April 28th, 2017

National News

Trudeau says Trump was prepared to exit NAFTA until the duo had a chat

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says President Donald Trump was thinking about pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement before the duo spoke by phone on Wednesday evening. But Trudeau is telling reporters in Saskatchewan he reminded Trump they both were elected on a similar platform of helping people find and keep ... Read More »

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Feds to forgo $140 million in booked savings as they try to fix pay problems

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – Federal civil servants will be reimbursed for hiring tax accountants to sort through their pay problems and departments will be allowed to re-hire laid-off payroll employees, the federal government said Thursday as it tried to bail out its sinking Phoenix pay system. A high-powered cabinet committee is also being created to fix the ... Read More »

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Former Quebec treasury board president Sam Hamad leaving politics

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

QUEBEC – Former Quebec cabinet minister Sam Hamad is leaving politics. Hamad quit cabinet last year amid allegations he helped a horticultural company that was trying to get a government grant. He also resigned his role as Quebec treasury board president but continued to sit as a Liberal member of the legislature. In a report ... Read More »

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Senate ethics committee to finalize report detailing fate of Don Meredith

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Senate’s ethics committee is poised to make a final decision about what punishment awaits Sen. Don Meredith over his sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Committee members are meeting behind closed doors today in a bid to finalize a report that will detail their deliberations and conclusions, but any decision won’t be ... Read More »

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University says study rooms for studies, not sex: ‘That space is for learning’

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Memorial University business students are being asked to keep their studies family friendly after a custodian recently walked in on two people having early morning relations in a study room. “That space is for learning and working,” business administration school dean Wilfred Zerbe said in an interview Thursday, “and it’s not ... Read More »

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Woman rescued from crane in Toronto ‘adventure seeking’: friend

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

TORONTO – The friend of a woman who spent hours suspended high above a Toronto construction site after scaling a crane says she is an adventure-seeking person. Marisa Lazo, 23, was rescued Wednesday by a firefighter from a crane she had scaled is still waiting to appear in court to face six mischief charges. The ... Read More »

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Public safety minister to head high-powered group hoping to fix Phoenix

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – With improperly paid civil servants facing a tax filing deadline this weekend, the prime minister has announced the creation of a high-powered cabinet committee to fix the federal government’s troubled electronic pay system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the group, led by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, will work to bring the Phoenix ... Read More »

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Opponents of Quebec Muslim cemetery gather signatures to block site’s rezoning

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

SAINT-APOLLINAIRE, Que. – About 40 people who are opposed to the establishment of a Muslim cemetery near Quebec City have signed requests to block a zoning change for the proposed site. The number of signatures forces the creation of a register that will gauge the opinion of nearby residents and determine whether the issue will ... Read More »

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A look back at how a wildfire destroyed large parts of Fort McMurray

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – It has been one year since a wildfire destroyed large parts of Fort McMurray. Here is a look back at how events unfolded: May 1 – A fire starts in a remote part of forest southwest of Fort McMurray. Investigators don’t know how it started, but note that most spring wildfires ... Read More »

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One year later: A look at the Fort McMurray wildfire and rebuild by the numbers

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – It’s been one year since a wildfire devastated parts of the northern Alberta city of Fort McMurray. Here is a look at the rebuild by the numbers: 1,595: Number of buildings and structures destroyed in the fire. Includes 2,579 dwelling units. 650: Approximate number of development permits issued by Fort McMurray ... Read More »

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