Saving Obamacare, U.S. Supreme Court upholds landmark health care reform

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WATCH: High drama at the Supreme Court as justices rule on the legality of tax subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. It’s that money that helps 7 million people afford health insurance and today the high court ruled those subsidies should be available no matter where you live. Jan Crawford reports.


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

The president’s signature domestic reform, known as Obamacare is, as the president himself put it, “reality.”

The law, which was passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote, prevents insurance companies from denying coverage because of “pre-existing” health conditions. It requires almost everyone in the U.S. to be insured and provides financial help to consumers who otherwise would not be able to afford it. The United States is the only major world economy that does not have a comprehensive state health care system.

The 6-3 ruling, which upheld financial aid to millions of low- and middle-income Americans to help cover insurance costs regardless of local regulations in their states, was the second major victory in three years for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of the law.

Obama greeted news of the health care decision by declaring the law is no longer about politics but the benefits millions of people are receiving. “This is no longer about a law,” he said at the White House. “This is health care in America.”

WATCH: You have to get hit by a tractor to use Obamacare, says Donald Trump

Declining to concede, top Republican congressman John Boehner said members of his party, who have voted more than 50 times to undo the law, will “continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centred solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families.”

Several Republican presidential candidates said they would continue the fight, ensuring it will be an issue in the campaign.

While the court’s ruling was an important victory for Obama and Democrats, it could also be useful for Republicans as the 2016 presidential and congressional elections heat up. It takes them off the hook, to a degree, from needing to draw up an alternative to Obamacare. Also, it leaves them with the issue to hammer home with their base of support where the law is unpopular.

Other legal challenges to the law are working their way through the courts, but they appear to pose lesser threats.

READ MORE: Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

Chief Justice John Roberts voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

WATCH: White House press secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama was “pleased” when he heard the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a key portion of the president’s health care law.

Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the law. That includes 8.7 million who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help cover their health insurance costs. Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not have the appropriate mechanisms for it.

The health insurance industry breathed a sigh of relief, and a national organization representing state regulators from both political parties said the court’s decision will mean stable markets for consumers.

The law’s opponents argued that the vast majority of people who now get help paying for health insurance coverage are ineligible for their federal tax credits. That is because roughly three dozen states opted against creating their own health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and instead rely on a federal platform to help people find coverage if they don’t have it through their jobs.

The administration, congressional Democrats and 22 states responded that it would make no sense to interpret the law that way. The idea was to decrease the number of uninsured and providing financial help to those who cannot afford to pay. The point of the last piece, the subsidies, is to keep enough people in the pool of insured to avoid triggering a disastrous decline in enrolment, a growing proportion of less healthy people and then payment increases.

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Bizarre 500 million-year-old creature’s head discovered —; with throat full of teeth

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TORONTO —; Scientists knew that this creature roamed Earth half a billion years ago. They also knew that it was worm-like but with legs and spikes. What they didn’t know was where its head was —; until now.



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    Researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge finally found the head of the Hallucigenia, so named due to its rather strange appearance. They also found a ring of teeth, a throat lined with needle-like teeth and simple eyes. Their findings were published in the scientific journal Nature.

    “Prior to our study there was still some uncertainty as to which end of the animal represented the head, and which the tail,” said Dr Martin Smith, a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences, and the paper’s lead author. “A large balloon-like orb at one end of the specimen was originally thought to be the head, but we can now demonstrate that this actually wasn’t part of the body at all, but a dark stain representing decay fluids or gut contents that oozed out as the animal was flattened during burial.”

    WATCH: Hallucigenia takes a walk

    Freaky creature, indeed.

    Hallucigenia was one of the most bizarre and puzzling ancient creatures discovered by paleontologists. They just couldn’t figure this guy out.

    First, the spines were thought to be legs. Its legs were thought to be tentacles. And its head was thought to be its tail. Even once it was all sorted out, hallucigenia was clearly a wonderfully strange creature: Living on the floor of the Cambrian oceans, this bizarre little guy measured between 10 to 50 mm in length, it had pairs of long spines along its back, seven pairs of legs that had claws and three pairs of tentacles on its neck.

    Arthropods include spiders, insects, centipedes and even lobsters, crabs and scorpions. All of these creatures have something in common: they moult, or shed skin.

    The tricky part was linking the hallucigenia to modern-day animals. In 2014, however, research from the University of Cambridge figured out —; mostly by studying its claws —; that it was linked to modern-day velvet worms.

