Six stories in the news today:
PHASE ONE: INFRASTRUCTURE
The provinces are being told the first phase of the Trudeau government’s infrastructure program will cover the cost of new projects, as long as they’re completed in within three years. The message is in letters to be made public today from federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to his provincial counterparts. The first two years of the program includes 6.6 billion dollars in cash for provinces and cities, not including money promised to First Nations infrastructure or to universities. Read more here.
NOTELY MAKES HER CASE TO TRUDEAU CABINET
Rachel Notley was leant a sympathetic ear — but received no promises — after making a pitch for pipelines and infrastructure spending to Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet ministers. The Alberta premier spoke to the feds at their retreat in Kananaskis, doing her best to drive home the message that a healthy Alberta economy is crucial to a healthy national economy. The Rocky Mountain resort cabinet retreat continues today. Read more here.
JUDGE IN MEMINGITIS TRIAL TO CHARGE JURY
The guilt or innocence of a couple charged in the bacterial meningitis death of their toddler son in Alberta four years ago will soon be in the hands of a jury in Lethbridge, Alta. David Stephan, 32, and Collet Stephan, 35, are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel in 2012. Read more here.
LIBERALS TACKLE NEW ERA FOR PEACEKEEPING
The post 9-11 era has seen a paradigm shift in Canada’s role in international conflicts — a transition from peacekeeper to combatant. The new Liberal government has been brainstorming on how keep its campaign pledge to return Canada to the peacekeeping fold. But so far it appears to have more questions than answers about moving forward.
ALBERTA LANDOWNERS FACING BATTLE OVER RESERVOIR
Mary Robinson’s Moose Hill Ranch is a possible casualty after the fact of heavy flooding that hit southern Alberta three years ago, killing five people and causing damage estimated in the billions. The Springbank reservoir plan would see gates upstream of Calgary divert water during flooding from the Elbow into a canal that leads to surrounding land.
INQUEST TO REVIEW ABORIGINAL INMATE’S DEATH
It’s hoped an inquest beginning today in Saskatoon will lead to better care for aboriginal women with mental health issues who are serving time in prison. Kinew James, 35, died in January 2013 of an apparent heart attack after she was found unresponsive in her cell at the federal Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon. Read more here.