Quebec police investigating after 19 dogs found dead near roadside

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – Quebec provincial police are investigating after 19 dead dogs were found by the side of a road near Quebec City.A citizen called police after finding the decomposing carcasses last week in Cap-Sante, about 50 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital.Police spokeswoman Helene Nepton says she don’t know how long the dogs were there before they were found.She says an investigation is ongoing and it’s too soon to say what caused the animals’ deaths.last_img

Canadas fedprov finance ministers to start deep dive on marijuana taxation

first_imgOTTAWA – As the country’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa, the Trudeau government should expect to hear concerns about the added burden marijuana legalization could heap onto provincial shoulders.The agenda for the two-day, federal-provincial-territorial gathering, which starts Sunday, will include discussions on how best to apply taxes on a regulated market for cannabis.The federal government introduced legislation in April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational marijuana by July 2018.Pot taxation is expected to stay low to ensure the regulated market elbows out illegal dealers.Details, however, on how the tax revenues will be shared between provinces and Ottawa have yet to be determined.The ministers are scheduled to start working on a “co-ordinated approach to the taxation of cannabis,” says a news release from the office of federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who hosts the twice-yearly meetings.Taxation is poised to emerge as a key focal point of Canada’s pot-legalization process.Since the federal legislation was tabled, several provinces have voiced concerns about how much work will fall within their jurisdictions — from addiction treatment, to distribution, to policing.For example, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has warned that provinces will be left with a lot of the “heavy lifting” related to pot legalization, including considerable costs.In Quebec, Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois has expressed doubts the tax revenue generated by recreational pot will cover the price tag of preparing for regulation, particularly when it comes to health, security and education efforts.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in an interview he is not apprehensive about cannabis legalization, he just wants to ensure the transition into regulated markets doesn’t impose any extra costs on provinces.“There’s going to be a lot of requirements on behalf of the provinces,” said Sousa.“We want to make sure that the proper sharing is there and enough is supported for the implementation of cannabis and the protection (of) our society as we proceed.”Sousa said he will also be keen to hear how his counterparts are approaching legalization.Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has promised to work with provinces and to commit more resources to cannabis-related needs like public security, policing and educational campaigns.Philpott’s office has also argued that the current system of prohibition is very expensive and legalization could significantly lower the provinces’ existing costs.The trick for Canada’s lawmakers will be finding the pricing sweet spot — high enough to cover costs, but cheap enough to squeeze out the illegal market.The federal government has repeatedly stated its primary goals with legalization are to get weed out of the hands of young Canadians and prevent criminals from profiting from the drug.In addition to cannabis, the finance ministers will also discuss how to improve information sharing between jurisdictions as a way to address tax avoidance, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing.They will also focus on the Canada-U.S. trade relationship.For Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, the discussions on Canada-U.S. trade, including renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement, will be perhaps the most important issue on the agenda.“I think the objective is to get to a consensus amongst the provinces and the federal government as to what is it that we think that we should be doing, both in terms of the taxation of cannabis and in terms of our relationship with the United States,” Leitao said in an interview.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will be on hand to deliver a presentation on the state of the economy.Sousa said he would also like to hear more about the state of the federal government’s infrastructure plan, including its proposed, $35-billion infrastructure bank.The bank is designed to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for large projects.Senators have been debating whether to split legislative provisions related to the creation of the bank from the government’s budget implementation bill.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Kenney makes UCP leadership bid official

first_imgJason Kenney did the obvious on Saturday, after campaigning to unite the right, he announced his bid to lead the new United Conservative Party. In front of a crowd of supporters in Edmonton, the former federal cabinet minister and Calgary MP made the announcement. “The critics said it would take too long, it was too complicated, it wasn’t legal,” Kenney said in a statement. “One party leader said that the unity plan was all ‘gamesmanship’ that would create ‘confusion and disarray’ and could result in ‘three or four’ conservative parties instead of one. But Alberta is the can-do province. We don’t sit around looking for excuses, we figure out how to overcome obstacles and we just get ‘er done!”As leader of the Alberta PCs, he spearheaded the campaign to merge with Alberta’s official opposition Wildrose Party. The new party was formed after members from the Wildrose and Conservatives voted overwhelmingly to join forces. So far, Kenney is up against the former leader of the Wildrose, Brian Jean, who made his announcement last week.last_img read more

