October 23rd, 2017

National News

No parole for 17 years for man who killed Surrey, B.C., teenager

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A British Columbia man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 17 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Raymond Caissie was sentenced Friday in B.C. Supreme Court for the September 2014 slaying of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch. Her body was found along railway tracks in ... Read More »

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Dal student investigated for allegedly discriminating against white people

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – A Dalhousie University student is under investigation for an online post she made related to Canada 150 celebrations. Masuma Khan, a member of the student council executive, faces disciplinary action after another student lodged a complaint alleging her comments discriminated against white people. Khan called the anniversary celebrations an act of ongoing colonialism ... Read More »

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B.C. community closes in mourning of three men who died in ice arena

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

FERNIE, B.C. – The City of Fernie shut down its operations Friday to give staff time to grieve the deaths of co-workers following an ammonia leak at the local ice rink. The BC Coroners Service said the men who died were Wayne Hornquist, 59, and Lloyd Smith, 52, both of Fernie; and Jason Podloski, 46, ... Read More »

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Court considering expert witness in case of brain-dead woman as family asks for tests

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

BRAMPTON, Ont. – An American doctor who says he doesn’t believe in brain death should not be allowed to serve as an expert witness in the case of a woman whose family is fighting to keep her on life support, a Toronto-area court heard Friday. The family of Taquisha McKitty has called on Dr. Paul ... Read More »

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Final submissions coming at sentencing hearing for La Loche school shooter

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. – The Crown and defence have finished calling witnesses at the sentencing hearing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Mansfield Mela, a psychiatrist for the defence, testified that the teen has fetal alcohol syndrome. ... Read More »

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N.B. judge upholds dismissal of charges in police shooting of businessman

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

BATHURST, N.B. – A judge has upheld a decision dismissing manslaughter charges against two constables in the police shooting of a New Brunswick businessman. Const. Patrick Bulger and Const. Mathieu Boudreau were charged in the death of 51-year-old Michel Vienneau, who was shot in his vehicle outside the Bathurst train station on Jan. 12, 2015. ... Read More »

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Halifax lawyer who argued he was singled out disbarred for misconduct

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has disbarred Lyle Howe after a disciplinary panel found the high-profile defence lawyer guilty of professional misconduct. The penalty decision was announced today following an earlier decision that the Halifax lawyer had repeatedly committed acts of professional incompetence and misconduct. He has also been ordered to pay the ... Read More »

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Putin brands Canada’s adoption of new Magnitsky Act as political gamesmanship

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

OTTAWA – Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing Canada of playing “unconstructive political games” by passing its own Magnitsky law this week. Putin made the comments in Sochi at an international forum in which he fielded a wide range of questions. The Russian embassy in Ottawa has posted a transcript of his remarks on Twitter. ... Read More »

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Governments shouldn’t tell women what to wear and what not to wear: Trudeau

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

ALMA, Que. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is again wading into the debate on Quebec’s Bill 62, saying it is not a government’s business to tell a woman what to wear and what not to wear. Trudeau says the federal government is going to take its responsibilities seriously and look carefully at the implications of ... Read More »

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

TORONTO – Ontario’s premier says she is taking another step toward a defamation lawsuit against the province’s Opposition leader. Kathleen Wynne’s lawyer demanded in a letter last month that Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown retract comments suggesting the premier is personally on trial. That letter came minutes before Wynne testified as a witness at a ... Read More »

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