April 29th, 2017

National News

Six stories in the news today, April 28

By The Canadian Press on April 28th, 2017

Six stories in the news for Friday, April 28 – – – WHAT IS DONALD TRUMP UP TO ON NAFTA? First, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to rip up NAFTA. Then he didn’t. This week he did again. Now, he’s saying he won’t. But maybe, he says, he’ll change his mind again and rip it ... Read More »

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B.C. New Democrat leader heads to Vancouver Island for today’s campaign

By The Canadian Press on April 28th, 2017

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s New Democrat Leader John Horgan will speak at a union convention in Victoria today as part of his campaign leading up to the provincial election on May 9. At a campaign stop in Prince George yesterday, Horgan noted that today is National Day of Mourning, which is held each year to ... Read More »

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Vigil held for young woman brutally slain on small Manitoba First Nation

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. – A sombre candlelight vigil has been held in honour of a 19-year-old woman slain on a small Manitoba First Nation. Two girls, aged 16 and 17, are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Serena McKay of Powerview, Man., on the weekend at the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres ... Read More »

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Defence lawyer in polygamy trial to launch charter challenge over evidence

By Trevor Crawley, Cranbrook Townsman, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

CRANBROOK, B.C. – A lawyer for a Mormon fundamentalist leader says he will be seeking a stay of a polygamy charge because the evidence being used in the B.C. Supreme Court trial was already presented in a previous constitutional reference case. Blair Suffredine, the defence counsel for Winston Blackmore, said he intends to file an ... Read More »

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B.C. to remain ‘wild west’ of campaign finance without a new government: experts

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Without a change in government, British Columbia is likely to remain a “wild west” of campaign finance, where wealthy corporations and unions are free to donate unlimited amounts of money to curry favour with provincial politicians, experts say. Voters head to the polls in less than two weeks and the province’s lax political ... Read More »

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Former military officer charged with sexual assault in British Columbia

By The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – A former officer stationed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in British Columbia has been charged with sexual assault. National Defence says in a news release that the assault was alleged to have occurred against another military employee in 2010. It says Simon Duvall faces one count of sexual assault under section 271 of ... Read More »

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Nothing could be done to save gas-and-dash victim, doctor tells murder trial

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

CALGARY – A neurologist says there was nothing doctors could do to save a Calgary gas station employee brought to hospital after a hit-and-run. Maryam Rashidi, 35, was trying to stop a driver from leaving the Centex gas station in Calgary without paying in June 2015. She chased the vehicle into traffic and climbed on ... Read More »

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Cancel, not cancel, cancel, not cancel NAFTA: What’s Trump up to?

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – First, Donald Trump threatened to rip up NAFTA. Then he didn’t. This week he did again. Now, he’s saying he won’t. But maybe, he says, he’ll change his mind again and rip it up if he can’t get a good deal. What’s going on? ”A negotiating ploy,” said Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson ... Read More »

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Court documents lift curtain on cutthroat world of military procurement

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

OTTAWA – If there’s one thing that stands out in court documents outlining the RCMP’s case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, it’s the extremely cutthroat nature of military procurement. It’s a secret world in which companies and high-priced lobbyists go to great lengths to win whatever multibillion-dollar contract is up for grabs. That includes bringing pressure ... Read More »

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Bloody cash found in medical student’s apartment, officer tells murder trial

By Kieran Leavitt, The Canadian Press on April 27th, 2017

HALIFAX – Blood-stained cash was found in medical student William Sandeson’s apartment, and a pistol found nearby had blood at the end of its muzzle, his murder trial heard Thursday. Halifax police Sgt. Sandy Johnston said she found stains that appeared to be blood splatter on the floors and walls of the kitchen and bathroom, ... Read More »

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