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Jamie Haller sues 3 BC RCMP officers for 2011 beating

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jamie Haller says she was the one who needed police protection Jamie Haller alleges she was beaten by a Mountie in Williams Lake, B.C., when she was 17 has now filed a civil suit against the city and three RCMP officers, including one who was acquitted of an assault charge. Jamie Haller turns 20 this week and […]

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Medical marijuana spread on toast, inside cookies backed by BC court

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Medical marijuana access regulations infringe on Canadian charter rights British Columbia’s highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety is unconstitutional. The B.C. Appeal Court released its 2-1 decision on Thursday stating that medical marijuana […]

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False killer whale calf found on Vancouver Island beach

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

False killer whales rarely seen in BC waters Efforts are underway to save a young false killer whale calf which has washed ashore on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The distressed cetacean was found in poor condition Thursday morning on North Chesterman Beach. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has recovered the whale […]

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Business

Harper introduces legislation to end CPR strike

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

CPR strike estimated to cost $205 million in GDP every week Canada’s Conservative government on Monday was introducing legislation to force an end to a CPR strike by more than 3,000 Teamsters members, saying the rail strike poses a threat to the economy. The strike by Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and other train workers began late […]

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Sun News Network closing the doors Friday

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sun News Network dogged by controversy The Sun News Network is shutting down Friday morning after negotiations to sell the troubled television network were apparently unsuccessful. Sources tell The Canadian Press that the network will cease broadcasting early Friday morning. Last December, a report in the Globe and Mail quoted a source “familiar with the […]

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Arctic shipping down in 2014 due to more ice

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arctic shipping through Northwest Passage may increase in 2015 Arctic shipping numbers dropped in 2014 because ice is melting slower than expected. In fact, more ice formed last year, say experts. Thirty-one ships used the Northern Sea Route over Russia to sail between Europe and Asia and another 22 used part of the route, Alaska Public […]

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Canada

Canadian newsmakers who died in 2014

| December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty among Canadian newsmakers who died in 2014 Every year the nation looks back on the list of Canadian newsmakers who died, some familiar over many years for their participation in sports, media, or politics – and some not so familiar. JANUARY 6 _ Toronto-born actor Larry D. Mann, 91, who […]

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2014 movies of the year by The Canadian Press

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Top 2014 movies include “Boyhood,” filmed over 12 years with the same cast Critics agree there weren’t many classics in 2014 movies, but there were some interesting flicks to keep film buffs happy and returning to theatres. A remarkable look at the growth of a young boy, a gripping portrait of a maniacal jazz instructor and […]

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Marijuana “going mainstream” in Canada – poll

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Medical authorities support legalizing marijuana Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it – marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor’s prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb […]

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Opinion

Anti-vaccine movement: One example of misunderstood science

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Clear scientific evidence vaccines are safe, but anti-vaccine proponents not listening The anti-vaccine movement likes to claim it has science on its side. Does it? Beacon News asked Dr. Glen Armstrong to review a scientific article anti-vaxxers claim links vaccines to autism. Former Playboy centrefold and American celebrity Jenny McCarthy famously claimed vaccines caused autism in […]

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Castle doctrine law for Canadian home owners?

| February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Castle doctrine part of English common law, concept of “an Englishman’s home is his castle” Too many times we hear a homeowner is charged by the police after a criminal home invasion. The home owner often try’s to defend himself with a weapon of his choice. After the home invasion the home owner is usually charged […]

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Anti-intellectualism alive and well in Alberta, BC

| January 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anti-intellectualism thrives in religion-based schools Recently, I was forwarded an article entitled “Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US.” In the piece an author, Isabel Allende, explains how one of her books: “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction” was banned from Tucson, Arizona schools because it possibly might promote teachings that overthrow the US government. The article […]

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