August 16th, 2018

National News

Time to kick maverick Tory MP Maxime Bernier out of caucus, Scheer urged

By Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was under mounting pressure to denounce Maxime Bernier’s public statements and kick him out of caucus Wednesday after the maverick MP used his Twitter feed to renew a sustained attack on “extreme Liberal multiculturalism.” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh used the social media platform to say he’s been waiting for ... Read More »

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Farmers wonder about impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government is giving farmers three years to figure out what pesticides they can use to protect their crops from aphids and mites, but some say they aren’t convinced about the alternatives. Health Canada confirmed plans Wednesday to gradually phase out two of the three nicotine-based pesticides – neonicotinoids, also known as ... Read More »

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Smoke gets in their eyes: Prairies feel the effects of B.C. fires

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

EDMONTON – Air quality warnings were issued across the Prairies on Wednesday as smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continued to waft across most of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. Environment Canada issued a special statement for much of the Prairies that said air quality was poor and conditions were not ... Read More »

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Knocking down statues not best way to address a troubled history, McKenna says

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The minister responsible for Parks Canada says tearing down statues is not the solution when it comes to addressing the darker side of Canadian history. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has asked the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to look at how to address concerns with historical figures like John A. Macdonald, ... Read More »

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B.C.-wide state of emergency declared as province battles nearly 600 wildfires

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s public safety minister says he hopes the province’s wildfire situation is not the new normal but the issue of climate change and its impact on forests must be taken into account. “Obviously we know that climate is changing, we know that the fire season is starting earlier … we have been ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan rural community group opposes proposed strychnine ban

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

REGINA – An organization that represents rural communities in Saskatchewan is urging the federal government not to ban the use of the deadly pesticide strychnine on farms. Health Canada is conducting public consultation on its website on the use of strychnine to kill ground squirrels, commonly known as gophers, until Sept. 27. Ottawa is proposing ... Read More »

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Myriad of health claims suggest cannabis is a panacea for what ails us. But is it?

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

TORONTO – Google the word “cannabis” coupled with just about any disease – arthritis, epilepsy, even cancer – and there are all sorts of health claims made about what some have come to view as a potential wonder drug. But fervour over what cannabis might do has run wildly ahead of what scientific studies have ... Read More »

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Advocacy group says Toronto overdose deaths highlight need for prevention sites

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

TORONTO – A string of overdose deaths in a pocket of Canada’s most populous city highlights the urgent need for new overdose prevention sites, an advocacy group said Wednesday, calling on Ontario to reverse a decision to pause the opening of such facilities. The Toronto Overdose Prevention Society said a public safety alert from police ... Read More »

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Pickle ice cream and steak eclairs: CNE unveils this year’s wacky treats

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

TORONTO – Chocolate-banana steak eclairs, pickle ice cream, fried frog legs and s’more fried chicken sandwiches are among the crazy gastronomic concoctions revealed before the Canadian National Exhibition opens in Toronto on Friday. The annual summer carnival is known for its wacky foods and the selection for this year’s event that was unveiled Wednesday is ... Read More »

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Montreal city council preparing to ask Ottawa for ban on handguns and other firearms

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The City of Montreal is planning to formally ask the federal government to impose a nationwide ban on handguns and so-called assault weapons for anyone who doesn’t work in law enforcement. Coun. Alex Norris is expected to table a motion at a council meeting next Monday asking Ottawa to strengthen its gun-control bill, ... Read More »

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