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Trump takes first swing in lumber war: tariff of 20 per cent on Canadian lumber

The United States has fired the opening shot in the latest softwood-lumber war against Canada, with the Trump administration announcing its first batch of duties on imported wood in the neighbourhood of 20 per cent. The move was expected: the deep-rooted dispute over lumber pricing between the two countries has led to once-a-decade trade skirmishes …

Winnipeg woman fined for posing as a nurse to get job, access to drugs

WINNIPEG –A Manitoba nurse has been ordered to pay $10,000 for posing as another nurse to gain access to narcotics. In a disciplinary decision by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, Sasheen Guest, also known as Tia Smith, was found guilty of professional misconduct. A disciplinary committee found that Guest practiced as a registered …

Alberta appeal court backs decision that favoured Redwater Energy creditors

CALGARY –A court decision that gave secured creditors priority over environmental cleanup in the case of bankrupt Redwater Energy Corp. has been upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal. The lawsuit has been closely watched as a precedent-setting case as bankruptcies continue to afflict the oil and gas industry after more than two years of …

Ottawa won’t immediately offer forestry aid package after U.S. duties announced

MONTREAL –Ottawa has talked with provinces about helping Canada’s forestry sector, but won’t act swiftly once the U.S. imposes duties on softwood lumber imports, says a government source. The issue will heat up Tuesday when the U.S. is set to announce a first batch of duties on Canadian lumber, which President Donald Trump has reportedly …

Wall says court ruling on funding for Catholic schools can’t stand

REGINA –Saskatchewan will look at all the options after a court ruling said the province can’t provide Catholic schools funding for students who aren’t Catholic, says Premier Brad Wall. “This simply cannot stand,” Wall said Monday. “Consider the implications here. If this has to be implemented by June of 2018, in that subsequent fall, you …

Health Canada to allow more access to prescription heroin to curb opioid crisis

VANCOUVER –Health Canada’s proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reducing fentanyl-fuelled deaths across the country. Drug policy campaigner Caitlin Shane, who is with the advocacy group Pivot Legal Society, said 931 overdose deaths last year in British Columbia alone point to …

Saskatchewan government reopens the book on library funding; restores $4.8M

REGINA –The Saskatchewan government says it made a mistake and will restore $4.8 million in funding for the province’s libraries. Money for regional branches was cut 58 per cent in last month’s provincial budget and was scrapped altogether for libraries in Saskatoon and Regina, prompting a number of protests. “While there were many difficult decisions …

Lawsuit alleges people with developmental disabilities denied necessary services

  TORONTO –A northeastern Ontario family has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Ontario government over what it alleges are unreasonable wait lists that effectively deny people with developmental disabilities the care they need. Marc Leroux of Timmins, Ont., launched the suit earlier this month on behalf of his 19-year-old daughter, Briana Leroux, who …

Baby boomers not included in task force guidelines for hepatitis C screening

TORONTO –The average Canadian adult does not need to be screened for infection with hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can in time cause cirrhosis or cancer of the liver, says a task force that develops practice guidelines for primary-care providers. In its first hepatitis C screening guidelines released Monday, the Canadian Task Force on …

French citizens in Montreal express mixed reactions to early election results

MONTREAL –French nationals in Montreal expressed mixed reactions on Sunday as preliminary results showed far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron leading in the first round of France’s presidential election. At a French cultural centre in Montreal, both applause and boos rang out as a French TV station announced its projections just after the vote …

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