Liberal MP Kate Young’s Letter to the CRTC Was ‘Improper’: Ethics Commissioner

Liberal MP Kate Young’s Letter to the CRTC Was ‘Improper’: Ethics Commissioner

By The Canadian Press

Kate Young
Liberal candidate Kate Young reacts to her supporters in her win over Conservative incumbent Ed Holde in the riding of London West, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, London, Ontario. Young wrote the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission earlier this month to encourage renewal of Bell Media’s licence for CTV London, where she was news anchor for many years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)

OTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner says it was improper for Liberal MP Kate Young, as a parliamentary secretary, to support a television station’s licence renewal application.

Mary Dawson has ruled the Ontario MP’s Aug. 3 letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on behalf of the CTV station in her London riding ran afoul of the Conflict of Interest Act.

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CFIA Confirms Whirling Disease in Fish from Lake in Banff National Park

CFIA Confirms Whirling Disease in Fish from Lake in Banff National Park

By The Canadian Press

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow trout occupy a pond at Rushing Waters Fisheries, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Palmyra, Wis. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says whirling disease has been discovered in fish from Johnson Lake in Banff National Park. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Wisconsin State Journal-John Hart)

BANFF, Alta. – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says whirling disease has been discovered in fish from Johnson Lake in Banff National Park.

The CFIA says it’s the first time it has confirmed the disease in Canada.

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Police Seeking Suspect After Backpack Explodes Outside Winnipeg Courthouse

Police Seeking Suspect After Backpack Explodes Outside Winnipeg Courthouse

Law Courts Explosion
Police surround the law courts building in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 after a small explosion. (JAY SANTOS / TWITTER)

Winnipeg police are looking for a man who left a backpack containing an explosive item outside the law courts building on Wednesday.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a backpack was placed near the steps of the building at York Avenue and Kennedy Street. It was lit on fire and then exploded as a sheriff’s officer attempted to extinguish it.

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Cultural Celebration, Street Market at Chinatown Street Festival

Cultural Celebration, Street Market at Chinatown Street Festival

By Brian Schultz

WildFire dancers perform Saturday during the Chinatown Festival in downtown Winnipeg. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
WildFire dancers perform during the Chinatown Street Festival in 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Live music, cultural performances, authentic cuisine and dynamic street vendors. Just some of the things you can expect at this weekend’s 8th Annual Chinatown Street Festival.

The fun starts on Saturday, August 27 with a merchant market and other activities from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. A screening of “Kung Fu Panda 3” is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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Opening Portage and Main to Pedestrians Not a Priority: Survey

Opening Portage and Main to Pedestrians Not a Priority: Survey

Winnipeg Jets Fans
Jets fans gather at the intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg in April 2015. (David Lipnowski/The Canadian Press)

WINNIPEG — If you’re going to choose your battles based on how CAA Manitoba members feeling about something, opening up Portage and Main shouldn’t be one of them.

That’s the response of 60 percent of members of the automobile club when it comes to taking down the barricades at Winnipeg’s busiest intersection.

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Canada Post Contract Talks Appear to Stall as Strike Mandate Deadline Nears

Canada Post Contract Talks Appear to Stall as Strike Mandate Deadline Nears

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Canada Post
Postal vans arrive at the post office in Halifax on Monday, May 30, 2011. It appears contract talks at Canada Post have stalled as a strike mandate for more than 51,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is set to expire. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

OTTAWA – It appears contract talks at Canada Post have stalled as a strike mandate for more than 51,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is set to expire.

The postal agency’s biggest union has until midnight Thursday to serve the Crown corporation with a 72-hour strike notice.

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Wet Weather in the West and Dry Weather in the East Affecting Crops

Wet Weather in the West and Dry Weather in the East Affecting Crops

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

Pumpkin
Nova Scotia farmer Danny Dill sits by one of his giant pumpkins in a handout photo. Dill is hoping for lots of rain in the coming weeks, or his giant pumpkins used to float contestants in Windsor’s annual pumpkin regatta may not be big enough for the job. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Danny Dill)

FREDERICTON – Nova Scotia farmer Danny Dill is hoping for lots of rain in the coming weeks — or his giant pumpkins, used to float contestants in Windsor’s annual pumpkin regatta, may end up on the small side.

“It’s bizarre, saying Nova Scotia and drought in the same sentence, doesn’t sound right to me,” Dill said.

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Sarnia Mayor Invites 1,500 American ‘Invaders’ to Return to City as Tourists

Sarnia Mayor Invites 1,500 American ‘Invaders’ to Return to City as Tourists

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

Americans Boat
A Customs and Border Protection boat helps floaters during Float Down on the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The west winds blew most boaters toward the Canada shore and they had to be pulled back to the U.S. Thousands were expected to take part in Port Huron Float Down. (Mark R. Rummel/The Times Herald via AP)

The mayor of an Ontario border city that was unwittingly visited by 1,500 wayward Americans over the weekend said he’d like them to come back someday — but this time with money, clothes and passports.

“I think we can use this to boost tourism from our neighbours,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “Come for a visit, we’ll take care of you and this time you can stay longer.”

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