September 30th, 2020

National News

Racism common in health system says head of Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

By Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

MONTREAL – The executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal says racism against Indigenous people is so common at local hospitals that her organization escorts clients to medical visits. “Every time we have to bring someone to a hospital, we escort them, because we know that there will be racist comments toward them,” ... Read More »

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Lack of funding hampering to aid domestic violence survivors, report says

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

OTTAWA – A study about the work done by shelters helping survivors of domestic violence become independent says a lack of funding is getting in the way of providing programs and retaining quality staff. The study’s authors say many organizations, known as second-stage shelters, often have to fundraise to cover the cost of their operations ... Read More »

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Another First Nation in Nova Scotia set to start self-regulated lobster fishery

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

HALIFAX – A First Nation in southern Cape Breton is set to become the second Indigenous band in Nova Scotia to launch a self-regulated commercial lobster fishery that will operate outside the regular fishing season. The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs issued a statement today saying fishers from the Potlotek First Nation plan to ... Read More »

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Racism common in Montreal hospitals says head of Native Women’s Shelter

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

MONTREAL – The executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal says racism against Indigenous people is so common at local hospitals that her organization escorts clients to medical visits. Nakuset, who has only one name, said today those escorts regularly record and report racist comments by medical staff. On Monday, Joyce Echaquan, an ... Read More »

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Alberta top court rejects appeal of man who killed Calgary Stampeders football player

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

CALGARY – Alberta’s top court has upheld the conviction of a man who killed a Calgary Stampeders football player outside a nightclub in 2016. Three Court of Appeal justices unanimously dismissed the appeal of Nelson Lugela, who was found guilty last year of second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks. “The appellant has failed ... Read More »

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Judge reserves decision on evidence in Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s hearing

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

VANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge has reserved her decision on whether to allow Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers to advance an argument that United States officials misled Canada when they described allegations against the Huawei executive. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes also reserved her decision on whether to admit additional evidence that would support that ... Read More »

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Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

OTTAWA – Health Canada has given the green light to a rapid test for COVID-19. The department posted news of the approval of the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test this afternoon, a day after the government said it had a deal to buy nearly eight million of the tests from the company. The test has ... Read More »

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Debate about televised political debates heats up after presidential ‘dumpster fire’

By James McCarten, The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

WASHINGTON, Wash. – Hot mess, dumpster fire, train wreck: the reviews of the presidential debate are in, and they’re not good. And those are just the family-friendly ones. So universally condemned was Tuesday’s televised clash between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, some political observers are urging the U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates to call a ... Read More »

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Federal government lawyer asks judge to dismiss youths’ climate change lawsuit

By The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

VANCOUVER – A lawyer for the Canadian government says a lawsuit filed by 15 youth across the country should be dismissed because their claims about the harms of climate change are too broad. Joseph Cheng says greenhouse gas emissions are cumulative and a worldwide problem that affects all countries so Canada cannot act alone to ... Read More »

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Blanchet, O’Toole return to Parliament, urge Canadians to guard against COVID-19

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on September 30th, 2020

OTTAWA – A sombre Yves-Francois Blanchet reflected Wednesday on his own experience with COVID-19, saying he was lucky to have caught a mild case of the illness but that many Canadians are not so fortunate. The Bloc Québécois leader made the comments as he and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole returned to Parliament Hill after being ... Read More »

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