Daddy lets go to Canada The fearful Haitian march from Trump to

first_imgCORNWALL, Ont. – Their lives changed in an instant that July day when the government letter arrived telling them that her work permit was not being renewed.For five years, Sheila Francois lived, worked and paid her taxes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to help support her three teenaged children. When she and husband, Frank, read that letter — no renewal and no explanation — they knew their life in the United States was over.“If you have status and you see that immigration stops it, right away you think one thing — deportations,” says 44-year-old Frank Francois.“The minute we saw that happen and as we are watching the news, we saw Canada taking people, we said, ‘we might as well take a chance’.”The Francois family are among nearly 7,000 asylum seekers — most of them Haitian — who have flooded across the Quebec-New York state border since mid-July when the Trump administration announced it might end their “temporary protected status” which was granted following Haiti’s massive 2010 earthquake. They are among the first few hundred the government has relocated to this eastern Ontario processing centre.Few here have heard of Justin Trudeau and no one says they saw his now controversial January Twitter message welcoming immigrants facing persecution. The tweet was heavily criticized by the Conservative opposition for sparking the American exodus.But many here say they uprooted their new American lives because of something more primal: they were driven by fear of the anti-immigration politics of President Donald Trump.“I decided to come to Canada because the politics of migration in the United States changed,” says Haitian-born Justin Remy Napoleon, 39. “I was scared. I came here to continue my life.”Like Frank Francois, Napoleon says he feared deportation over Trump’s policy shift, so he left his adopted home in San Diego, flew to the eastern seaboard and boarded a bus for the northern border. It wasn’t the first time he decided to start over in another country. He left Haiti in 2006 for the Dominican Republic and then went to Brazil.Napoleon says he dreamed of coming to Canada from as far back as his time in Haiti. When he crossed the border earlier this month, “I thought I was entering a paradise.”Jean-Pierre Kidmage, 43, took a three-day bus ride from Miami to New York before taking a taxi across the border. He says he doesn’t know much about Canada but he’s heard good things. He hit the road because he was worried the Trump administration would deport him.He’s been here less than two weeks, but he wants to stay. “I sleep well here. Better here than in the U.S.”Lingering unease is palpable outside Cornwall’s Nav Centre, where they are being temporarily housed. Young men and women, some with children, pace the grounds, their eyes trained on mobile phones. More than a dozen adults politely decline interviews.Some await taxis to take them into town to shop. A few roll suitcases towards a handful of cars and minivans bearing Quebec licence plates that periodically arrive during the day. The new arrivals here are free to go once they have registered their claims and officials say most are headed to Montreal.Now, more than a month and 2,550 kilometres after leaving his most recent home, Frank Francois sits on a bench in warm sunshine. He won’t be photographed, but he’s happy to discuss what has been a life of epic migration. It has been a life of running — from his native Haiti in 1997 to the Bahamas and from America to Canada.He grew up on a farm in Port-de-Paix, the oldest of three brothers and four sisters. He yearned to become a doctor after high school, but there was no way his family could afford the $13,000 in tuition, so he got a visa to the Bahamas.Soon, he began working construction jobs, sending some of his earnings home.“Once you make money to pay your bills, you can help the people that you left behind in Haiti.”He built his own family in the Bahamas. That’s where his three teenagers were born. His family spent a decade and a half there until more bad news arrived in the mail: the government informed him of a new law that called for the immediate expulsion of anyone who’d been in the country as a visitor for more than 10 years.“Hard! Everywhere,” he laughs.His family re-established itself in Fort Lauderdale, near Miami, where Sheila had relatives. She went first with the three children, got visas, her work permit and set the kids up in school. Her husband got a visa and joined them in 2012.He stayed after it expired and periodically found under-the-table work in construction, but it wasn’t easy. “It’s hard when you don’t have a legal status, to survive and work for your families.”The children went to school, made friends and the family got on with life in a rented apartment. Now, aged 13, 14 and 15, the Francois children have become extremely aware of the changing political climate in the U.S.“Every day, they say, ‘Daddy, every time we watch the news we don’t see any policy that the president (has) that’s in our favour.’ They were afraid to face deportations.”Then, when their mother’s rejection letter came, the kids weighed in again.“My children said, ‘Daddy, we were born in the Bahamas’ — this is their words — ‘we think Canada can help us.’“They said, ‘Daddy, let’s go to Canada — find our way out’.”Now, his family’s fate rests on receiving one more piece of official government correspondence: a notice that they qualify to have their asylum claim heard. That would start a process that will allow his children to go to school and for him to get a work permit.“All I want Canadians to know about me is I am a working man,” he says.“I’m looking for work and I’m looking for better education for my children. I want my children to be educated so they can help themselves. You understand?”last_img read more

