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Use of force 'appears to be justified' in video of police shooting, former SIU director says

Police shooting video

A shooting by a Toronto police officer to stop a brutal and prolonged stabbing attack last week appears to be justified, says a former director of Ontario’s police watchdog, based on his viewing of video of the incident that is making the rounds on social media.

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Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:05 am

Canada sending bomb disposal experts to Iraq to train security forces

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A handful of Canadian army combat engineers will soon be in Iraq to train local security forces in the finer points of detecting and defusing roadside bombs, the Liberal government announced Thursday.

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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:57 am

Quebec Crown says evidence insufficient for charges in 1991 death of Val-d'Or Cree woman

Rose-Ann Blackned

Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) says it does not have enough evidence to pursue criminal charges in the 1991 death of a 24-year-old Cree woman in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

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Posted: September 22, 2017, 12:15 am

Studio downplays concerns about long hours after Riverdale star's car crash

K.J. Apa

K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie on the CW show Riverdale, was involved in a car crash last Thursday after working a 14-hour day on set.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:25 pm

Members of Syrian family targeted by graffiti say they have been beaten, threatened

Syrians targeted by hate Winnipeg

A Syrian father who woke up to find graffiti on his fence telling him to leave Canada was beaten recently and says his children have been bullied by kids who threatened to torch their home.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:13 pm

'It's insane out here': Canadians desperate to help relatives stranded in Dominica

Denise and Nadia Araujo

Local families are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of their relatives stranded on the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean island of Dominica without enough food, water, power and no way of leaving.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:07 pm

Andrew Scheer calls environment minister to apologize for MP's sexist 'Barbie' tweet

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Catherine McKenna

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has personally apologized to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna for a Tory MP's remark referring to her as "climate Barbie."

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:47 pm

Privacy commissioner aims to start more investigations rather than wait for complaints

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To make the most of its current powers, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is shifting more resources into proactive investigations, rather than waiting for people to make complaints.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:27 pm

Calgary agency that helps people with developmental disabilities to hire 50 new workers

The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre needs 50 new community resource workers with a passion for helping others.
Author: David Boushy
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:59 pm

Hefty fine for Calgary energy company charged in workplace accident

Calgary-based Husky Oil Operations Ltd., has been fined $100,000 for an accident that injured a worker at its complex in Lloydminster, Sask.
Author: Emily Pasiuk
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:59 pm

Girl, 12, allegedly sexually assaulted by man at Brampton park

Peel police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at Francis H Taylor Park in Brampton Monday evening.
Author: Briana Carnegie
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:53 pm

Alberta not likely to follow through with spear hunt ban until fall 2018

Alberta does not expect to make good on a promise to ban what it has called the archaic practice of spear-hunting until at least next fall as it considers rule changes that could include prohibiting other methods of taking big game.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:52 pm

Health unit finds first human case of West Nile in London in two years

Officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit are urging people across the region to be vigilant, after confirming a human case of West Nile Virus this week.
Author: Andrew Lawton
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:52 pm

Facebook to overhaul political ads, share some with U.S. Congress amid pressure

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would share with U.S. Congress some 3,000 political ads it says Russia-based operatives ran on Facebook before the U.S. presidential election.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:38 pm

6,000 Canadians evacuated, 168 asked for aid after Hurricane Maria, says Bibeau


International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says 6,000 Canadians who were in the path of Hurricane Maria were evacuated before the storm hit.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:36 pm

Balgonie residents upset over closed road

A meeting held by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure had some Balgonie residents heated Wednesday night.
Author: Shawn Knox
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:34 pm

CBSA, RCMP able to request resources from Canadian army in cases of ‘irregular migrant vessel’

According to the documents, both the CBSA and RCMP are able to access "CAF facilities, capabilities and expertise (e.g. logistics/communications capabilities)" when dealing with illegal migrant vessels. 
Author: Alexander Quon
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:30 pm

Ontario natural gas bills to decrease after two quarterly increases

The average Enbridge customer will see their bill decrease by about $51 a year.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:29 pm

Pasqua Hospital forced to cancel procedures after pipe burst

A water pipe that burst in the Pasqua Hospital on Wednesday night has postponed or moved more than 50 procedures.
Author: Shawn Knox
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:26 pm

New deadline announced for bids to build navy $60B fleet of new frigates

Frigate replacement

Companies vying to design and build the navy's new frigates will have until Nov. 17 to submit their bids, CBC News has learned.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:20 pm

