Morning News Break – December 5

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A demonstration is planned today for Highway 17 south of the Wawa Goose Monument (Pinewood Drive) from 12 to 1 p.m. today. (full story here).

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a two motor vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a 66-year-old Manitouwadge woman on Friday. Highway 614 was closed for approximately 10.5 hours. A post mortem is scheduled for Monday, December 5, 2016 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay. The other driver was transported from the scene by EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

After being evacuated for more than two years, more families are expected to return to new homes being built in Kashechewan. Four hundred evacuees from Kashechewan have been living in Kapuskasing since 2014 when their homes were condemned. One hundred and four new houses are being built in Kashechewan.

Weather & Roads

Throughout the area, highways vary from snow packed with snow covered sections to snow covered with bare and wet road sections. You can tweet road conditions at @madameeditor

Remember: Check road conditions on the Ministry of Transportation website

National News:

ENERGY EAST STILL NEEDED, N.B. PREMIER SAYS

New Brunswick’s premier says there’s still a strong need for the proposed Energy East pipeline project despite the federal government’s approval of two pipeline expansions in western Canada. Brian Gallant says Energy East would help eastern refineries reduce their dependence on foreign oil, and provide a safe mode to get oil from Alberta.

SPOKESWOMAN SAYS NOTLEY WILL VISIT B.C.

A spokeswoman for Rachel Notley says the Alberta premier will visit British Columbia today. Cheryl Oates confirmed the visit would occur when she was asked via text over the weekend, but did not respond to emails asking for details. Notley said last week that she would be heading to B.C. as early as this week to make the case for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced federal approval of Trans Mountain last Tuesday.

COMPETITION BUREAU LOOKS AT POTENTIAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT BID RIGGING

The Competition Bureau of Canada says its efforts to prevent bid rigging in construction contracts this year has already turned up potential criminal activity — just as new federal infrastructure money begins to flow. It couldn’t say if any of the situations relate to projects funded by the infrastructure program. But the bureau warned the Trudeau government months ago that its multibillion dollar infrastructure commitment would prove tempting for companies looking to illegally boost their bottom lines.

AMERICANS REACT TO SOFTWOOD LUMBER DISPUTE

A leading American voice for free trade with Canada says the imposition of import tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber would place a heavy burden on consumers and U.S. workers. The U.S. National Association of Home Builders says duties or volume caps on imported lumber would add more than $1,300 to the cost of a new single family home and result in a net loss of almost 8,000 American jobs. The U.S. Lumber Coalition has petitioned Washington to impose duties to offset the harm that it claims subsidized Canadian softwood lumber is doing to U.S. mills, workers and communities.

DEFENCE TO CALL EVIDENCE IN TAMARA LOVETT CASE

The defence is to begin arguing its case today at the trial of a woman who treated her son with dandelion tea and oil of oregano before he died of a strep infection. Tamara Lovett’s trial is entering its second week in a Calgary courtroom. She’s charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence causing death. Her seven-year-old son, Ryan Alexander Lovett, died in March 2013 after getting a strep infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days.

TRIAL RESUMES FOR TRIO LINKED TO POLYGAMOUS SECT

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin today in the trial of three people connected to a British Columbia polygamous community. Brandon Blackmore, Emily Ruth Gail Blackmore and James Oler are charged with taking girls into the United States for a sexual purpose. The Blackmores are each accused of transporting a 13-year-old girl across the border. Priesthood records admitted into evidence show Warren Jeffs, the now imprisoned prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, married that girl in 2004.

QUEBECERS GO TO POLLS IN FOUR BYELECTIONS

Voters in four Quebec ridings head to the polls today in what will be Jean-Francois Lisee’s first major test as Parti Quebecois leader. One of the ridings up for grabs will be Saint-Jerome, which has been vacant since former PQ leader Pierre Karl Peladeau resigned abruptly in May, citing family reasons. The governing Liberals hold a strong majority in the provincial legislature with 69 of 125 seats.

 

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