Winnipeg mayor wants Edmonton Eskimos to change name to a more inclusive

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman thinks the CFL Edmonton Eskimos should change their team name.“I think there’s an opportunity to have a more inclusive name,” he said. “That’s ultimately a decision for the team, though.”Bowman, who is Metis, said he respects the Edmonton CFL organization but would prefer a different name.The Eskimos said in a statement that it uses the name with “pride and respect.”“At this point in time, we are actively engaged in listening to the conversation that people are having around our name. Those conversations are ongoing and we are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans.”The team also said if Bowman has an opinion he’d like to share with it, he should do so.The Eskimos are facing the Blue Bombers in the CFL western semi-final on Saturday in Winnipeg.It’s not the first time there have been calls for the Edmonton team to change its name.Andre Talbot, the retired 2004 Grey Cup champion who played for the Toronto Argonauts but spent his final season in 2010 with Edmonton, said that changing the team name would be a small, but positive gesture.“We have to honour the aboriginal communities of our great country and respect the fact that the name is deemed offensive and oppressive to these communities,” Talbot said in an interview in 2015.“Sports organizations need to be community building organizations. And if we’re isolating and offending part of that community, then our particular organization or league is not doing its job.”Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents Canada’s 60,000 Inuit, said in 2015 that it wasn’t right for any team to be named after an ethnic group.He called the term Eskimo a relic of a past in which Inuit people had no control over their lives or even what they were called. He said he would be offended if someone called him Eskimo.(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Suspect in Hamilton Good Samaritan shooting arrested along with female police

first_imgHAMILTON – Police say a man wanted in connection the fatal shooting of a Good Samaritan in Hamilton has been arrested.Yosif Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing — was shot when he tried to intervene as two men were accosting an older man in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night.A second-degree murder warrant was issued on Monday for 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, who police say was arrested Thursday afternoon in Hagersville, Ont.Hamilton police say a female arrested at the same time is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.A 20-year-old man who was arrested on Monday in connection with the shooting also faces a charge of accessory after the fact to murder.last_img

