February 25th, 2020

National News

Trudeau revisits blackface embarrassment during Black History Month

By The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

OTTAWA – A celebration of Black History Month has forced Justin Trudeau to acknowledge once again his own past history of unconscious racism. The prime minister was asked during a question-and-answer session at a reception celebrating Canada’s black community to account for the fact that he donned blackface and brownface multiple times in younger days. ... Read More »

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Kenney says feds sank Teck mine with deadline change, but Ottawa says ‘not true’

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says it was a new, last-minute delay by Ottawa on whether to approve the Frontier oilsands mine that led Teck Resources Ltd. to pull the plug on the proposed $20-billion project – an accusation the federal government denies. Kenney said the delay, coupled with weak federal response to ongoing ... Read More »

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Indigenous leaders condemn use of force by police to clear blockade in Ontario

By Adrian Wyld and Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY, Ont. – A police operation that saw officers descend on a rail blockade on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in central Ontario and arrest several protesters Monday seemed to stoke tensions even as it paved the way for train service to resume. Ontario’s provincial police said officers moved in after efforts to negotiate a ... Read More »

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Alberta Appeal Court sides with province on federal carbon tax

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta Court of Appeal gave opponents of the federal carbon tax their first win on Monday when it ruled that the levy is unconstitutional. In a 4-1 decision, the Appeal Court said the legislation that brought in the tax erodes provincial jurisdiction. “The act is a constitutional Trojan Horse,” said a portion ... Read More »

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Kenney says investor confidence needed after Teck mine project killed

By The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government is taking action to boost investor confidence following a decision by Teck Resources Ltd. to shelve a massive mine project in the province. The United Conservative premier says he has talked with other major companies who are cancelling and freezing investments because of economic uncertainty in ... Read More »

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Trudeau urges peaceful end to blockades as Scheer says PM’s done ‘literally nothing’

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

OTTAWA – The spirit of reconciliation requires a “peaceful resolution” to the blockades that have kept rail traffic from operating across the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, hours after Ontario Provincial Police began dismantling one in eastern Ontario. Trudeau convened an early morning meeting of his cabinet’s incident-response group about an hour after ... Read More »

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Doctor details how Lionel Desmond won approval to get a gun despite concerns

By The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

GUYSBOROUGH, N.S. – A New Brunswick doctor who uses cannabis to treat veterans with PTSD says Lionel Desmond wasn’t suicidal and showed no sign he was a threat to others in February 2016, less than a year before the former infantryman killed three members of his family and himself. “He was very open with his ... Read More »

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NDP table legislation to create universal pharmacare program, seek Liberal backing

By Laura Osman, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

OTTAWA – The NDP have tabled a new bill that calls for a universal pharmacare plan in Canada. The party, which has been promising the legislation for some time, says its proposal is based on the principles of the Canada Health Act. “Millions of Canadians can’t afford the medication that they desperately need, and they ... Read More »

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Feds introduce bill dropping some restrictions on assisted dying

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government has introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for intolerably ill Canadians to get medical help to end their lives. The bill would scrap a provision in the law that allows only those already near death to receive medical assistance in dying – as ordered by a Quebec court last ... Read More »

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Charge upgraded for Quebec man accused of killing sex worker while on day parole

By The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2020

QUEBEC – A convicted killer accused of killing a woman at a Quebec City hotel while out on day parole has now been charged with first-degree murder. The new charge was laid Monday against Eustachio Gallese during a brief appearance at the Quebec City courthouse. Gallese, 51, had originally been charged with second-degree murder after ... Read More »

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