Quebec man dies after alleged suicide attempt in front of judge


A former chemistry teacher sentenced to six months in prison on child pornography charges is dead after allegedly trying to commit suicide in front of a judge.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:15 pm

Justin Trudeau says 'the world benefits' with Canada on UN Security Council

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canada and the world benefit when Canada is a member of the UN Security Council, part of his campaign to get a seat there in 2021.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:02 pm

Montreal-born James Campbell Clouston recognized for efforts at Dunkirk


The Montreal-born Second World War hero whose efforts at Dunkirk in 1940 saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers was recognized in his hometown on Thursday.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:51 pm

GM laying off 255 at St. Catharines plant due to strike at CAMI facility

GM Investor Faceoff

Layoff notices have been handed out to 255 workers at the General Motors transmission-making factory in St. Catharines, Ont., as effects spread from a strike that started Sunday at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:46 pm

Toronto rolls out the welcome mat for Team Canada ahead of Invictus Games

Invictus Games Team Canada

The 90 athletes representing Canada at the upcoming Invictus Games have arrived in Toronto. They'll be competing in 12 sports but say the power of the games goes far beyond podium results.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:30 pm

Blind, tumour-ridden dog given death sentence by court


An Edmonton judge has ordered that a blind, diabetic, tumour-ridden and emaciated dog be euthanized, despite its owner's protests.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:52 pm

Canada border agent detentions of Mexicans surge to highest levels in decade


Detentions of Mexican nationals by Canadian border agents have surged dramatically this year to levels not seen in a decade, new figures obtained by The Canadian Press show.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:49 pm

'Clearly, a drunk can consent' judge acquits another cabbie of sex assault


A judge has acquitted a former Halifax cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger, saying he believed the woman but the Crown failed to prove the identity of her assailant.
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:10 pm

Child dies after being left in a vehicle in Toronto's west end

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Toronto police say a young child has died after being found in a vehicle in the west end.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

'Not the ending we wanted': Sadness, relief after body of missing man in Quebec Amber Alert case found

Yvon Lacasse

Friends and family of Yvon Lacasse, the 71-year-old man who went missing last week in connection with an Amber Alert, are taking solace after his body was finally located on Wednesday.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 6:20 pm

Canada is 'work in progress,' Justin Trudeau tells UN General Assembly

United Nations General Assembly

Describing Canada as a "work in progress," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells the UN about the country's failures and mistakes in its historical relationship with Indigenous people and his hope to right the wrongs of the past.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:40 pm

Distracted driver racks up $736 in fines in 8 minutes, caught twice

Distracted Driving B.C.

An expensive eight minutes.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:14 pm

Jehovah's Witness, 14, ordered to receive blood transfusion despite beliefs

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A Quebec Superior Court justice has authorized a Montreal hospital to perform blood transfusions to treat a 14-year-old girl with cancer, despite her refusal because it is against her beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:51 pm

Yellowknife woman to husband with Alzheimer's: 'I'll remember for you'

Edith and Norm Mair

A Yellowknife couple’s love story has endured through cross-country biking and Alzheimer’s — and is now immortalized in a unique love song.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:00 pm

Calgary Flames reveal $275M offer, but say they've scrapped pursuit of new arena

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The owners of the Calgary Flames have released details of their offer to the city toward construction of a new hockey arena, saying they were willing to pony up $275 million but no longer plan to pursue it.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 12:29 pm

How a small town in Ontario is mourning the loss of its furry icon - CBC.ca


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How a small town in Ontario is mourning the loss of its furry icon
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The nation's surprisingly long-lived furry weather prognosticator has died at the age of 13, but a younger replacement understudy is ready to step into the spotlight.​. RIP Wiarton Willie: Spring prognosticator dies at 13. Wiarton Willie's annual ...
Mourning a marmot: Wiarton Willie dies at age 13CTV News
'It was his time': Attention-loving spring prognosticator Wiarton Willie dead at 13National Post
Wiarton Willie, Ontario's high-profile forecasting groundhog, dies at 13Toronto Star
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:12 am

'Safe, reliable and affordable': New bus service aims to make notorious Highway of Tears less dangerous - CBC.ca


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'Safe, reliable and affordable': New bus service aims to make notorious Highway of Tears less dangerous
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As a BC Transit bus swings opens its door in front of the Pine Centre Mall in Prince George, a small crowd of people carrying duffel bags and backpacks file on. They each stuff $5 into the fare box to take the three-hour ride from Prince George to ...
Walking the Highway of Tears for a woman who went missing 12 years ago from Prince RupertTerrace Standard
Families walk Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous womenParksville Qualicum Beach News

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:01 am

'They should have put this bus up years ago': New routes aim to make notorious Highway of Tears safer

Highway of Tears bus

Two new subsidized bus routes on B.C.'s Highway 16 aim to reduce hitchhiking and provide safe, affordable transit along the notorious stretch known as the Highway of Tears, where more than a dozen women have gone missing or been murdered.

