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Five stories in Canada we’re watching

March 18: From faulty fuel tanks on reserves, to firings in the Liberal party, to Saskatchewan’s budget


 
(Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

(Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

TWO LIBERALS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT TO GET BOOT

Two Liberal MPs accused of sexual misconduct are expected to be permanently booted from the Grit fold today. Liberal insiders say the fate of Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews has been decided by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after he received the results of an independent investigation he ordered into the complaints.

JURORS AT VIA RAIL TERROR TRIAL TO RECEIVE FRESH INSTRUCTIONS

Fresh instructions on the element of intent will be provided this morning to a jury entering its eighth day of deliberations at the trial of two men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier are both charged with two counts of conspiracy, and two counts of participating in or contributing to a terrorist group. Esseghaier is also facing a fifth charge.

SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT TO PRESENT PROVINCIAL BUDGET

The Saskatchewan government says the budget to be tabled today has been the most difficult to put together because of low oil prices that continue to affect revenue. Finance Minister Ken Krawetz says the province anticipated stronger prices last September.

FAMILY OF BOY HANDCUFFED AT SCHOOL TO RELEASE STATEMENT

The family of an autistic nine-year-old who was handcuffed by police during a “difficult day” at school will hold a news conference today in Ottawa. Stephanie Huck and her husband say they were called to their son Daniel’s school last month after being told he had been acting up in the principal’s office and learned about the use of handcuffs when Huck’s husband questioned Daniel later.

HALF THE FUEL TANKS ON RESERVES WERE FAULTY

A new document shows half the fuel storage tanks that remote First Nations use to power their communities fell short of federal standards.It says 51 per cent of the fuel tanks did not comply with regulations meant to prevent soil and ground water from getting polluted by spills or leaks.

ALSO COMING IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– A woman accused of assaulting Andrew Younger, the Nova Scotia energy minister who has taken a leave of absence from cabinet, is due in court to enter a plea.

– The Halifax trial continues for Alicia Elizabeth Lander, who is facing charges including committing an indecent act on an Air Canada flight.

– Statistics Canada will release the wholesale trade figures for January.


 

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