June 23rd, 2018

National News

Indigenous prof resigns in protest over lack of Aboriginal faculty, curriculum

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

HALIFAX – An Indigenous professor at Saint Mary’s University is resigning in protest over what she calls the Halifax university’s failure to “indigenize the academy” and confront the legacy of colonialism. Sandra Muse Isaacs says she’s quitting her job as an Indigenous literature professor over the lack of progress on the recommendations outlined in a ... Read More »

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Applause in Alberta courtroom as charges dropped against man in rural shooting

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OKOTOKS, Alta. – A courtroom erupted in cheers and applause Friday as all charges were dropped against a man accused of firing shots at suspected thieves on his rural property in southern Alberta. The Crown withdrew charges that included aggravated assault and firearms offences against Edouard Maurice at a court appearance in Okotoks south of ... Read More »

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Crucial Crown evidence ruled out as Dellen Millard’s murder trial nears end

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

TORONTO – A police expert’s testimony suggesting that an aviation executive whose death was initially ruled a suicide could not have killed himself was dismissed Friday as biased and unreliable. Det. Const. Grant Sutherland, a shooting reconstruction officer with Toronto police, told court last week that after forensic testing he believed it was unlikely Wayne ... Read More »

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Trudeau fined $100 for not disclosing gift of sunglasses from P.E.I. premier

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to pay a $100 fine for violating conflict of interest rules by not disclosing a gift given to him last year by P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan. The gift was two pairs of leather-covered aviator sunglasses presented to Trudeau during a visit to Prince Edward Island in June ... Read More »

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Canadians warned to look out for invasive giant hogweed that burns, blinds

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

Canadians are being warned to look out for a dangerous, invasive plant that can cause third-degree burns. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says giant hogweed is one of Canada’s most dangerous plants. The non-native plant grows up to six metres in height and has large clusters of white flowers at the top. Its clear, toxic ... Read More »

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Family of alleged McArthur victim calls for public inquiry in police actions

By Peter Goffin, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

TORONTO – The family of a man allegedly murdered by accused serial killer Bruce McArthur is calling for a public inquiry into the police investigation of several men who went missing from Toronto’s gay village. Selim Esen’s brother issued the demand after a brief court hearing for McArthur on Friday, where his case was put ... Read More »

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Quebec health minister announces pilot project to transfer patients by air

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

MONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister is announcing an 18-month pilot project to transfer patients between hospitals by helicopter. Gaetan Barrette says the service will transport urgent care patients from six facilities in three regions to the Hopital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal. The $3 million annual price tag includes the direct and indirect costs of the ... Read More »

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Young N.B. mom jailed for life in murder of teenager stabbed 200 times

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

MONCTON, N.B. – In a case that captured attention across the East Coast, a young mother has been sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of a Moncton, N.B., teen who had been stabbed about 200 times. Marissa Shephard, who is in her early 20s, will have no chance of parole for 25 years, ... Read More »

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Unexpectedly weak data on inflation, retail sales cloud central bank’s next step

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OTTAWA – A pair of unexpectedly soft economic reports are creating fresh doubts about the timing of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate hike. For months, experts have been predicting Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to raise his benchmark rate at next month’s meeting. But broadening economic unknowns – mostly linked to trade ... Read More »

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High Indigenous prison rate ‘unacceptable’: Supreme Court chief justice

By The Canadian Press on June 22nd, 2018

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court’s chief justice says the over-representation of Indigenous people in prison is unacceptable and reveals a serious problem. Richard Wagner tells a news conference today he’ll leave the politics to others, but the court will make its voice heard on issues of Indigenous justice. He points to a decision this month ... Read More »

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