August 24th, 2019

National News

U.S. secretary of state takes aim at China over diplomatic feud with Canada

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is taking direct aim at how China has tied the detention of two Canadians there to the arrest in Canada of a Chinese tech executive, saying the issues are not “morally similar” in any respect. Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been held in China since ... Read More »

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All avenues for peace in Venezuela must be explored, Freeland says

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will head to Cuba next week for 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, where the deepening political and economic crisis in the South American country was on the agenda. Freeland ... Read More »

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Liberals dig up video of Scheer speaking against same-sex marriage

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – The federal Liberals are urging Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to attend the Ottawa Pride parade after circulating a video of him speaking out against same-sex marriage during a debate in the House of Commons 15 years ago. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted a video of Scheer’s April 2005 speech opposing the Civil ... Read More »

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Fear mounting that changes to drug pricing in Canada could stifle innovation

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – Canadian patients and groups that advocate on their behalf are sounding the alarm about the federal government’s recent changes to the way it regulates the cost of patented medicines. Toronto lawyer and longtime Liberal supporter Chris MacLeod, who lives with cystic fibrosis, says it pains him to speak out against the government but ... Read More »

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Putrid stench envelops Cape Breton town known as premier golf destination

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

INVERNESS, N.S. – Known for its two world-class golf resorts, a former coal mining town in Cape Breton is quickly gaining a reputation for something other than spectacular seaside fairways. In recent weeks, Inverness, N.S., has become one of the most foul-smelling communities on the island. With the putrid stench of human waste wafting from ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan First Nation in dispute with province over airport funding

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

REGINA – A funding dispute has emerged between a remote First Nation and the Saskatchewan government over money to upgrade its runway. Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation Chief Louie Mercredi is accusing the province of abandoning its commitment to improve the runway of the airport near his northern community. He began lobbying for improvements ... Read More »

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Canada commits $930M to Global Fund fight against AIDS and other diseases

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is shoring up its commitment to eradicating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. International Development Minister Maryam Monsef says Canada is contributing $930 million to the Global Fund over three years, a nearly 16-per-cent increase to its current support for the international organization aimed at reducing the spread and devastating impact of ... Read More »

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Canada’s climate plan not enough, entire G7 must do more report says

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – A report card on the climate action plans of the world’s wealthiest nations suggests not one of them is on track to meet even their own stated climate goals. The Climate Action Network, an international network of more than 1,300 climate groups, is issuing the report as the leaders of the G7 gather ... Read More »

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Quebec family sues provincial police over probe they say ruined their lives

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

MONTREAL – A Quebec man and his family who say their lives were ruined by the provincial police’s attempts to link him to the high-profile disappearance of a nine-year-old girl is suing the force and the province for $10.5 million. Jonathan Bettez, his parents, and Emballages Bettez Inc. are seeking damages for the destruction of ... Read More »

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Top general says military started dealing with suspected neo-Nazi in the spring

By The Canadian Press on August 22nd, 2019

OTTAWA – Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says the military first became aware of a Manitoba reservist’s alleged links to a neo-Nazi group in the spring and were investigating him in earnest weeks before media reported on the matter. The comments mark the first time Canada’s top general has spoken about MCpl. Patrik Mathews. Vance ... Read More »

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