December 13th, 2019

National News

Two men, one woman killed in plane crash on Gabriola Island, B.C.: coroner

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

GABRIOLA ISLAND, B.C. – Authorities say two men and one woman died in a plane crash on Gabriola Island, B.C., on Tuesday after the pilot reported an equipment problem. The BC Coroners Service says it has identified one of the three deceased as a man in his 60s from Mill Bay, B.C., while it’s still ... Read More »

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No verdict after second day of deliberations in trial of ex-SNC exec Sami Bebawi

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

MONTREAL – There was no verdict after a second day of deliberations Friday in the fraud and corruption trial of a former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi. Bebawi, 73, has pleaded not guilty to five charges that include fraud, corruption of foreign officials and laundering proceeds of crime. Jurors asked the judge for a dictionary before ... Read More »

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Jody Wilson-Raybould says she’s in discussions over Parliament Hill office space

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Speaker of the House of Commons says he will evict Jody Wilson-Raybould from her current office space if she does not leave on her own. House Speaker Anthony Rota told the CBC today that if she does not vacate, someone from his office would enforce the rules – but the timeline is ... Read More »

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Legault urges Blanchet to back free trade deal, cautions Trudeau on Bill 21

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Francois Legault voiced his support for the new North American free trade pact Friday and called on Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet to help speed its passage through Parliament. Blanchet has threatened to vote against implementing the deal over concerns about damage to Quebec’s aluminum industry, but Legault said the agreement ... Read More »

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Man who tried to kill Edmonton police officer, pedestrians sentenced to 28 years

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

EDMONTON – A man convicted of attacking an Edmonton police officer and then running down four pedestrians with a U-Haul van has been sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is 32, was handed 18 years for striking Const. Mike Chernyk with a car before stabbing him multiple times ... Read More »

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Justice Minister Lametti looking to larger reforms on doctor-assisted death

By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

OTTAWA – Justice Minister David Lametti is being asked to move quickly to respond to a court ruling that Canada’s law on doctor-assisted death is too restrictive, but he says the Liberal government is open to reforming the law in an even bigger way than the judge ordered. On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave ... Read More »

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Man who tried to kill Edmonton police officer sentenced to 18 years

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

EDMONTON – A man convicted of striking an Edmonton police officer with a car before stabbing him multiple times outside a football game has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is 32, could also serve time for running down four pedestrians with a U-Haul van during a subsequent police chase ... Read More »

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Plane had equipment trouble before crash, killing three, Transport Canada says

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

GABRIOLA ISLAND, B.C. – Transport Canada says early information indicates there was an equipment issue before a plane crash that claimed three lives on Gabriola Island, B.C., on Tuesday. The agency reported the data on Friday in its Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System, which it says contains preliminary, unsubstantiated information that can change. The ... Read More »

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Rights tribunal orders Vancouver police to get training on Indigenous history

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal says Vancouver police officers discriminated against an Indigenous mother and has ordered the police board to pay compensation and train its officer about the legacies of colonialism. The ruling says when Deborah Campbell asked questions during her 19-year-old son’s arrest in 2016, she was “roughly and physically ... Read More »

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Bill 21, free trade deal on agenda as Trudeau, Legault meet in Montreal

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2019

MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting today to stay out of the contentious debate over the province’s secularism law. Legault said the law prohibiting some public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols, known as Bill 21, is supported by a majority of Quebecers and Trudeau should ... Read More »

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