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Toronto police union wants Pride funding pulled after floats banned

Toronto police union wants Pride funding pulled after floats banned

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TORONTO – The union representing Toronto’s police officers is urging the city to pull an annual grant to Canada’s largest Pride parade after the event banned police floats. In an open letter released by the union, a committee representing LGBTQ officers in the force said it would be unacceptable for…

Marijuana bill gives police too much power to search drivers: civil rights groups

Marijuana bill gives police too much power to search drivers: civil rights groups

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Civil rights groups are worried that parts of the Liberal government’s recent recreational marijuana bill will give police sweeping new powers to combat impaired driving that will violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ protections against unreasonable searches. Announced last week, the legislation includes an overhaul of existing impaired…

Air Canada Express crew has near miss in Ottawa: ‘We had to just avoid a drone’

Air Canada Express crew has near miss in Ottawa: ‘We had to just avoid a drone’

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It was a near miss for Air Canada Express flight 8975 from Montreal to Ottawa, after dodging a drone on landing. “Tower, we had to just avoid a drone here on final (descent),” the pilot told air traffic control recorded by the website LiveATC.net, “it just went past our left…

Bystanders say no reason to shoot mother moose in middle of Alberta city

Bystanders say no reason to shoot mother moose in middle of Alberta city

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ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers are being criticized for killing a cow moose in a city north of Edmonton. The cow moose and her two calves were in a park near a busy intersection in St. Albert when the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. Brendan Cox,…

B.C. man pleads guilty in brutal attack of 16-year-old girl

B.C. man pleads guilty in brutal attack of 16-year-old girl

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A B.C. man has pleaded guilty to several charges in the case of a 16-year-old girl who was tied up, beaten and sexually assaulted during a two-day ordeal in 2014. Details of the violent and disturbing attack were revealed during a sentencing hearing for Paul Schipfel in a Surrey, B.C.…

Cross-Canada youth passes sold out after promo, Via Rail says

Cross-Canada youth passes sold out after promo, Via Rail says

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TORONTO - Via Rail said that all available $150 youth passes for unlimited travel across Canada in July had been sold out after the sales were derailed due to high demand on its website. The Canada 150 Youth Pass – intended to coincide with celebrations marking the country’s sesquicentennial –…

Review finds major problems at Royal Military College of Canada

Review finds major problems at Royal Military College of Canada

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OTTAWA – A review of the Royal Military College of Canada has uncovered significant problems at the prestigious institution in Kingston, Ont., prompting a promise of immediate action from none other than the country’s top soldier. Chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance says he is putting the college and…

NDP leadership hopefuls square off in wide-ranging first debate

NDP leadership hopefuls square off in wide-ranging first debate

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OTTAWA – Four candidates for the leadership of the federal NDP sought to set the stage for their respective campaigns during a civil debate that offered as much opportunity for policy and political discussions as it did for personal insights. Guy Caron, Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Peter Julian jovially…

Air Canada, Goodale deny U.S. security chief’s suggestion airline faced terrorist plots

Air Canada, Goodale deny U.S. security chief’s suggestion airline faced terrorist plots

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly seemed to suggest that Air Canada had been the target of thwarted terrorist plots — a suggestion the airline denied. “The most significant threat is a terrorist attack… on aviation,” Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, told Power Play host Mercedes Stephenson when…

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau teams up with global women’s development campaign

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau teams up with global women’s development campaign

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will join the Women Deliver, Deliver for Good campaign — a global initiative seeking to empower women and girls in key areas such as education, sexual health, human rights, and climate change. The announcement came at a high-level reception during the United Nations’ 61st Commission on the…

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