• Mandatory payments for minor offences unconstitutional, top court rules
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    Mandatory payments for minor offences unconstitutional, top court rules

    OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down a law that forced people convicted of crimes to pay surcharges that help victims, saying the mandatory fee amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

  • B.C. forest industry wraps Asia trade mission in China after minister pulls out
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    B.C. forest industry wraps Asia trade mission in China after minister pulls out

    Delegates from British Columbia's forest industry have concluded what they characterize as a successful trade mission to Asia despite tensions over the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson visited Korea and Japan with the delegates but 

  • Canada gets to access Kovrig in China, as tourism minister postpones trip
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    Canada gets to access Kovrig in China, as tourism minister postpones trip

    Canadian diplomats have been granted consular access to one of two Canadians detained in China. A statement from Global Affairs Canada says Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, met with former diplomat Michael Kovrig today in Beijing. Canadian officials are still pressing China for access

  • Lower-than-expected parcel volumes helping cut into backlog, says Canada Post
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    Lower-than-expected parcel volumes helping cut into backlog, says Canada Post

    With a little over a week before Christmas, Canada Post says it is starting to catch up on parcel deliveries that have been delayed by rotating strikes over the past two months. The Crown corporation says that's largely because it is taking in fewer holiday parcels than expected. Canada Post says

  • Transportation Safety Board says lack of de-icing at remote airports is risk
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    Transportation Safety Board says lack of de-icing at remote airports is risk

    The Transportation Safety Board says people using remote, northern airports are at substantial and unnecessary risk because of a lack of proper equipment for de-icing planes. The board reached that conclusion during its investigation into the crash of a West Wind Aviation plane just seconds after takeoff

  • Immigration fraud charges stayed against Charlottetown motel operators
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    Immigration fraud charges stayed against Charlottetown motel operators

    Immigration fraud charges have been stayed against two Charlottetown motel owners who allegedly allowed hundreds of newcomers to use their hotel as an address without intentions of staying on P.E.I. Defence lawyer Lee Cohen and the federal prosecution service confirmed today that the charges were stayed

  • In the news today, Dec. 14
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    In the news today, Dec. 14

    Canada's transportation safety board is scheduled to release recommendations today after a plane crash last year near a remote northern Saskatchewan community. All 25 people on board the West Wind Aviation plane escaped when it crashed near the Fond du Lac airstrip soon after takeoff on Dec. 13.

  • Closing arguments expected in sex assault trial of former gymnastics coach
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    Closing arguments expected in sex assault trial of former gymnastics coach

    Closing arguments are expected today in the sexual assault trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach. Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial in Sarnia, Ont. The charges relate to alleged incidents

  • 'Both things are true:' Science, Indigenous wisdom seek common ground
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    'Both things are true:' Science, Indigenous wisdom seek common ground

    When elders from Fort McKay near Alberta's oilsands went to their traditional picking areas, things just didn't feel right. The First Nation's questions eventually grew into a collaboration with university-based researchers that brought botanists out on traditional berry-picking trips in

  • Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss 'hoax'
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    Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss 'hoax'

    Police forces in cities across Canada investigated multiple bomb threats on Thursday as authorities in the U.S. said similar threats sent to dozens of locations appeared to be a hoax. Police departments in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as RCMP detachments in B.C. and Manitoba

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    Absolute discharge for B.C. man who is also accused of assaulting sex workers

    The Crown says a man who faces a series of charges including alleged assaults of sex workers has been given an absolute discharge in a separate allegation against him by a judge in Vernon, B.C. The B.C. Prosecution Service says Curtis Sagmoen pleaded guilty to a single count of mischief Thursday and

  • Tory senators stalling laws for political advantage, Independents say
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    Tory senators stalling laws for political advantage, Independents say

    Conservative senators are being accused of deliberately stalling Liberal government legislation to keep it in the public eye for political benefit. "This is a bill that could generate a lot of political attention and it is in the interests of some senators to use the bill as political hay,"

  • Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says
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    Carbon pricing is most efficient way to cut emissions, Canadian Chamber says

