January 17th, 2020

National News

Edmonton mayor tells Freeland he wants continued access to federal politicians

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

EDMONTON – The mayor of Edmonton has told Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland that he wants continued access to federal politicians. Don Iveson says he voiced his concerns to Freeland during a meeting at Edmonton city hall about some of the language from a provincial government “fair deal” panel intended to advance Alberta’s interests in ... Read More »

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Calgary neurologist pleads guilty to dozens of assaults dating back to 1980s

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

CALGARY – A retired neurologist has admitted in court to sexually assaulting 28 female patients over three decades. Keith Hoyte, 71, pleaded guilty to 28 counts as his trial was to begin Monday in Calgary. Two counts were stayed because they were melded into charges involving the same victims. Crown prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood read aloud ... Read More »

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Iranian-Americans delayed, questioned at border, fuelling fears of profiling

By James McCarten, The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

WASHINGTON – North American residents of Iranian descent and their advocates were sounding the racial-profiling alarm Monday after scores of them were subjected to intensive questioning and long delays while trying to cross the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend. Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer whose practice in Blaine, Wash., specializes in cross-border issues, said several ... Read More »

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B.C. LNG pipeline project to resume work despite opposition, says company

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

VICTORIA – The company building a 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline as part of the massive LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia says it plans to resume construction this week despite an eviction notice served by members of a local First Nation over the weekend. Coastal GasLink says in a statement on its website it ... Read More »

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Democrat demands answers after Iranian-Americans delayed at Canada-U.S. border

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

WASHINGTON – American lawmakers from Washington state are demanding answers following reports that Americans and Canadians of Iranian descent were delayed for hours at the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend. Rep. Pramila Jayapal says she believes the delays were a direct result of fallout from the U.S. airstrike in Baghdad last week that killed a ... Read More »

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to thank Canada for Christmas holiday

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan want to thank Canada for the hospitality they received during their Christmas vacation in the Great White North. A statement from Buckingham Palace says the royals will meet with Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom at Canada House on Tuesday. The statement says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ... Read More »

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Federal natural disaster bills now average more than $430 million a year

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

Ottawa’s bills for dealing with natural disasters neared half a billion dollars in two of the last three years. Data from Public Safety Canada shows the average annual bill for financial disaster assistance was $430 million over the last three years. In the previous five years, Ottawa’s average annual disaster clean-up bills were $360 million, ... Read More »

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Poems by man who killed Indigenous woman removed from parliamentary website

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

OTTAWA – Two poems written by a man who killed an Indigenous woman have been removed from the parliamentary poet laureate website. The poems by Stephen Brown included one about a sex worker, which prompted Manitoba MLA Nahanni Fontaine to say they showed disrespect toward his victim and other missing and murdered Indigenous women and ... Read More »

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Canadian-led NATO mission in Iraq in limbo as alliance stands pat on suspension

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

OTTAWA – The head of the NATO military alliance is suggesting the Canadian-led training mission in Iraq is not about to be permanently shut down. The comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg follow a suspension of the mission’s activities over the weekend due to security concerns following the killing of an Iranian military commander ... Read More »

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Safety board has options for investigation of runway overshoot in Halifax

By The Canadian Press on January 6th, 2020

HALIFAX – Three investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are trying to determine why a passenger jet skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on the weekend. WestJet Flight 248 landed in the midst of a snowstorm just after noon on Sunday and overshot Runway 14 with ... Read More »

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