    The researchers made the discovery using electron microscopy to study fossils from the ROM and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Where’s the bear? Black bear not found after spotted in Edmonton’s river valley

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EDMONTON – Reported sightings of a black bear in Edmonton’s river valley Thursday morning had police warning pedestrians to stay away from the area.

The聽bear was reportedly spotted several times south of the North Saskatchewan River off Groat Road Bridge, prompting police to request pedestrians stay off walking trails in the area and stay away from Emily Murphy Park.

Fish and Wildlife officers were called to help with the search, but as of late Thursday morning hadn’t located the bear.

“We have wildlife, animals, wandering in and out of the city via the river valley primarily, and it’s not uncommon to have a black bear wander in to the city,” explained聽Dennis Prodan, District Fish and Wildlife Officer.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers search for a black bear in Edmonton’s river valley after reported sightings, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Geoff Stickle, Global News

There are a couple possibilities of what happened to the bear, Prodan said.

“There’s quite a bit of vegetation along the river valley and banks of the river, so if the bear hunkered down, he could still be in there, or he could wandered off to the bush.”

Prodan added the bear appeared to have avoided humans.

“It’s likely from all indications this bear doesn’t want anything to do with people which is good. So he has his natural instinct to get away.”

Anyone who sees a bear in the Edmonton area is asked to immediately contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife or Edmonton police.

WATCH: Alberta Fish and Wildlife officer Dennis Prodan speaks to the media about authorities search for a black bear reportedly spotted in Edmonton’s river valley



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Which cities could wind up with an NHL team as league explores expansion?

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WATCH: It may be the off-season, but there’s a lot of people talking hockey right now. It’s all because of the announcement that the league is exploring its expansion options. As Mike Le Couteur reports, at least two Canadian cities are in the running.

The NHL is officially exploring expanding its league beyond 30 teams, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday.

The expansion isn’t set in stone, Bettman made clear during his announcement, saying the league is simply taking a “good, hard look” at possibilities.

And despite the minimum $500 million expansion fee, there are definitely possibilities. Here are just a few:

Las Vegas

WATCH: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stressed that there is no race towards expansion and Las Vegas does not have a headstart


The gambling capital of North America is one of the leading contenders for an NHL team. And there appears to be significant interest in the city as well as a season-ticket drive earlier this year received 13,200 deposits for seats at a new arena set to open in 2016. Winnipeg, in comparison, received 13,000.

The drive was led by Canadian native and poker star Daniel Negreanu who said the city is “absolutely starving” for a sports franchise.

“I’ve found the support to be overwhelming. People that live here, they’re dying for this,” he said during an interview with in February.


WATCH: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman weighed in possible interest from parties to bring a second team into the Toronto market.

Toronto is an obvious choice, right? There’s long been notable figures and conference board reports saying the city should have a(nother) hockey team.

A report from the Conference Board of Canada said in 2014 that the economic conditions were favourable enough that Toronto – as well as two other Canadian cities – could support another hockey team.  The report noted that proximity to Canada’s economic centre brings with it big business, season-ticket holders, and sponsorship deals.

But the report didn’t tackle the reportedly cumbersome $100-million fee the new team would have to pay to the Toronto Maple Leafs to give up their territorial rights.

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Quebec City

Quebec City, the former home of the Colorado Avalanche and one of the Canadiens’ historic rivalries is another leading contender for an NHL team.

The city also has an established fan base, and a new 18,500-seat arena.

The NHL currently has 16 teams in the eastern conference and 14 in the western conference and if another team was born in Toronto or Quebec City, some conference juggling might be required to keep things even.  It’s something the NHL is keeping in mind, however Bettman said Wednesday geography and imbalance aren’t the sole factors.

Logo of the NHL team Quebec Nordiques on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Richard Buchan/


Though sports fans might be preoccupied with the success of the Seattle Seahawks to care whether the NHL expands to Seattle, the northwestern United States city is one of the leading contenders.

Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur suggested the team may be a long shot as local billionaire Chris Hansen is waiting for an NBA team.

More American teams?

Much to the chagrin of some Canadian hockey fans who want to see the Stanley Cup brought north of the border, the expansion could be focused in the United States. Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, said Wednesday that people from Milwaukee, Portland, and Kansas City have also expressed interest in bringing an NHL franchise to their cities.

