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Trudeau fields questions at town hall meeting in St-Hyacinthe, Que.

Trudeau fields questions at town hall meeting in St-Hyacinthe, Que.SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was challenged on climate change during the opening moments of a town hall meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que. Several early questions focused on the environment, with one man asking Trudeau how he can claim to be pro-environment after his government chose to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline. Trudeau responded that economic development and environmental protection have to go hand in hand.


Trudeau acknowledges global turmoil is making Canadians anxious, fearful

Trudeau acknowledges global turmoil is making Canadians anxious, fearfulJustin Trudeau acknowledged Friday that Canadians are anxious about the upheavals occurring around the globe — with Canada recently seeming to have become the world's favourite punching bag. The prime minister insisted the best way to allay those fears is to stick to his government's plan for improving the lot of middle-class Canadians. Indeed, international events obscured the upbeat economic message Trudeau had hoped would come out of a three-day cabinet retreat — in the midst of which tensions with China escalated and a Canadian mining executive was killed in Burkina Faso.


Soccer academy in Edmonton rooting for alumni Alphonso Davies at Bayern Munich

Soccer academy in Edmonton rooting for alumni Alphonso Davies at Bayern MunichDavies, who is 18, joined Bayern Munich in Germany as a midfielder late last year and has played in one pre-season game with the team. On Friday, he ended up watching the game from the bench as Bayern defeated Hoffenheim 3-1 to mark the league's return to action after its winter break.


Accused in slaying of wife at long-term care centre told nurse he was responsible

Accused in slaying of wife at long-term care centre told nurse he was responsibleTwo witnesses at the trial of a Montreal man accused of killing his ailing wife told a jury Friday the accused admitted to taking the woman's life. Linda Desgagne, a senior nurse at the Montreal long-term care facility where Jocelyne Lizotte lived, said Michel Cadotte asked to speak to her alone after he had alerted other staff to his wife's death on Feb. 20, 2017. Desgagne said she told Cadotte he could have sought more support from staff, before leaving him alone with Lizotte's body.


No cash or trial delay: Judge denies requests from couple charged in son's death

No cash or trial delay: Judge denies requests from couple charged in son's deathCALGARY — A judge on Friday refused requests from an Alberta couple charged in the meningitis death of their son to have their legal fees covered and a retrial delayed. David and Collet Stephan wanted $4 million to pay for past and future legal bills. "You don't have any resources. That's what you're telling me and you're not getting any here," Justice John Rooke told David Stephan, who was acting on behalf of himself and his wife in a Calgary courtroom. "The application is dismissed and ... I am not making any findings on the merits," Rooke said. In 2016, the Stephans were found guilty for failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel. The conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada and a new trial is scheduled for June. The couple's application for cash asked that they be granted $1 million to cover their past legal expenses and that another $3 million be placed in trust for any future defence fees. The Stephans say they have liquidated their assets, are in debt to their previous lawyer and don't have enough money to obtain the necessary assistance to receive a fair trial. Rooke said the Stephans would be better off taking their request for legal fees to a civil court. "You're in the wrong procedure and the wrong place. That's civil court. Another judge ... another day," Rooke said. "It's clear to me if you want to pursue those matters you can sue the attorney general, you can sue the hospital, you can sue the ambulance and you can sue everybody except the judge." Stephan has alleged collusion between the Crown and police in the first trial and has also accused some witnesses of perjuring themselves. He said outside court he and his wife wanted a delay as well as the cash for lawyers to guarantee a fair trial. "We were hoping for a stay of proceedings until we got legal representation. It's kind of bittersweet. It would sure be nice to have this case turfed like it should be," Stephan said. "As heart-wrenching as it's going to be for myself and my wife, it would sure be nice to have the truth come out." Rooke noted that the Stephans had not filed an application for legal aid. "You don't have to justify why you're not applying for it. Some people may say you're a fool for not doing it, but that's your business. You have the right to represent yourself," the justice said. Stephan said one or even two lawyers appointed by legal aid wouldn't be sufficient. He said civil action isn't possible now either. "If we had the money we would have already been before the civil courts to have all of these facts tried," he said. At this point, he said, they might have to continue to represent themselves. The original trial in Lethbridge, Alta., heard evidence that the couple treated the boy with natural remedies and smoothies made of garlic, onion and horseradish rather than take him to a doctor. He had been ill for several days and at one point became so stiff he couldn't sit in his car seat. Once the boy stopped breathing, the Stephans called 911 but he died in hospital in Calgary in 2012. The Stephans now live in Grande Prairie, Alta. — Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Justice Beth Hughes was presiding.


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