August 16th, 2018

National News

Knocking down statues no way to address a troubled history, McKenna says

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The minister responsible for Parks Canada says tearing down statues is not the solution when it comes to addressing the darker side of Canadian history. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has asked the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to look at how to address concerns with historical figures like John A. Macdonald, ... Read More »

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Quebec Liberals dump longtime backbencher Francois Ouimet ahead of election

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

MONTREAL – A longtime Quebec Liberal backbencher is being shown the door by the party a week before the provincial election campaign officially begins. The Liberals are looking to reserve the Montreal riding of Marquette for a different candidate and have asked Francois Ouimet to step aside after 24 years. Ouimet held a news conference ... Read More »

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Irregular asylum claims increased in July after two months of decline

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The number of irregular border crossers in Canada went up in July after two months of decline. Newly published federal data shows a total of 1,634 irregular migrants were apprehended by RCMP between official border crossings last month. That’s 371 more than the number of people who crossed irregularly into Canada in June. ... Read More »

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Debate over Wood Buffalo UNESCO site politicized: scientists

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

Two prominent water scientists say a debate over Canada’s largest national park has become politicized and industrial development is being blamed for changes it didn’t cause. Brent Wolfe of Wilfrid Laurier University and Roland Hall from the University of Waterloo say B.C. Hydro dams have had only a marginal effect on Wood Buffalo National Park ... Read More »

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CP NewsAlert: B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfires

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the response to the hundreds of wildfires burning across the province. The state of emergency will remain in effect for 14 days, but can be extended or rescinded as necessary. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the state of emergency ... Read More »

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Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario has frozen executive pay across the public sector as it reviews how salary increases are granted to top earners at agencies that include the school boards, universities and hospitals. In a directive issued to public-sector agencies, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says all base salaries for executives cannot increase beyond their current ... Read More »

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Ottawa will look at police chiefs’ call for pill press controls: minister

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

HALIFAX – Canada’s minister of border security and organized crime reduction says Ottawa will consider a resolution passed by police chiefs urging the federal government to beef up its fight against the scourge of opioids by more closely vetting people who import pill presses. Bill Blair made the comments today in Halifax, as the former ... Read More »

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Irregular asylum claims go up in July after two months of decline

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The number of irregular border crossers in Canada went up in July after two months of decline. Newly published federal data shows a total of 1,634 irregular migrants were apprehended by RCMP between official border crossings last month. That’s 371 more than the number of people who crossed irregularly into Canada in June. ... Read More »

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Crown appealing sentence for Winnipeg man who left mother to die on the floor

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

WINNIPEG – Crown prosecutors are appealing the sentence of a Winnipeg man who left his 89-year-old mother on the floor of their home for several weeks until she died. Ronald Siwicki, who is 66 years old, was sentenced to three months in jail for criminal negligence causing the death of his mother Elizabeth in 2014. ... Read More »

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McKenna says you can’t erase a troubled history by removing statues

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The minister responsible for Parks Canada says tearing down statues is not the solution when it comes to addressing the darker side of Canadian history. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has asked the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to look at how to address concerns with historical figures like John A. Macdonald, ... Read More »

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