February 25th, 2018

National News

Singh: NDP considering pledge to do away with so-called peremptory challenges

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he is considering whether his party should push to abolish the use of so-called peremptory challenges in the jury selection process. The practice, which allows Crown and defence lawyers to exclude jurors without offering reasons, is at the centre of the controversy raging over the acquittal of Gerald ... Read More »

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Kim Campbell says sleeveless dresses ‘demeaning’ for TV broadcasters

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

TORONTO – Kim Campbell is admonishing female news anchors who wear sleeveless dresses on the air, calling the bare-armed attire “demeaning.” The former prime minister tweeted her displeasure, saying “bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas.” She faced quick criticism and one tweeter pointed out that former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama frequently wore sleeveless dresses. ... Read More »

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Police say suspected carbon monoxide leak symptoms were pot brownie effects

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, Ont. – Police in Ontario say suspected carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms among a group of vacationers last weekend turned out to be the effects of consuming too many marijuana brownies. Provincial police Const. Adam Belanger says officers were called to a cottage in Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ont., early on Saturday morning after ... Read More »

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Quebec coroner’s report into ride-sharing death a warning to users

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

MONTREAL – A Quebec coroner is warning that vehicles used in ride-sharing programs in the province aren’t required to undergo any type of regular inspections. Dr. Jean Brochu looked into the October 2016 death of Katy Torres Davila of Gatineau, Que. The University of Ottawa doctoral student died after the AmigoExpress car-sharing vehicle in which ... Read More »

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Trudeau to meet Boushie family after acquittal prompts demands for reform

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will meet with the family of Colten Boushie in the angry aftermath of a not-guilty verdict in the First Nation man’s shooting death. A spokesman for the prime minister says Trudeau is looking forward to listening to the family and his heart goes out to Boushie’s community. On Friday, a jury ... Read More »

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Mother of murdered Aboriginal teen tells inquiry tougher laws needed

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

MONCTON, N.B. – The mother of a 16-year-old girl murdered in northern New Brunswick in 2009 says Canada needs tougher laws. Pam Fillier spoke during the start of two days of hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Moncton, N.B. Fillier’s daughter, Hilary Bonnell, was found dead two ... Read More »

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CP NewsAlert: Kim Boutin captures short-track bronze medal at Winter Olympics

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of – Canadian short-track speedskater Kim Boutin has captured a bronze medal in the women’s 500 metres at the Winter Olympics. The athlete from Sherbrooke, Que., finished fourth but was bumped up to third after South Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified. Arianna Fontana of Italy won gold in 42.569 seconds while Yara ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: Canada defeats Switzerland to win mixed doubles gold medal

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

The first Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles curling goes to Canada. Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes beat defending world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland 10-3 in the gold-medal game. Ottawa’s Morris and Winnipeg’s Lawes claimed the second Olympic gold medals of their careers and Canada’s third of the Pyeongchang Games. ... Read More »

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Unique human rights looks at rights of disabled people and where they live

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

HALIFAX – Arguments will continue today in a unique human rights inquiry looking at whether two people with disabilities have the right to live in supported housing, rather than being kept in institutions with restrictions. The Nova Scotia government says it’s not necessarily a human rights violation for the province to refuse to fund supported ... Read More »

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N.S. judge throws out cocaine evidence after Ontario man’s rights breached

By The Canadian Press on February 13th, 2018

SYDNEY, N.S. – A Nova Scotia judge has ruled the seizure of two kilograms of cocaine from an Ontario man during a search at a ferry terminal violated his charter rights, prompting the Crown to drop a drug charge against the accused. David Honcoop was selected for random screening while attempting to board a ferry ... Read More »

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