August 24th, 2019

National News

Your Ward News editor gets the maximum one year jail for hate promotion

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

TORONTO – The editor of a Toronto-based publication was handed the maximum one-year jail sentence on Thursday for promoting hatred against women and Jews. In sentencing James Sears, Ontario court Judge Richard Blouin said he would have handed down a much stiffer sentence had the law allowed. “It is impossible, in my view, to conclude ... Read More »

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B.C. father charged with murdering daughters says suicide note was old

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver Island man who is accused of killing his two young daughters has told a jury a suicide note police found at the scene was a month old. Andrew Berry has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and is on the witness stand in his own defence. Court has ... Read More »

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Court of Appeal reduces sentence handed down to ski coach Bertrand Charest

By Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

MONTREAL – Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest has seen his sentence for sexually abusing young female skiers under his care reduced by 21 months on appeal. Quebec’s Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Charest’s 12-year sentence for sex-related offences on young skiers in the 1990s would be cut to 10 years and three months, ... Read More »

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All avenues for peace in Venezuela must be explored: Chrystia Freeland

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will head to Cuba next week for more talks with her counterpart there on the situation in Venezuela. Freeland made the announcement following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ottawa on Thursday, where the deepening political and economic crisis in the South American country ... Read More »

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Parents of Jack Letts say Scheer is ‘passing the buck’ on their son’s fate

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – The parents of Jack Letts, a British-Canadian man imprisoned in northern Syria, are chastising Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for saying he wouldn’t lift a finger to help their son. John Letts and Sally Lane say in a newly released statement that Scheer might react differently if his own child was locked in a ... Read More »

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Jack Layton’s family and NDP Leader celebrate former leader’s life

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

TORONTO – Jack Layton’s family and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are celebrating the late politician’s life today, saying they continue to be inspired by his memory. Layton’s wife Olivia Chow, his son, and Singh placed flowers at a statue of the former NDP leader to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his death. Chow says she ... Read More »

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Sockeye returns plunge in B.C., official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

VANCOUVER – Federal fisheries experts are painting a devastating picture of the challenges facing Pacific salmon and point to climate change as the main culprit. Andrew Thompson, regional director for fisheries management, says it’s been an extremely challenging year for salmon and there have been significant declines in a number of stocks. He says the ... Read More »

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Board extends parole, grants overnight leaves for convicted killer Kelly Ellard

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

VANCOUVER – The Parole Board of Canada has granted overnight leaves and extended day parole for a British Columbia woman convicted in the 1997 swarming and murder of Victoria teenager Reena Virk. The board says Kelly Ellard, who now goes by Kerry Marie Sim, has show “sustained positive change” since her conviction and life sentence ... Read More »

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Daughter of federal politician loses court battle to run in Manitoba election

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg woman has lost a bid to run in the upcoming Manitoba election because she has been living outside the province to attend university. Hannah Mihychuk Marshall, daughter of Liberal member of parliament Maryann Mihychuk, was seeking the provincial Liberal nomination in Rossmere in north Winnipeg. She had been studying at the ... Read More »

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Editor of Your Ward News gets one year in jail for hate promotion

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

TORONTO – The editor of a hate-filled Toronto-based publication has been jailed for one year. A judge sentenced James Sears after denying his bid to reopen the trial. Sears, 55, had tried to argue his lawyer had thrown the case. Ontario court Judge Richard Blouin said the lawyer had acted professionally. The editor of Your ... Read More »

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