January 15th, 2021

National News

Opposition party calls for changes to Quebec curfew after homeless people ticketed

By Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press on January 14th, 2021

MONTREAL – Quebec’s second opposition party is calling for people experiencing homelessness to be exempt from the government-imposed curfew. Alexandre Leduc, a member of Quebec solidaire, said Wednesday his party is concerned after hearing reports that homeless people have been ticketed in Val-d’Or and Montreal for violating the health order. With the majority of Quebecers ... Read More »

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Supreme Court of Canada decision coming today in N.L.’s Mount Cashel sex abuse case

By The Canadian Press on January 14th, 2021

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A decision today from Canada’s highest court will determine whether a decades-long legal battle over sexual abuse that took place at the Mount Cashel orphanage in St. John’s, N.L., will finally come to an end. The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision this morning on whether the archdiocese of ... Read More »

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Black Conservatives seek to mobilize more support in wake of Leslyn Lewis’ success

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on January 14th, 2021

OTTAWA – Black Conservatives energized by the rising star of Leslyn Lewis hope to use her unexpectedly robust leadership bid to bolster Black representation in the party’s ranks. The relaunch of one formal group of Black Conservatives and the ramped-up efforts of another come as the Conservative Party of Canada faces pressure to more firmly ... Read More »

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China agrees to increase consular, family access for Spavor and Kovrig

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

OTTAWA – Canada has obtained an agreement to allow greater family and consular access for Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, the two Canadians detained for more than two years in China. A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the agreement was reached “over the past months.” Syrine Khoury did not elaborate. The government ... Read More »

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B.C. judge reserves decision on Meng Wanzhou bail conditions

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge reserved his decision Wednesday on whether bail restrictions will be loosened for Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou as she fights extradition to the United States. Justice William Ehrcke, who first granted Meng bail after her arrest at Vancouver’s airport in December 2018, is set to deliver his ... Read More »

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Lawyer for man who stabbed girls says psychosis causes memory ‘inconsistencies’

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A lawyer for a man convicted of stabbing two high school students in Abbotsford, B.C., said his client didn’t have the capacity to understand what he did was wrong because of a mental disorder. Gabriel Klein was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in March for the 2016 attack that ... Read More »

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Montreal synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in broad daylight

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

MONTREAL – A major Montreal synagogue was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti Wednesday afternoon. Rabbi Adam Scheier of Shaar Hashomayim, one of the largest synagogues in Montreal, said in a letter to members of the congregation that a man had spray-painted swastikas on the doors of the temple around 2 p.m. Scheier said the man was ... Read More »

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Lawyer for man who stabbed girls says psychosis caused memory ‘inconsistencies’

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A lawyer for a man convicted of stabbing two high school students in Abbotsford, B.C., says his client didn’t have the capacity to understand what he did was wrong because of a mental disorder. Gabriel Klein was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in March for the 2016 attack that ... Read More »

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B.C. health minister says review underway after doctors jump vaccine queue

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s health minister says it’s “very disappointing” that some doctors in the Vancouver region jumped the queue to get a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Adrian Dix said Wednesday the issue was detected through a systems review and that everyone is expected to follow the rules on the priority list for ... Read More »

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Former PQ leader Andre Boisclair arrested on new sexual assault charge

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

MONTREAL – Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair was arrested today for the second time and is facing a new charge of sexual assault. A spokeswoman for the provincial prosecution service, Audrey Roy-Cloutier, confirmed on social media that Boisclair had been questioned by Montreal police. She said a charge of sexual assault was filed against ... Read More »

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