August 16th, 2018

National News

Ledcor readies to lift sunken tug from mouth of B.C.’s Fraser River

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

VANCOUVER – A larger crane and barge, along with specialized crews, are expected to go to work today in the Fraser River to lift a capsized tug from the muddy bottom. The George H. Ledcor, a barge-hauling tug operated by the Ledcor Group, went down Monday night between Vancouver and Richmond, although the reason is ... Read More »

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E-commerce giant Shopify bans sale of some firearms and accessories

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

Shopify is banning the sale of some firearms and their related parts through its platform. A policy update that the Ottawa-based e-commerce firm quietly posted this week shows Shopify merchants can no longer use the platform to sell automatic firearms that have not been rendered inoperable and semi-automatic firearms that have the capacity to accept ... Read More »

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Federal Court certifies class action lawsuit against obituary site

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class action lawsuit against a website that collects obituaries and reposts them. St. John’s lawyer Erin Best says the class involves between 1 and 2.5 million members, based on the number of entries, and includes people who have “authored or received by assignment” ... Read More »

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Smoke gets in their eyes; Alberta, Prairies, feel the effects of B.C.’s fires

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

EDMONTON — Day has turned to night in Edmonton and many parts of Alberta as smoke from forest fires in British Columbia continues to roll into the province. Visibility in the capital region Wednesday morning was very limited as the sky turned a dark and dirty brown colour overnight from smoke and particulate matter. Street ... Read More »

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Two Hells Angels arrested in crackdown on alleged drug ring in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

SAGUENAY, Que. – Quebec provincial police say two Hells Angels members have been arrested in a crackdown on an alleged drug trafficking ring in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Police say those arrested include the alleged head of the network, Bernard Plourde, who is described as a member in good standing of the gang’s Trois-Rivieres chapter. In ... Read More »

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Canadian home sales tick higher in July led by Greater Toronto Area market

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

OTTAWA – The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in July were up 1.9 per cent compared with June. The increase was led by the Greater Toronto Area, while more than half of all local housing markets reported an increase in sales from June to July. Compared with a year ago, sales in July ... Read More »

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Visitation to be held for victim of shooting spree in Fredericton

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

FREDERICTON – A public visitation is being held today for one of the victims of the deadly shooting spree at a Fredericton apartment complex. Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud died in Friday’s shooting, along with responding officers Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns of Fredericton police. In an obituary published by Carleton Funeral ... Read More »

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In the news today, Aug. 15

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

Six stories in the news for Wednesday, Aug. 15 – – – SOURCES: NEONICS ON THEIR WAY OUT IN CANADA The federal government will begin phasing out the outdoor use of nicotine-based pesticides beginning in 2021 as part of an effort to help save honey bee colonies. Sources say the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of ... Read More »

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Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard’s alleged sex offences case returns to court

By The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

TORONTO – The case of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard, who faces three sexual assault-related charges, will be returning to a Toronto court this morning. Hoggard, 34, was arrested last month and charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm. Police say the charges relate to three separate ... Read More »

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Climate change likely to cause more sewage leaks, McKenna says

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

OTTAWA – More than one hundred municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017 but Environment Canada is only investigating two of them for violating federal regulations. Environment and Climate Change Canada officials would not comment on the nature of those investigations since they are ongoing, including ... Read More »

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