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Top Evening News Advisory for Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022

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Here are the latest Top News stories from The Canadian Press. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops.

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TOP HEADLINES:

Liberals seek to delay assisted dying expansion

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Ministers try to get biodiversity talks on track

Alberta to handle firearms prosecutions: minister

Search of Winnipeg landfill challenging: expert

Stress tests unchanged despite housing slowdown

Ex-CannTrust execs acquitted of all charges

Canada part of NASA mission to study Earth’s water

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TOP NEWS STORIES SINCE LAST ADVISORY:

Liberals seek to delay assisted dying expansion

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Liberal government announced Thursday it will seek to delay the expansion of Canada’s assisted-dying regime to include people whose sole underlying conditions are mental disorders.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Trudeau asks for questions, gets wide variety

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may not have started the day thinking about whether mermaids reproduce like fish or like humans, but that’s what one person is asking him to consider. By Marie-Danielle Smith.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Alberta to handle firearms prosecutions: minister

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, ,  — Alberta’s justice minister says provincial prosecutors are to take over the handling of charges under the federal Firearms Act starting in the new year. By Dean Bennett.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Union critical of fed’s salmon licences plans

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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada — The union representing British Columbia fishermen says a plan by the federal government to buy back commercial salmon fishing licences is underfunded, lacks transparency and doesn’t address the investments made by harvesters.  Wire: Prairies/BC.

Search of Winnipeg landfill challenging: expert

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — In 2002, investigators started a massive search of Robert Pickton’s pig farm in British Columbia and eventually found the remains of several women. By Steve Lambert.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Escapee sentenced to life for murder of B.C. man

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Friends and relatives of murder victim Martin Payne say they are haunted by the actions of “two selfish, reckless” people who chose their victim because his home was near the prison where the men escaped.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Federal workers to return to office part-time

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Treasury Board President Mona Fortier has announced that federal public servants will have to return to in-person office work two to three days per week. By Cindy Tran.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec, National. Photos: 1

Rachel Notley pitches stability to business crowd

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada — Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she would lead a “stable, no surprises government” focused on growing the Alberta economy and providing strong public health care and education if elected next year.  Wire: Prairies/BC.

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Ontario’s flu season may have peaked: Moore

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — The flu season may have peaked in Ontario, and that should relieve some pressure on children’s hospitals in the near future, the province’s top doctor said Thursday. By Liam Casey.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

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Virtual walk-ins may strain health system: OMA

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Virtual-care clinics may be adding pressure to the overwhelmed health-care system, the Ontario Medical Association said Thursday, even as some patients and doctors say they are vital alternative to an otherwise necessary visit to an emergency room. By Tyler Griffin.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

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Ontario to open bivalent bookings for kids 5 to 11

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Toronto, ,  — The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine to children aged five to 11.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

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Number of respiratory illnesses surge in Nunavut

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada — Nunavut health officials say there has been a surge of respiratory illnesses across the territory this year.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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$400B to axe natural gas generation: report

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Ontario can fully eliminate natural gas generation in its electricity system by 2050, starting with a moratorium in 2027, but it will require about $400 billion in capital spending and new, large-scale nuclear plants, a report said Thursday. By Allison Jones.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

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Ontario man charged in U.S. probe of ISIS support

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An Ontario man has been charged after an FBI investigation uncovered an alleged scheme to use online campaigns disguised as humanitarian efforts to raise money for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

Vancouver police issue porch pirate warning

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Vancouver police say they’ve recovered everything from Nike runners to golf clubs in a months-long investigation into so-called porch pirates.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Senate rises for the winter holiday break

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Senate wrapped up its fall sitting today and has adjourned for a holiday break, a day after the House of Commons did the same.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Ontario won’t make staycation tax credit permanent

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Ontario’s tourism minister says the province won’t be extending the staycation tax credit for another year, despite the hard-hit industry recommending the move as a way to help it recover from the pandemic.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

It’s snow fun at COP15 in Montreal this weekend

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — If the weather outside is frightful, bring some extra socks and build a snowman.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

‘Something to Talk About’ songwriter dies at 67

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TORONTO, ,  — Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard, whose flirty track “Something to Talk About” gave Bonnie Raitt her biggest hit and a Grammy Award win, has died after a battle with cancer. By David Friend.  Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

TOP NEWS STORIES:

Ministers try to get biodiversity talks on track

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada — A successful biodiversity framework to halt the devastation of global ecosystems and wildlife will require compromise from the world’s wealthy and developing nations both, Canada’s environment minister said Thursday. Wire: National.

