June 24th, 2017

National News

Boy charged in ‘random’ killing of 18-year-old woman on Halifax-area pathway

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

HALIFAX – A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the second-degree murder of a young Halifax woman found dying on a pathway, in what police now say was a random killing. Chelsie Probert, 18, was found in medical distress on a north end Dartmouth walkway around 10 p.m. on June 6. She died in hospital. ... Read More »

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QuickList: 10 cannabis guidelines released in American Journal of Public Health

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – Public health and medical experts are supporting 10 new recommendations to help reduce health risks associated with using cannabis. The recommendations, published in the American Journal of Public Health, are the result of a project conducted by the Ontario arm of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse – a national initiative funded ... Read More »

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Money key: Leaders say damaged rail line to Churchill could be fixed in 2 months

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

WINNIPEG – Indigenous and municipal leaders from northern Manitoba say a broken rail line to Churchill could be fixed in about two months if governments and the railway owner are willing to spend the money. Chief Betsy Kennedy of the War Lake First Nation says the Keewatin Railway Company – a First-Nations-run company in northwestern ... Read More »

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Ottawa seeks ‘clarity’ in court on tribunal findings on First Nations health

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – The Liberal government says it is seeking “clarity” from the Federal Court on two aspects of a compliance order issued in May by a quasi-judicial human rights tribunal on the delivery of First Nations child health care. In a joint statement, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett say the ... Read More »

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Potentially fatal large-mammal sedative ‘likely’ detected in N.S. street drugs

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

HALIFAX – One of the most potent and deadly opioids on the planet has likely made its way to the East Coast. Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer confirmed today that drugs seized by police on June 14 have a high probability of containing carfentanil, an opioid used to sedate elephants and other large mammals. Dr. ... Read More »

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Experts offer advice for mitigating health risks of legalized marijuana

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – Public health and medical experts are endorsing 10 new recommendations to help mitigate the health risks of using marijuana once it becomes legal in Canada. The guidelines, published in the American Journal of Public Health, recommend – among other things – avoiding cannabis if pregnant or at risk of mental health problems, as ... Read More »

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Take a gander: Wawa, Ont., getting new giant goose to welcome visitors

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

WAWA, Ont. – The giant honking Canada Goose in Wawa, Ont., that has quietly greeted countless travellers for more than five decades is set to fly its concrete roost ahead of the formal arrival of a replacement on Canada Day. Hundreds of townsfolk and dignitaries are expected to be on hand for the lifting of ... Read More »

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Canadian Armed Forces member in Alberta accused of luring Texas girl

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

EDMONTON – A member of the Canadian Armed Forces in Alberta has been charged with child luring as well as with making and distributing child pornography. Police say child luring allegations were first discovered by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations based in Laredo, Texas, in March. Steven Massey, who is 32, was arrested Wednesday in Edmonton. ... Read More »

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Navy commander defends spending billions to upgrade Canada’s submarine fleet

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy is defending the Trudeau government’s plan to spend billions of dollars on upgrading Canada’s submarine fleet. Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd tells The Canadian Press that having a submarine is the best way to spot others that may be approaching or have even entered Canadian waters or those ... Read More »

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N.L. unprepared for coming demographic time bomb, auditor general says

By The Canadian Press on June 23rd, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s auditor general says the provincial government is not prepared for the coming demographic time bomb that will see about a third of residents reach age 65 or older within 20 years. In a report released today, Terry Paddon says the province has not assessed future service needs or ... Read More »

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