LA court to decide merits of Crystal Castles lawsuit over sex abuse

first_imgA California court will determine whether a defamation suit filed by Crystal Castles songwriter Ethan Kath will proceed against the Toronto duo’s former singer, who publicly claimed he sexually abused her for years.Kath seeks unspecified damages in documents filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court under his birth name Claudio Palmieri.The document alleges that online accusations made by Alice Glass, whose real name is Margaret Osborn, destroyed Kath’s reputation and caused the cancellation of a North American tour worth more than US$300,000.The case targets Glass and other unidentified parties in complaints including defamation, conspiracy and breach of contract.In seeking to quash the case, lawyer Vicki Greco of Collinson Law says her client was exercising her First Amendment right to free speech and was emboldened by the #MeToo movement.“She feels like this is another attempt to assert some type of power or abuse,” Greco said Monday of Glass, who moved to Los Angeles.“To me it’s just another manoeuvre of manipulation because the evidence that they have presented is thoroughly lacking for him to refute any of this.”Kath has denied allegations of abuse. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Greco’s motion to dismiss the case will be heard Feb. 23.On that date, Kath will have to prove a probability of winning his suit, in which he is demanding a jury trial.Kath, who filed suit in November 2017, is seeking compensation including unspecified general, special and punitive damages.The dispute traces back to October, when Glass posted a lengthy online message to fans alleging she was abused by Kath.She wrote on her website that Kath abused her dating back to when she was 15 and he was 25.She alleges he was manipulative and controlling during a relationship in which he gave her drugs and alcohol, and that she suffered physical and emotional abuse that included non-consensual sex.A loss for Glass would not only be devastating for her claims, but would have broad implications for the burgeoning movement of female empowerment, says Greco.“It would tend to make women think twice before they mustered enough courage to come out,” she says.“Obviously, it’s very difficult to come out and report an event that occurred and you haven’t talked about it for whatever reason — there’s myriad reasons women don’t come forward — but then once you get over that hump then you have to think, ‘Oh, someone’s going to sue me.’ It’s devastating.“If the ruling is in our favour, obviously, it would be very helpful for other women and victims to feel empowered and not have to worry about the repercussions of coming forward.”Toronto police said Monday that an investigation of Kath by the sex crimes unit is ongoing.A lawyer for Kath did not immediately respond to an interview request on Monday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Vicki Greco’s name.last_img read more

A traumatic stressful event Alberta wildfire took toll on park staff

first_imgThe pain would have been excruciating for two female black bears found in Waterton Lakes National Park after the Kenow Mountain wildfire tore through the rugged mountain landscape last September.One was found lying on its back with severe third-degree burns on the bottoms of all four feet. The other was barely able to walk, apparently blind and had its ears completely singed off.A wildlife health report obtained by The Canadian Press says putting the animals down was the only humane option and describes how Waterton staff shot them before Parks Canada’s wildlife unit arrived.“This was a traumatic, stressful event for some of the staff involved and assistance by mental health professionals may be required in future to help with the psychological trauma resulting from these interventions,” says the report.The document was one of several obtained under the Access to Information Act that highlighted the trying circumstances Parks Canada staffers faced as they contended with a disaster the agency described in one analysis as unprecedented in its severity and impact.On Aug. 30, a lightning strike sparked a fire in British Columbia’s Flathead Valley, which spread toward the boundary with Alberta under hot, dry conditions. Waterton was evacuated on Sept. 8, as the fire was poised to spread into the southwestern Alberta park.The day before the evacuation, Pat Thomsen, executive director of Pacific Mountain and National Parks, wrote to the national office concerned Waterton employees would not qualify for travel status in the event they would have to live temporarily in Pincher Creek, 55 kilometres away.Travel status enables employees to be reimbursed for costs such as transportation, accommodation and meals.“This is not a helpful nor compassionate answer, and needs to be reconsidered,” Thomsen wrote. “Your intervention is requested ASAP.”Parks Canada said in an emailed statement that employees who lived within park boundaries, were forced out between Sept. 8 and Sept. 21 and were still required to work were given travel status, consistent with the agency’s travel policy.The fire jumped into the park three days after the evacuation and then spread onto adjacent grassland, prompting evacuation orders in nearby communities.Notes for a phone call between Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick and Waterton superintendent Ifan Thomas recounted how just as Waterton staff were assisting with those evacuations, one Parks Canada employee learned his house had burned.“Despite his personal situation, this employee continued to conduct the evacuation with the RCMP during the night and returned to work at 5 a.m. the next morning.”The park’s visitor centre and other buildings were lost but the townsite was spared — an outcome top brass at Parks Canada credited to the staff who installed firefighting sprinklers, removed combustible material and made other preparations as the fire approached.“As the area commander and field unit superintendent both affirmed, if it had not been for your prevention efforts, it is clear that the Waterton Lakes townsite would have been lost,” Parks Canada CEO Daniel Watson wrote in a Sept. 15 letter thanking employees.He commended them for standing “generously, compassionately and resolutely in the face of the catastrophic,” regardless of lack of sleep or having lost homes in the fire.Watson acknowledged the emotional toll the fire may take and committed that the agency would do whatever it could to offer support.“We recognize that many of you have suffered personal loss or may have had to watch others suffer catastrophic loss … Some days we are a team. Today we are a family.”Parks Canada said immediately after the fire, the agency provided mental health support to all its personnel, as well as staff from assisting agencies and contractors. All were invited to group counselling sessions and counsellors were also made available one-on-one.“Materials and information on mental health and wellness has been provided to supervisors of Parks Canada staff who were involved in the Kenow wildfire, so that they can help direct staff seeking assistance related to managing stress, mental health, or wellness concerns.”last_img read more

