January 19th, 2018

National News

Team Canada may be missing NHLers but will be long on character Pyeongchang

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

A year ago, Canadian forward Wojtek Wolski was in a hospital bed recovering from surgery on a broken neck. Today, he is an Olympian. “I look at the picture of me in the hospital and can’t help but cry,” the 31-year-old winger said via social media. “Mostly tears of happiness, but I am filled with ... Read More »

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Five-year detention for Jamaican before deportation not ‘cruel and unusual’

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

TORONTO – The five years a mentally ill man spent in maximum-security immigration custody before being deported to his native Jamaica did not amount to cruel and unusual punishment, Ontario’s top court ruled Thursday. In upholding an earlier decision, the Court of Appeal agreed Alvin Brown’s lengthy detention was neither arbitrary nor indefinite, and concluded ... Read More »

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Political leaders set tone for party on sexual misconduct: Singh

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he has personally discussed the issue of sexual misconduct with his caucus, and that his party has a zero-tolerance policy for such behaviour. Singh says he sets the tone of the party as leader, and that it’s critical for someone in his position to send a strong message ... Read More »

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Buyers urged to beware as two Chinese nationals charged in gold artifacts fraud

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

VANCOUVER – An investigation that stretched from British Columbia to San Francisco has led to charges against two Chinese nationals, accused in a scheme to sell what RCMP allege are phoney gold artifacts. Mounties in Richmond, B.C., say they were contacted by a man who claimed he purchased what he was told were priceless Chinese ... Read More »

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Province settles $750K claim of man sexually abused as a teen by social worker

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A man who was lured from the notorious Mount Cashel orphanage at age 15, plied with alcohol and sexually abused by a social worker has reached a $750,000 settlement with Newfoundland and Labrador. The government admitted liability and agreed to pay one of the highest settlements of its kind ever offered ... Read More »

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Woman pleads guilty in scam to sell devices by claiming they cured cancer

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

American officials say an Ontario woman has pleaded guilty in a scam to sell light-emitting devices by falsely claiming they could treat more than 200 medical conditions, including cancer, autism and HIV. The U.S. Department of Justice says Irina Kossovskaia, 63, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate ... Read More »

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Team Canada draws on talent from seven different leagues for Pyeongchang

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

Canada will ice a men’s hockey team with more than 5,500 NHL games under its belt at the Pyeongchang Olympics. With NHLers not taking part at the Winter Games, Hockey Canada drew talent from seven different leagues across North America and Europe. And while the team may not have the marquee value of Canada’s recent ... Read More »

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No charges for 77-year-old suspect after care-home homicide in Halifax

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

HALIFAX – The death of an elderly Halifax-area woman has been ruled a homicide, but investigators say no charges will be laid because the 77-year-old suspect is not criminally culpable. Police say an 86-year-old woman died on Sept. 3 following complications from an injury sustained during an altercation with a 77-year-old woman on June 7 ... Read More »

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Winter Olympics host options limited by warming planet, research says

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

OTTAWA – Climate change could turn out to be the Winter Olympics’ biggest spoil sport. A research study led by geography professor Daniel Scott at the University of Waterloo says the number of places that will be cold enough to host a Winter Olympics is dropping. In Canada, Calgary and Edmonton are realistically the last ... Read More »

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Pressure grows to expel Calgary university student guilty of sexual interference

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2018

CALGARY – The mother of a University of Calgary student convicted of sexual interference says the school has asked him to stay away from campus as an online petition demanding that he be expelled grows. Connor Neurauter, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual interference in a Kamloops, B.C., court in November. Another charge ... Read More »

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