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RCMP says motive, suspect in B.C. teen’s killing still unknown

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — SURREY, B.C. — RCMP have confirmed the death of a 13-year-old girl in British Columbia's Lower Mainland is a homicide. The body of Marrisa Shen was found in Burnaby's Central Park early Wednesday morning, less than three hours after her family reported her missing to police. Cpl. Meghan Foster said Thursday that it's unclear if Shen was […]

Mounties help livestock displaced by B.C. wildfires as drivers urged to look out

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Thousands of people have been displaced by wildfires in British Columbia, but the flames have also forced livestock left behind to flee beyond their enclosures. RCMP Cpl. Janelle Shoihet says officers are patrolling communities and helping to guide livestock back to where they belong whenever possible. She says officers have also been in contact with the B.C. SPCA […]

Military sends extra help for exhausted police officers dealing with B.C. fires

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members will support the police response to devastating wildfires in British Columbia, bringing some relief to scores of exhausted officers on the ground. About 225 soldiers travelled on Thursday from CFB Edmonton to Williams Lake, where they will assist the RCMP with observation and reporting along access roads, help with evacuations […]

10 TTC employees charged with fraud in alleged $5M insurance scheme

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Toronto Transit Commission says one current and nine former employees are facing criminal charges in connection with an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance scheme. The TTC announced the charges Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation by the police and the public transit agency into false health benefit claims. To date, the TTC says 150 […]

Manitoba to cover abortion pill in areas that already provide procedure

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government will cover the cost of an abortion pill in areas where health-care facilities already provide the surgical procedure. Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women, says the pill will be free in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Prairie Mountain Health region. Squires says the drug will be available through pharmacare. That […]

Quebec minister calls on police to aggressively pursue people inciting hatred

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's immigration minister urged police to aggressively target citizens who encourage hateful speech on Thursday, in reaction to a spate of racist and anti-immigrant incidents in the province over the past couple of weeks. Kathleen Weil was in Montreal to talk about her government's plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, but her announcement came the same […]

Quebec minister calls on police to aggressively pursue people inciting hatred

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's immigration minister urged police to aggressively target citizens who encourage hateful speech on Thursday, in reaction to a spate of racist and anti-immigrant incidents in the province over the past couple of weeks. Kathleen Weil was in Montreal to talk about her government's plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, but her announcement came the same […]

Appeal Court says Alberta judge relied on stereotypes in sex assault case

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The Alberta Court of Appeal has overturned the acquittal of a man convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter after finding the trial judge relied on myths and stereotypes around the behaviour of victims. In a split decision released this week, the three-judge panel ordered a new trial for the 55-year-old man on three counts of sexual assault. He can't be named […]

Police ID body of man found in farmer’s field near Cambridge, Ont

Jul 20 2017 — The Canadian Press — CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Police say they've identified the body of a man discovered in a rural area near Cambridge, Ont., and are deeming the death suspicious. Waterloo regional police had released a photo last week of a shoe found by the body in a farmer's field in North Dumfries Township in the hope of identifying the man. […]