TORONTO – A constitutional challenge to Canada’s segregation laws scheduled to be heard in September should be put on ice in light of proposed legislation and policy changes that will address the issues raised, the federal government argued on Thursday.
In seeking the adjournment in Ontario Superior Court, a government lawyer insisted the courts should defer to Parliament and allow the legislative process to proceed.
“Parliament is now considering improvements to the statutory framework,” lawyer Peter Southey told Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco. “The attorney general asks you to adjourn this application, while parliament carries out its legislative responsibilities.”
At issue is the practice known as administrative segregation that civil liberties groups, who opposed the adjournment request, argue can amount to indefinite solitary confinement. The isolation is frequently used to manage difficult inmates, especially those whose safety may be at risk in the general population.
Two years ago, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and
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PHILADELPHIA – In a surprise move, Philadelphia’s top prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a corruption charge and agreed to resign.
District Attorney Seth Williams pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a single count of accepting a bribe from a businessman.
The move came after weeks of damaging testimony against the two-term Democrat, who didn’t run for re-election this year.
The 50-year-old Williams was accused of illegally accepting gifts from businessmen in exchange for legal favours. He was also charged with fraudulently using thousands of dollars from his campaign fund for personal expenses, misusing city vehicles and misappropriating money intended to fund his mother’s nursing home care.
He had been charged with 29 counts of bribery, extortion and fraud.
Philly.com reports that although 28 counts were dismissed, a prosecutor said Williams admits he “committed all of the conduct.”
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OTTAWA – Canada’s top court won’t hear an appeal from two B.C. First Nations worried that construction of an $8.8-billion hydro-electric dam would violate their constitutionally protected treaty rights.
Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nation have been fighting the B.C. government in court for more than two years, hoping to halt construction of the Site C project.
After losses at both the provincial court and Federal Court level, the Supreme Court refused to grant the First Nations leave to appeal.
Site C will flood more than 5,500 hectares of land along the Peace River in northeast B.C., creating an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and providing enough power to light up 450,000 homes a year.
Project construction started in the summer of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.
A review of the project concluded that there would be significant adverse environmental effects, impacting indigenous treaty rights in the area, but the previous Conservative
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U.S. stocks are finishing with hefty losses on another day of widespread selling among technology companies.
Apple fell 1.5 per cent Thursday and internet gear maker Cisco Systems lost 2.1 per cent after it lowered its guidance.
Investors also sold big-dividend stocks as bond yields jumped. Household products maker Procter Gamble dropped 1.6 per cent.
Big banks rose after the Federal Reserve said that they can buy back more stock and raise their dividends. Bond yields and interest rates also jumped.
Citigroup climbed 2.8 per cent and Regions Financial added 4 per cent.
The Standard Poor’s 500 index shed 21 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,419.
The Dow Jones industrial average retreated 167 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 21,287. The Nasdaq composite dropped 90 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 6,144.
U.S. stocks are sharply lower at midday as technology companies take big losses.
Cisco Systems fell 1.5 per cent Thursday after
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump ridiculed the looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching.
In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”
“I heard poorly rated @Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came … to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Brzezinski responded on Twitter by posting a photograph of a Cheerios box that has the phrase “made for little hands.” Critics looking to get under the president’s skin have long suggested that his hands appear smaller than usual for his frame.
“It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The American Academy of Arts and Letters will soon have new leadership.
Executive director Virginia Dajani is stepping down after 27 years, the academy told The Associated Press on Thursday. She will be succeeded by Cody Upton, currently the director of operations. During her time as executive director, Dajani presided over numerous capital projects and helped expand the academy’s lucrative awards programs.
Dozens of honours are given annually, the prize money exceeding $1 million. Dajani also helped guide the organization’s transition from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, of which the academy was a separate entity, to the National Academy of Arts and Letters.
The academy is an honour society founded in 1898. Members over the years have included Mark Twain, Duke Ellington and Joan Didion.
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MONTREAL – Police say a suspected thief on a bicycle ended up in hospital after he allegedly tried to steal a woman’s purse at a Montreal cemetery.
Const. Raphael Bergeron says it began around mid-morning Wednesday when the 44-year-old woman was meditating in the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery.
Bergeron says the woman noticed the cyclist inside her vehicle, allegedly attempting to steal her purse.
The police spokesman says after the man ran off, the woman jumped inside her vehicle and, a short time later, he ended up pinned underneath her car.
The 46-year-old suspect was taken to hospital, and later listed in stable condition.
The man could face a charge of theft from a vehicle, while the woman could also be charged with assault with a weapon.
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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A southern Alberta man who told police the devil led him to kill a father, a toddler and a senior has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.
Derek Saretzky, 24, was charged in the September 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech.
Saretzky showed little emotion as the jury gave its verdict. Friends of Meketech wept in the back of the courtroom.
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