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BQ Caucus Self-Isolating

WINNIPEG - The entire Bloc Quebecois caucus, including leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, is in self-isolation. An employee has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after the BQ held a full caucus meeting. Bloc official say everyone potentially affected will be screened and will follow the advice of public health officials. This news comes as the various…

Radio & TV COVID Closures

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says COVID-19 could force radio and television stations to close. Up to 40 local TV outlets and as many as 200 radio stations might have to shut down over the next few years because of financial pressures caused by the pandemic. The CAB says advertising revenues in radio…

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BQ Caucus Self-Isolating

WINNIPEG - The entire Bloc Quebecois caucus, including leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, is in self-isolation. An employee has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after the BQ held a full caucus meeting. Bloc official say everyone potentially affected will be screened and will follow the advice of public health officials. This news comes as the various…

Radio & TV COVID Closures

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says COVID-19 could force radio and television stations to close. Up to 40 local TV outlets and as many as 200 radio stations might have to shut down over the next few years because of financial pressures caused by the pandemic. The CAB says advertising revenues in radio…

Back To School Worries

WINNIPEG - Canadian parents are nervous about sending their children back to school. A new Leger poll finds 66 percent of moms and dads are worried about sending their kids back to class during this pandemic. However, 63 per cent plan to do it anyway. Other findings - 69 percent would be in favor of…

DEADLY SNOWBIRDS CRASH

WINNIPEG - Less than a week after the Snowbirds flew over our city, there's been a deadly crash. One member of the Canadian Forces team was killed and another was injured when a Snowbird plane went down yesterday in a residential area of Kamloops, BC. Captain Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer from Halifax, died…

TRUDEAU ANNOUNCES AG HELP

WINNIPEG - Ottawa has announced over $250 million in CoVid-19 funding for the farm and food sectors. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says beef and pork producers need help because they have animals they can't sell. Dairy farmers will also be included. Almost $80 million will keep staff in meat packing plants safe with proper personal…

SMALL BIZ RENT HELP

WINNIPEG - Ottawa is helping small business pay the rent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he and the provinces have agreed to lower business rent by 75 per cent for April, May and June. 50 per cent will be covered by government, the other 25 per cent is up to the property owner. This applies…

NS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 23

WINNIPEG - Constable Heidi Stevenson, a Nova Scotia RCMP officer is among 23 people who have been killed in that province in a string of shootings. She was a 23 year member of the force and a mother of two. Also among the dead...two nurses and a teacher. The gunman, 51 year old Gabriel Wortman,…

Electric Cars Get New Federal Rebates

OTTAWA — Federal rebates to encourage Canadians to buy electric cars take effect today. The rebates, announced in the last Liberal budget, will take up to $5,000 off the cost of electric vehicles, and $2,500 off plug−in hybrids, but they apply only to cars that cost less than $45,000. Ottawa is raising that to $55,000…

Anti-Semitic Incidents Fuelled By Online Hate

OTTAWA — B’nai Brith Canada says online hatred is fuelling a rise in anti−Semitism that saw record numbers of Jewish Canadians harassed and assaulted last year. The group released its annual audit of anti−Semitism Monday, showing 2,041 recorded incidents of hatred towards Jews in 2018, up 16 per cent compared to the year before. This…

"Zombie" Drug Warning for Kamloops

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The British Columbia Interior Health authority is warning street−drug users of a synthetic cannabinoid that has been linked to a so−called "zombie" outbreak in New York. Chief medical health officer Dr. Trevor Corneil says tests at a Kamloops overdose−prevention site found the powerful drug mixed with heroin, fentanyl and caffeine. The authority…

Bodies of Banff Avalanche Recovered

BANFF, Alta. — The bodies have been recovered of three renowned mountain climbers who were believed to have been caught in a large avalanche in Banff National Park last week. Efforts to find the men — American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer — had been hampered by poor weather and dangerous…

Ford’s Quest for Absolute Power

“The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they…

Should Cell Phones Be Banned in Schools

On Friday, March 29, St. Francis School in Harbour Grace, N.L., announced a ban on cellphones and other personal electronics for its students, who range from kindergarten through Grade 8. "These devices continue to cause major attention and behavioural problems for our students and they are interfering with student learning," the school reportedly said on…

Artificial Intelligence Transforming Health Care

TORONTO — It’s already crept into so many aspects of everyday life, from powering digital assistants like Siri and Alexa to personalizing entertainment choices on streaming services like Netflix to driving the development of autonomous vehicles. Now artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize key aspects of how doctors practise medicine and the ways in which…

New Mortgage Plan Will Have Little Effect on Housing Prices

OTTAWA — Canada’s housing agency says new spending measures aimed at helping first−time buyers afford homes won’t push prices up more than a few tenths of a percentage point. A report Thursday from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. estimates prices could go up between 0.2 per cent and 0.4 per cent — a tiny…

Canada Not Doing Enough to Combat Climate Change

OTTAWA — Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand says Canada is not doing enough to combat climate change. Gelfand delivered her final audits Tuesday before her five−year term expires, looking at fossil−fuel subsidies, invasive aquatic species and mining pollution. But her final conclusions as the country’s environmental watchdog say it is Canada’s slow action to deal with…

Perfect Storm Could Cut Off East Coast From Rest of Canada

AMHERST, N.S. — First of a two−part series on the stunning potential impact that climate change could have on the low−lying, narrow band of land connecting Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada. −−− John Atkinson stands atop an aging dike, with the rising tides of the Bay of Fundy before him and family farmland…

Liberals to Spend $50 Million to Support Dementia

OTTAWA — Health advocacy groups are cheering the Liberal government’s proposal to spend $50 million over five years to support a national dementia strategy that would be released later this spring. Tuesday’s pre−election budget from Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the aim of the measure is to improve the lives of people living with dementia…

Trudeau Not Prime Minister of Quebec

Western premiers say the SNC−Lavalin affair is distracting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a time he should be focused on jobs in their region. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has taken aim at the prime minister’s comments about the 9,000 jobs tied to the Quebec company. Moe says Trudeau needs to be reminded he is not…

Final Humboldt Bronco Accident Victim released From Hospital

SASKATOON — The final Humboldt Broncos player who was injured in a bus crash nearly a year ago has been released from hospital, but still has a tough road ahead. The family of Morgan Gobeil said in a statement Monday that the 19−year−old spent 333 days in hospital since the team bus and a transport…

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