Stress tests unchanged despite housing slowdown

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Mortgage stress test levels were left unchanged Thursday as the federal banking regulator and Department of Finance favoured a cautious approach over calls to relax tests to help a slowing housing market. By Ian Bickis.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Ex-CannTrust execs acquitted of all charges

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — An Ontario court has acquitted three former cannabis leaders charged with offences linked to unlicensed growing at a Niagara-area greenhouse.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Canada part of NASA mission to study Earth’s water

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada — A piece of Canadian radar technology will play a key role in a satellite mission scheduled to launch Friday that aims to study almost all of the Earth’s water surfaces. By Sidhartha Banerjee.  Wire: National.

Canada losing ground on Africa trade: senators

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Ottawa, ,  — Senators are warning Trade Minister Mary Ng that Ottawa may be falling behind its peers in establishing deeper trade ties with Africa. By Dylan Robertson.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Report says climate plan underfunded, unclear

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — A report says Canada’s climate adaptation strategy is underfunded and does not clearly align its goals with the country’s top climate change risks.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Facebook intimidating Canadians: heritage minister

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez accused Facebook on Thursday of trying to intimidate Canadians with threats of pulling news content from its platform, following the adoption of Bill C-18 in the House of Commons. By Michel Saba.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Prey-switching behind fatal coyote mauling: study

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — A new and unusual theory has emerged about the coyotes that killed a young Toronto woman on a Nova Scotia hiking trail 13 years ago. By Michael MacDonald.  Wire: Atlantic, National. Photos: 1

CP rail not liable for Lac-Mégantic crash: court

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada — A Quebec Superior Court judge says Canadian Pacific Railway is not liable in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Que., railway disaster that killed 47 people.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

CREA reports home sales down in November

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Canadian Real Estate Association says seasonally adjusted home sales were down 3.3 per cent on a month-over-month basis in November.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Blue Jays agree to terms with Kiermaier

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Toronto, ,  — The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with outfielder Kevin Kiermaier on a US$9-million, one-year contract.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

N.S. adds hundreds more beds to hospital project

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — The Nova Scotia government says it is adding 423 more beds and extra operating rooms to a major hospital complex redevelopment project in Halifax.  Wire: Atlantic. Photos: 1

Vaccine delay would have cost billions: study

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A study from the C.D. Howe Institute estimates Canada would have lost $156 billion in economic activity in 2021 had COVID-19 vaccines been rolled out six months later than they were. By Kelly Geraldine Malone.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

N.B. introduces new French immersion program

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada — New Brunswick has proposed a new French immersion program for the next academic year with the goal of ensuring all students graduate with at least a conversational level of the language.  Wire: Atlantic. Photos: 1

How to host a holiday dinner on a budget

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — When Canadians soon gather with loved ones for holiday meals, there will be an unwelcome guest at the dinner table: decades-high inflation. By Tara Deschamps.  Wire: Business, Lifestyle. Photos: 1

Financial intel agency eyes domestic terrorism

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Efforts by Canada’s financial intelligence agency over the last three years uncovered activity related to homegrown terrorism, the bankrolling of international terrorist groups and attempts by Canadians to take part in extremism abroad. By Jim Bronskill.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

High ticket prices narrow Transat losses

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada — Travel company Transat A.T. Inc. closed a challenging year on a high as it set sights on a continued recovery for air travel next year with high prices and even higher demand. By Caitlin Yardley.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Empire selling gas stations in Western Canada

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Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Canada — Empire Co. Ltd. is selling 56 gas stations in Western Canada to a subsidiary of Shell Canada for about $100 million in cash.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Paralympic curler says club accessibility lacking

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Entering a curling club isn’t something Mark Ideson takes for granted. By Donna Spencer.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

Pickle vodka recalled over high copper levels

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for Taynton Bay Spirits pickle vodka due to high levels of copper.  Wire: National.

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LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE STORIES:

The LJI is a federally funded program to add coverage in under-covered areas or on under-covered issues. This content is delivered on the CP wire in the “Y” or spare news category, or you can register to access it at https://lji-ijl.ca. This content is created and submitted by participating publishers and is not edited by The Canadian Press. Please credit stories to the reporter, their media outlet and the Local Journalism Initiative. Questions should be directed to LJI supervising editor Amy Logan at amy.logan@thecanadianpress.com. Below is a sample of the dozens of stories moved daily:

New Indigenous housing coalition determined to eliminate homelessness

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The National Urban, Rural, Northern Indigenous Housing Coalition is a new group formed to provide “for Indigenous by Indigenous” housing solutions to the national Indigenous housing crisis. The coalition is sending a coordinated message to the federal government that ending homelessness should be a priority. 800 words. Odette Auger/Windspeaker.com

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N.B. unions say changes to strike rules ‘unnecessary, unprovoked’

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The New Brunswick government’s proposed changes to the Public Service Relations Act came after “zero consultation” with the public sector, union leaders say. 550 words. Marlo Glass/Telegraph-Journal

Police dog bites student during class visit

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A Winnipeg student is recovering after being bitten by a police dog during a visit to an elementary classroom. 350 words. Maggie Macintosh/Winnipeg Free Press

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Riding Mountain National Park occupation ends after three years

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A man who has been living in the Lake Audy area in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba since 2019 has been seemingly arrested by park wardens and had his belongings removed from the area. Wesley Bone took up residence in a kitchen structure within the park in December, 2019, and erected a teepee, signage and steel cattle gates at the Lake Audy entrance, located 123 kilometres north of Brandon. 800 words. PHOTO. Miranda Leybourne/Brandon Sun

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St-Onge urges provinces to accelerate efforts to make sports safer for athletes

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Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge says ending abuse in sports will require complaints processes that include provincial-level athletes, not just national ones.