Man arrested after womans body found in burnedout bar in Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL – Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in a burned-out bar in Quebec’s Lanaudiere region.The suspect was arrested early Monday at a residence in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, some 110 kilometres northeast of Montreal.He is being questioned by police and investigators say he is likely to face murder charges.Chloe Bellehumeur-Lemay’s lifeless body was found Sunday afternoon following a fire at the bar where she worked.Police orginally believed she died in the fire but later found signs of violence on her body.Authorities now believe the fire was deliberately set to cover Bellehumeur-Lemay’s murder.last_img

In the news today Sept 4

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Sept. 4———MPS TO HAVE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE MEETING ON PIPELINEMembers of the natural resources committee are meeting this afternoon for an emergency session to discuss last week’s court decision to tear up federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. A federal court last week ruled consultation with Indigenous communities was not robust enough for the approval to be valid. The court also said the National Energy Board hadn’t properly considered the impact of an increase in oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia that will result from an expanded pipeline. Today’s meeting comes at the request of the three Conservatives and one New Democrat MP who sit on the committee.———SEX ASSAULT TRIAL FOR U.K. SAILORS TO BEGIN TODAYA trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base is set to begin today in Halifax. Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault. The charges were laid following an alleged incident in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015. The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors have been dropped.———RISING OIL PRICE EXPECTED TO SPUR SPENDINGRising oil prices that encouraged more spending by small and intermediate oil and gas companies in Western Canada in the first six months of 2018 are expected to lead drilling budgets to grow even further this fall. Producers say last week’s steady march by U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices to higher than US$70 per barrel will encourage some to open their wallets. CIBC says several producers have signalled increases in their 2018 capital budgets to match expected increases in cash flow in the second half, but the market has tended to punish them with lower valuations.———MISSING, EMACIATED KILLER WHALE FOUND ALIVEAn American whale research organization says an ailing killer whale has been found alive just hours after it was announced the young orca had been separated from her family pod. In a Facebook post yesterday, the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbour, Wash., said the female southern resident killer whale known as J50 was found mid-morning and the centre’s researchers were in the water with the animal. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released a statement earlier in the day about the missing orca, said J50 was still very emaciated and that a team, including the Vancouver Aquarium’s chief veterinarian, was following the orca and planned to administer a second round of antibiotics via a dart, as well as a deworming medicine if possible.———FOO FIGHTERS RESCHEDULE SHOWS AFTER GROHL LOSES VOICEThe Foo Fighters have rescheduled shows in Edmonton and Calgary after their singer lost his voice. A news release from Rogers Place in Edmonton says that following a Foo Fighters performance Saturday at Safeco Field in Seattle, Dave Grohl suffered a loss of voice and is now on vocal rest. The band was scheduled to play Rogers Place tonight and at the Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. The news release from Rogers Place says the band’s Concrete and Gold tour will resume Sept. 8 in Vancouver, and replacement shows for Edmonton and Calgary will happen next month.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The 16-year-old charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a German tourist in southern Alberta is scheduled to appear in court in Cochrane.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Surrey, B.C.— Officials with a Manitoba Indigenous advocacy group will respond to a recent report that found sexual abuse and racism at hydro projects in the 1960s.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— Lawyers appear in an Ottawa courtroom to provide an update on the Mark Norman breach of trust case. Norman was charged in March in the alleged disclosure of classified government information.— The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will outline its next steps regarding the provincial government’s repeal of the sexual education curriculum.— Citizens challenging changes to the Quebec electoral map — supported by mayors and councillors from the west end of Montreal — announce a proposed reform of the Quebec Elections Act.last_img read more

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