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:00 am

NEW Marystown Murder Adds to Shocking Statistics for Indigenous Women - VOCM


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NEW Marystown Murder Adds to Shocking Statistics for Indigenous Women
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The St. John's Native Friendship Centre is preparing for its annual vigil for murdered women in Newfoundland and Labrador. This in the wake of a murder-suicide over the weekend in Marystown. Ryanna Grywacheski, the young woman originally from ...
'It's just so heartbreaking': Marystown death adds to list of missing and murdered women in NLYahoo News Canada (blog)

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Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:04 am

Calgary's mayoral candidates spar over campaign donations - Calgary Herald


Calgary Herald

Calgary's mayoral candidates spar over campaign donations
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Candidates continued to spar over the issue of campaign donations Wednesday, as the University of Calgary hosted the second mayoral debate since 10 contenders for the job filed their nomination papers this week. Nine of those candidates were in ...
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:33 am

UCP leadership hopefuls engage in spirited first debate in Calgary - Globalnews.ca


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UCP leadership hopefuls engage in spirited first debate in Calgary
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Above the stage at the Bella Concert Hall on Calgary's Mount Royal University campus is a giant, wooden canopy in the shape of an Alberta wild rose. Below, the four men who hope to be the first to lead the marriage of Alberta's two right-of-centre ...
Kenney outlines strategy for revamping equalization in response to federal carbon planThe Globe and Mail
UCP leadership candidates square off for first time ... over pipelines, in partCalgary Herald
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 4:32 am

Opposition MPs urge Morneau to extend tax proposals to family trusts - The Globe and Mail


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Opposition MPs urge Morneau to extend tax proposals to family trusts
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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. close panel. © 2017 The Globe and Mail Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy. TAX CHANGES. Opposition MPs urge Morneau to ...
Tax reform: It might not be much, but business owners and doctors can get federal mat leave benefitsGlobalnews.ca
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Trudeau's strange ideas about small businessToronto Sun
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:40 am

Woman using a walker in critical condition after being struck by car - 680 News


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Woman using a walker in critical condition after being struck by car
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A woman has been taken to hospital without vital signs after being struck by a pickup truck in East York. Police say a woman using a walker was struck near Broadview and Mortimer avenues just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Police said she suffered ...
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 12:48 am

McKenna addresses 'climate Barbie' tweet, slams rampant sexism on the right - The Globe and Mail


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McKenna addresses 'climate Barbie' tweet, slams rampant sexism on the right
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Posted: September 21, 2017, 12:16 am

Jagmeet Singh's unique bid to inherit the aura of Jack Layton and Tommy Douglas - CBC.ca


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Jagmeet Singh's unique bid to inherit the aura of Jack Layton and Tommy Douglas
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Speaking to a crowd of 150 or so — a JagMeet and Greet — inside an art gallery in one of Ottawa's trendier neighbourhoods on Tuesday night, Jagmeet Singh suggested unnamed strategists had cautioned him against running for the NDP leadership under ...
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Posted: September 20, 2017, 11:06 pm

Ontario to introduce $50000 fine for careless drivers who kill - CBC.ca


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Ontario to introduce $50000 fine for careless drivers who kill
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Motorists who hurt or kill through careless driving could face fines of up to $50,000 and two years in jail under new legislation proposed by the Ontario government. The planned amendment to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) is specifically aimed to ...
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Posted: September 20, 2017, 3:49 pm

Liberal Government's Anti-Terror Bill Overhaul Would Create Super Watchdog

OTTAWA – New legislation has been introduced in the House of Commons that would create a watchdog to oversee the full array of federal intelligence services.

The measure is part of a package of national security changes being tabled by Justin Trudeau's Liberal government.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the new expert review body would keep an eye on intelligence services across government.