St-Onge and provincial sports ministers will meet during the Canada Games in mid-February where their agenda will include the ongoing effort to address widespread allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in sports.

She says she asked the provincial ministers at an August meeting to look at joining the new federal sport integrity process or creating their own.

The national sports integrity commissioner can only investigate allegations of abuse from athletes at the national level.

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But St-Onge says the vast majority of athletes aren’t in that category and only Quebec has its own sports integrity office capable of receiving and investigating complaints.

The national sport integrity office officially began its work last June and has since received 48 complaints from athletes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 31, 2023.

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Justice is a Privilege Reserved for the Few

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History is full of examples showing us that Justice is a privilege reserved for the few, the wealthy, politically and financially connected, in fact, those of the right colour or race depending on where and when this justice was to be dealt with. Justice must be earnt, and it expends a colossal cost. What do I mean?

When a justice system demands proof of your innocence, while viewing the accused as guilty until that proof surfaces, the system of justice seems to be blind to all but those with the ability to hire known lawyers and a defense team to point out any misunderstandings that arise. A Black Man with many priors stands before a judge, accused of violent crimes. Will such a man have the ability to raise money to get out of jail and hire a powerful legal team? If he is a financially well-off man perhaps, but if he is an “Average Joe”, the justice system swallows him up, incarcerating him while he waits for his trial, and possible conviction. While the justice system is supposed to be blind to financial, sexist, and racial coding, the statistics show White men often walk, and Black-Hispanic and men of color often do not. Don’t think so?

America’s Justice system has a huge penal population, well into the millions of citizens in public and private prisons across the land. According to Scientific America, 71% of those imprisoned are not white. So do you think these men and women got there because of their choices or did the system help to decide that while whites can be either excused, rehabilitated or found not endangering the greater society, “the others” are threats to the nation’s security and population?

White privilege is still prevalent within our system, with financial privilege a close second.

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The World was white, but now its really black(non-white)
Justice for all is never achieved, just verbatim.
What can justice do for the lowly man
while jails fill and are built anew continually?

When you are seen as an outsider always,
and the precious few escape societies’ hungry grasp.
Justice for all is the cry we all hear these days,
While the policeman stamps your future out at last.

Martin L says the Black Persons going to win this war,
and a war of attrition it truly has been.
Justice is a privileged and socially mobile thing,
leaving the many to pray to the spirit of Tyre Nichols,
asking what the hell can we do???

I walked through an airport recently with no problem and no questioning. Customs and border officers were busy getting into the face of many non-white travelers. To this very day, a non-white person flying anywhere with a long beard, and dressed like a Muslim could get you unwelcomed trouble. Being different will always create difficulties. Being out of your place in another financial-ethnic society will be a challenge. Race, financial and political privilege will forever be with us. The powerful will always be able to dance around the justice system’s rules and regulations. Why? Well, the justice system is an exclusive club, filled with lawyers and police. The administrators and enforcers of the system. Some other form of the judicial system is needed, with a firm root in community equality. Can our Justice System be truly blind to all influencers, but the laws of the land? Can victims of crime receive true justice, retribution in kind for the offenses carried out by criminals against them?

” In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect”(Jimmy Carter). Mutual respect of all actors in the play known as the Justice System, influenced, manipulated, and written by lawyers and academics. God help us.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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By the numbers for British Columbia’s overdose crisis

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British Columbia’s chief coroner released overdose figures for 2022, showing 2,272 residents died from toxic drugs last year. Lisa Lapointe says drug toxicity remains the leading cause of unnatural death in B.C., and is second only to cancers in terms of years of life lost.

Here are some of the numbers connected to the overdose crisis:

189: Average number of deaths per month last year.

6.2: Average deaths per day.

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At least 11,171: Deaths attributed to drug toxicity since the public health emergency was declared in April 2016.

70: Percentage of the dead between 30 and 59 years old.

79: Percentage of those who died who were male.

65: Children and youth who have died in the last two years.

82: Percentage of the deaths where the toxic opioid fentanyl was involved.

73,000: People in B.C. who have been diagnosed with opioid use disorder.

8.8: The rate that First Nations women are dying, is a multiple of the general population’s rate.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 31, 2023.

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