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Ousted Tory MLA Borrows Play from Bernier, Takes Reins of New Manitoba Party

Ousted Tory MLA Borrows Play from Bernier, Takes Reins of New Manitoba Party

By Mia Rabson and Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday, March 27, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

OTTAWA – A Manitoba MLA and former federal cabinet minister is taking a page from Maxime Bernier’s playbook and becoming the leader of a new party.

Steven Fletcher has taken over the leadership of the Manitoba Party after finding himself on the outs with the federal and provincial Tories.

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Canadian Military Imposes Restrictions on Use of Recreational Marijuana

Canadian Military Imposes Restrictions on Use of Recreational Marijuana

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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Cannabis harvested at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., is photographed on June 26, 2018. The Canadian Forces is placing limits on when military personnel can use recreational marijuana once it becomes legal, with the restrictions based largely on service members’ jobs and current or upcoming missions. Supervisors are also being given directions on how to recognize whether their troops might be under the influence, including red or glassy eyes, slow reaction times, anxiety and unusual talkativeness. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

OTTAWA – The Canadian military has unveiled new restrictions on when service members can use recreational marijuana — and warned those in uniform could face disciplinary action or charges if they fail to comply.

The restrictions and warning are contained in a new policy released Friday, in which defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says military personnel will be expected to “make responsible choices” when it comes to using the drug.

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Archeologists Aim to Uncover Secrets of Franklin Expedition in Ship’s Cabins

Archeologists Aim to Uncover Secrets of Franklin Expedition in Ship’s Cabins

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Franklin Expedition
The ship’s bell from the recently discovered Franklin Expedition shipwreck HMS Erebus sits in pure water after being recovered in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Canadian archeologists will spend two weeks exploring the wreck of the HMS Erebus to uncover even more secrets from the ill-fated Franklin expedition. The ship, along with the HMS Terror, disappeared during an exploration through the Arctic in 1846, leaving the fate of captain Sir John Franklin and his crew a mystery for more than 150 years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – A Parks Canada archaeology team is boating towards the graves of the Franklin expedition ships, more than 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, hoping to uncover more secrets from the ill-fated mission.

Parks Canada’s team of nine underwater archeologists will arrive on site by Friday and spend the next two weeks exploring the wreck of HMS Erebus hoping to find artifacts that might help explain exactly what happened to the crews on the Erebus and HMS Terror during a scientific and exploratory mission that started in 1845.

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Health Canada’s Marijuana Education Campaign ‘Nuanced’, Expert Says

Health Canada’s Marijuana Education Campaign ‘Nuanced’, Expert Says

By Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press

Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, November 5, 2017. In the past, health campaigns warning of the harmful effects of drugs delivered one resounding message: Don’t do it. But now that the federal government has decided to legalize marijuana, Health Canada seems to provide more education on the topic than ever before and has undertaken new strategies to try and land on teens’ screens and in the places they hangout. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

OTTAWA – In the past, public health campaigns warning of the harmful effects of drugs delivered one resounding message: Don’t do it.

But now that the federal government has decided to legalize marijuana, Health Canada has undertaken new strategies to try and land on teens’ screens and in the places they hang out.

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Liberals Approve First Saliva Screening Roadside Test for Marijuana

Liberals Approve First Saliva Screening Roadside Test for Marijuana

By The Canadian Press

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A cannabis plant is shown in southwest Quebec on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is giving the green light to a new roadside test to check for drugs.

On Monday, Wilson-Raybould approved the Drager DrugTest 5000 as the first saliva screening equipment to be used by law enforcement to test for THC, the main psychoactive agent in cannabis.

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Canada to Rejoin NAFTA Talks After U.S., Mexico Agree to Overhaul Trade Pact

Canada to Rejoin NAFTA Talks After U.S., Mexico Agree to Overhaul Trade Pact

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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U.S. and Canadian flags fly in Point Roberts, Wash., on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

OTTAWA – Canada will rejoin face-to-face negotiations with the United States and Mexico on Tuesday after the two continental partners reached a deal that has raised fresh concerns about the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration and Mexico agreed on a bilateral trade framework with the potential for big implications for Canada.

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Bernier Tears Strip Off Conservatives, Scheer as He Quits Federal Party

Bernier Tears Strip Off Conservatives, Scheer as He Quits Federal Party

By Mia Rabson and Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press

Maxime Bernier
Conservative MP Maxime Bernier participates in an interview with The Canadian Press in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Maverick Conservative MP and former leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier has called a news conference in Ottawa just as his caucus colleagues are kicking off a three-day gathering in Halifax. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

OTTAWA – Maverick Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, whose open defiance has been a major headache for the Opposition Conservatives, is quitting the party to start his own political movement — and he’s not pulling his punches.

Bernier, who narrowly lost the Tory leadership to rival Andrew Scheer, says he feels the party has abandoned its true ideals by refusing to end corporate subsidies or abolish the supply management system for poultry and dairy products.

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Stop Producing Nuclear Waste Until We Can Dispose of It, Critics Urge Canada

Stop Producing Nuclear Waste Until We Can Dispose of It, Critics Urge Canada

By The Canadian Press

Chalk River Nuclear Complex
An image of the Chalk River nuclear complex is displayed during a news conference with Gilles Provost and President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility Gordon Edwards in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Environmental groups say Canada should stop producing nuclear energy until the federal government replaces its “pathetic” waste disposal policy with something more meaningful and scientific.

The groups, including the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, plan to protest a meeting Wednesday where officials will discuss plans to decommission nuclear labs and reactors in Chalk River, Ont., and Pinawa, Man.

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