February 21st, 2024

National News

B.C. scraps proposed changes to Land Act amid consultation, controversy

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government is scrapping a plan that was to allow shared decision-making with First Nations about the use of public land, which was part of the province’s work to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A statement from Nathan Cullen, B.C.’s minister of ... Read More »

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Canada summons Russian ambassador in protest of Alexei Navalny’s death

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

OTTAWA – Canada lambasted the Kremlin’s ambassador in Ottawa today over the reported death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Russian custody. The Canadian government says Ambassador Oleg Stepanov was summoned at the request of Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly. Russia’s prison agency said Friday that Navalny, who was serving a 19-year sentence in an ... Read More »

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Funeral held in southern Manitoba for slain mother, children, niece

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

CARMAN, Man. – Mourners gathered in southern Manitoba on Wednesday to remember five family members killed in what police have called an unimaginable tragedy. People were asked to wear purple to the funeral for Amanda Clearwater, her young children – Bethany, Jayven and Isabella Manoakeesick – and her teen niece Myah-Lee Gratton. Police discovered their ... Read More »

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Marine area larger than Lake Superior could soon be protected off Ontario’s shores

By Jordan Omstead, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

A vast marine area off Ontario’s north shores that’s home to beluga whales and threatened polar bears could soon be protected, officials said Wednesday, as First Nations welcomed what was seen as a key step towards fulfilling a longstanding treaty promise. The federal government and nine First Nations said they have cleared a hurdle on ... Read More »

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Federal government announces $15 million to combat car thefts across Canada

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

MONTREAL – The federal government is committing an additional $15 million over three years to fight the rise in vehicle thefts across the country. Minister of Public Safety Dominic LeBlanc made the announcement today in Montreal. LeBlanc says $9 million will go toward provincial, territorial and municipal police services to increase their capacity to take ... Read More »

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Marine area bigger than Lake Superior could soon be protected off Ontario’s shores

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

A vast marine area home to beluga whales and threatened polar bears off Ontario’s northern shores is a step closer to protected status. Officials with the federal government and nine First Nations say they have cleared a hurdle on the path to protecting a large stretch of southern Hudson Bay and western James Bay as ... Read More »

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Quebec turns to Supreme Court to stop asylum seekers’ access to subsidized daycare

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

Quebec is heading to the country’s highest court to prevent children of asylum seekers from accessing the province’s coveted subsidized daycare spaces. Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette says the government will seek leave at the Supreme Court of Canada to appeal a Feb. 7 decision that found the province’s daycare rules are discriminatory. The Quebec Court ... Read More »

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Online harms bill coming next week, PM says; promises focus on kids, not censorship

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his long-promised legislation to protect Canadians against online harms is coming next week. Trudeau announced the timeline at a news conference in Edmonton, saying the bill will be focused on protecting children. He says kids are vulnerable to hatred, violence and bullying online, and society needs to do ... Read More »

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Federal government reaches $59M settlement with B.C. First Nation over land seizure

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The federal government has reached a $59-million settlement with a First Nation in British Columbia for compensation over allowing a right-of-way to be built through its reserve more than 110 years ago. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Gary Anandasangaree and Matsqui First Nation Chief Alice McKay jointly announced the settlement, compensating for the federal ... Read More »

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More humanitarian aid needed for Gaza, minister says during Egypt border visit

By Émilie Bergeron, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2024

OTTAWA – The flow of humanitarian aid shipments for Palestinians in Gaza is at its lowest ebb since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, Canada’s international development minister said following a visit to the Egyptian border. The movement of aid is nowhere near what’s needed, Ahmed Hussen said he learned during his recent trip to ... Read More »

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