April 17th, 2021

National News

Proposed law in Montana to restart lethal injections falls short by narrow margin

By The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana senate has narrowly defeated a bill that would have removed obstacles that prevent the state from resuming executions. The decision directly affects Canadian Ronald Smith, originally from Red Deer, Alta., who has been on death row since 1983. All executions have been stayed in Montana since 2015, because the state ... Read More »

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Plans for update to EI system coming soon, Qualtrough says in budget hint

By The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says any changes to modernize the employment insurance system won’t be done without considering the financial impact on workers and employers. She also says the government will have to carefully make changes to the system so tinkering with one part of the decades-old system doesn’t cause a cascade of ... Read More »

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‘Shocked and horrified’: Video shows security in altercation with Indigenous woman

By The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

SASKATOON – The owner of a Saskatoon grocery store says he was “shocked and horrified” by a video circulating online showing a security guard in a physical altercation with an Indigenous woman accused of shoplifting. Chris Fowler has posted on FreshCo’s Facebook page that the encounter should never have happened and that the security guard’s ... Read More »

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Alberta coal consultation terms of reference rule out land use, water concerns

By The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

EDMONTON – A committee that is supposed to consult Albertans on coal development in the Rocky Mountains won’t be able to ask questions about water or land use. The terms of reference for the committee, posted to a government website, say the five-member committee will only be able to consider issues under the control of ... Read More »

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Residential school building in Lower Post, B.C., to be demolished, replaced

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

VICTORIA – A “horrible building” feared for its past as a residential school in the remote British Columbia community of Lower Post will be demolished and replaced by a cultural centre bound to become a joyful gathering place for the generations, a local leader said Thursday. The federal and B.C. governments announced construction of a ... Read More »

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‘Nothing to be envious about:’ Experts caution against following U.S. lead on COVID

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

Canadians may be looking with envy at the United States as it lifts COVID-19 restrictions and distributes vaccinations, but experts say key indicators show there’s no reason to covet our southern neighbour’s pandemic response. “The final chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic has not been written yet. This is still an evolving and highly dynamic changing ... Read More »

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House leader asks for investigation into leaked photo of Liberal MP William Amos

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – The government House leader has asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to investigate a photo leak of a Liberal MP caught naked on camera during a virtual sitting of Parliament. Pablo Rodriguez said Thursday the incident involving Quebec MP William Amos was “mean-spirited” and has been “life-changing” for him. He suggested ... Read More »

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Ottawa’s COVID-19 vaccine point man aims to ensure more predictability for shipments

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

The point man for Canada’s vaccine rollout is aiming to ensure provinces aren’t left scrambling when doses don’t arrive as planned, as Ontario recorded record new daily COVID-19 infections. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin said 855,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine that were to have arrived last week are now in the country and distribution should wrap ... Read More »

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‘Be prepared and not scared:’ Iqaluit locks down after reporting first COVID-19 case

By Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut’s capital city is under a lockdown after detecting its first case of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The infection was reported Wednesday night and on Thursday morning all schools, non-essential businesses and government offices in Iqaluit, a city of about 8,000 people, were closed. Canadian North, Nunavut’s main airline, ... Read More »

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Pact allowing Canada to return asylum claimants to U.S. is constitutional: court

By Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press on April 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – The Federal Court of Appeal has found that a pact between Ottawa and Washington to turn back asylum-seekers entering Canada from the United States does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously Thursday to allow the Canadian government’s appeal that argued the Federal Court misinterpreted the law ... Read More »

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