January 20th, 2018

National News

Leaders must tell men in their parties sexual misconduct has to stop: Ambrose

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

OTTAWA – Federal political party leaders must relay a message – particularly to men – that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated, says former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose. Leadership requires letting members of an organization know where the boss stands personally while clear sexual harassment policies must be disseminated to the ranks with guidance ... Read More »

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Canadian ice and sand sculptor Michel Lepire dead at 70

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

Quebec ice and sand sculptor Michel Lepire, the man behind many of the elaborate ice palaces at Quebec City’s annual Carnaval, has died. Lepire’s daughter, Renee-Claude, told The Canadian Press he died suddenly from a heart attack Monday. He was 70. The award-winning sculptor was well known for his work at the Carnaval, having created ... Read More »

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Feds expand automatic sign-up for old age benefits to include income supplement

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

OTTAWA – Low-income seniors will no longer have to apply for an income top-up under a newly launched program to automatically sign them up for the benefit payments. As of now, seniors who automatically enrolled for old age security benefits will also be automatically considered for the guaranteed income supplement based on their tax filings. ... Read More »

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MMA did not strive for safety: defence lawyer at Lac-Megantic criminal trial

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

SHERBROOKE, Que. – The lawyer for the engineer who parked the train that eventually derailed and killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic is suggesting the company that owned the train and the tracks did not strive for safety. Charles Shearson is completing his closing arguments today at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence ... Read More »

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Political leaders must disseminate clear message on sexual misconduct: Ambrose

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

OTTAWA – Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says the leaders of political parties must deliver a clear message, particularly to men, that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated on Parliament Hill. Ambrose agrees with Green party Leader Elizabeth May that young political staffers and interns are most vulnerable to harassment because they could be ... Read More »

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Four staff fired at Edmonton prison over alleged bullying

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

EDMONTON – The Correctional Service of Canada has fired four workers at Edmonton Institution following allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying. A news release says Edmonton police are also looking into possible criminal activity at the maximum-security prison. Several staff were suspended last September, when the Correctional Service contracted investigators to look into the allegations. ... Read More »

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Driverless cars could be coming soon to Ontario roads

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario drivers could soon find themselves motoring along the highway next to a car with no one in the driver’s seat. The province’s Liberal government is proposing to change the rules of its 10-year automated vehicle pilot project to allow for driverless testing. Currently, the testing of fully autonomous vehicles is only allowed ... Read More »

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Trudeau begins series of national town halls in Halifax area tonight

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

HALIFAX – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a new series of town hall meetings in Nova Scotia tonight. He will hold a public town hall at Sackville High School in the Halifax suburb of Lower Sackville starting at 7 p.m. It’s expected to be the first in a series of such gatherings across the country ... Read More »

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Study shows CFL players aware of concussions, but many still try to hide them

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

MONTREAL – If the word “concussion” was replaced by “brain injury” perhaps more athletes would admit that they’ve had one. That was one suggestion from Scott Delaney, who led a study by a team from the McGill University Health Centre into athletes’ attitudes toward concussions. Their paper “Why Professional Football Players Chose Not to Reveal ... Read More »

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Quebec parties balk at making mosque shooting anniversary a day of awareness

By The Canadian Press on January 9th, 2018

MONTREAL – Quebec’s main opposition parties are coming out against a call to make the anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting a day of action on Islamophobia. Last week, the National Council of Canadian Muslims wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mass shooting one year ago ... Read More »

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