Author: Russell Bradley Francis

A Liberal MP and former sport minister is again calling for a public inquiry into abuse in sport — and is accusing her own government of not doing enough to tackle the problem. Kirsty Duncan said the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to build momentum behind her efforts to prevent harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport in the years after she left cabinet — despite knowing a lot about the problem well before Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations exploded in the news last year. Duncan said she even faced “pushback” from people within her own government…

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A Canadian medic serving in Ukraine has been killed in action, according to his family, and is being mourned by members of Ukraine’s foreign legion. Gregory Tsekhmistrenko was working with Ukraine’s Black Team in Bakhmut, a city in the eastern region of Donetsk, when he was killed in an assault that saw several others wounded by the Wagner Group, Russia’s notorious mercenary force. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) initially declined to give CTV News official confirmation of his death on Monday, citing security concerns. But in a followup email on Tuesday, a department spokesperson said GAC “is aware of the death…

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Police in India have arrested two men in connection with the deaths of four people near the US-Canada border in January 2022. The bodies, including that of a three-year-old child, were found lying together frozen in a field in Canada’s Manitoba, 12m away from the US border. Authorities in Gujarat state, where the family was from, said the arrested men were “illegal immigration” agents. Police are also trying to arrest two agents based in the US and Canada. The family – Jagdish Patel, 39, Vaishaliben, 37, their daughter, Vihangi, 11 and son, Dharmik, 3 – were from Gujarat’s Dingucha village,…

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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she is no longer pursuing amnesty for COVID-19 health-rule violators because Canada doesn’t work that way. “Because we’ve been so influenced by the (United) States, I think that some people think that a premier has the same power as they do in the States of clemency or offering pardons,” Smith told the Shaun Newman podcast Monday. “I’ve not observed that that’s the case in Canada. We just have a different criminal justice and different legal system, and once things have been handed over for prosecution, politicians have to be hands off.” However, law professor Lorian…

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A growing number of patients who request medical assistance in dying are asking to donate their organs for transplant, says an international review that found that Canada is performing the most organ transplants from MAID patients among the four countries studied that offer this practice. The report is the first-ever review of the growing use of this new practice around the world. The review was conducted in 2021 and the results were formally published in December 2022. “We saw everyone is working in different directions. And then we said ‘OK, well, let’s start an international (discussion) of all the countries…

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In Canada, it should be Dry January all year round, according to new national recommendations that say zero alcohol is the only risk-free approach. If you must drink at all, two drinks maximum each week is deemed low-risk by the government-backed guidance. The advice is a steep drop from the previous recommendation, published in 2011. Those guidelines allowed a maximum of 10 drinks a week for women and 15 drinks for men. The new report, funded by Health Canada, also suggested mandatory warning labels for all alcoholic beverages. “The main message from this new guidance is that any amount of…

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The United States and Japan on Friday agreed to accelerate efforts to address forced labor and other human rights violations in supply chains through the launch of a task force between the governments of the two countries. The task force, to be co-chaired by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, is expected to serve as a platform for information sharing between the two countries and facilitate dialogue with businesses as the United States increasingly moves to crack down on forced labor in China. A U.S. law broadly banning imports from China’s…

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As many Canadians cope with extreme cold and heavy snow or are bracing for nasty weather, Environment Canada is urging them to reconsider holiday travel plans and to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Many roads are expected to be icy and hazardous, the agency warns, and airports are advising travellers that flights could also be affected. But for travellers who still choose to brave the elements, here are some tips weather the storm. Drivers Steven Flisfeder, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the conditions will make for difficult driving. If you can, try to postpone any gatherings until Sunday, he says, but if…

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