January 19th, 2018

National News

Federal government looks to lease icebreakers from Quebec shipyard Davie

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government will launch negotiations Friday for the lease of four icebreakers from Davie, the Quebec shipyard at the centre of the RCMP’s investigation against suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The surprise move follows growing concerns about the coast guard’s aging icebreaker fleet, which were highlighted earlier this month when mechanical problems kept ... Read More »

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Canada lagging movement to include carbon footprint in risk analysis, says expert

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – A $700-million investment to help clean technology firms expand and develop new products won’t turn Canada’s clean-tech industry into the “trillion dollar opportunity” the government keeps touting until we get out of our fossil-fuel comfort zone, an industry consultant says. Celine Bak is the president of Analytica Advisors, a consulting firm that monitors ... Read More »

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Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

HALIFAX – Christopher Garnier, who strangled Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell and then used a green bin to dispose of her body, is appealing his conviction. In December, a 12-member jury found the 30-year-old man guilty of second-degree murder, rejecting his claim that she died accidentally during rough sex. He was also found guilty ... Read More »

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Top court refuses to hear case of Manitoba referee injured on line change

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court will not hear the long-running case of a hockey referee who was seriously injured during a minor-league game in Manitoba. Derrick Henderson was officiating a 2002 peewee game in Brandon when he collided with a player during a line change and was left with permanent neck and back injuries. While ... Read More »

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Day 8 of Lac-Megantic deliberations comes and goes with no verdict

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Day 8 of jury deliberations at the Lac-Megantic criminal negligence trial came and went without a verdict Thursday. There was no news from the 12 jurors for a second straight day and they will resume their work Friday. The eight men and four women are deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard ... Read More »

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Concerns raised about ice-cream-eating bear at drive-thru in Innisfail, Alta.

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

INNISFAIL, Alta. – Concerns are being raised about a video of a Kodiak bear from a central Alberta zoo being taken through a Dairy Queen drive-thru and being hand-fed ice cream by the restaurant’s owner. The video by the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail was posted on social media earlier this week. It shows a ... Read More »

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Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

SIMCOE, Ont. – Ontario’s animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, ... Read More »

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Toronto school board rethinking US trip rules enacted after Trump travel ban

By Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Students at public high schools in Toronto are hoping they will be allowed to attend competitions and conferences in the U.S. now that the school board is rethinking its policy barring travel south of the border enacted in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from some majority-Muslim countries. Teens who have ... Read More »

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B.C. police start new push to find killer of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

BURNABY, B.C. – Six months after a 13-year-old girl from Burnaby, B.C. was murdered, police say they have combed through over 1,000 hours of video and have identified 1,000 people for further follow up. Marrisa Shen’s body was found in Central Park, not far from her home early in the morning of July 19, just ... Read More »

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Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here are some details on how

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2018

WASHINGTON – In one of several testy exchanges during a U.S. Senate hearing this week, the country’s secretary of homeland security was pressed to explain a new policy that allows customs agents to examine the cellphones of travellers at the border. “I want to make sure I understand this. I live an hour’s drive from ... Read More »

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