News Headlines December 30, 2014: Edmonton mass murder-suicide, nine dead in city’s worst killing spree in history

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Edmonton mass murder-suicide, nine dead in city’s worst killing spree in history

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Nine people are dead, including two children and the gunman in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in the worst mass murder in the city’s history. It all started on Monday evening, Dec. 29, 2014 and ended Tuesday morning Dec…READ MORE
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News Headlines December 28, 2014: Family dog, 17-year-old Pit Bull-Rottweiler mix mauls newborn baby in BC, Canada

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Family dog, 17-year-old Pit Bull-Rottweiler mix mauls newborn baby in BC, Canada

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Another child has been injured in a dog attack, this time the tragedy occurred in Saanich, British Columbia, Canada in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, when a longtime family pet mauled its owners’ newborn…READ MORE

Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts November 26, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement announcing the new Speaker of the Senate of Canada — Transcript

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing the new Speaker of the Senate of Canada

Source: PM.gc.ca, 11-26-14

Ottawa, Ontario
26 November 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the occasion of Dr. Noël A. Kinsella’s last day as Speaker of the Senate of Canada and to announce the appointment of the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin as the new Speaker:

“Over the last eight years, Senator Noël Kinsella has served with distinction as Speaker of the Senate of Canada. He has presided over the Upper Chamber with aplomb and dignity, respecting the decorum of this institution and setting a tone that brought out the very best in his colleagues from all political parties.

“During his time as Speaker of the Senate, Senator Kinsella distinguished himself around the world as a human rights advocate and an academic. As an Honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Reserve, he continued in his unfailing support of the men and women who serve, visiting the Pacific and Atlantic coast Canadian naval installations and boarding many of the ships of the Canadian fleet, including HMCS Charlottetown on patrol in the Persian Gulf.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Senator Kinsella for his remarkable work, and for the compassion and intellect which he used to raise his office. I thank him as well for his tireless parliamentary service to Canadians and for representing New Brunswickers and Acadians so well. He will be remembered and honoured and I wish him every success in all his future endeavours.

“I am also pleased today to announce that Senator Pierre Claude Nolin has accepted to become the next Speaker of the Senate.

“Senator Nolin has represented Quebecers and Canadians in the Upper Chamber with honour for over 21 years. The wealth of experience he has gained on numerous committees, including the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, and the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, as well as his experience as Speaker pro tempore of the Senate will no doubt allow him to excel as Speaker of the Senate of Canada. I am confident he will succeed in his new role and work to make this institution more transparent, democratic and accountable.”
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Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts December 25, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement on the Christmas season — Transcript

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Source: PM.gc.ca, 12-25-14

Ottawa, Ontario
25 December 2014

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the Christmas season:

“This Christmas, we Canadians have many reasons to celebrate.

“We live in a beautiful country, a compassionate country, a prosperous country.

“Despite the difficulties elsewhere in the world, Canada’s economy is getting ever stronger, and more Canadians have more opportunities and better jobs than ever before.

“Importantly, around the world our country is also known for doing what is good and right, and for protecting the vulnerable, promoting peace, and defending the freedom of all people.

“Amid all the festivities, please say a prayer of thanks for the brave men and women in uniform, who serve this Christmas in harm’s way, especially those fighting the terrorists of the so-called Islamic State.

“In our abundance, and in the spirit of Christmas, I’d also ask you to show kindness to the less fortunate.

“And as you gather with friends and family, may you be filled with love, joy, peace and most of all, hope for the future.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and from my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Season’s Greetings.”
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Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts December 17, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement to mark the beginning of Chanukah — Transcript

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada to mark the beginning of Chanukah

Source: PM.gc.ca, 12-17-14

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen and Rabbi Shriki light the first candle of the chanukiah during a special ceremony marking the beginning of Chanukah.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen and Rabbi Shriki light the first candle of the chanukiah during a special ceremony marking the beginning of Chanukah.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen and Rabbi Shriki light the first candle of the chanukiah during a special ceremony marking the beginning of Chanukah.
Ottawa, Ontario
16 December 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Chanukah:

“This evening at sundown marks the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

“Chanukah is a meaningful eight-day celebration of the victory of the Maccabees, which liberated the ancient Israelites from oppression and their rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It is also a celebration of the ‘great miracle,’ when one day’s worth of oil burned for a full eight days, symbolizing the power of faith to bring light to a world often filled with darkness and despair.

