Mary Jo Laforest, The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – Police say a house fire that killed a five-month old baby and left his 29-year-old mother clinging to life in an Edmonton hospital was deliberately set. Firefighters responded to the blaze in the two-storey home in the Windermere neighbourhood in southwest Edmonton just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Eight people were in the home ... Read More »

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More than 70,000 customers blacked out by storms in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

MONTREAL – More than 70,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were without electricity Tuesday night after severe thunderstorms ripped through southern Quebec, Montreal and the Laurentian region north of the city. Most of the outages were in the Montreal area affecting more than 51,000 homes and businesses, with another 12,000 blackouts reported in the Laurentians and a further ... Read More »

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The Rebel up for a bit of reboot, says outlet founder Ezra Levant

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – The founder of the online news site The Rebel admits its content and management need more oversight in the wake of a string of controversies. One reporter was fired, another founder quit and two other contributors resigned last week after the outlet came under intense criticism for its coverage of deadly riots in ... Read More »

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Doctors must help remedy opioid crisis in Canada, CMA meeting told

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

QUEBEC – Canada’s opioid epidemic isn’t a single crisis but a complex set of overlapping crises that will take multiple strategies to solve, a panel of experts told the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association on Tuesday. “This is a crisis for Canada and every community is going to have to deal with it,” ... Read More »

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Edmonton police say fire that killed baby boy is arson; mother in hospital

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

EDMONTON – A five-month old baby has died and his 29-year-old mother was in hospital with life-threatening injuries after an early morning house fire in Edmonton. Police say firefighters responded to the fire in southwest Edmonton just before 4 a.m. Tuesday. Eight people were in the home at the time and six escaped safely. Police ... Read More »

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NDP leadership contender rejects endorsement from alleged Holocaust denier

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Federal NDP leadership contender Niki Ashton is rejecting an endorsement from a supporter who’s been accused of holding anti-Semitic views, including denying the atrocities of the Holocaust. Ashton says she “in no way” supports such views and does “not accept support from people who hold such views.” Ashton posed for a photo with ... Read More »

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