April 13th, 2024

National News

Foreign interference is ‘huge challenge,’ French PM says after meeting with Trudeau

By The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

OTTAWA – French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal says foreign interference is a “huge challenge” that requires countries to keep their citizens informed about the risks. Attal made the comment today alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. On Wednesday, Trudeau told at a public inquiry into allegations of foreign meddling that he would often push ... Read More »

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Montreal English school board seeks leave to appeal Bill 21 ruling to Supreme Court

By The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

MONTREAL – The English Montreal School Board says it will seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada a recent decision upholding Quebec’s secularism law, known as Bill 21. Quebec’s Court of Appeal ruled in February that Bill 21 is constitutional, overturning a lower court ruling that exempted English school boards from applying ... Read More »

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Higgs says he didn’t expect gender policy changes in schools to become national wave

By The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

OTTAWA – Premier Blaine Higgs says he never expected other provinces to follow New Brunswick’s lead on requiring teachers to seek parental consent before using a student’s preferred pronouns. Higgs was speaking to a crowd of conservative faithful at the annual Canada Strong and Free Network conference in Ottawa. New Brunswick was the first province ... Read More »

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Supreme Court won’t hear families’ years-long case over access to Bernardo documents

By The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

OTTAWA – Canada’s top court says it won’t hear arguments about the release of prison and parole documents concerning serial killer Paul Bernardo. The decisionmarks the end of a years-long battle to expose confidential information used to decide Bernardo’s prospects for parole. Family members of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French have long sought the release ... Read More »

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New report slams RCMP treatment of homeless Indigenous women in Northwest Territories

By Alessia Passafiume, The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

OTTAWA – Homeless Indigenous women in the North do not feel well-protected by the RCMP and instead face violence and discrimination by police, a new report from the Yellowknife Women’s Society has found. The organization held two sessions with women last October, and every single participant said she either experienced abuse by an RCMP officer ... Read More »

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In the news today: Ottawa and AI in the spotlight, B.C.’s safer supply studied

By The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to bring you up to speed on what you need to know today… Ottawa used AI in hundreds of initiatives Canada’s federal government has used artificial intelligence in nearly 300 projects and initiatives, new research has found — including to help predict the outcome ... Read More »

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Studies on B.C. safer supply emerge, finding different answers to different questions

By Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

VANCOUVER – Peer-reviewed research is emerging about the possible impacts of British Columbia’s safer supply program, which provides prescription alternatives to toxic illicit drugs, with two studies in international medical journals casting the strategy in a different light. One found the program was associated with a reduced risk of death from overdose and other causes ... Read More »

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Tiny B.C. town rallies around killer whale calf rescue effort as time ticks away

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

ZEBALLOS, B.C. – It’s just after 10 a.m., and Yvonne Malanfant has finished brewing a fresh pot of coffee and placing a plate of homemade quesadillas with a side dish of spicy mayonnaise on a table for everybody to share. A little bell above her door rings to announce the arrival of another local to ... Read More »

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Federal government used AI in hundreds of initiatives, new research database shows

By Anja Karadeglija, The Canadian Press on April 11th, 2024

OTTAWA – Canada’s federal government has used artificial intelligence in nearly 300 projects and initiatives, new research has found – including to help predict the outcome of tax cases, sort temporary visa applications and promote diversity in hiring. Joanna Redden, an associate professor at Western University, pieced together the database using news reports, documents tabled ... Read More »

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Chief says rescue effort for stranded orca calf four, five days away as plans ramp up

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on April 10th, 2024

ZEBALLOS, B.C. – Plans are settling into place for an attempt to rescue a young killer whale calf stranded in a tidal lagoon near the Vancouver Island village of Zeballos within four or five days, says the area’s First Nation chief. Ehattesaht Chief Simon John has previously said the plan to remove the female orca ... Read More »

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