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1-month jail sentence for ex-MP Del Mastro

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ABOVE: Dean Del Mastro was found guilty of overspending during his political campaign and then lying about it. The judge called what he did an affront to our democratic principles. By sentencing the former Conservative MP to a month in jail, she sent a powerful message to all politicians. Mike Drolet reports.



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    PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A former member of Parliament who spoke for Prime Minister Stephen Harper when it came to electoral-fraud allegations was sentenced Thursday to one month in jail and barred from running for office for five years for “cheating” during an election campaign.

    Dean Del Mastro deliberately broke spending rules then tried to cover up his crime, said Superior Court Justice Lisa Cameron, who ruled that incarceration was appropriate for the first-time offender.

    “He was prepared not only to break the rules but to be deceitful about it,” Cameron said.

    “This type of cheating and lying will result in serious sanctions.”

    WATCH: Ex-MP Dean Del Mastro was escorted into a police vehicle after receiving a one month prison sentence for electoral fraud.

    READ MORE: Del Mastro鈥檚 election overspending merits only a fine, lawyer argues

    Cameron convicted Del Mastro last fall of violating the Canada Elections Act during the 2008 federal election. She found he had knowingly exceeded spending limits, failed to report a personal contribution of $21,000 to his campaign, and submitted a falsified document.

    The offences are an “affront” to the principles of Canada’s democratic system and the very “antithesis” of democracy, Cameron said.

    “Custody is required to reflect the need for denunciation and deterrence.”

    In addition to two one-month sentences he will have to serve concurrently, Cameron also imposed a four-month conditional sentence to run consecutively, following the jail sentence, for filing a false return.

    READ MORE: Judge dismisses Del Mastro鈥檚 application for a mistrial

    The former MP for Peterborough will have to serve the first month of the conditional sentence under house arrest. He will also have to pay $10,000 to the Peterborough Electoral District Association and serve a further 18 months on probation.

    Del Mastro, 44, has filed an appeal of the conviction and will seek bail pending the appeal at a hearing Friday.

    He was led away after the sentencing and the status of his bail application was not immediately clear. Del Mastro’s wife was in tears.

    READ MORE: NDP wants Conservatives to change 鈥榙espicable鈥?Parliamentary pension bill

    Accountant Richard McCarthy, 68, who was Del Mastro’s agent, was given a two-month conditional sentence plus one year of probation for his role, which the judge said amounted to acquiescing to Del Mastro’s machinations – or at least was “wilfully blind” to them – but was much less culpable, Cameron said.

    Once Harper’s point man defending the Tories against allegations of electoral fraud, Del Mastro maintained his innocence and called the verdict the judge’s opinion. At a pre-sentencing hearing in April, he choked back tears as he described the “nationwide condemnation” he had to endure as a result of the charges.

    Cameron said she took the impact of the publicity on Del Mastro and his family into account in her sentencing.

    The prosecution had called for up to 12 months in jail, while the defence asked Cameron for a conditional discharge or, at most, a fine.

    Del Mastro resigned his Peterborough seat in the House of Commons – where he had been sitting as an Independent since being charged – shortly after his conviction.

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Update: 1000 tickets in first hours of residential parking ban

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WINNIPEG —; This winter’s first residential snow clearing operation got underway Friday, but it hasn’t gone smoothly.

More than a thousand vehicles were ticketed for being parked in violation of the parking ban that went into effect Friday morning at 7 am, when 400 pieces of equipment hit residential streets to plow away snow.


“Every street in here is lined with parked cars, said Kevin Kroetsch, who drives a loader,”for one you can’t do a nice job, it slows things down, makes more work for the machines, now we have to operate these big machines in and around all these parked cars.”

A residential parking ban went into effect at 7 a.m. Friday in certain zones and by noon the city had ticketed and towed 1133 cars.

For four years, the city has tried to get the message out by advertising, launching a website, using social media, traditional media.  But the complicated alphabet based schedule is still confusing residents.

“They actually towed me from that street over there and I chased them and they moved it over here.” Jay Miller’s car was towed Friday morning.  He says he knows about know your zone but was confused by the date.  He was hit with a $150 fine for being parked on his street, it’s reduced to $75 if paid early.

Tow truck companies have been overwhelmed with moving cars over a street if it’s in the way of a plow, not to the tow lot.

But still, tow truck driver Gurpreet Dhillon says people have been frustrated with him, “they’re just yelling ‘you give the ticket?’ I said ‘no, I don’t give the ticket, I’m just checking the ticket and we just move the car one street over.’”

