July 18th, 2018

National News

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner sworn in as Ontario legislator

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario’s first Green Party legislator has been sworn in at Queen’s Park, promising to help change the culture of politics in the province. Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, 49, made history when he handily won his Guelph riding in the June election. He took the brief oath of office at Queen’s Park on ... Read More »

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Redrafted Nova Scotia anti-cyberbullying law comes into force

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia anti-cyberbullying law that was inspired by the death of Rehtaeh Parsons has been redrafted and is now in force. The original law was created after the 17-year-old attempted suicide and was taken off life support in 2013 following the circulation of a digital photo of what her family says was ... Read More »

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Mail delivery au naturel: Calgary police nab naked man driving Canada Post truck

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

CALGARY – It was a clothes call for Calgary police on Wednesday when a report came in about a naked man driving a Canada Post truck. Duty Insp. Ryan Jepson says officers were told just before 5 p.m. about the truck driving the wrong way down a street. The report said the driver was throwing ... Read More »

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Alberta ‘gas bar shenanigans’ push national average price to five-year high

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

CALGARY – Soaring gasoline prices in Calgary and Edmonton have pushed the national average to a five-year high, according to an online price monitoring firm. Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says the national average price for regular gasoline was 136.0 cents per litre on Thursday, up from 105.2 cents on the same date last year and ... Read More »

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33 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat: health officials

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

MONTREAL – Quebec health authorities say 33 people in the province have died from heat-related complications over the last few days. The number includes 18 in Montreal, which has been hit hard by muggy temperatures for several days. The officials gave the update at a news conference in Montreal this morning. No deaths have been ... Read More »

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Montreal suburb to adopt contentious summer leaf-blower ban, says mayor

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

Leaf blowers are making noise in a Montreal suburb where a municipal push to restrict use of the gardening tool has pitted neighbour and against neighbour. The mayor of Beaconsfield, Que., says he expects council will vote Monday to adopt a ban on leaf blowers during the summer months. If enacted, the ban would take ... Read More »

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Crown to oppose release of man accused of aggravated sexual assault

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

HALIFAX – The Crown says it will oppose the release of a man charged with aggravated sexual assault and choking to overcome resistance after a woman said she was attacked in a home in Halifax. Sem Paul Obed, who has a history of sexual violence, briefly appeared in Halifax provincial court today by video link ... Read More »

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Ex-Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso gets four-year prison term

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

LAVAL, Que. – Former Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso has received a four-year prison term following his conviction on fraud and corruption charges. A judge handed down the sentence this morning in Laval, just north of Montreal. A jury recently found Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing stemming from a municipal corruption ... Read More »

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Crew members hurt when Via Rail passenger train derails in Saskatchewan

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

HUDSON BAY, Sask. – Via Rail Canada says two locomotives and a baggage car in a train headed from Winnipeg to The Pas in northern Manitoba derailed overnight in a remote area of east-central Saskatchewan. The Crown rail company said Train 693 was carrying 16 passengers and five crew members when the accident happened shortly ... Read More »

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More human remains found at Toronto property linked to alleged serial killer

By The Canadian Press on July 5th, 2018

Toronto police say they’ve found more human remains near a property where accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked as a landscaper. Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga says the remains were found in a ravine and have been sent for testing, but they have not yet been identified. Investigators had previously found the remains of seven men ... Read More »

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