Five rules for Canada’s Conservatives in 2020


A proud country with a happy future requires an energetic opposition — a government in waiting — rooted not in inflexible dogma or imported slogans but rather one prepared to propose and, with power, implement serious solutions to the very serious challenges and problems of Canada as it is — in all its colours, creeds, contours and complexities across its huge geography.
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Vancouver Weather: Heavy rain, tapering to showers
A rainfall warning remains in effect Thursday morning for Metro Vancouver. The downpour should ease up in the afternoon.
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Driver in custody after man hit in road-rage case: Cops
A driver is in custody after an alleged road-rage incident in Brampton that left a man in hospital with serious injuries. Peel Regional Police were called around 6:40 a.m. to Airport and Coventry Rds. for a report of an assault. Const. Heather Cannon says there was an altercation between two drivers. She says one driver […]
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OPP organized crime unit raids Burlington townhouse
An OPP spokesperson would only confirm “that enforcement action has taken place in Burlington and arrests have been made.”
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Arson investigators probe fire that damaged car in Montreal North
The vehicle was parked on Bellevois Ave. near Amiens St.
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Canadian-owned plane battling Australian wildfires crashes, killing 3
A Canadian-owned water bomber being used in the fight against the wildfires in Australia has crashed, killing three American firefighters.
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What happens if WHO declares new coronavirus a global health emergency?
The World Health Organization is meeting for a second day in Geneva, after officials said they needed more information before declaring the new coronavirus originating in China a global health emergency.
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Montreal firefighters find badly injured man at the scene of a garage fire
Police were unable to provide details on the victim other than to say that his injuries are life-threatening.
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Arson squad investigating after unconscious person found in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve garage fire
Firefighters responded to the fire at 6:15 a.m. and found an unconscious individual inside the burning structure, according to police spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron.
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Survey shows Canadians support broader assisted-dying law
In a web survey, polling firm Leger found 86 per cent of respondents agreed that people with a serious, degenerative and incurable disease should be able to request and obtain medical assistance in dying.
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Commemorative stamp pays tribute to all-black hockey league in the Maritimes
The stamp tells the story of the Colored Hockey League, which saw teams competing for the Colored Hockey Championship between 1895 and the 1930s.
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Studies suggest role of bats, snakes in coronavirus outbreak
A new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China may have originated in bats or snakes, according to genetic analysis of the virus that has so far killed 17 people.
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WYWS: Coronavirus fears at home and abroad, deadline shooting in Seattle
And Longueuil police are looking for help in the case of a man impersonating a police officer.
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Three Americans dead after Canadian waterbomber plane crashes fighting Australia bushfires
The aircraft flew into a valley to drop fire retardant and never emerged
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Police investigating alleged ATM theft, break-in at east-end Montreal depanneur
Montreal police are investigating after a reported break-in at a local depanneur and the alleged theft of an ATM from the business.
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Ontario elementary teachers to continue rotating strikes at four boards
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says another one-day strike will take place today at the Avon Maitland, Halton, Niagara, and Lakehead school boards.
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Canada ramps up preparations as WHO decides whether to declare global coronavirus emergency
As China battles the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and killed 17, the World Health Organization is preparing to give more information on whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.
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Officer trying to pick up women at DIX30 wasn't a real cop, Longueuil police say
Police say they don’t know how the suspect came into possession of an officer’s shirt and badge.
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A new tribunal can hear your noise-related complaints
Some owner issues will now get new attention, thanks to an amendment to the Condominium Act, writes Gerry Hyman
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‘We are not the starched uniform-wearing crew of old’: a messier, more human ‘Star Trek’ in ‘Picard’
Producers and cast members of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ talk about continuing the original’s legacy of hope for humankind and the joys of working with Patrick Stewart.
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Wills, funerals, estates: Tough money talks to have before it’s too late
Some experts say planning for your funeral, preparing an estate and figuring out your will should be part of your financial planning in 2020.
