July 18th, 2018

National News

Federal government won’t pursue deportation of Abdoul Abdi, minister says

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

HALIFAX – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the federal government will not pursue the deportation of former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi. The announcement comes days after a Federal Court judge set aside a decision to refer the case of Abdi to a deportation hearing, saying Ottawa did not take his charter rights into ... Read More »

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Kitten OK after being rescued from underground pipe in Kamloops, B.C.

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – An adventurous feline has been rescued after getting trapped in an underground pipe in Kamloops, B.C. Dan Groess, owner of A Groess Underground sewer and drain services, says he responded to a call Monday about a black kitten stuck in a conduit that was less than seven centimetres in diameter. Gross says ... Read More »

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Conservative party pulls attack ad of black man walking over Trudeau tweet

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Conservative party pulled an attack ad from its Twitter feed Tuesday that depicted a black man carrying a suitcase walking over a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The tweet is rolled out as a carpet entering a broken fence and the words “faith” and “diversity” are visible. The Tories have argued ... Read More »

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Trudeau poised to shuffle, retool cabinet with focus on Liberals’ team for 2019

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will shuffle his front benches Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election. The changes will expand the prime minister’s cabinet by adding new posts to showcase up-and-coming MPs and to broaden the profile of a party that has ... Read More »

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No danger after freight train derailment near Quebec-Ontario border

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

SAINT-POLYCARPE, Que. – Quebec’s public security minister offered assurances Tuesday that nothing leaked into a nearby river after a Canadian Pacific freight train derailment just east of the Ontario border. The Quebec Environment Department says 25 of the 95 rail cars derailed near Saint-Polycarpe on Monday night, but officials said there were no injuries or ... Read More »

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People in all 124 Ontario ridings will be consulted on sex ed, says Doug Ford

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

TORONTO – People across Ontario will be consulted before a new sex-education curriculum is drafted, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday in an attempt to quell concerns over his government’s controversial decision to scrap the updated lesson plan. The newly elected Progressive Conservatives were accused of flip-flopping on the issue Monday after the education minister said ... Read More »

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Trudeau walks fine line with condemnation of Putin, silence on Trump

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled fresh condemnation at Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but refused to weigh in on the Russian president’s meeting with Donald Trump – underscoring what experts say is the difficult tightrope act that the U.S. president is forcing Canada to walk on the world stage. The tough words for Putin ... Read More »

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Doug Ford launches independent inquiry into Ontario’s finances

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

TORONTO – An independent inquiry led by a former British Columbia premier will look into Ontario’s finances, newly elected Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday as he accused the former Liberal government of cooking the books and faking the deficit numbers. Ford said the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry, and a line-by-line audit covering the past ... Read More »

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Trudeau poised to shuffle cabinet with focus on Liberals’ team for 2019

By The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will shuffle his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election. The changes will expand the prime minister’s cabinet by adding new posts to showcase up-and-coming MPs and to broaden the profile of a party that has ... Read More »

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Invasive species known as the zombie plant present in waterways of five provinces

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press on July 17th, 2018

MONTREAL – An invasive plant species that has become a worrisome problem in Quebec lakes and rivers is also present in four other provinces as well as in almost every U.S. state. Barbara King, executive director of the non-profit Watersheds Canada, says the species is known to occur in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British ... Read More »

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