February 18th, 2019

National News

Men appeal conviction in Via Rail terror plot, argue jury improperly selected

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

Two men found guilty of terrorism charges after being accused of plotting to derail a passenger train are asking Ontario’s highest court to grant them a new trial, arguing the jury that convicted them was improperly selected. Lawyers for Raed Jaser argue the judge who oversaw the case made several errors, including in rejecting their ... Read More »

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‘Making this up:’ Study says oilsands assessments marred by weak science

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

EDMONTON – Dozens of oilsands environmental impact studies are marred by inconsistent science that’s rarely subjected to independent checks, says a university study. “It doesn’t make any sense,” says University of British Columbia biology professor Adam Ford, who published his findings in the journal Environmental Reviews. “You would have to go out of your way ... Read More »

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Electoral reform: All eyes turn to tiny P.E.I. as issue put to voters

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

CHARLOTTETOWN – Tiny Prince Edward Island has a chance to send a big message to the rest of the country about electoral reform when voters are asked to consider proportional representation in a referendum as early as this spring. Voters in British Columbia rejected making such a change in December, and while Prime Minister Justin ... Read More »

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Eat Smart brand salad bags recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says certain Eat Smart brand Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bags are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. The affected product was sold in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and possibly other provinces, in 340 gram packages with a best before date of Feb. 16 2019. ... Read More »

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Officials still working out how much oil leaked from derailment in Manitoba

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

ST-LAZARE, Man. – Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how much oil leaked from a derailment in western Manitoba, but it says trains are now running on the line again. The railway said Saturday there was “a partial leak” of crude south of St. Lazare, Man., but it was contained and none had ... Read More »

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Deported man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – A British Columbia man who was deported at 59 despite living in Canada since he was seven months old has won a shot at returning home. A federal court has granted Len Van Heest a judicial review of his permanent and temporary residency applications. Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017, ... Read More »

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Cabinet expected to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government this week whether it still thinks the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded, but cabinet’s final say on the project’s future is still several months away. The National Energy Board is reconsidering the project’s impact on marine life, including highly endangered southern resident killer whales, ... Read More »

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Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

OTTAWA – Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government on Friday whether it still thinks the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded, but cabinet’s final say on the project’s future is not likely to come before the summer. The National Energy Board is reconsidering the project’s impact on marine life, including highly endangered Southern ... Read More »

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Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his daughter is in hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was charged in 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar’s death after the girl’s body was found in his Brampton, Ont., home shortly after an Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night. Peel regional ... Read More »

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Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

MONTREAL – A group of Canadian missionaries who were trapped in Haiti due to violent street protests are on their way home to Canada. Michelle Guenther of Alberta-based Haiti Arise says the 24 group members were flown out of Port-au-Prince yesterday and most of them will arrive in Calgary this afternoon. Missionaries Wade and Marilyn ... Read More »

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