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Trump impeachment: Senate gathers for more opening arguments in landmark trial
Each side has 24 hours over three days to present their case. After the House prosecutors finish Friday, the president’s lawyers will follow.
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Mother facing charges after malnourished teen found weighing only 26 pounds
A Chambersburg woman is facing charges after a 16-year-old in her care was found to be severely malnourished to the point where the teen weighed only 26 pounds.
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Richard Décarie’s LGBTQ Comments Swiftly Condemned By Top Conservatives
A possible Conservative leadership candidate is drawing swift condemnation from top Tories, including others who hope to lead the party, for comments disparaging the LGBTQ community.Richard Décarie, a largely unknown former political aide to Stephen Harper while he was in opposition, is attempting to carve out a niche as the social conservative standard-bearer in the race to replace Andrew Scheer as Tory leader.In an interview with CTV’s “Power Play” Wednesday, Décarie said he would “defund abortion” and continues to oppose same-sex marriage, a position he said is shared by the “real people” he meets.“We are all mixed up, our kids are mixed up,” he claimed.Host Evan Solomon reminded Décarie that LGBTQ Canadians are “real people,” too. “I think LGBTQ is a Liberal term,” Décarie responded. “I don’t talk about people that way.” Asked if he thinks being gay is a choice, Décarie said that he does.“I think it’s a choice and how people are behaving is one thing. I think government has a responsibility to encourage the traditional values that we have had for the past years,” he said. “That’s the kind of so-con issues that I would bring as a leader.”CTV shared a clip of that exchange on Twitter:Emphasizing his "so-con" values, Décarie says "LGBTQ" is a "Liberal" term and that being gay is a "choice." #cdnpoli#ctvppMore at https://t.co/uCQmGSHoELpic.twitter.com/F9Z70Ejsdi— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) January 22, 2020Eric Duncan, a rookie Ontario MP who is also the first openly gay member of the Conservative caucus, was among the first to weigh in.“Hi Mr. Décarie, I don’t know you at all. But I’m a proud new Conservative MP from rural Eastern Ontario. We should probably chat about my life ‘choices,’” he tweeted.Former Tory minister Peter MacKay, who has declared his intention to run for Conservative leader and is widely considered a top-tier candidate, also blasted the remarks.Being gay is not a choice and nobody should be running for office on a platform to roll back hard-won rights. https://t.co/EtUm7StRoI— Peter MacKay (@PeterMacKay) January 23, 2020Another leadership aspirant, Ontario MP Marilyn Gladu, took to Twitter to call the comments “unacceptable” and reaffirmed a pledge to “stand up for the rights and freedoms of every Canadian.”Two other Ontario MPs expected to join the leadership contest — Erin O’Toole and Pierre Poilievre — also made it clear where they stand on Décarie’s comments.This statement is ridiculous. The Conservative Party of Canada is open to ALL Canadians. Our membership made it clear when we voted to recognize same-sex marriage. https://t.co/f6pYCtyXGJ— Erin O'Toole (@ErinOTooleMP) January 23, 2020The comments are as unacceptable as they are ignorant. You do not speak for Conservatives—or for Canadians. Being gay is NOT a choice. Being ignorant is. https://t.co/7zWLwQbQOH— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) January 23, 2020Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, who was a leading voice behind the push in 2016 for the party to scrap a policy opposing marriage equality, said she would not serve under the leadership of anyone who believes sexuality is something to be fixed.“I am full on tired of this type of shit defining the conservative movement in Canada,” she tweeted. “Giddyup, you’re going to have to go through me.”HuffPost Canada has reached out to Décarie for comment and will update this story if he responds.The controversy is bubbling up months after a federal election campaign that saw Scheer pressed about his social conservative views and voting record. Scheer was asked about his refusal to walk in Pride parades and earlier opposition to same-sex marriage, including a 2005 speech where he compared recognizing gay marriage to calling a dog’s tail a leg. Scheer pledged to respect the rights of all Canadians as prime minister.Watch: Andrew Scheer announces he’ll step down as Tory leader An external review of the Conservative campaign has been completed by former senior minister John Baird. The party has maintained the report will not be released publicly.But according to CTV News, a portion of the report touched on how opposition to LGBTQ rights is a path to defeat.“One positive result of the otherwise dispiriting federal election is that it confirmed large majority support for LGBTQ rights,” the report reads, according to CTV News. “A political leader who considers gay families less worthy of respect or is visibly uncomfortable with marriage equality is now an electoral liability no party can afford.”RELATED Rona Ambrose Rules Out Conservative Leadership Bid Jean Charest Won’t Run For Conservative Leader After All Rookie MP Says He'll Run For Conservative Leadership  With a file from The Canadian Press
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Man taken to hospital after ‘possible road rage’ incident in Brampton
The suspect fled the scene, according to police.