“Tonight, Jews across Canada and around the world will gather with their family and friends to light the first candle of the chanukiah, an important tradition which people of the Jewish faith have upheld for over 2,000 years.

“Chanukah is an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the meaning of faith, freedom and the triumph of good over evil, and to pay tribute to the tremendous contributions of Canada’s Jewish community in all areas of endeavour.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish everyone celebrating Chanukah both in Canada and around the world a happy and peaceful holiday.

“Chag Chanukah Sameach!”

News Headlines December 13, 2014: RCMP, AMF raided gaming king Baazov’s Amaya over insider trading allegations

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RCMP, AMF raided gaming king Baazov’s Amaya over insider trading allegations

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Montreal based online gaming company Amaya Gaming Group Inc. now known as Amaya Inc. is under investigation by the Quebec’s Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) for their trading activities surrounding their takeover Oldford Group, Ltd. this past…READ MORE

Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts December 10, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement following the funeral service for Jean Béliveau — Transcript

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada following the funeral service for Jean Béliveau

Source: PM.gc.ca, 12-10-14

Montréal, Quebec
10 December 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement following Jean Béliveau’s funeral service in Montréal:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and on behalf of all Canadians, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Jean Béliveau.

“His wife Élise, his daughter Hélène, and his two granddaughters, Mylène and Magalie, have lost an extraordinary husband, father, and grandfather.

“And Canada has lost one of the most respected and admired citizens of his generation.

“No one played our national sport so skillfully, elegantly and successfully as Jean Béliveau.

“He inspired generations of young Canadian men and women, from coast to coast to coast.

“The greatest dream of hundreds of thousands of those youngsters was to score a goal ‘like Jean Béliveau.’

“Indeed, ever since the early 1950s there has been, and still is today, a special sort of goal in Canadian hockey: the ‘Jean Béliveau goal.’

“But Mr. Béliveau was greater than the sport to which he devoted his whole life.

“In Quebec, he was one of a handful of individuals, of popular heroes, who nourished the pride of our fellow citizens.

“During our first year in office, our Government had a resolution passed in the Parliament of Canada recognizing that the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada.

“Among those great cultural values and institutions that are specific to Quebec – the French language and culture, the civil law – I think we can also very clearly recognize a red, white and blue jersey.

“A number nine could already be seen on the back of that jersey.

“Now we can see a jersey bearing the number four.

“Like so many generations of young Canadians since hockey has been played in Canada, Jean Béliveau took his first steps on skates on a small rink that his father set up in the back yard of the family home.

“Starting in his first years as a junior in Victoriaville and then in Québec City, there was something magical to be seen in how Jean Béliveau skated.

“For 18 years, thanks to his talent and team spirit, he made his mark as the natural leader of the Habs, who already had other stars in their roster.

“His charisma and influence transcended team lines.

“I remember attending a gala in honour of Mr. Béliveau’s 75th anniversary, here in Montréal.

“There, the great Gordie Howe, as fierce a competitor as the National Hockey League has ever seen, who played against Jean Béliveau for 18 years, said about him: ‘If you think he’s a good hockey player, as a gentleman he’s even better.’

“After hanging up his skates, he remained a beloved and respected figure of Quebec society, as a hockey executive and philanthropist.

“Above all, he was a family man, devoted to his wife, his daughter and his grandchildren.

“To remain close to them during a difficult period in their life, he declined two of the highest functions in the country, offered by two successive prime ministers – of different political stripes.

