Friday, August 1, 2014

National

Republicans plan to sue Obama

WASHINGTON—Contending that President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law, a sharply-divided U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican plan to file an election-season lawsuit against him.

First responders face high PTSD

WINNIPEG—Alex Forrest clearly remembers what happened to a fellow firefighter who was traumatized by the deaths of two captains in a house fire.
It was two months after the Winnipeg blaze in 2007 that killed Tom Nichols and Harold Lessard, and Forrest knew his colleague was having a hard time coping.

Top court narrows scope of allowable evidence from stings

OTTAWA—Confessions extracted through so-called “Mr. Big” police sting operations tend to produce unreliable confessions, are open to abuses, and must be regulated more carefully in order to be admissible in court, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.
The decision by the country’s highest court calls into question the convictions of Canadians behind bars across the country.

Holiday being renamed for Fox

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government plans to change the name of the province’s August civic holiday to Terry Fox Day.
Fox was born in Winnipeg on July 28, 1958 and became famous for his cross-country “Marathon of Hope” in 1980.
Renaming the holiday, which falls on the first Monday of August, in honour of Fox only makes sense, Premier Greg Selinger said yesterday.

Feds fund miner training

AIR RONGE, Sask.—The federal government yesterday committed $2.5 million to help train miners in northern Saskatchewan.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement at a training college in Air Ronge—a several-hour drive northeast of Prince Albert.

PM still taking hard line with Gaza, Russia

OTTAWA—An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday reiterated his government’s hard line on Hamas, Russia, and Chinese cyberattacks.
Harper said Hamas solely is responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza following almost a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants.

Evacuation order finally lifted

JOHNSONS LANDING, B.C.—Two years after a landslide tore down the slopes of Johnsons Landing, B.C., claiming the lives of four people in a wave of mud, trees, and rock, the last of the evacuated residents finally are being allowed to return home.

Another Alberta jackpot

ST. ALBERT, Alta.—It’s three times lucky for Alberta in lottery games in the last week.
Emery and Lorraine Cressman of Calgary are the latest multi-million-dollar winners in the province with their Lotto 6-49 ticket worth $7 million.
Emery said he thought he and his wife had won $70,000 when he checked the ticket for the July 19 draw.

Site C dam called a threat

VANCOUVER—Major development projects such as the Site C dam in B.C.’s Peace River watershed could threaten up to $8.6 billion in ecological values, suggests a report commissioned by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Natives ready to die for lands

TORONTO—Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations’ chiefs said Tuesday.
Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers, and the public that they’ll assert their treaty rights over their traditional territory and ancestral lands.

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