    Canada's largest business group has endorsed a carbon tax as the most efficient way for the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a report released Thursday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says there is general consensus in Canada that something needs to be done about climate change, and

  • 'My life is held in suspension:' Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions
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    'My life is held in suspension:' Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

    Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr says he will continue to fight for his freedom. Khadr, 32, was in an Edmonton courtroom Thursday to apply for changes to bail conditions which were imposed on him while he appeals war crimes convictions by a U.S. military commission. "When I initially

  • Man on trial for killing Calgary woman and her daughter fabricated story: Crown
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    Man on trial for killing Calgary woman and her daughter fabricated story: Crown

    Edward Downey, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2016 deaths of Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman. "You killed Sara because you hated her," prosecutor Carla MacPhail told Downey on Thursday. "You killed Taliyah because she knew you and she could tell,"

  • Canada's extradition act on display with world watching Meng case: experts
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    Canada's extradition act on display with world watching Meng case: experts

    Canada's cumbersome extradition system means Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou could wait years before her case is resolved even if she will inevitably be committed to stand trial in the United States, legal experts say. Diab was extradited to France on charges he bombed a Paris synagogue

  • Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted
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    Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

    A former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused of sexual assault told his trial Thursday that when he apologized to his accuser for "crossing the line," he wasn't referring to any sexual transgressions. Dave Brubaker said he wrote a letter expressing his regret to a former trainee because

  • Supreme Court won't hear case involving facts used in assisted-dying case
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    Supreme Court won't hear case involving facts used in assisted-dying case

    The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a severely ill woman who wants to accelerate a lawsuit that argues the right to assisted dying is unfairly limited by federal government law. The plaintiffs asked a lower court to prevent Canada from relitigating facts already decided in the Supreme

  • Scheer blames Trudeau's 'naive approach' to China for Huawei crisis
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    Scheer blames Trudeau's 'naive approach' to China for Huawei crisis

    The dilemma Canada finds itself in over its arrest of top Chinese business executive Meng Wanzhou is a result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "naive approach" to China, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer insisted Thursday. Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael

  • Mark Norman was doing his job, had not 'gone rogue' on ship deal: lawyers
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    Mark Norman was doing his job, had not 'gone rogue' on ship deal: lawyers

    The Crown alleges Norman tried to undermine and influence the federal cabinet's decisions on a $700-million naval project by leaking government secrets to the shipyard and media for more than a year. "This is information we need to show that he did not try to undermine the cabinet process,&

  • Ontario city settles complaint over use of Indigenous mascots and logos
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    Ontario city settles complaint over use of Indigenous mascots and logos

    Indigenous-themed mascots, names, imagery and symbols used by non-aboriginal sports teams will be removed from arenas and other facilities in Mississauga, Ont., under a mediated settlement before the province's human rights tribunal, the complainant said on Thursday. "(The settlement) recognizes

  • Quebec theatre incensed by $500 fine for fake cigarette smoked by actor
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    Quebec theatre incensed by $500 fine for fake cigarette smoked by actor

    Health inspectors who showed up at a recent Quebec City theatrical production took no issue with the actor centre stage in a giant penis costume. "It was hardly 30 years ago that it was the penis that would have shocked everyone, and the priests would have mounted the barricades," Gourdeau

  • Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer
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    Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

    Sharing a computer with someone does not mean giving up privacy rights over the material stored on the machine, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court restored the acquittal of Thomas Reeves of Sudbury, Ont., on child-pornography charges — even though his common-law

  • Vancouver says court decision allows it to close illegal pot shops
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    Vancouver says court decision allows it to close illegal pot shops

    Vancouver says a court decision has reaffirmed the city's authority to shut down illegal marijuana dispensaries.

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    B.C. man, companies face 38 charges alleging harm to chickens

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has laid 38 charges against a man from Chilliwack, B.C., and two companies over allegations of undue suffering to chickens. The agency alleges that Dwayne Dueck, Elite Farm Services Ltd. and Sofina Foods Inc. unlawfully harmed chickens during a loading or unloading