April 20th, 2018

National News

Why a 14-year-old will lead the charge at annual marijuana protest on the Hill

By Raisa Patel, The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – At the age of 11, Emma Boniface watched her mother lose herself in the grasp of an opioid addiction. Diagnosed with a debilitating spinal condition in 2013, Genevieve Gendron was prescribed fentanyl and oxycodone to deal with the chronic pain, and soon began to experience the side effects of opioid use. Before long, ... Read More »

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Hundreds apply to see or block the opening of adoption records in New Brunswick

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

FREDERICTON – Just weeks after the New Brunswick government opened a century of adoption records there is growing interest from people who want to know more about their past, and those who want that information kept secret. Anne Mooers, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social Development, says as of this week, the department has ... Read More »

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Man accused of killing Abbotsford, B.C., school girl is unfit for trial: lawyer

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A defence lawyer says his client’s ongoing psychosis makes him unfit to stand trial for the murder of a high school girl in Abbotsford, B.C. Martin Peters says Gabriel Klein can’t meaningfully participate in a trial because he has reported hearing voices, has difficulty communicating because of his disordered thinking, and ... Read More »

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Montreal couple hoping city lets them keep beloved pet pig named Babe

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

MONTREAL – A Montreal couple are hoping to be allowed to keep their beloved family pet – a 27-kilogram pig named Babe. Mario Ramos and his wife received a notice from a city inspector giving them 15 days to find another place to put their animal or else face penalties. Ramos says he previously received ... Read More »

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P.E.I. vet operates on 50-gram hamster in smallest ever surgery

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

NEW PERTH, P.E.I. – A veterinarian in Prince Edward Island successfully operated on her smallest patient ever earlier this week – a 50-gram dwarf hamster named Mr. Nibbles. Mr. Nibbles injured his paw on his hamster wheel, and needed an amputation. Dr. Claudia Lister says she carefully researched the right anesthetic dosage to successful carry ... Read More »

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Supreme Court decision means an end to cross-border beer runs: Comeau

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

FREDERICTON – A New Brunswick man whose beer run to Quebec in 2012 sparked a constitutional question over cross-border liquor sales says today’s high court decision will mean an end to his beer-buying trips. Gerard Comeau was reacting to a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that affirmed the constitutionality of a New Brunswick ... Read More »

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Quebec City Mosque leadership takes stand at shooter’s sentencing hearing

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

QUEBEC – The head of a Quebec City mosque where six worshippers were gunned down addressed the killer in court directly today and asked him why he committed the crimes. Boufeldja Benabdallah told Alexandre Bissonnette he killed six of his brothers the night of the shooting and caused pain to Quebec society at large. Benabdallah ... Read More »

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Toronto Police Services Board names working group for missing persons review

By Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

TORONTO – The Toronto police civilian oversight board has established a working group that will lay out the parameters for an external review of how the force handles missing persons cases. The board announced the independent review in March in the wake of murder charges laid against accused serial killer Bruce McArthur. Many of the ... Read More »

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Prominent Nunavut businessman faces $1.2 million sex assault judgment

By The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

IQALUIT, Nunavut – A prominent Nunavut businessman has been ordered to pay $1.2 million in damages for almost 20 years of sexual assaults on four children. The repeated assaults on three girls and a boy in Igloolik date back to 1968 and the youngest child was four-years-old. Ike Haulli, now in his mid-60s, pleaded guilty ... Read More »

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Acquittal of teacher who secretly videoed teens ‘dangerous,’ top court told

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on April 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Canada’s top court is set to hear the case on Friday of a high school teacher acquitted of voyeurism even though he used a pen camera to secretly record video of the chest area of his female students. The case raised eyebrows when the trial judge decided Ryan Jarvis, of London, Ont., had ... Read More »

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