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Attawapiskat declares state of emergency

After an increasing number of young people tried to take their lives in a remote Northern Ontario First Nation last week, the chief and council have declared a state of emergency.

The suicide epidemic in Attawapiskat started in the fall, when a number of people tried to kill themselves, said Jackie Hookimaw, a resident of the First Nation on James Bay.

Body of officer returned

LANGFORD, B.C.—A second sombre procession is scheduled to travel along the highways of southern Vancouver Island today as the body of RCMP Cst. Sarah Beckett is returned to Langford.

The Capital Regional District Traffic Safety Commission said a plane carrying Beckett’s body was due to land at the Victoria airport around 2:30 p.m.

Security of military bases under review

OTTAWA—The House of Commons’ defence committee will hold closed-door hearings on the state of security at Canadian military bases, The Canadian Press has learned.

Conservative MP James Bezan, the party’s defence critic, proposed the idea, which recently was accepted by the all-party committee, although a date for the investigation has yet to be scheduled.

B.C. town opts to toss straws

VANCOUVER—Some businesses in an ocean-side town on Vancouver Island are eliminating plastic drinking straws—taking a first slug against plastic waste.

Businesses in the tourist destination of Tofino have been asked to stop routinely handing out straws and to provide biodegradable options on request, said Michelle Hall, co-chair of a non-profit group that’s spearheading the campaign.