Bill unlikely to be debated until fall

During the last election campaign, the Liberals promised to repeal some elements of the omnibus security legislation that was brought in by the Conservatives after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in 2014.

The Liberal bill comes as MPs prepare to head to their ridings for the summer, which means the legislation is unlikely to face serious debate until the fall.

The Liberals say the goal of the extensive package is to strike a balance between keeping Canadians safe while respecting their rights and freedoms.

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Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:54 pm

Liberals Move To Curb Use Of Solitary Confinement In Federal Prisons

OTTAWA — The federal government introduced legislation Monday to restrict the use of solitary confinement inside federal prisons and to better protect prisoners with mental illness or at risk of self-harm or suicide.


Once passed, the bill would — for the first time — impose a so-called legislative framework establishing a time limit for what prison officials call administrative segregation.



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A solitary confinement cell is shown in a handout photo from the Office of the Correctional Investigator. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

The bill — part of the Liberal government's broader efforts at criminal justice reform, which include reducing the number of indigenous Canadians behind bars — was introduced with just a week left in the spring parliamentary calendar, meaning it's unlikely to come up for debate before the fall.


It also comes after several high-profile solitary confinement cases, including the 2007 death of Ashley Smith of Moncton, N.B., an emotionally disturbed 19-year-old who died in custody after tying a strip of cloth around her neck.


A coroner's inquest into Smith's death ended in 2012 with 104 recommendations, including a call to end to "indefinite solitary confinement" and the use of segregation beyond 15 days for female inmates with mental-health issues.


Shortly after taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to take second look at the Smith inquest's recommendations as part of her mandate to implement criminal justice reforms.



'An over-utilized tool'

In her mandate letter, Trudeau asked Wilson-Raybould to work on "implementation of recommendations from the inquest into the death of Ashley Smith regarding the restriction of the use of solitary confinement and the treatment of those with mental illness."


Administrative segregation is used when there is no reasonable alternative to maintain the safety and security of the institution, staff and inmates. It differs from disciplinary segregation, which is applied to inmates who are found guilty of a serious offence in custody.


"It was an over-utilized tool," said Liberal MP Mark Holland, the parliamentary secretary to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.


"All of us were deeply saddened and heartbroken by some of the cases we heard, be it Ashley Smith or others."





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The Correctional Service of Canada is also amending its policy to outlaw the practice in cases involving serious mental disorders or prisoners who are certified, those who are engaged in "self-injury" and those at risk of suicide.


"Canadians expect our government to be smart on crime, to protect society and create safer communities," said Holland. "Human custody and evidence-based rehabilitation and re-integration are at the core of strong new measures" in criminal justice reform.


Under the current law, the Correctional Service of Canada is required to release prisoners from administrative segregation at the earliest possible time. The new law would establish an initial time limit of 21 days, and then 15 days once the legislation has been the law of the land for 18 months.


The legislation also proposes amending the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Abolition of Early Parole Act to make them compliant with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.



Parole changes, too

That includes reinstating an oral hearing after a suspension, termination or revocation of parole.


The legislation would also allow offenders convicted of an offence before March 28, 2011, and who meet the criteria for accelerated parole, to once again be eligible for an accelerated parole review.


In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down retroactive changes to parole eligibility that were enacted by the previous Conservative government.


The unanimous ruling found that the Abolition of Early Parole Act was in clear breach of the Charter because it imposed new punishment on people who had already been tried and sentenced.


Marco Mendicino, Raybould's parliamentary secretary, said the new legislation would also reinstate the right for an offender to get an oral hearing after their parole or statutory release is revoked.


Mendicino said the previous Conservative government revoked that right in 2012, leaving the discretion of whether to hold a hearing to a parole board member.

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Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:01 pm

Senate Won't Split Liberal Infrastructure Bank From Budget Bill

OTTAWA — The Senate won't be splitting the Trudeau government's budget bill to hive off the portion dealing with creation of a new infrastructure bank.


Senators have rejected by the narrowest of margins a motion to split the bill, defeating it on a tie vote of 38-38 late Monday.



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Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks with Senator Percy Mockler as he arrives at a Senate committee on Bill C-44 on June 5, 2017. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The motion from independent Sen. Andre Pratte would have carved out the infrastructure bank provisions into a separate bill that could be examined at greater length.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau had both urged senators to leave the bill intact and pass it before the summer parliamentary break.


And while Trudeau has encouraged senators to behave in a more independent, non-partisan manner, he had also warned that the government expects unelected senators to bow to the will of the elected House of Commons on budget matters.


