October 19th, 2018

National News

Toronto police raid and shut down five marijuana dispensaries, vow to close more

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

Toronto police have shut down five pot shops in a co-ordinated raid Friday afternoon. Police spokesman Gary Long says the drug squad charged and released eight people under the new provincial cannabis legislation. It is only legal to buy marijuana in Ontario from the province’s online website and police Chief Mark Saunders vowed to shut ... Read More »

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Correction: Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is the target of a test legal case that could prompt politicians all across the country to reconsider their use of social media. Three city residents are seeking a court order declaring that Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them from his Twitter feed. Watson said ... Read More »

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SpaceX delays launch of three Canadian RADARSAT satellites until February

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

MONTREAL – There’s been another delay in the launch of Canada’s three Earth-observation satellites known as the RADARSAT Constellation. The satellites, which will use radar to locate ships and keep an eye on the Arctic, were scheduled to be launched from California by SpaceX in November, but they have been rescheduled to February. Final costs ... Read More »

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Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian aircraft over Black Sea

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Defence Department says Canadian fighter jets in Romania have intercepted a Russian military aircraft that was approaching NATO airspace over the Black Sea. Two CF-18s were scrambled Thursday after NATO detected the Russian SU-27 Flanker operating near Romania, where Canada has had five fighter jets and 135 military personnel. A department statement ... Read More »

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Study of U.S. hospital figures links pot use with increasing risk of stroke

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

MONTREAL – New research based on U.S. hospital statistics suggests that recreational cannabis users are increasingly at risk of stroke. In findings presented Friday at the World Stroke Congress in Montreal, scientists from Avalon University in Curacao used a database covering 1,000 hospitals to analyze trends in stroke prevalence and stroke-related hospital stays among recreational ... Read More »

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Canada consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government is consulting experts and community leaders ahead of a new national anti-racism strategy, but in a series of secretive meetings to avoid them turning into public shouting matches. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has already attended at least three closed-door meetings and another 19 are to take place nationwide before the ... Read More »

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‘Mom I’m in trouble:’ Canadian, Brit face 10 years in jail for alleged graffiti

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – The mother of a Canadian who was arrested in northern Thailand on charges of spraying paint on an ancient wall says her daughter made a drunken mistake. Tara Schneider, who lives in Grande Prairie, Alta., said she received a phone call from her daughter, Brittney, around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. “She just ... Read More »

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N.B. Liberals say Speaker deadlock will be broken so legislature can open

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Liberals say there will be a candidate for Speaker when the legislature sits on Tuesday, an apparent break in the deadlock that makes it no clearer whether Premier Brian Gallant can cling to power. Acting Liberal house leader Lisa Harris made the announcement at a hastily called news conference Friday ... Read More »

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Bernardo-like sexual deviancy poorly understood, expert says

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

TORONTO – What drives some people to sadistic violent sex remains poorly understood but Paul Bernardo’s contention that feelings of inadequacy led him to commit his savage crimes is junk, an expert familiar with the serial rapist and killer said on Friday. At his failed parole hearing this week, Bernardo argued among other things that ... Read More »

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Court says insurer must pay N.B. diocese $3.3 million to cover abuse claims

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

FREDERICTON – An insurance company has been ordered by New Brunswick’s top court to pay over $3.3 million to a Catholic diocese to cover the cost of compensation for decades of sexual abuse by priests. The province’s Court of Appeal ruled that Aviva Insurance Company of Canada breached its contract when it denied coverage of ... Read More »

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