The ban applies in 12-hour segments in each of the city’s “snow zones”. Residents must call 311 or check the city’s website to know which zone they are in and when it is scheduled for snow clearing.

Crews were seen working in River Heights just off Grant Avenue despite a lot of cars still being parked on the street. A residential parking ban went into effect at 7 a.m. Friday.

Lorraine Nickel/Global News

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Verdict expected in April for Canadian accused in Indonesia sex assault case

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The family of a Canadian teacher accused of sexually abusing three students at an international school in Indonesia says a verdict in his case is expected by April.

Neil Bantleman’s family says the judge presiding over the Burlington, Ont., man’s trial told his lawyers they have until March 3 to call witnesses, after which a verdict will be announced on April 2.

The family says the timeline means the defence has only seven days to call witnesses, compared to 11 days granted to the prosecution.



  • Trial begins in Indonesia for Canadian teacher accused of sexual abuse

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    Bantleman was arrested in July along with an Indonesian teaching assistant, and both are accused of sexually abusing three students at the Jakarta International School.

    Both men have maintained their innocence and the school’s principal and a number of fellow teachers also say the two are innocent.

    Bantleman’s family has pointed out that Bantleman and the assistant, Ferdinand Tjiong, were only arrested after the parents of one of the alleged child victims failed in their efforts to reach a financial settlement with the school over alleged abuse by school janitors.

    The janitors have been sentenced to up to eight years in prison following their separate but related trial. Their lawyers have called the verdicts unfair and have vowed to appeal.

    Both Bantleman and Tjiong could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Family with 4 autistic children excited for sensory-friendly movie screenings

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HALIFAX – A Cole Harbour family said they are ecstatic about sensory friendly screenings starting Saturday at Cineplex.

Felecia Mae and Michael Outhouse have four children. All four have autism and one also has Down’s Syndrome.

They said the make-up of their family makes it challenging to go out to social events in the city.


“They’re very well planned and few and far in between,” said Michael. “In any sort of environment where there are large crowds of people and loud noises, it really limits us in what we can do.”

“Things upset them. They have a lot of sensory issues,” said Felecia Mae.

“We really choose the events wisely and they’re less frequent than we would like.”

The parents said that makes going to the movies a rare occasion for them.

Their son Ian, 9, is sensitive to sound while Eric, 7, who also has Down’s Syndrome, is sensitive to textures, meaning concession snacks can sometimes be tricky.

“When [the movie] starts up and shows it shows the logo for the theatre, it’s really loud and I have to cover my ears,” said Ian.

The parents add their daughter Emme, 5, once got overwhelmed by the noise during the movie, had a meltdown and had to be taken out to the parking lot to calm down.

“There’s a lot of circumstances we can’t control when we go to a movie,” said Felecia Mae. “We can’t control how noisy it is going to be. We can’t control how many crowds there is going to be.”

The family said their inability to take the children to the movies often is difficult for them.

“It’s more saddening than anything to know that lots of activities, we can’t necessarily be involved in. We would really like the kids to have that experience that other kids have,” said Michael.

“It’s not fun when you’re sitting there watching a movie and your child has their hands over their ears for half the time,” said Felecia Mae.

Both were thrilled when they heard Cineplex Entertainment will roll out sensory friendly screenings for children with autism and other sensory disorders.

The screenings, which take place at off-peak hours, include increased lighting in the theatres, lower audio levels during movies, smaller crowds and a calm zone for parents and their children. Outside food will also be allowed at the theatre.

“It just gives the kids a chance to have an experience that all kids have. It takes the stress off to know there are so many things taken care of and to know we’re in an environment where, if the kids do happen to have a meltdown, it’s not going to be quite as stressful,” said Michael.

“It means a lot. Just to be able to go out and have people around that are understanding, that aren’t going to judge you if your child is having a meltdown,” said Felecia Mae.

Corey Murphy, the manager of the Scotiabank Theatre in Bayers Lake, said he is also looking forward to the unique screenings. His young son Ethan has autism.

“I feel it’ll be a great time for him to enjoy these surroundings around him. If he does need a moment for himself, it’s no problem for me to remove him from the theatre, go into the calm zone and bring him back in when he’s ready,” Murphy said.

Murphy adds that the purpose of the special screenings is to give the children an environment that isn’t overly stimulating.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to have people in our facility who may never have been to the theatre before or have gone to the theatres in the past and felt it was too overwhelming. We want to make it as relaxed as possible,” he said.

