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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…

Ottawa linking promise of research facility to health deal: Manitoba government

Ottawa linking promise of research facility to health deal: Manitoba government

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister accused the federal government of threatening to kill a multimillion-dollar research facility if the province continues to hold off on signing a health-care funding agreement. “A threat was made to renege on a previous commitment and we think that’s unfortunate,” the Progressive Conservative premier…

‘It was like a wave’: Trucker recalls moment high winds toppled his trailer on Burlington Skyway bridge

‘It was like a wave’: Trucker recalls moment high winds toppled his trailer on Burlington Skyway bridge

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Ontario Provincial Police say high winds blew over a tractor-trailer crossing a notoriously gusty highway bridge in the Niagara region, forcing officers to halt traffic in both directions until the wind dies down. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said two people were inside the truck at the time, but no one…

Toronto school mourning after longtime teacher killed in Costa Rica

Toronto school mourning after longtime teacher killed in Costa Rica

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TORONTO – A longtime Toronto teacher has been fatally stabbed in Costa Rica in what local media say may have been a mugging. The Toronto District School Board confirmed that Bruce McCallum, a math teacher on sabbatical from his job at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, died in the…

Alberta announces new guidelines to manage court cases

Alberta announces new guidelines to manage court cases

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EDMONTON - Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says new guidelines to manage court files will not see serious, violent cases like murder or sexual assault sacrificed to save time and money. “The triage protocol is quite clear: it’s never an instance of taking a plea deal just to save time.…

Alberta Court of Appeal to hear argument in case of toddler meningitis death

Alberta Court of Appeal to hear argument in case of toddler meningitis death

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CALGARY - Alberta’s Appeal Court is to hear arguments over the conviction and sentencing of a mother and father who neglected to seek proper medical treatment for their son who died of bacterial meningitis. David and Collet Stephan were found guilty by a jury last April of failing to provide…

Crucifix to be back on view at Quebec City hospital following removal

Crucifix to be back on view at Quebec City hospital following removal

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QUEBEC – A crucifix is set to return to a Quebec City hospital after being removed following a complaint. The Hopital du Saint-Sacrement said it would restore the religious sign at the behest of the provincial Health Department. The crucifix was expected to be put back up later in the…

Ontario reports progress on strategy to end violence against indigenous women

Ontario reports progress on strategy to end violence against indigenous women

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TORONTO – In the year since Ontario launched its $100-million long-term strategy to end violence against indigenous women, community supports and programming for indigenous men have been expanded. The Liberal government updated its progress, saying a family well-being program is now in more than 200 Indigenous communities. The program aims…

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