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B.C. Liberals won’t ‘prop up’ NDP government with a Speaker: De Jong

VANCOUVER—British Columbia Liberal House Leader Mike de Jong says it is not his party’s responsibility to provide a Speaker in order to “prop up” an arrangement between the NDP and Greens. New Democrat Leader John Horgan has suggested that if his party were to form a minority government with the support of the Greens, a …

Former RCMP employee alleging sexual assault tells court she has PTSD

VANCOUVER—A former RCMP employee who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a now-retired inspector in a locked washroom at their Vancouver workplace says she’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The complainant told provincial court today she was diagnosed with PTSD after she left her civilian job with the RCMP. Tim Shields, who was the …

Morneau warns government won’t accept Senate changes to budget bill

OTTAWA—Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued a veiled warning Thursday that the Trudeau government won’t accept Senate changes to his budget bill — especially not carving out provisions dealing with creation of the new infrastructure bank. Morneau issued the warning after fielding questions for two hours from senators on the Senate finance committee about the budget. …

Alberta judge certifies class action against Western Hockey League

CALGARY—An Alberta judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against the Western Hockey League may proceed, making it the second such case against a major junior league in Canada. The suit contends that WHL players have been paid less than the minimum wage required by law in their regions and asks for back wages, overtime …

‘Poor moral judgment:’ Hearing told La Loche shooter has PTSD, suicidal thoughts

MEADOW LAKE, Sask.—A psychiatrist says that a teenager who gunned down four people in northern Saskatchewan has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks which have led to suicidal thoughts. Dr. Mansfield Mela testified in court Thursday that the flashbacks were “quite incapacitating” for the teen, who needed medication because “he couldn’t sleep from the …

U.S. was consulted over proposed Chinese takeover of tech firm: Trudeau

OTTAWA—Canada consulted with the United States before it decided the takeover of a Vancouver tech firm by a Chinese communications company did not pose any national security concerns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. But warning flags about the deal are still popping up in the United States, whose military is one of the biggest …

Trudeau urged to press Suu Kyi for Muslim minority rights in Myanmar

OTTAWA—The meeting Wednesday had the look of a feel-good visit between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and honorary Canadian citizen Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, also known as Burma. But a major international human rights watchdog and groups representing Burmese refugees in Canada called on Trudeau to push Suu Kyi to allow …

First supervised injection site to open in Surrey but some say they won’t use it

SURREY, B.C. –Drug users will start injecting their own heroin or other illicit substances at a new supervised injection site opening this week in Surrey, B.C., in efforts to curb a crisis in overdose deaths. SafePoint will be British Columbia’s first site outside of Vancouver that allows people to shoot up drugs under medical supervision …

Almost 2,500 Canadians died from opioid related overdoses last year: data

OTTAWA—New data suggests almost 2,500 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016—deaths that federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says were preventable. The data released Tuesday by the Public Health Agency of Canada found an estimated 2,458 people died of opioid overdoses, a national death rate of 8.8 per 100,000 people. And the agency found western …

Libs back motion in support of Trans Mountain, despite B.C. government turmoil

OTTAWA—The federal Liberal government has thrown its weight behind an Opposition motion backing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, even as political turmoil in British Columbia threatens the project’s future. The motion, introduced in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Mark Strahl, affirms that the project has social licence to proceed, is critical to …