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Nova Scotia pulp mill issues layoff notices as facility winds down operations
Northern Pulp says a majority of its 90 salaried employees will be laid off over the next few months with the earliest losing their jobs by next week.
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Professional Lego builder ‘hasn’t worn a tie for years’ after giving up IT job
A little over a decade ago Ryan McNaught became a Lego certified professional and is one of only 14 in the world.
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London Ont. study finds controlled-release opioid may cause heart infections
The findings supports growing evidence that some controlled-release opioids are capable of leading to higher risk of infectious disease among those who inject drugs. 
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Lawyers for Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou to respond to Crown arguments today
The hearing this week in British Columbia has focused on the legal test of double criminality, or whether the conduct Meng is accused of would also be a crime in Canada.
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Road rage incident in Brampton sends driver to hospital, police say
Peel Regional Police say an alleged road rage incident between two drivers in Brampton has sent one driver to hospital on Thursday morning.
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Pointe-Claire introduces priority parking near commuter train stations
Pointe-Claire will soon be introducing priority street parking for local residents near its three commuter train stations.
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Nova Scotia pulp mill issues layoff notices as facility winds down operations
Northern Pulp says a majority of its 90 salaried employees will be laid off over the next few months
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Black steps up as the new decor neutral
Walls go dark with sophisticated results that add visual depth and frame art displays
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Grim new research suggests some Vesuvius eruption victims experienced a slow death
A new study by an international research team has found that some victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption had a slower death than initially believed.
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China locks down 3 cities in bid to contain virus amid Lunar New Year rush
In Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces were eerily quiet.
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First phase of Meng Wanzhou extradition hearing to conclude today
Her arrest in December 2018 at Vancouver’s airport set off a diplomatic uproar with Beijing detaining two Canadians and restricting some imports in moves widely viewed as retaliation.
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Parents call for change to citizenship law that treats adopted children like 'second-class citizens'
Adoptive families are calling for the removal of a law they claim creates a second class of citizenship for children who become Canadians abroad.
