Crown appeals suspended sentence for two Halifax constables found guilty in 2016 inmate death

The Crown had asked for two-year prison sentences, while both defence lawyers had countered with suspended sentences with conditions.
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‘We want to get rid of them’: Thailand protesters plan biggest anti-government rally yet
The biggest demonstration so far drew 10,000 in Bangkok last month, but protest leaders have said they expect this one to be much bigger.
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Reports of an “active shooter” in Airdrie turn out to be BB gun-related: RCMP
RCMP said a number of people were injured by BB guns in at least six different locations in Airdrie Friday night.
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Trump’s release of Puerto Rico aid ahead of election comes after years of attacks, denials
Trump has spent years blasting Puerto Rican officials while opposing spending to rebuild a power grid and other infrastructure that was wiped out by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
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Two victims rushed to hospital after shooting at Richmond restaurant
Police were called to Manzo Itamae Japanese Restaurant at Garden City Road and Capstan Way around 7:30 p.m.
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Texas on hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength in Gulf of Mexico
Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names earlier Friday, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.
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Southern Alberta cattle prices remain steady amid COVID-19 pandemic
Earlier this year, some of the largest meat-packing plants in Alberta temporarily closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, leaving a lot of uncertainty for beef producers. Despite all that, calf prices are holding strong as sale season starts.
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Calgary police issue warning about release of high-risk offender
Police in Alberta issued similar warnings about the release of Alexandre Passechnikov in 2013 and again in 2017. 
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Jamal Murray’s Nuggets no match for the Lakers in Game 1 of NBA Western final
Anthony Davis and LeBron James led the way for Los Angeles, making its first conference final appearance since 2010.
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More migrant women allege they received unwanted surgeries while detained in U.S.
A doctor at a Georgia facility is accused of performing unwanted hysterectomies and other procedures done on detained immigrant women that jeopardize their ability to have children.
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Langley grappling with rash of expensive, illegally dumped construction material
"It's very hard to catch the people who are responsible and hold them accountable."
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Peru’s president survives impeachment vote, but turmoil expected to remain
Despite dodging the impeachment attempt, President Martin Vizcarra is still dealing with one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks and a sagging economy as his reputation dims.
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4 Toronto nightclub patrons test positive for coronavirus, staff and visitors encouraged to self-monitor
Toronto Public Health reported that contract tracing determined the four people who tested positive for coronavirus were at Noir inside Rebel between 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 2 a.m. on Sept. 12.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg mourned by hundreds at steps of U.S. Supreme Court
The large group of mourners packed the high court’s steps and the street across from the U.S. Capitol in a nighttime memorial.
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Trudeau Sets Byelections' Date After Liberals Name Candidates For Both Ridings
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called two byelections less than a day after the Liberals named their candidates in each of the Toronto ridings.A short notice from the Prime Minister’s Office says the votes in York Centre and Toronto Centre will take place on Oct. 26.The Liberals are hoping to hold the seats left vacant by the resignations of two government MPs.The party named CTV broadcaster Marci Ien as its candidate in Toronto Centre, which was held by Bill Morneau before his sudden resignation as finance minister and MP in August. Ien announced her candidacy for the nomination in a series of tweets on Thursday, only to be declared the party’s standard-bearer by the end of day. TD Bank Group executive Paul Saguil had previously declared his candidacy for the nomination and so had Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House.The Liberals gave the same treatment to Ya’ara Saks in York Centre, a seat left vacant by the resignation of MP Michael Leavitt at the beginning of September.RELATED ‘If There Has To Be An Election, We’ll Figure It Out,’ Trudeau Says Premiers' Ask Feds For Billions In Additional Health-Care Funding O’Toole Blames Feds For Family’s Frustrating COVID-19 Testing Experience What Would A Further-Left Green Party Mean For Canada? Green party leadership hopeful Annamie Paul said she wants to run for her party in the Toronto Centre byelection but needs special permission to do so.The Green party has a rule preventing any of the eight people running for the leadership from running in a byelection before the winner is named Oct. 3.Paul said the Liberals are making politically motivated decision to call the byelections now, when COVID-19 numbers in Toronto are spiking and before the government knows if it will survive a confidence vote on next week’s throne speech.She said the Liberals also know very well the Greens are two weeks away from picking their next leader, and that she was the Green candidate in Toronto Centre in 2019.“The timing is fairly cynical,” she said.One of Paul’s rivals for the Green leadership also has ties to Toronto Centre. Glen Murray was the Ontario Liberal MPP for the riding of the same name from 2010 to 2017.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Employees at pork processing plant to be tested for COVID-19
The Bas-St-Laurent region has 148 active cases of COVID-19 and is in the yellow or pre-alert stage.
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Premier François Legault will be tested for COVID-19 and self isolate
QUEBEC — Premier François Legault will undergo a COVID-19 test and self isolate in the wake of a positive test for Conservative leader Erin O'Toole whom he met earlier this week.
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Erin O’Toole tests positive for COVID-19 and remain in isolation
The Opposition leader was tested in Gatineau on Thursday after one of his staffers tested positive.
