January 21st, 2017

National News

NDP fails to sway B.C. Liberals on banning corporate and union donations

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

VICTORIA – The NDP in British Columbia won’t get support from the Liberals to ban corporate and union donations to the province’s political parties. NDP Leader John Horgan asked Premier Christy Clark today to support a bill he plans to introduce in the legislature next month. Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson delivered the Liberals’ reply, ... Read More »

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Halifax men charged for alleged assault of Dennis Oland in New Brunswick jail

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Two young Halifax men with a history of violence have been charged with assaulting Dennis Oland in a New Brunswick prison. Convicted killer Cody Alexander Muise and Aaron Marriott, who was convicted in a 2008 drug shooting, are alleged to have attacked Oland at Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., on July 31, ... Read More »

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Defence in retrial for suspect in Winnipeg teen’s death questions DNA evidence

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

WINNIPEG – Defence lawyers for a man accused of second-degree murder in a teenage girl’s death in Winnipeg more than 30 years ago have questions about DNA evidence. Mark Grant is being retried in the slaying of Candace Derksen, who disappeared on her way home from school in November 1984 and was found frozen to ... Read More »

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B.C.’s health minister campaigns to raise legal smoking age to 21

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s health minister is campaigning to raise the province’s legal smoking age to 21. Terry Lake says he’s an ardent anti-smoker and believes the longer people are legally prevented from buying tobacco products, the better the odds are they won’t pick up the habit. The legal age in Canada to purchase tobacco ... Read More »

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NDP renews call for B.C. premier to change law on political donations

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s NDP leader is asking the premier to support a bill he plans to introduce that would ban corporate and union donations to the province’s political parties. John Horgan has been critical of Premier Christy Clark’s fundraising, saying that just 1.5 per cent of donors to the Liberal party accounted for half ... Read More »

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Canadians set to watch Trump inauguration, some plan to boycott the event

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

TORONTO – Many Canadians plan to watch Donald Trump’s inauguration as the next U.S. president Friday on television screens, through online feeds or with friends at a local pub, but some say they will deliberately ignore the spectacle. For Glen Pye, a Toronto business owner, it’s a historic event made even more appealing by Trump’s ... Read More »

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Investment scam mastermind to be sentenced in ‘Ponzi scheme’ fraud

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia financial manager who was the mastermind behind an investment scam that bilked about 200 investors out of more than $1 million is to be sentenced later this year. Quintin Sponagle of Upper Vaughan, N.S., pleaded guilty to fraud last month from his work with Jabez Financial Services Inc. of Windsor, ... Read More »

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‘Loss of life is simply too great’ board says in fishing-death report

By Rob Roberts, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

HALIFAX – A new report details the frantic, fruitless attempt to rescue a deckhand pulled overboard just hours into the lobster season – one of a series of deaths on both coasts that demonstrate the remarkable danger of commercial fishing. “The loss of life on fishing vessels is simply too great,” the Transportation Safety Board ... Read More »

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‘Nobody really knows’ Iraq’s future once Mosul fully liberated: Canadian adviser

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

OTTAWA – While Iraqi and coalition forces celebrate the liberation of the eastern half of Mosul, a senior Canadian military officer is admitting uncertainty over what will happen to Iraq once the rest of the city is finally freed. “Nobody really knows what the political situation is going to look like post-Mosul, and I would ... Read More »

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Trudeau appoints Quebec MP Pablo Rodriguez as chief government whip

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

OTTAWA – Pablo Rodriguez, MP for the Montreal riding of Honore-Mercier, has been named chief government whip in the House of Commons. Rodriguez replaces Andrew Leslie, who was named parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs earlier this week. The new whip was first elected to the Commons in 2004 and re-elected twice before ... Read More »

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