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In the news today: CPP, assisted suicide, Vegas crash, Christmas forecast


 

2014 began with a dumping of snow that left the city digging itself out on January 2, 2014.  Julie Jocsak/The St. Catharines Standard/ QMI Agency

Five stories in the news today, Dec. 22, from The Canadian Press:

CHRISTMAS 2015: A ‘TALE OF TWO SEASONS’

Half of all Canadians will see a white Christmas this year, in what The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist is calling “a tale of two seasons.” While most of Canada’s land mass will be blanketed in the requisite two centimetres of snow to reach white Christmas status, “you can pretty much divide the population right down the middle,” Chris Scott said, explaining that most of Canada’s major cities will be green on Christmas Day.

ZAMBONI OPERATOR FACES IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGE

A Zamboni operator in Ste. Anne, Manitoba is facing impaired driving and other charges after police received a complaint on Saturday about the man during a minor hockey game. Police say the machine was striking the rink’s boards and moving erratically around the ice. An officer spoke with the driver between periods of the game, then placed him under arrest.

FINANCE MINISTERS TO HOLD CPP TALKS IN 2016

A federal-provincial gathering of finance ministers has reached rare consensus on the polarizing subject of Canada Pension Plan reform — they agreed to keep debating it. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau emerged from two days of discussions with his provincial and territorial counterparts to explain that the group will reconvene midway through 2016 to continue their talks about CPP enhancement.

QUEBEC COURT TO RULE ON ASSISTED-DYING LAW

Quebec’s top court will release its ruling today on a government appeal of a challenge against certain provisions of its assisted-dying law. The legislation, which outlines how terminally ill patients can end their lives with medical help, was adopted by members of the national assembly in June 2014 and became law Dec. 10.

AT LEAST TWO CANADIANS IN VEGAS HOSPITAL AFTER ATTACK

Two Canadians remain in a Las Vegas hospital with critical head wounds after a woman struck them and more than 30 other people with her vehicle on a busy sidewalk along the city’s famous casino strip. One person died after Sunday evening’s incident, which police have described as an “intentional act.” Lakeisha Holloway, 24, faces several charges and remains in jail under a suicide watch.


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