“Jean Béliveau also leaves the legacy and the example of a discreet, generous philanthropist, deeply committed to his community.

“Throughout and after his sports career, he had a special place in his heart for children with disabilities.

“Jean Béliveau was already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted immediately after he retired from the game.

“He is now a part of Canadian history.”
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Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts December 9, 2014: PM Stephen Harper comments on the terrorist situations in France

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Ottawa, Ontario
9 January 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today commented on the additional deaths in France as a result of the terrorist attacks, and commended French authorities for ending the immediate terrorist threat in and around Paris, France.

“The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with the family and friends of those who were killed during today’s hostage takings in France. We are also relieved that French authorities were able to neutralize three of those directly involved in these cowardly terrorist acts that killed many innocent people in several locations in France.

“I would like to commend French authorities for tracking down those responsible for these heinous crimes. It is my hope any other individuals responsible for planning and carrying out these depraved acts will be brought to justice and face the full force of the law.

“We stand with our allies in defiance of those who commit such barbaric acts and whose only aim is to usurp the rights of freedom-loving people everywhere, including the fundamental right of freedom of expression.”

Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts December 7, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement on the shooting at offices of French news magazine in Paris

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Ottawa, Ontario
7 January 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the shooting that occurred in Paris, France:

“I am angered and saddened to hear of the terrorist attack today in the offices of the Parisian news magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” which has killed at least 12 individuals, including two police officers.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives during this heinous crime and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. The perpetrators of this attack must be apprehended and brought to justice.

“This barbaric act, along with recent attacks in Sydney, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Ottawa, is a grim reminder that no country is immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.

“Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value. Canadians stand with France on this dark day.”

News Headlines December 5, 2014: Wilson, a shepherd collie mix found shot in the mouth in abandoned house

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Local residents in the small Saskatchewan town of Lestock, recently found a male shepherd collie mix in an abandoned house, but he was not the only inhabitant, also found was a female dog along with her eight puppies in the…READ MORE

News Headlines December 3, 2014: Hawk, police therapy dog helps seven-year-old girl testify at sex abuse trial

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Hawk, a Labrador Retriever and police therapy dog has become one of the first dogs in Canada to comfort a witness while testifying in court. Hawk, a police therapy dog is helping two child witnesses testify this week in a…READ MORE

Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts December 3, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement on the death of Jean Béliveau — Transcript

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of Jean Béliveau

Source: PM.gc.ca, 12-3-14

Ottawa, Ontario
3 December 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement after learning of the death of hockey legend Jean Béliveau:

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and many fans of Jean Béliveau, who passed away at the age of 83.

“Known affectionately as ‘Le Gros Bill,’ Mr. Béliveau was quite simply one of the most talented and gracious players to ever play the game. His renowned skills as a centre – including his skating ability and expert stick handling – were perhaps only eclipsed by his unfailing sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct both on and off the ice.

“A pillar of the Montreal Canadiens for decades, he contributed enormously as both a player and later an executive to the Habs, earning 17 Stanley cups. He still ranks second on the team’s all-time regular season scoring list with 1,219 points and holds the Canadiens’ record with 176 career playoff points in 162 contests. He made the All-Star Team numerous times, and won many of the leagues’ most prestigious honours, including the Art Ross Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy. Le Gros Bill was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

“Mr. Béliveau was also a philanthropist contributing to the Alzheimer Society and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as well as to a multitude of activities for children with disabilities, including through the Jean Béliveau Foundation.

“Jean Béliveau was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1998 and a Grand officier de l’Ordre national du Québec in 2010. He was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2001 and into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. He was also the recipient of the NHL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

“Mr. Béliveau will be remembered as a hockey giant who inspired a nation with his outstanding skill, humility and pure love of the game. His legacy lives on in the records he set, the legions of hockey players that he inspired, and the deep love he shared with his home province of Quebec.”
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