Five stories in the news for Wednesday, July 17
Efforts to free some endangered, entangled North Atlantic right whales continue, weather permitting, according to the federal government.
VANCOUVER - Four oil and gas companies are expected to answer questions today about how they use the Trans Mountain pipeline, how refinery closures affect their prices and other factors that could contribute to British Columbia's volatile prices at the pump.
MONTREAL - Lawmakers in France begin their ratification of the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union and Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes the leaders of the 28-country bloc to Montreal today.
OTTAWA - Nominations for federal elections are strikingly uncompetitive and opaque, according to a new study, which says that has profound consequences for Canadian democracy.
BELLA BELLA, B.C. - The company responsible for a fuel spill that contaminated the fishing territory of a First Nation on British Columbia's central coast has been fined $2.9 million but the chief of the Heiltsuk says the sentence is a long way from justice.
EDMONTON - Syphilis rates not seen in Alberta since 1948 have prompted the province's chief medical officer to declare an outbreak of the disease and encourage people to get tested for it.
REGINA - A mother whose son died of a fentanyl overdose wants the Regina Police Service to equip all front-line officers with the life-saving antidote naloxone.
One of Canada's largest Christian denominations will spend the next three years considering whether to change its governance structure amid outrage that just two bishops' votes stood in the way of having same-sex marriage recognized by the Church's laws.
OTTAWA - Cuts to legal-aid funding imposed by the Doug Ford government in Ontario will lead to delays and other disruptions of refugee hearings, says the tribunal that adjudicates asylum claims in Canada.
OTTAWA - A former chairman of the federal advisory panel on firearms says he found the committee to be a well-meaning but ultimately pointless exercise because members were not allowed to conduct independent research.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Four occupants of a downed float plane remained missing Tuesday after the aircraft crashed into a Labrador lake, killing three others on board.
KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. - Ontario Provincial Police say a man has been charged after allegedly assaulting an officer during an incident in Virginiatown, Ont.
CALGARY - A witness to the shooting of a German tourist driving down an Alberta highway said he remembers hearing a loud clap, but couldn't say who pulled the trigger.
An escalation of long-standing issues with its water supply pushed a First Nation in northern Ontario to declare a state of emergency, its chief said Tuesday as he called for help dealing with the problem.
OTTAWA - Warship repair contracts worth $1 billion will be split evenly between two shipyards, with a third deal on the way, the federal government announced Tuesday.
OTTAWA - The province of Quebec offers the federal New Democrats fertile ground, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Tuesday, despite private hand-wringing about his party's state ahead of the upcoming election campaign.
MONTREAL - A 43-year-old cyclist is facing charges after allegedly smashing the windows of a Montreal city bus on Monday night.
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's justice minister — a retired Mountie — says he's waiting for a ruling on whether he has a conflict of interest before commenting on revelations the RCMP erased evidence in the case of a man wrongfully convicted of murder.
WINNIPEG - The women's council of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it will no longer be part of what it calls a "social media drama" involving the grand chief.
OTTAWA - The federal government awarded two contracts Tuesday totalling $1 billion to keep a dozen warships running for another 20 years as part of Canada's decades-long, multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding strategy.
A new study involving more than 19 million cats from across Canada and the United States suggests most of the animals continue to put on weight after they reach adulthood, and their heaviest weight is higher now than it was two decades ago.
VICTORIA - The British Columbia government's firm position on tougher driver's licence requirements for ride-hailing is a move in the right direction, given the experiences from other jurisdictions, a transportation expert says.
WINNIPEG - The University of Manitoba says it has cut ties with an Ebola vaccine researcher pending the results of an RCMP investigation.
MONTREAL - A Quebec environmental group says it will appeal a decision last week rejecting its attempt to launch a class action lawsuit against the federal government for what it says is a failure to combat climate change.
TORONTO - The country's largest and arguably one of its noisiest cities could become just a little quieter if a new enforcement campaign aimed at muffling some of the worst offenders proves successful.
OTTAWA - An evaluation of a federal benefit to help parents take time off work to care for critically ill children says fewer people have used it than expected because they didn't know about it or didn't understand how it worked.
HAMILTON - A second person has been arrested in the death of a man who Hamilton police say was stabbed numerous times by three suspects in May.
OWEN SOUND, Ont. - A man is facing charges after police say a mosque in Owen Sound, Ont., was vandalized on two consecutive days last week.
TORONTO - Ontario Provincial Police say the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 have been reopened after five large propane tanks that had fallen off a transport truck were removed.
CRANBROOK, B.C. - A special prosecutor is recommending up to two years in prison for a former polygamous leader in Bountiful, B.C., convicted of removing a child from Canada to marry a member of his fundamentalist sect in the United States.
Regina police say three men and one woman who were brought to Saskatchewan as wildfire evacuees from northern Ontario are facing assault charges.
HALIFAX - A defence lawyer who fought to free Glen Assoun from a wrongful conviction for murder says evidence erased by the Mounties would have helped Assoun win his appeal and spared him eight more nightmarish years in prison.
BELLA BELLA, B.C. - A Texas-based company is scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a diesel spill from a tug boat that ran aground and sank in a First Nation's fishing territory on British Columbia's central coast.
VANCOUVER - A proposed high-speed rail link connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland would cut the travel time between each city to under an hour and dramatically boost the economy of the entire region, a new report concludes.
The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted down a proposal to bless same-sex marriage across the denomination, with its newly elected leader acknowledging the disappointment the decision would bring for many.
OTTAWA - The current system for identifying Canadians is inadequate for the digital age, the chief executive of Desjardins Group told MPs in an emergency parliamentary committee meeting Monday grappling with the fallout of a major data breach at his financial-services company.
Ontario's top court has upheld a decision allowing a man found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre to eventually take college classes on his own.
OTTAWA - Mass-shooting survivor Nathalie Provost has quit the federal firearms advisory committee in frustration, saying she is "extremely disappointed" with the Liberal government's failure to crack down on assault-style rifles.
Two teenage girls who went missing during a camping trip in Algonquin Park were found safe on Monday, bringing an end to a search that involved nearly 100 people through the weekend.
CALGARY - There was conflicting testimony in court Monday about whether a youth charged in the shooting of a German tourist on an Alberta highway may have acted on his own or was ordered to fire the gun.
OTTAWA - Newly published government figures show fewer asylum-seekers crossing "irregularly" into Canada than last year, although June did see a small increase over other months this year.
OTTAWA - The Metis National Council is embracing an outside financial audit requested by the federal government, the group's finance minister said Monday.
CALGARY - An animal welfare group is renewing its call for cruelty charges following the deaths of six horses at this year's Calgary Stampede.
MONTREAL - A sonar-equipped provincial police boat explored a deep reservoir Monday for signs of a missing helicopter carrying a Quebec entrepreneur and his teen son who haven't been heard from since failing to return from a fishing trip last week.