November 21st, 2017

National News

Special constables in Halifax charged in police cell death

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

HALIFAX – Two special constables have been charged with criminal negligence in the death of a 41-year-old man who died in a Halifax police cell after being picked up for public drunkenness. Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in police cells at 1:45 a.m. on June 16, and pronounced dead eight minutes later. The province’s independent ... Read More »

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Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill Mifegymiso

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

TORONTO – Health Canada is changing how the abortion pill Mifegymiso is prescribed and dispensed. The federal department says the abortion pill can now be prescribed up to nine weeks into a pregnancy, rather than the previous limit of seven weeks. The drug initially known as RU-486 can also now be dispensed directly to patients ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Officer killed in shooting remembered for service

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A police officer who died in the line of duty Monday in Abbotsford, B.C., has been identified as a constable with 24 years of experience in policing who was also active in the community. Const. John Davidson died after responding to a report of a possible stolen vehicle. The Abbotsford Police Department ... Read More »

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Accused under pressure for info on growing gas-plants scandal, court told

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

TORONTO – The trial of two former senior political aides is hearing how the accused were deeply enmeshed in the Ontario’s burgeoning gas plants scandal in 2012. The prosecution says emails show David Livingston and Laura Miller discussed requests for information about why the government had cancelled the two plants at huge taxpayer cost. However, ... Read More »

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Youth sentence for accused in killing of Regina 16-year-old Hanna Leflar

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

REGINA – A Regina teenager who admitted to his role in the killing of a 16-year-old girl has been sentenced as a youth. The teen, who is now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the January 2015 death of Hanna Leflar. A lengthy sentencing hearing in September heard that he lured the teenager to ... Read More »

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Two groups challenging Quebec law on religious neutrality

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

MONTREAL – Two groups are going to court to challenge a recently adopted Quebec law that prohibits the wearing of face veils in certain locations. The National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association filed the challenge in Quebec Superior Court this morning. The law prohibits students from covering their face in ... Read More »

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Senator wants to discuss Cape Breton autonomy, suggests First Nation as model

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

A Mi’kmaq senator says Cape Breton could follow the lead of a First Nation that transformed itself economically through self-sufficiency, and discuss separating from Nova Scotia. Sen. Daniel Christmas says the Nova Scotia island is “dying” and he predicts depopulation and high unemployment rates will continue unless drastic action is taken. Christmas says Cape Breton ... Read More »

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Ontario centre to research uses and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana

By Peter Cameron, The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

As the use of medicinal cannabis grows, a new Ontario research centre says it plans to look into whether pot is actually an effective treatment for various ailments. The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research has been launched by McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The centre says it will focus on ... Read More »

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With 650 Yazidis now in Canada, officials say target of 1,200 in sight

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

OTTAWA – Immigration department officials say a goal of resettling 1,200 survivors of violence at the hands of Islamic militants by year end is within reach. Officials are telling the House of Commons immigration committee this morning that as of the end of October, just over 800 people had arrived. Of them, 81 per cent ... Read More »

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Ontario lays charges against man already facing murder counts in Quebec Amber Alert

By The Canadian Press on November 7th, 2017

RENFREW, Ont. – A man charged following an Amber Alert in Quebec is now facing charges in Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police say the 41-year-old Quebec man is to appear in court in Ottawa on Tuesday charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, flight from police, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a weapon and ... Read More »

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