White supremacist pleads guilty to plotting to bomb Colorado synagogue


Richard Holzer, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime for plotting to bomb a Colorado synagogue in 2019.
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Saskatoon mayoral candidates square off in economic-focused debate
Saskatoon's six mayoral candidates faced off in a debate Wednesday night, hosted by the North Saskatoon Business Association.
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Alberta’s UCP government set to introduce auto insurance reforms Thursday
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York Regional Police seize millions worth of illegal pot, several exotic animals
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U.S. economy grew by a record 33% in 3rd quarter amid coronavirus pandemic
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Health Canada expands recall of Daily Shield hand sanitizer, manufacturer’s licence suspended
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Peterborough man, 62, charged with child luring following online investigation
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Peterborough Public Health holding free flu shot clinics
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Vote On Conversion Therapy Ban Exposes Divisions Among Conservative MPs
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s efforts to straddle the divide between social conservatives and more moderate members of his caucus were on display Wednesday as the House of Commons gave approval in principle to a bill that would outlaw the discredited practice of conversion therapy.The bill passed easily by a vote of 308-7 but exposed divisions within Conservative ranks.O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs.But seven of his MPs voted against it, two abstained and eight others made it clear they were supporting it only grudgingly for now, in hopes that it will be amended by the Commons justice committee.Former Tory leader Andrew Scheer was among those who simply did not show up for the vote.O’Toole allowed his MPs a free vote on the issue, part of his bargain with social conservatives that helped him secure the Conservative leadership in August.The bill would criminalize the practice of forcing children or adults to undergo therapy aimed at altering their sexual orientation or gender identity.‘Flawed bill,’ Tory MP saysSome Conservatives have expressed fears the bill would outlaw conversations between parents and their children or counsel from religious leaders. O’Toole has said “reasonable amendments” are necessary to clarify that point.During debate on the bill earlier this week, former leadership contender Derek Sloan went so far as to suggest it would outlaw prayer. Sloan has previously said the bill amounts to child abuse.Justice Minister David Lametti has dismissed those fears, arguing that the bill does not criminalize conversations that are meant to provide guidance to those questioning their gender or sexuality.Sloan was among the seven Conservatives who voted against the bill Wednesday.Others supported the bill for now but made their reservations crystal clear.“With the best of faith, I vote in favour of sending this flawed bill to committee,” said Saskatchewan MP Cathay Wagantall as she registered her virtual vote.By contrast, all Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, New Democrat, Green and independent MPs who took part in the vote supported the bill. A number of Liberal MPs made a point of announcing that they were “proudly” voting in favour.READ MORE Tories Move To Tweak Liberal Conversion Therapy Bill Amid Caucus Divisions Bill To Ban Conversion Therapy In Canada Revived By Liberals O'Toole Spent His 1st Week Extending Olive Branches (Analysis) O’Toole Says He Won Tory Leadership ‘As A Pro-Choice Conservative MP’ The NDP questioned the validity of votes that came with “qualifiers,” prompting Speaker Anthony Rota to remind MPs that when voting virtually, they are supposed to say simply whether they are for or against the motion, with no other comment.During question period moments before the vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a veiled shot at the sincerity of O’Toole’s profession of support for the bill.“Conversion therapy is rooted in the harmful premise that one’s sexual orientation or gender identity could and even should be changed,” Trudeau told the Commons, in response to a setup question from a Liberal backbencher.“Our legislation will criminalize efforts to force someone to change or hide who they are. While Conservatives couch their support for conversion therapy behind misleading arguments, on this side, we will always stand up for the rights of Canadians.”Watch: Here’s what the Trudeau Liberals have faced this year. Story continues below. The bill would ban conversion therapy for minors and outlaw forcing an adult to undergo conversion therapy against their will.It would also ban removing a minor from Canada for the purpose of undergoing conversion therapy abroad and make it illegal to profit from providing the therapy or to advertise an offer to provide it.The practice has been widely discredited as cruel and traumatic.The Canadian Psychological Association says there is no scientific evidence that conversion therapy works but plenty of evidence that it causes harm to LGBTQ individuals, including anxiety, depression, negative self-image, feelings of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships and sexual dysfunction.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020.
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Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign
Philadelphia police say Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was shot earlier this week in the throes of a mental health crisis after he ignored officers’ repeated orders to drop a knife.
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Quebec's centralized COVID-19 response is costing lives, doctors charge
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Regional hospital system to take over Niagara Falls LTC home after outbreak
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In Azerbaijan, a string of explosions, screams and then blood
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Man in critical condition after being shot by Montreal police in N.D.G.
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Wedding and birthday party infect 56 in New York, leaving nearly 300 in quarantine
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Elise Stefanik’s loyalty to Trump is flashpoint in New York race
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Got a food idea that can take you from home cook to entrepreneur? Check out Toronto’s commercial kitchens
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Longueuil police lead early morning raids against cocaine ring
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Driver suffers serious injuries in Hagersville collision: OPP
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Border officer in Meng Wanzhou arrest says he didn’t intend to share phone passcodes
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Fatal shooting in Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood leads to investigation by Quebec’s police watchdog
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Man charged with second-degree murder in death of Zachery Grosse
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Terrorism suspected in France knife attack that left 3 dead: officials
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Insurance firms pledge to help Ontario small businesses as pressure to address rising rates mounts
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U.S. election: A look at swing states and why they matter
Together, the swing states identified this year account for 119 electoral college votes up for grabs.
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