August 16th, 2018

National News

Fredericton woman recounts terrifying moments after gunshots rang out

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on August 15th, 2018

FREDERICTON – She awoke to the crack of gunfire, the shots fired two floors above her in a Fredericton apartment complex. Then she heard a loud pounding at the door, and police wielding guns ordered her and her family to put their hands up and exit the building. Moments later, as more deafening gunshots echoed ... Read More »

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Saskatoon girl sells lemonade to raise money to help people with cystic fibrosis

By The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

SASKATOON – A Saskatoon girl has turned her lemonade stand into a non-profit business to raise money to help people with cystic fibrosis. Cassidy Evans, who is 10, set up her first lemonade stand outside her home five years ago, shortly after she was diagnosed with the fatal genetic disease that affects the lungs and ... Read More »

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Toronto police warn of dangerous narcotics after 7 fatal overdoses since Aug. 2

By The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

Toronto police are warning about a batch of dangerous narcotics being sold downtown after seven overdose deaths in the city since Aug. 2. Police say they believe the drugs responsible are a deadly batch of fentanyl or carfentanil. Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller about 100 times stronger than morphine and carfentanil is an even stronger ... Read More »

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A brief look at provincial approaches to recreational marijuana sales

By The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government has announced new plans for how the province would sell recreational cannabis. Here’s a look at provincial and territorial plans to date: – British Columbia has set the age of consumption at 19. Retail sales to be allowed through public and private stores, but retail licences won’t be approved without ... Read More »

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Ontario working out details on how rules around new pot plan would be enforced

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

TORONTO – A day after announcing plans to sell recreational cannabis in private stores, the Ontario government said it was still working out how strict regulations governing the new system would be enforced. Talks with municipalities will help the province determine the details, said the Progressive Conservatives, who stressed that public safety was a key ... Read More »

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Halifax man who killed off-duty cop to serve at least 13 and half years

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

HALIFAX – A Halifax man convicted of strangling an off-duty police officer and using a compost bin to dispose of her body will spend at least 13 and a half years in prison, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday as he detailed how Christopher Garnier killed Catherine Campbell and “treated her remains like ... Read More »

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New fisheries minister discusses reversal on controversial surf clam licence

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. – The new federal fisheries minister is offering more details on the recent cancellation of a controversial surf clam fishing licence given to a First Nations company with ties to the Liberal party. Ottawa said Friday the process to issue a fourth licence to harvest arctic surf clam off the coast ... Read More »

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Quebec to reimburse costs of attending trials for families of crime victims

By The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

MONTREAL – The Quebec government is allowing up to two friends or relatives of homicide victims to be compensated for costs associated with attending the killer’s trial. Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said today a victim’s loved ones will soon be able to charge the government up to $2,000 each. Costs that will be covered by ... Read More »

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Ontario govt caps off summer session by passing bill to cut Toronto council size

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

TORONTO – The Ontario government passed a controversial bill to slash the size of Toronto city council on Tuesday, capping off a rare and tumultuous summer legislative sitting that saw the newly elected Progressive Conservatives forge ahead on several key campaign promises. The legislation, one of two bills passed during the month-long sitting, was announced ... Read More »

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Wildfire smoke blankets B.C. and Alberta, prompting air quality advisories

By The Canadian Press on August 14th, 2018

VANCOUVER – Smoke from British Columbia wildfires blanketed part of western Canada from Vancouver Island to central Alberta on Tuesday, prompting air quality advisories in both provinces. While much of B.C. has been under air quality warnings for days, Environment Canada said Tuesday all of western and central Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, will have ... Read More »

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