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China Locks Down City Of Millions To Contain Deadly New Virus
BEIJING — China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries amid the Lunar New Year travel rush.Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded the Wuhan’s train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 a.m. local time. Only travellers holding tickets for the last trains were allowed to enter, with those booked for later trains being turned away. Virtually everyone at the scene was wearing masks, news website The Paper’s live broadcast showed.Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in Wuhan were eerily quiet. Social media users posted that movie theatres were cancelling showings and complained that food vendors were exploiting the situation with huge price increases on fresh produce.Images of the city posted online following the closure showed long lines and empty shelves at supermarkets as residents stocked up for what could be weeks of relative isolation.“To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science,” Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization’s representative in China, told The Associated Press in an interview at the WHO’s Beijing office. “It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work.”RELATED Canada Ramps Up Preparations For Coronavirus Outbreak China Sees Spike In Number Of New Coronavirus Cases Amid Outbreak Everything About The Mysterious New Pneumonia Outbreak In China New SARS-Like Virus Can Be Spread Human-To-Human: Top Chinese Expert Local authorities have demanded all residents wear masks in public places and urged government staff to wear them at work and for shopkeepers to post signs for their visitors, Xinhua news agency quoted a government notice as saying.Train stations, the airport, subways, ferries and long-distance shuttle buses were stopped in the city, an industrial and transportation hub in central China’s Hubei province. Xinhua cited the city’s anti-virus task force as saying the measures were taken in an attempt to “effectively cut off the virus spread, resolutely curb the outbreak and guarantee the people’s health and safety.”Measures similar to those enacted in Wuhan were being taken at nearby cities in Hubei province, with public transport suspended and theatres, internet cafes and other entertainment centres closed beginning Friday, according to state media reports. That stands to prevent travel by millions more Chinese, potentially increasing the economic costs of the outbreak considerably.Cake Liu left Wuhan last Friday after visiting her boyfriend there. She said everything was normal then, before human-to-human transmission of the virus was confirmed. But things have changed rapidly.“(My boyfriend) didn’t sleep much yesterday. He disinfected his house and stocked up on instant noodles,” Liu said. “He’s not really going out. If he does he wears a mask.”At least 17 deaths reportedThe illnesses from a newly identified coronavirus first appeared last month in Wuhan, and the vast majority of mainland China’s 571 cases have been in the city. Other cases have been reported in the Thailand, the United States, Japan and South Korea. One case was confirmed Thursday in Hong Kong after one was earlier confirmed in Macao. Most cases outside China were people from Wuhan or who had recently travelled there.A total of 17 people have died, all of them in and around Wuhan. Their average age was 73, with the oldest 89 and the youngest 48.The significant increase in illnesses reported just this week come as millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year, one of the world’s largest annual migrations of people. Chinese are expected to take an estimated three billion trips during the 40-day spike in travel.While state broadcaster CCTV has largely ignored the outbreak to emphasize traditional observances of the festival, reports have filtered in of events such as temple fairs being cancelled in cities including Beijing. Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels must put people’s lives and health first.Chinese President Xi JinpingAnalysts have predicted the reported cases will continue to multiply.“Even if (the number of cases) are in the thousands, this would not surprise us,” the WHO’s Galea said, adding, however, that the number of cases is not an indicator of the outbreak’s severity, so long as the mortality rate remains low.The coronavirus family includes the common cold as well as viruses that cause more serious illnesses, such as the SARS outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003 and killed about 800 people, and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, which developed from camels.China is keen to avoid repeating mistakes with its handling of SARS. For months, even after the illness had spread around the world, China parked patients in hotels and drove them around in ambulances to conceal the true number of cases and avoid WHO experts.In the current outbreak, China has been credited with sharing information rapidly, and President Xi Jinping has emphasized that as a priority.“Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels must put people’s lives and health first,” Xi said Monday. “It is necessary to release epidemic information in a timely manner and deepen international co-operation.” Health authorities were taking extraordinary measures to prevent additional person-to-person transmissions, placing those suspected to be infected in plastic tubes and wheeled boxes where air passed through filters.The first cases in the Wuhan outbreak were connected to people who worked at or visited a seafood market, which has since been closed for an investigation. Experts suspect the virus was first transmitted from wild animals but the virus also may be mutating. Mutations can make it deadlier or more contagious.WHO plans another meeting of scientific experts Thursday on whether to recommend declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, which it defines as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a co-ordinated international response.Many countries are screening travellers from China for illness, especially those arriving from Wuhan. North Korea has banned foreign tourists, a step it also took during the SARS outbreak and in recent years due to Ebola. Most foreigners going to North Korea are Chinese or travel there through neighbouring China.With files from Shanshan Wang
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Author's goofy and gassy golden retriever inspires first book
The reason Donna Santini wrote her first children's book is simple. She wanted to make children laugh, so she wrote a story about her goofy golden retriever's visit to the vet.
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Putin ‘cherrypicking’ facts when he blames Poland for helping to start WWII: Historians
Russia and Poland have been locked in a politically charged war of words since Putin alleged that Poland colluded with Nazi Germany prior to the Second World War
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