January 21st, 2017

National News

Jury begins deliberations for accused human smugglers linked to MV Sun Sea

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

VANCOUVER – A jury has begun its deliberations in the case of four men accused of smuggling hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada. Two Canadians and two Sri Lankans have pleaded not guilty to organizing or aiding the voyage of the MV Sun Sea, which crossed the Pacific Ocean on a dilapidated cargo vessel without ... Read More »

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Complaints filed over Trudeau’s use of English and French on Canadian tour

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

OTTAWA – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received 14 complaints related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s choice of English or French when answering questions at recent town hall meetings. Spokesman Nelson Kalil says 11 complaints stem from an event on Tuesday in Sherbrooke, Que., where Trudeau angered some anglophones by insisting ... Read More »

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Two men charged for alleged prison assault of Dennis Oland at New Brunswick jail

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Two men have been charged with assaulting Dennis Oland while he was imprisoned in a federal penitentiary in New Brunswick. A provincial court official confirmed that Cody Alexander Muise, himself a convicted murderer from Halifax, and Aaron Marriott are alleged to have attacked Oland at Atlantic Institution in Renous on July 31. ... Read More »

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Cops can fix small errors on tickets after issuing them, Appeal Court rules

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

TORONTO – An officer who fixes minor mistakes after issuing a ticket does not affect its validity, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Thursday. The ruling, which clarifies inconsistent lower court rulings, restores driving convictions against two motorists. “An important goal of the Provincial Offences Act is that cases be decided on their merits,” the ... Read More »

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RCMP instructor charged with assault at Regina airport, remains at work

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

REGINA – An instructor at the RCMP’s training depot in Regina has been charged with assault for allegedly punching a man through the window of a vehicle. Regina city police say the alleged attack happened last September outside the city’s airport. Cpl. Philippe Marcel Cleroux was arrested in December. The 37-year-old was released from custody ... Read More »

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How Canada got to own top spot for U.S. presidential inaugurations: Thank JFK

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The story of how Canada wound up owning one of the best places to throw a party in Washington. D.C. – where crowds will converge Friday as they always do for presidential inaugurations – begins, fittingly, with a presidential inauguration. It starts with John F. Kennedy. One simple observation during his 1961 inaugural ... Read More »

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Baby on board: couple allegedly dealing drugs from car with baby in back seat

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

OSHAWA, Ont. – Police say a couple of alleged drug dealers had a baby with them as they sold fentanyl in a city east of Toronto. Durham regional police say officers conducting an ongoing drug investigation saw two people allegedly making drug deals from a car in Oshawa, Ont., on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say when ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia deckhand pulled under by lobster trap, safety board says

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

HALIFAX – The Transportation Safety Board says a Nova Scotia deckhand was hauled overboard and dragged underwater by the weight of lobster traps, and blames the death on ineffective risk management. The report says the crew was setting traps near Clark’s Harbour on the opening day of lobster season in November of 2015, when one ... Read More »

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Quebec woman arrested in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with a minor

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

MONTREAL – A Quebec mother of three is under arrest in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy. Karine Gagne, 23, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old American boy earlier this month. Her mother tells Radio-Canada her daughter was on a cruise ship when she met a young male who supposedly ... Read More »

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Calgary Zoo unable to find cause of ‘extraordinary and tragic’ penguin deaths

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2017

CALGARY – The Calgary Zoo says an investigation was unable to find out what caused the deaths of seven Humboldt penguins last month. Director of animal care Jamie Dorgan says the zoo did detailed interviews and consulted with outside experts into what he calls an extraordinary and tragic event. Dorgan says penguins normally roost quietly ... Read More »

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