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From Oxford to Congress: McMaster prof embroiled in White House scandal ‘loyal’ ... to a fault
Former supervisor says Paul Alexander was ‘deferential’ — sometimes ‘uncritical’ — toward superiors during time at Oxford
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Premiers' Ask Feds For Billions In Additional Health-Care Funding
OTTAWA — Canada’s premiers unanimously demanded Friday that the federal government fork over at least $28 billion more each year for health care, among other big-ticket items on their wish list for next week’s throne speech.They also want Ottawa to increase funding for infrastructure projects by $10 billion.And they want retroactive reforms to the fiscal stabilization program so that provinces hit with a sudden plunge in revenue get more money. That would mean an extra $6 billion for Alberta alone.But it’s health care that tops their wish list.“Nothing right now is more important to Canadians than health care because without health care, we have nothing,” Ontario’s Doug Ford told a news conference alongside Quebec Premier Francois Legault, Alberta’s Jason Kenney and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister.“If we don’t have our health, we don’t have an economy.”Speaking directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ford added: “I can’t be any more clear. We need your support for health care, we’re in desperate need of your support.”The four premiers said they were speaking unanimously for all 13 provincial and territorial leaders. They travelled to the nation’s capital to appear in person at the news conference in order to underscore the importance of their demands.The federal government this year will transfer to the provinces nearly $42 billion for health care, under and arrangement that see the transfer increase by at least three per cent each year.But the premiers said that amounts to only 22 per cent of the actual cost of delivering health care and doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about six per cent.They want Ottawa to increase its share to 35 per cent, which would mean $70 billion this year. “It is time for the federal government to do its fair share,” Legault said in French.On top of the annual transfer, the federal government has given the provinces an extra $19 billion to help them cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, including more than $10 billion specifically for COVID-related health-care costs.But the premiers said that extra money is one-off; what they need is an increase in annual transfers to ensure stable, long-term funding.“We’ve had this problem to a growing degree over a number of years. Because it’s happened gradually, perhaps we didn’t notice it so much. COVID makes it worse,” said Pallister.“Now we have hundreds of thousands of delayed treatments, diagnoses, surgeries that have yet to be performed. It is absolutely critical that we get this foundational part of our social structure repaired.”Meeting between PM and premiersThe federal government has already shovelled unprecedented amounts of money into emergency aid benefits and other measures to help Canadians weather the pandemic. The federal deficit this year alone is forecast to hit $343 billion.Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc agreed that quality health care is of critical importance and said the Trudeau government will be happy to discuss the premiers’ demands.Trudeau has already agreed to hold a virtual meeting with premiers devoted strictly to the issue of health-care transfers.However, LeBlanc noted premiers have long demanded increased health transfers, including during the era of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, of which Kenney and Pallister were once part.The “critical question,” LeBlanc said, is whether the federal government has the fiscal capacity to meet that demand now.“We have said we will stop at nothing to ensure the safety and security of Canadians in the context of the of the COVID-19 pandemic and that remains our priority,” he said.RELATED ‘If There Has To Be An Election, We’ll Figure It Out,’ Trudeau Says Ontario Tightens Gathering Limits In Toronto, Peel And Ottawa Progressive Conservatives Win Majority In New Brunswick Ford Promises Steep Fines For People Breaking Public Health Rules On infrastructure, LeBlanc said the provinces and territories have not yet used all the money already earmarked for projects. He suggested they should do that before asking for more.The fiscal stabilization program has not changed since 1995 and the money available to eligible provinces is capped at just $60 per resident. The premiers are asking for that cap to be lifted.Kenney said the cap has shortchanged his province, which has been hit by a triple whammy of COVID-19, plunging oil prices and decreased demand for his province’s natural resources.“Alberta’s been there for Canada,” he said.“Now Canada has to be there for Alberta and other provinces that are facing the greatest economic and fiscal challenge since the Great Depression,” he said.The throne speech is expected to include three main priorities: measures to protect Canadians’ health and avoid another national lockdown; economic supports to help keep Canadians financially afloat while the pandemic continues; and longer-term measures to eventually rebuild the economy.In particular, it is expected to promise more health-care funding — including for long-term care homes that have borne the brunt of the more than 9,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Canada — and for child care so that women, hardest hit by the shutdown, can go back to work.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s feminist icon, is dead at 87
The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s pointed and powerful dissenting opinions earned her late-life rock stardom.
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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole tests positive for coronavirus
A statement released by the Conservative Party Friday night says that O'Toole is in self-isolation and "is feeling well."
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Toronto waterfront nightclub linked with four COVID-19 cases remains open
The four people who tested positive visited the nightclub on Sept. 11, from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Man dead after head-on crash involving car and cube van west of Cochrane
The driver of a car was killed when his vehicle collided head-on with a cube truck on Highway 1A on Friday afternoon, according to Cochrane RCMP.
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Durham College students return to class and face changes amid coronavirus pandemic
Students are heading back to school at Durham College. But things look a little different with several measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
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Andersen doubles down at Tour de France, wins Stage 19
Canada’s Hugo Houle, a support rider for the Astana Pro Team, was 57th in Friday’s stage. The 29-year-old from Sainte-Perpetue, Que., is 46th overall.
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Coronavirus pandemic means changes to Rosh Hashanah celebrations
“It’s very difficult to not be able to spend the highlight of the year with those who you want to."
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Canada adds nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, highest daily increase since May 25
The new cases bring the country's total COVID-19 diagnoses to 141,789.
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#ICYMI: One ringy dingy, quiet Halloween, other news
Catch up on today's news that you might have missed. 
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