February 27th, 2017

National News

Doctors have role to play in preventing kids and teens from smoking: task force

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

TORONTO Primary-care doctors need to take a more active role in preventing young Canadians from starting smoking and helping those who have already taken up the habit to butt out for good, says a group of experts that develops clinical practice guidelines. That recommendation is at the heart of the first-ever guidance on smoking in ... Read More »

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Kevin O’Leary bails on Conservative leadership debate, citing format

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says he won’t take part in Tuesday’s official party debate in Edmonton, citing the format. But the news is being greeted with cries of foul from rival candidates who dismiss O’Leary’s claim that one among them refused to agree to change the format. O’Leary says he believes the ... Read More »

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Turkey: US-based cleric may be planning to escape to Canada

By The Associated Press on February 27th, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s deputy prime minister says his country has “serious” intelligence suggesting that a U.S.-based cleric wanted by Turkey may be planning to escape to Canada. Numan Kurtulmus told reporters Monday that intelligence gathered by Turkey indicated that followers of Fethullah Gulen had purchased “land and farms” in Canada. He said the Turkish ... Read More »

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Sex trial for ex-Alpine Canada coach Bertrand Charest put off until Thursday

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

SAINT-JEROME, Que. – A trial for a former national ski coach who faces dozens of sex-related charges involving allegations from girls as young as 12 has been put off until Thursday. The 57 charges against Bertrand Charest include sexual assault and breach of trust. His trial was to have begun this morning in Saint-Jerome, Que., ... Read More »

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Protesters to rally at police HQ after anger erupts over sex assault acquittal

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Demonstrators will rally at police headquarters in St. John’s today following a weekend of outrage after a Newfoundland officer was acquitted of sexual assault. A jury Friday found Const. Doug Snelgrove not guilty after he drove an intoxicated woman home from the bar district while on duty and had sex with ... Read More »

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Quebec MP Guy Caron becomes third candidate in federal NDP leadership race

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

GATINEAU, Que. – Quebec MP Guy Caron is joining the race to lead the NDP, bringing to three the number of candidates so far in the race to succeed Tom Mulcair. Caron, an economist who was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011, is making the announcement today in Gatineau, Que. The slow-starting ... Read More »

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Prison violence leaves Ottawa with growing legal burden: ‘It’s an awful lot’

By Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

HALIFAX – Canada’s prison service faced 1,200 legal actions at the end of last March – a figure the federal prison ombudsman says is enough to keep an entire law firm busy. “It’s an awful lot … they are paying about $10 million in legal fees, which is quite high. It’s equivalent to a small ... Read More »

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CSIS saw ‘no high privacy risks’ with metadata crunching now under fire: docs

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – The national spy service saw little risk to the personal privacy of Canadians in a self-penned evaluation of its secret data-crunching centre – a shadowy program now at the centre of intense controversy, newly released documents show. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service centre touched off a firestorm late last year when a judge ... Read More »

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Sex assault trial to begin for former Alpine Canada ski coach Bertrand Charest

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

SAINT-JEROME, Que. – A trial is set to begin north of Montreal today for a former national ski coach who faces dozens of sex-related charges involving allegations from girls as young as 12. The 57 charges against Bertrand Charest include sexual assault and breach of trust. The trial will take place in Saint-Jerome, Que., where ... Read More »

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Ten stories in the news today, Feb. 27

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

Ten stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 27: – – – PRISON SERVICE SWAMPED WITH LITIGATION Canada’s prison service faced 12-hundred legal actions at the end of last March – a figure the federal prison ombudsman says is enough to keep an entire law firm busy. Ivan Zinger, the correctional investigator of Canada, says ... Read More »

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