Sunday December 28, 2014



QUESTION OF THE WEEK

  • Whom do you consider Merritt's news leader?
  • Q101 Radio
  • 18%
  • Merritt News
  • 51%
  • Merritt Herald
  • 22%
  • Merritt Morning Market
  • 9%
  • Total Votes: 55





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Rigorous training key to turning puppies into service dogs At British Columbia Guide Dogs, puppies start their training at just six weeks old. A few years later, many are ready to make a huge difference in the lives of the visually impaired and people with autism.




Stephen Harper extends holiday greetings to Canadians Prime Minister Stephen Harper extends warm wishes to all of Canada in his annual holiday message.




News Story of the Year: Ottawa violence and soldier deaths Brazen attacks in Quebec and Canada that took the lives of two Canadian soldiers and rattled the country have been voted Canada's News Story of the Year by newsrooms across the country.




Suspect in deaths of Alberta seniors granted bail after re-arrest Travis Vader has been granted bail after being re-arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann. Vader's lawyer says the Crown has to justify the reactivated charges that were stayed in March.




Defence lawyer says Magnotta accepts guilty verdict Defence lawyer Luc Leclair says Luka Rocco Magnotta is focusing on "rebuilding his life" after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Jun Lin. Magnotta has been sentenced to life imprisonment.




Jun Lin's father says Magnotta verdict won't bring closure Speaking through a lawyer, the father of Jun Lin says only having his son back would give him closure. Luka Rocco Magnotta was found guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the student's gruesome 2012 death.




Magnotta coupable et condamné à la prison à vie Luka Rocco Magnotta a été reconnu coupable du meurtre prémédité de l'étudiant Jun Lin et condamné à la prison à vie par le juge Guy Cournoyer. Le jury a délibéré pendant huit jours avant de rendre le verdict au terme d'un procès qui aura duré trois mois.




Crown praises jury as Magnotta found guilty of first-degree murder Luka Rocco Magnotta has been found guilty of all five charges, including first-degree murder, in the death and dismemberment of Jun Lin. Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier says the jury did an "outstanding job."




Justin Trudeau says he'd be 'accessible' as prime minister Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says if he becomes prime minister, he'll be much more open with the media than the current government. Trudeau says Stephen Harper's approach to communications is "weakening" democracy.




Man charged in attack on Alberta girl known to victim: RCMP The RCMP says a 21-year-old man charged in an attack on a six-year-old girl on a reserve west of Edmonton is known to the victim. James Clifford Paul has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.




Military just one 'tool' in Ukraine strategy: Lt.-Gen. Vance Canada's operations commander says the response to Russian aggression in Ukraine has been "measured." Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance says the military is one of several tools being utilized by Canada and its allies in the region.




Remembering the slain soldiers voted Newsmaker of the Year Two Canadian soldiers killed on home soil have been chosen by editors and news directors across the country as Canada's Newsmaker of the Year. The deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo shook the country




Sony hack cause for 'growing concern': John Baird Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is raising concerns about freedom of expression after Sony's film "The Interview" was pulled from theatres. A group claiming credit for hacking Sony made threats against theatres showing the movie.




Cartoonist Art Spiegelman says exhibit goes beyond 'Maus' Art Spiegelman says the drawing style for his Holocaust-themed graphic novel "Maus" was a conscious decision and differs from his other work. The Pulitzer-Prize winning artist has an exhibition opening Saturday at Toronto's AGO.




Dog races around on prosthetics after losing back paws As a newborn stray, border collie cross Hector lost his hind feet when they were frozen to the ground last year. Now, prosthetic paws are allowing the dog to run around and go for walks with his owner.




PM's 'feelings' shouldn't guide relationship with Ontario: Wynne Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she hopes Prime Minister Stephen Harper isn't letting a "vendetta" get in the way of their working relationship. Wynne and Harper haven't met in person for over a year.




Fracking temporarily suspended in New Brunswick The New Brunswick government is imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that the premier says won't change until certain conditions are met. Brian Gallant says more information on the environmental and health risks is needed.




Former Alberta Wildrose leader urges other members to join Tories The former leader of Alberta's Official Opposition says Conservatives need to "stand together." Danielle Smith and eight other members of the Wildrose party crossed the floor Wednesday to join the governing Tory government.




Eaton Centre shooter found guilty of second-degree murder Christopher Husbands has been found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in a shooting at a downtown Toronto mall two years ago. The family of one victim has thanked the jury for its verdict.




Justin Trudeau welcomes Cuba-U.S. relations Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba is welcome news. Canada played a central role by hosting secret talks between the two countries during the past year.




New maple syrup rules aim to crack down on fraudsters New rules are being adopted across North America to ensure consumers have a better idea of what kind of maple syrup they're buying.




Stephen Harper calls Pakistan attack heartbreaking Prime Minister Stephen Harper is offering his condolences to those affected by the attacks in Australia and Pakistan. Harper says the targeting of children in Peshawar, Pakistan is "beyond our comprehension."




Just the Facts: Medical Marijuana More than 10,000 patients in Canada are permitted to use medical marijuana. Here is a look at some key numbers on its production and consumption.




Inside Iqaluit's soup kitchen Volunteers at Iqaluit's Qayuqtuvik soup kitchen say the lunch they prepare will be the only meal of the day for many of their guests.




Finance minister urges provinces to show 'fiscal discipline' Joe Oliver is urging the provinces to balance their budgets but says transfers to them will increase next year. The federal finance minister is meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa Monday.




Just the Facts: Christmas Trees Millions of Christmas trees are grown and sold in Canada during the holiday season. Here are some key facts on the traditional trees.




Just the Facts: Christmas Trees Millions of Christmas trees are grown and sold in Canada during the holiday season. Here are some key facts on the traditional trees.




Mother of one of six killed in Surrey "grateful" for life sentences A Vancouver judge sentenced Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston to 25 years in prison without parole in the execution-style deaths of six people in Surrey in 2007. One victim's mother says she is happy with the sentencing.




Checking in with Darwin, the Ikea monkey Two years after Darwin the monkey rose to fame in a Toronto Ikea parking lot, a Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary volunteer says the Japanese macaque is doing "really well."




MPs tribute House of Commons security officers Security officers received a standing ovation in the House of Commons Thursday, for their quick response to a gunman storming Parliament Hill in October.







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