June 19th, 2018

National News

Global refugee numbers reach new high, U.S. and Canada take in record numbers

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Wars, violence and persecution worldwide drove refugee numbers to a fifth-straight record high in 2017, with Canada becoming the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers in the world, says a new UN report. The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees shows the world total of displaced people was 68.5 ... Read More »

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National sports organizations have to report allegations of abuse immediately

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan says national sporting organizations will lose their federal funding if they don’t immediately disclose to her office any allegations of abuse or harassment that occur within their ranks. Changes to funding agreements that are effective immediately also require sporting associations to establish an independent third party to investigate all ... Read More »

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‘Ideological sex clubs:’ Alberta gay-straight alliance law faces court challenge

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta’s law banning schools from telling parents when their children join a gay-straight alliance faces its first legal challenge. A Court of Queen’s Bench judge in Medicine Hat, Alta., is to hear arguments Wednesday filed on behalf of 25 faith-based schools and others to put the law on hold pending a constitutional challenge. ... Read More »

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I didn’t consent, woman tells court martial of Halifax military cop

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

HALIFAX – A military officer has told a Halifax court martial she did not consent to sex with a military policeman charged with sexual assault. The woman had testified Monday she no idea how Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre made it into her hotel room during Canadian Navy exercises in Glasgow, Scotland, and said she repeatedly told ... Read More »

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Crown recommends 150-year prison term for Quebec City mosque shooter

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

QUEBEC – The Crown is recommending Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette be sentenced to the longest prison term in Canadian history. Thomas Jacques argued at Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing today the shooter’s crimes merit a 150-year sentence. Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder ... Read More »

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Hoffman traded twice in one day after Karlsson allegations involving partner

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

Following last week’s explosive revelations concerning his partner’s alleged harassment of Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson’s wife, it was hard to envision a scenario where Senators forward Mike Hoffman could remain in the nation’s capital. The expected script played out with one trade Tuesday before a further twist added to the saga. Hours after the Senators ... Read More »

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Opioid death toll in Canada nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – Nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit, new government figures show. The numbers released Tuesday came as the federal government announced plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The death toll rose to almost ... Read More »

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Commons committee calls on Liberals to subject parties to privacy laws

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – A committee of MPs is calling on the federal government to make Canada’s political parties subject to federal privacy laws. The House of Commons ethics committee makes the recommendation in a report released today about its investigation into a Facebook data scandal. Nearly 87 million users, including 622,161 Canadians, had their information accessed ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: opioid death toll nearly 4,000 last year, new data shows

By The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – New government figures show that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit. The numbers are being released as the government unveils plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors. The death toll rose to almost ... Read More »

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Canadians sign letter opposing U.S. Arctic drilling in wildlife sanctuary

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on June 19th, 2018

Thousands of Canadians are asking American regulators not to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife sanctuary that is home to a crucial transboundary caribou herd. The request comes in a letter delivered Tuesday, the last day for comments to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on its plans for an environmental assessment for energy ... Read More »

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