Wednesday, July 30, 2014

National

Inuit to appeal seismic testing

A tiny community on Canada’s Arctic coast is trying to overturn a regulatory decision that OKs offshore energy exploration.
The hamlet of Clyde River, along the east coast of Baffin Island, yesterday filed documents in Federal Court asking for a judicial review of a National Energy Board decision that approves seismic testing in waters near the community.

Review pushed

TORONTO—Ontario’s aboriginal affairs minister says he’ll push for a review of a board that oversees compensation for First Nations’ residents suffering health issues from mercury poisoning.

Man reunited with Corvette

CALGARY—It’s a story about an emotional reunion that will bring a tear to the socket set of the most avid automotive fan.
Kenneth Jelley, 74, thought he’d never again see his little red 1962 Chevrolet convertible Corvette, affectionately named “Betsy,” after she was stolen from his Calgary home a couple of weekends ago.

Mountain ID erased from new $10 bill

OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada is making a molehill out of a mountain.
The central bank had claimed its new plastic $10 bank notes included an image of majestic Mount Edith Cavell—a prominent peak in the Canadian Rockies south of Jasper, Alta.

Beaver causes mishap

SOURIS, P.E.I.—Police say a beaver is to blame for felling a tree that collapsed onto a car driven by Quebec tourists in P.E.I. on Saturday.
The Mounties say the rodent had been gnawing at the large tree next to Highway 16 at Priest’s Point, near Souris, before it fell around 2 p.m.

B.C. premier backs Israel

VANCOUVER—Premier Christy Clark has aligned herself and British Columbia with Israel in a letter to a Jewish-Canadian advocacy group in which she says the province can be “counted as a friend.”
Clark writes that the current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights.

Two die in plane crash

NANAIMO, B.C.—Two people have been killed in a small plane crash near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwood said the plane, an “amateur-built” Avid amphibious aircraft, crashed on take-off from the Nanaimo Airport in Cassidy on Saturday evening.
Cassidy is about 20 km southeast of Nanaimo.

Girl dies of injuries

LONDON, Ont.—A six-year-old child who was injured after being hit by a car that crashed through the front doors of a London, Ont. Costco has died.
On Friday, the collision caused panic among those shopping in the busy store.
Police have identified the six-year-old as Addison Hall.

Pilot project to test inmate monitoring

OTTAWA—High-risk offenders in Ontario and Quebec are among the inmates slated to take part in a federal prison service pilot project to test the effectiveness of electronic monitoring devices.
Research data will be collected for at least two years before a decision is taken on further use of the devices, to be worn by offenders completing sentences in the community.

Mercury poisoning scope downplayed

TORONTO—A Northern Ontario First Nation says it has obtained an unreleased report that shows the federal and provincial governments failed to properly address widespread mercury poisoning among its members.

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