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Victims of Domestic Abuse Face Danger When Trying to Leave

TORONTO — The case of an Ontario woman who was murdered by her husband days after she filed for divorce underscores that victims of domestic violence face even greater danger when they try to leave their abuser, experts say. Elana Fric Shamji, 40, stayed with her abusive husband for more than a decade before serving…

Refugee Wo Lost Fingers to Frostbite Pleads Asylum-Seeker Law

OTTAWA — A refugee from Ghana who lost all his fingers to frostbite crossing irregularly into Canada made an impassioned plea to MPs on Thursday to scrap proposed new asylum−seeker rules the Liberals want to turn into law. Seidu Mohammed’s story of crossing a snow−covered field between North Dakota and Manitoba focused attention on the…

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Victims of Domestic Abuse Face Danger When Trying to Leave

TORONTO — The case of an Ontario woman who was murdered by her husband days after she filed for divorce underscores that victims of domestic violence face even greater danger when they try to leave their abuser, experts say. Elana Fric Shamji, 40, stayed with her abusive husband for more than a decade before serving…

Refugee Wo Lost Fingers to Frostbite Pleads Asylum-Seeker Law

OTTAWA — A refugee from Ghana who lost all his fingers to frostbite crossing irregularly into Canada made an impassioned plea to MPs on Thursday to scrap proposed new asylum−seeker rules the Liberals want to turn into law. Seidu Mohammed’s story of crossing a snow−covered field between North Dakota and Manitoba focused attention on the…

Canadians Wonder 'What Happened to Spring?'

MONTREAL — As Canadians grapple with wild weather ranging from snowstorms on the Prairies to heavy rain and flooding in the East, many are wondering if the days of T−shirts and mild spring temperatures will ever arrive. And the perception of a tardy spring is more than just vitamin−D−deprived grumbling, according to a senior climatologist…

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…

Pot Confiscated at Border Increased After Legalization

OTTAWA — New statistics show the number of cannabis confiscations at the Canadian border increased more than 60 per cent year−over−year in the first six weeks after pot legalization. The Canada Border Services Agency is linking the rise to the fact it began asking people last fall whether they were bringing cannabis into the country.…

Mexico Threw Canada Under the Bus

OTTAWA — Canada and Mexico are dealing with lingering hard feelings over last summer’s surprise Mexican trade deal with the United States as their new continental trade pact awaits a final stamp of political approval. Two weeks ago, the head of a visiting delegation of Canadian parliamentarians told the newly installed Mexican foreign minister his…

Police Find Meth Smuggled Through New Ford Cars Built In Mexico

A notorious Mexican cartel stashed bricks of methamphetamine in the spare tires of new cars before sending the vehicles to Canada by rail in a sprawling drug smuggling operation, authorities alleged Wednesday. Ontario Provincial Police said they found 180 kilograms of meth during their investigation, which began when employees at four different Ford dealerships reported…

Live On-Air Licking of TV Reporter Sparks Outrage

TORONTO — An incident in which a man nuzzles and licks the ear of an on−air TV journalist reporting on a comedy event was roundly condemned on Wednesday, with some arguing the actions amounted to an assault. In a widely seen clip, CBC’s Chris Glover is talking back to the studio when one man leans…

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