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April 2: A Canadian consul’s son in custody, famous well-wishers for Joni Mitchell, and two measles cases in B.C.


 
In this photo taken on March 30, 2015, Miami-Dade police work at a crime scene in Miami, involving the two teenage sons of Roxanne Dube, Canada's counsel general in Miami. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino)

In this photo taken on March 30, 2015, Miami-Dade police work at a crime scene in Miami, involving the two teenage sons of Roxanne Dube, Canada’s counsel general in Miami. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino)

CANADIAN CONSUL’S SON IN MIAMI POLICE CUSTODY

Miami police continue to investigate an apparent drug deal gone bad that left a 17-year-old son of the Canadian consul dead and her 15-year-old son in custody. Jean Wabafiyebazu died Monday after the boys reportedly drove their mother’s BMW – with diplomatic plates – to the crime scene. Local reports say Marc Wabafiyebazu waited outside with the vehicle as gunfire broke out. Their mother, Roxanne Dube, began her Miami posting just six weeks ago.

TWO MORE CASES OF MEASLES DIAGNOSED IN B.C.

The deputy health officer in British Columbia says four cases of measles have now been diagnosed and linked to a high-school trip to China during spring break. Health officials in Vancouver said last month that one boy and one girl were diagnosed with the highly contagious disease shortly after returning from the trip. Dr. Bonnie Henry said two more cases were diagnosed on Wednesday and those people were on the same trip.

GRAIN, MANUFACTURING EXPECTED TO TEST TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Canada’s transportation network may have recovered from the pressures of bountiful grain crops, but faces a future test from efforts to develop higher yielding crops, said the head of the Canadian Wheat Board. Ian White said investments in plant breeding should lead to increasing production of crops like canola, wheat and barley.

HARPER TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to make an announcement in northern New Brunswick today. He will be joined in Miramichi by Rob Moore, the minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and local MP Tilly O’Neill Gordon.

JONI MITCHELL FANS SEND GOOD WISHES TO CANADIAN SINGER

Joni Mitchell’s famous fans are sending positive vibes to the Canadian folk music icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles. Tweets expressing support have been posted by such notables as “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson, Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley, Kevin Bacon, Boy George, Bill Idol and Tori Amos. Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious in her home Tuesday and was in intensive care and undergoing tests. There was no additional word on her condition.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver will make an announcement at the Canada Goose factory in Toronto.

– Statistics Canada will release Canadian international merchandise trade for February.

– The trial of suspended senator Patrick Brazeau continues in Gatineau, Que. He has pleased not guilty to assault and sexual assault charges.


 

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