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Clean Needle Programs Too Dangerous, Federal Prison Officials Tell Court

Clean Needle Programs Too Dangerous, Federal Prison Officials Tell Court

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A injection kit is seen Insite in Vancouver, Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Giving clean drug-injection needles to prisoners to stem the spread of infectious disease would make federal penitentiaries more dangerous places, senior correctional officials say.

Syringe needles could too easily be used as weapons, the Correctional Service of Canada’s security director and a veteran prison warden say in affidavits filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Police Need Training, New Technology, Not Just 911 Regulations: Advocates

Police Need Training, New Technology, Not Just 911 Regulations: Advocates

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – It’s going to take a lot more than new regulations to allow all Canadians to send urgent, life-and-death text and video messages to emergency call centres, say advocates of so-called next-generation 911 services.

Organizations, including the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, say a hearing this week by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission into expanding 911 service across the country is just the beginning of what’s needed to upgrade services to take advantage of new technologies.

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Justin Trudeau Adds Fresh Faces to Cabinet; Freeland Up, Dion, McCallum Out

Justin Trudeau Adds Fresh Faces to Cabinet; Freeland Up, Dion, McCallum Out

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland is sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is making Chrystia Freeland his new foreign affairs minister and promoting Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to Immigration as part of a cabinet shakeup aimed in part at preparing for a Donald Trump presidency.

Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, leaves the trade portfolio to replace veteran Liberal MP Stephane Dion, whose next assignment has not been made clear.

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Canadian Firms Expect Post-Election U.S. Growth Despite Uncertainty: Central Bank

Canadian Firms Expect Post-Election U.S. Growth Despite Uncertainty: Central Bank

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

Bank of Canada
The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. A greater number of Canadian firms expect to benefit from what they anticipate will be stronger post-election growth in the United States, a new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – A greater number of Canadian firms are expecting to benefit from what they foresee as stronger post-election growth in the United States, a new Bank of Canada poll suggested Monday.

However, the central bank’s latest business outlook survey also found when it came to exports many Canadian companies remained concerned about uncertainty linked to the possibility of new protectionist measures in the U.S.

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Trudeau Aims to Connect with Canadians in Coffee Shops, Church Basements

Trudeau Aims to Connect with Canadians in Coffee Shops, Church Basements

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
The city of vancouver is shown in the background as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours a tugboat in Vancouver Harbour, Tuesday, Dec.20, 2016. Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ringing in the new year with a determined effort to re-establish his connection with grassroots Canadians after closing out 2016 amid accusations of kowtowing to wealthy donors at elite Liberal fundraisers.

Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country.

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Airlines Asked to Confirm Fitness-to-Fly Measures After Pilot Allegedly Drunk

Airlines Asked to Confirm Fitness-to-Fly Measures After Pilot Allegedly Drunk

By The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau is seeking assurances from passenger airlines that they have up-to-date measures to confirm pilots’ fitness to fly and are rigorously enforcing them.

Garneau’s move follows an incident last weekend in which a Sunwing Airlines pilot was accused of being so drunk that he passed out in the cockpit shortly before scheduled takeoff from Calgary.

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Hundreds of Veterans Likely Affected by Federal Cuts to Medicinal Pot Allotment

Hundreds of Veterans Likely Affected by Federal Cuts to Medicinal Pot Allotment

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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An employee places marijuana on a scale for a client at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. Nearly three-quarters of veterans whose medical marijuana is paid for by the federal government get more than three grams per day, while one in three receives the maximum daily allotment of 10 grams. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Reed Saxon)

OTTAWA – Almost three-quarters of veterans using medical marijuana will feel the impact this spring when the federal government imposes a new limit on the amount of weed for which it will pay.

A new report says 74 per cent of veterans whose medical pot is covered by the government consume more than three grams per day — which will put them over the three-gram daily maximum the government is poised to impose starting in May.

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Tory Leadership: Scheer Calls on O’Leary to Join Race Before French Debate

Tory Leadership: Scheer Calls on O’Leary to Join Race Before French Debate

By The Canadian Press

Kevin O'Leary
Kevin O’Leary attends the Disney ABC Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif., in this Jan. 10, 2013 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

OTTAWA – Conservative leadership hopeful Andrew Scheer is accusing possible candidate Kevin O’Leary of trying to avoid an all-French debate in two weeks.

Scheer released a statement today urging the Montreal-born businessman to formalize his candidacy and participate in the Quebec City event Jan. 17.

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Trudeau Issues Statement Wishing Canadians Happy New Year

Trudeau Issues Statement Wishing Canadians Happy New Year

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – The prime minister says his resolution for 2017 is to “stand against the politics of fear and division.”

Trudeau’s New Year’s message released Saturday said he will focus on what brings people together.

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NFL Hopeful the Trudeau Government Will Overturn CRTC Super Bowl Ad Ruling

NFL Hopeful the Trudeau Government Will Overturn CRTC Super Bowl Ad Ruling

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

NFL Super Bowl
Carolina Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart (28) scores a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The company that owns the right to broadcast the Super Bowl in Canada is going back to court in a last-ditch effort to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over American ones during the big game. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jeff Chiu)

OTTAWA – The company that owns the right to broadcast the Super Bowl in Canada and the National Football League went back to court Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over American ones during the big game.

Bell Media, which owns CTV, and the NFL formally filed notices of appeal of a recent court ruling upholding the ban, but made clear they’re hoping the Trudeau government will intervene before the case is heard.

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