February 27th, 2017

National News

Convicted British Columbia killer Kelly Ellard to ask for parole again

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Convicted killer Kelly Ellard is expected to once again ask for escorted releases today, nearly 20 years after she killed a teenage girl near Victoria. Ellard made the same request last month, saying she wanted to leave a prison in Abbotsford, B.C., to attend medical appointments and parenting programs following the birth ... Read More »

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Third candidate expected to enter NDP leadership race today

By The Canadian Press on February 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – It’s expected a third person will enter the NDP leadership race today. Quebec MP Guy Caron is expected to enter the competition, a day after northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus tossed his hat into the ring. Angus told supporters in Toronto that he is going to fight to improve the lot of working ... Read More »

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Covering ‘essential’ drugs could fill health gaps, save billions: researchers

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

VANCOUVER – New research suggests that providing universal coverage for more than 100 prescription medications could save Canadians as much as $3 billion per year. A paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday says providing all Canadians access to 117 essential medications would cover gaps that currently exist in health-care programs across ... Read More »

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Winnipeg police find person of interest in alleged mall fluid assault case

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

Winnipeg police say they’re waiting for a forensic examination of a substance a man allegedly sprayed on a teenage girl in a shopping mall before deciding whether to lay charges. Investigators released a security image on Saturday from the St. Vital Centre of someone they describe as a person of interest, who they say they ... Read More »

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NDP leadership race expands with Charlie Angus entering the fold

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – Northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus has officially entered the NDP leadership race – a competition that’s likely to start gaining steam with a debate next month in Ottawa. Angus says the leadership race will be about renewing the NDP – a party punted to third-party status in the House of Commons after the ... Read More »

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‘An engineering feat’: Workday traffic flows during Halifax bridge overhaul

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

HALIFAX – The 46th and final section of the decades-old Macdonald Bridge has been replaced, finishing the nearly two-year-long effort to redeck the suspension bridge spanning Halifax Harbour. The Macdonald Bridge, which is one of two overpasses connecting Halifax with its sprawling suburbs, has been closed on weekends since March 2015 while crews did the ... Read More »

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Health Canada’s position on opioid Tramadol indefensible: doctor

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – It is indefensible that Health Canada has failed to register the opioid Tramadol under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a drug-safety researcher says, noting the department explored making such a move in 2007, but backtracked. Dr. David Juurlink, based at the University of Toronto, says Health Canada’s inaction has helped to fuel ... Read More »

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Despite Manitoba concerns, immigration minister not convinced of an asylum trend

By The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – Canada’s immigration minister says he’s not yet convinced a recent increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally from the United States constitutes a growing trend, despite concerns raised by Manitoba that the situation may be getting out of hand. In the days and weeks that followed a move by ... Read More »

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The Populism Project: could the Conservative establishment be at risk?

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

OTTAWA – There were “Make America Great Again” hats, there were signs with Donald Trump’s name. There was a panel devoted exclusively to the topic of whether Trumpism could be exported to Canada, and more than one other session made mention of the Trump effect. It’s clear that conservatives at the Manning Centre conference were ... Read More »

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A fresh look at stunning, historic ‘Book of Negroes’ through N.S. online portal

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

HALIFAX – The image on the computer screen looks innocent enough: A ledger showing a list of names, ages and descriptions of physical stature – all of it written in a precise script that hasn’t been practised in more than two centuries. But a closer examination of the “Book of Negroes” online reveals a time ... Read More »

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