While the government can breathe a little easier now that the bill is no longer at risk of being divided, senators could still potentially vote to amend it in some other way or even defeat it outright.





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The government has maintained that the $35-billion infrastructure bank is an integral part of its economic plan to boost the economy and create jobs.


The bank is to be launched with $15 billion in direct federal investments and another $20 billion in repayable contributions, loans and loan guarantees. The government hopes to leverage up to $5 in private investment for every $1 in government funding to finance what it calls "transformational" infrastructure projects.


Pratte and other senators have objected to the bank's governance structure, which they fear could allow political interference in the choice of projects that get funded. They've also expressed concern that taxpayers will wind up on the hook for projects that go over-budget or flop.

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Posted: June 20, 2017, 1:40 pm

Lyse Ricard, Senate Ethics Officer Leading Don Meredith Harassment Probe, Quits

OTTAWA — The Senate’s Ethics Officer Lyse Ricard resigned suddenly Monday.

Ricard has been leading an investigation in allegations of workplace harassment in the office of former senator Don Meredith, who stepped down last month when it seemed he may be expelled over a relationship with a teenage girl.

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Former senator Don Meredith is seen in his lawyer's office in downtown Toronto on March 16, 2017. (Photo: Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press)

Ricard cited “sudden and unforeseen family obligations requiring her full attention for her early departure,” according to Senate Speaker George Furey. She will resign on June 30. She has been the Senate’s ethics officer since 2012.

It’s unclear what this means for the Meredith report or another report into allegations concerning independent Liberal Senator Colin Kenny. Calls to the office of the Senate’s ethics officer were not immediately returned.

According to the ethics code, an inquiry pertaining to a senator is automatically permanently suspended if they cease to be a senator. However, Senate committees do have the authority to override the permanent suspension of an inquiry if they decide it should be completed once started.

Meredith resigned a week after the Senate ethics committee recommended he be expelled for his relationship with a teenage girl.

Days before the committee recommended expulsion, HuffPost Canada published an investigation revealing the senator harassed and sexually abused his staff for years.

Other senior Senate officials moving on

Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk told the Senate that Ricard was resigning due to the unexpected illness of her husband, Jean-Pierre Dubeau.

She acknowledged Ricard for her dedication, professionalism, hard work and the integrity she had brought to the Senate ethics officer position.

Ricard is the third senior Senate administrator to leave her post. Nicole Proulx, the chief corporate services officer and clerk of the standing committee on internal economy, budgets and administration, will retire on Aug. 31. The clerk of the Senate Charles Robert is also moving on. Robert will be the new clerk of the House of Commons.

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When you create a Google AdWords account, you will need to determine a spending budget and fund your campaign. You will then create small ads with your target keywords. If your keywords rank high in search queries, you will have to pay more. You end up paying for each visitor that clicks on one of your ads until your monthly budget runs out. This can end up being a costly way to drive traffic to your site, especially if you are using competitive phrases. Expensive PPC campaigns can eat up a small marketing budget. Therefore, site owners must research how cost effective it is to pay for traffic.

Another challenge with PPC advertising is that not all traffic is quality traffic. Content owners that feature your ads on their pages want to send you as many visitors as they can because they will earn more revenue. However, the visitors sent to your site might not even be interested in the content. Furthermore, if a lot of these visitors are not interested in your content, then they will be even less likely to become customers. The whole point of online ads is to build your brand so you can attract more customers. if traffic to your site is not converting, then all the money being spent on these visitors is for nothing. This is why you need to think about better ways to attract quality traffic.

Most search engine queries are from users looking for information. A lot of these people will just ignore Google ads. On the other hand, if you invest in achieving a higher organic search ranking, many of these visitors might visit your site. After visiting your site, they could be interested in becoming customers. Attracting quality traffic to your site organically instead of through paid ads is a better way to get visitors.

Finally, paying for Google AdWords can take away from other promotional efforts that would yield more success. For example, if your target audience is young people, social media marketing might be a better investment. If your site doesn’t meet Google’s best practices, hiring a professional to fix the issues might be a better use of money. Also, paying to develop quality Content, especially for blogs, can boost your site’s organic search rankings, investing in other areas of SEO could be more beneficial as well.

In short, before you start a Google AdWords campaign, consider your advertising goals. Then think about the best ways to achieve those goals. That way you can determine the most effective way to spend your marketing budget to promote your site.

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