February 23rd, 2017

National News

‘Scared to death:’ Study finds Arctic killer whales intimidate narwhal

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

A study has concluded that the increased presence of killer whales in Arctic waters is intimidating narwhal into drastically changing their behaviour. It’s another symptom of how climate change is remaking the delicate northern environment. “Just having (killer whales) around is terrorizing their prey and causing them a lot of difficulties,” said Steve Ferguson of ... Read More »

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Watchdog to look at Apotex chair fundraiser: Democracy Watch says

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Democracy Watch says Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd is investigating a complaint about a political fundraiser hosted by Apotex chairman Barry Sherman last August that featured Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal candidate Michael Levitt, now an MP. The advocacy group complained to Shepherd in November about the $1,500-a-ticket fundraiser. Democracy Watch co-founder Duff ... Read More »

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Federal NDP leadership field likely to expand soon as March debate looms

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – The federal NDP leadership race will likely get new candidates in coming days, with veteran MP Charlie Angus expected to make an announcement this weekend. Angus is inviting supporters on Facebook to a tavern in Toronto on Sunday afternoon to get involved in a “fantastic and wild ride.” Quebec MP Guy Caron is ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia cultural plan eschews province’s traditional stereotype

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia is making a shift away from traditional, tartan-tinged notions about its culture. The Nova Scotia government has unveiled its first comprehensive plan to promote the province’s culture and creative economy – and there’s no mention of bagpipes, fiddles or Highland dancing. The 29-page document places a heavy emphasis on promoting aboriginal ... Read More »

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Crown seeking lengthy sentence for man in random Winnipeg sex attacks

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

WINNIPEG – The Crown is seeking a 20-year sentence for a man who took part in random sex attacks against a Winnipeg woman and a teenage girl in November 2014. Crown attorney Jennifer Comack says the man, who cannot be identified because he was 17 at the time, left one victim to die and the ... Read More »

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Angry shoveler chases snowplow after cleared driveway filled back in

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

FREDERICTON – They’re calling it a case of shovel rage. City officials say a Fredericton homeowner frustrated when a plow operator dumped a load of snow at the end of his driveway chased the loader up his suburban street, swinging his shovel. Mike Walker, manager of roadway operations for Fredericton, told a city committee yesterday ... Read More »

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London, Ont., looks to crack down on rowdy rooftop parties in city

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

LONDON, Ont. – A southern Ontario city is considering cracking down on residents who party on their roofs. City staff in London, Ont., are recommending an addition to the city’s nuisance bylaw to target the so-called practice of “brewfing” – the act of sitting on a roof and drinking beer, or other alcohol, largely during ... Read More »

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Vote on fate of Dionne quintuplets home postponed

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

NORTH BAY, Ont. – A decision on the fate of the northeastern Ontario home where the Dionne quintuplets were born has been postponed. North Bay city council was slated to vote Tuesday night on a proposal that would see the home moved to a nearby community and its contents handed over to museums and universities. ... Read More »

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Trudeau calls five byelections for April 3, including former PM Harper’s old riding

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Byelections will be held on April 3 to fill five vacant seats in the House of Commons, including the one formerly held by Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the byelections for his Conservative predecessor’s riding of Calgary Heritage, as well as Calgary Midnapore, formerly held by one-time Harper minister Jason ... Read More »

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PM says expanded border preclearance bill offers greater protection

By The Canadian Press on February 22nd, 2017

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending proposed legislation to expand border preclearance at Canadian airports and other crossings. Trudeau suggests it’s better to be cleared for entry into the United States while in Canada, because travellers are protected under the Canadian charter of rights, as opposed to American laws. Bill C-23, the Preclearance ... Read More »

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