Parent Jen Morris has a daughter, Sadie, 5, who has autism.

She hopes the sensory friendly screenings at Cineplex are a sign of things to come in Halifax. Morris adds that outings, such as trips to the library and cosmic bowling, can be difficult for her daughter.

“I would like to see larger organizations take this as an initiative and follow in the footsteps of Cineplex and just look at sensory options and maybe reduce some of the sensory experiences the kids are having,” she said.

The program at Cineplex was developed with Autism Speaks Canada and is available at 12 locations across the country.

The first screening is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Scotiabank Theatre. The theatre will show The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The screenings will be every four to six weeks, depending on when family friendly titles are released.

Admission is not free, however, all patrons will pay the cost of a children’s ticket.

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Think the California drought is bad? Worst is yet to come: study

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – As bad as recent droughts in California, the U.S. Southwest and Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming —; and they’re bound to last for decades.



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    “Unprecedented drought conditions” —; the worst in more than 1,000 years —; are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.

    READ MORE: California drought impacting rice harvest and reducing wildlife habitat

    “Nearly every year is going to be dry toward the end of the 21st century compared to what we think of as normal conditions now,” said study lead author Benjamin Cook, a NASA atmospheric scientist. “We’re going to have to think about a much drier future in western North America.”

    VIDEO GALLERY: California battles historic drought

    There’s more than an 80 per cent chance that much of the central and western United States will have a 35-year-or-longer “megadrought” later this century, said study co-author Toby Ault of Cornell University, adding that “water in the Southwest is going to become more precious than it already is.”

    Megadroughts last for decades instead of just a few years. The 1930s Dust Bowl went on for more than 35 years, Ault said.

    The study is based on current increasing rate of rising emissions of carbon dioxide and complex simulations run by 17 different computer models, which generally agreed on the outcome, Cook said.

    READ MORE: California releases plans for emergency drought relief

    Looking back in records trapped in tree ring and other data, there were megadroughts in the Southwest and Central Plains in the 1100s and 1200s that lasted several decades, but these will be worse, Cook said. Those were natural and not caused by climate change, unlike those forecast for the future, Cook said.

    In the July 20, 2011 view, the lake was at 97 percent of total capacity and 130 percent of its historical average for that date.

    NASA/California Department of Water Resources

    The severity of California’s current drought is illustrated in these images of Folsom Lake, a reservoir in Northern California located 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento. In the Jan. 16, 2014 shot, the lake was at 17 percent of capacity and 35 percent of its historical average.

    NASA/California Department of Water Resources

    Because of changes in the climate, the Southwest will see less rain. But for both regions the biggest problem will be the heat, which will increase evaporation and dry out the soil. The result is a vicious cycle: The air grows even drier, and hotter, Cook said.

    Scientists had already figured that climate change would increase the odds of worse droughts in the future, but this study makes it look worse and adds to a chorus of strong research, said Jonathan Overpeck, co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona.

    “These results are not surprising, but are eye-opening nonetheless,” said Overpeck, who wasn’t part of the research, in email.

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Sun News Network goes off the air

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WATCH: After months of looking for a buyer, Sun News Network has gone dark. As Mike Drolet reports, its downfall may have been its aggressive approach that failed to resonate with Canadians.

TORONTO – Quebecor shut down Sun News Network permanently Friday morning.

The cable news television station went off the air at 5 a.m. Friday, leaving roughly 200 people without a job.

In a statement, Sun Media Corporation said it spent months “actively seeking a potential buyer” but no party was able to step up.


“This is an unfortunate outcome; shutting down Sun News was certainly not our goal,” said Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Media Group and Sun Media Corporation.

“Over the past four years, we tried everything we could to achieve sufficient market penetration to generate the profits needed to operate a national news channel.”

“Sadly, the numerous obstacles to carriage that we encountered spelled the end of this venture.”

Sun TV has struggled to attract viewers and in 2013 the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission rejected the network’s request for mandatory carriage on basic cable.

Last October Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced it was buying the English-language Sun Media newspapers and digital news sites from Quebecor Inc. for $316-million, but Sun News Network was not included in the deal leaving its future in doubt.

The network launched in 2011 as a right-of-centre news channel, dubbed “Fox News North” by its critics.

Mandatory carriage would have generated significant revenue for the network, which lost $14.8 million in 2013, and almost $50-million over a three-year span.

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