November 17th, 2018

National News

Russian aggression and cyberwarfare key issues for Canada to confront: Sajjan

By The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

HALIFAX – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Russia’s disruptive behaviour on the world stage will be among the key issues discussed this weekend at an international defence and security conference in Halifax. Following opening remarks today at the Halifax International Security Forum, Sajjan cited Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its aggressive posture toward neighbouring Georgia. ... Read More »

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Workers at Quebec-run liquor stores begin 3-day strike, shutting down outlets

By The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

MONTREAL – Unionized employees with the Quebec Liquor Corp. walked off the job today and will remain on strike until Monday. The union says striking employees will picket in front of the 45 stores being kept open by management. The province’s liquor monopoly plans to continue filling Internet orders. The 5,500 unionized workers in roughly ... Read More »

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Canada Post asks for halt to international shipments to Canada: Royal Mail

By The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canadians hoping to receive packages from international shippers while rotating strikes impact Canada Post operations may be waiting a long time. Britain’s Royal Mail says it is suspending shipments to Canada as a result of the Crown corporation’s labour dispute. Online marketing giant eBay says it has also received a similar notification from ... Read More »

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University of Ottawa scholar sues group that said he ‘slandered’ Poland

By Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2018

WARSAW, Poland – A prominent Canadian historian said Friday he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland’s good name for his work exploring Polish violence against Jews during the Second World War. Jan Grabowski, a Holocaust researcher and University of Ottawa professor, ... Read More »

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Federal MPs denounce controversial Facebook post targeting Sajjan

By The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

OTTAWA – Federal Conservatives rushed to defend Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Thursday night after a Conservative group in British Columbia posted a harsh comment about him on its Facebook page. Earlier this week the “Okanagan Conservatives” posted a photo and a link to a critical news article about Sajjan on their page, along with the ... Read More »

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Trudeau to meet key Pacific trade partners at APEC leaders’ summit

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks into this weekend’s APEC leaders’ summit with a chance to smooth over lingering sore feelings with some of Canada’s key trading partners on the Pacific Rim. Trudeau will meet his counterparts from Australia and Japan, and have the opportunity to bump into leaders from ... Read More »

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In the news today, Nov. 16

By The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

Five stories in the news for Friday, Nov. 16 – – – REVIEW FINDS GUN LICENCE SCREENING BACKLOGS Investigations into whether gun licences should be revoked due to violent incidents or mental illness have faced “significant delays” that could endanger public safety, says an internal RCMP review. A lack of timely access to certain police ... Read More »

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One month after legalization, illicit cannabis shops doing brisk business

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

TORONTO – The three surveillance cameras and the steady flow of people in and out of the small, nondescript grey building are the only hint of the brisk business this downtown Toronto cannabis dispensary does behind closed doors. Once inside, two men behind a white desk under a vintage chandelier ask patrons to provide government ... Read More »

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Scheer backs Brexit despite chaos, says it’s giving Britain back control of itself

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

OTTAWA – Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his support for Britain’s departure from the European Union is undiminished, despite the chaos Brexit has sown in British politics. The United Kingdom was plunged into uncertainty Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Brexit deal with Europe met a rash of criticism. Two cabinet ministers resigned, ... Read More »

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Firearms licence screening backlogs pose safety risks: RCMP audit

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on November 16th, 2018

OTTAWA – Investigations into whether gun licences should be revoked due to violent incidents or mental illness have faced “significant delays” that could endanger public safety, says an internal RCMP review. A lack of timely access to certain police and medical information has contributed to processing backlogs for firearms officers reviewing licence eligibility, warns the ... Read More »

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