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'No questions asked:' Winnipeg parish prays statue's head is returned

'No questions asked:' Winnipeg parish prays statue's head is returnedWINNIPEG — Members of a Winnipeg church are praying that the head of a bronze statue created by a well-known sculptor and blessed by a pope will be returned.


Wilson-Raybould, Philpott to announce political futures in ridings

Wilson-Raybould, Philpott to announce political futures in ridingsOTTAWA — Two former Liberal cabinet ministers who resigned over the SNC-Lavalin controversy are set to announce their next moves on Monday.Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say they'll announce their political futures at events held at the same time in their ridings.Wilson-Raybould is the independent MP for the B.C. riding of Vancouver Granville and Philpott is the independent MP for the Ontario riding of Markham-Stouffville.Neither is saying what they have in mind, other than that constituents have been invited to meet with them as they share announcements about their political futures. Wilson-Raybould served as justice minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet before she was shuffled to the portfolio of veterans affairs in January.She later revealed she thought the decision to move her out of the justice role was motivated by her handling of a request to intervene in the criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant, SNC-Lavalin.Wilson-Raybould gave four hours of testimony to the House of Commons justice committee in February detailing sustained pressure she felt over a period of four months to head off the company's prosecution on corruption charges related to contracts in Libya.Philpott, a former health minister, Indigenous-services minister and president of the Treasury Board, resigned from cabinet in early March over Trudeau's handling of the affair.In early April, both were ousted from the Liberal caucus.The Canadian Press


Prime Minister hears NS praise on environmental spending, as protesters arrested

Prime Minister hears NS praise on environmental spending, as protesters arrestedANTIGONISH, N.S. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received praise and drew protests Friday for his government's environmental policies as he met with one of the country's two remaining Liberal premiers.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil thanked Trudeau for providing "a good start" to the costs of cleaning up a lagoon near Pictou Landing First Nation where decades of contaminated pulp mill waste has accumulated. The gratitude came as the two prepared to hold talks at an Antigonish community centre and the day after Ottawa pledged to spend $100 million to help clean up one of Nova Scotia's most polluted sites.The Boat Harbour lagoons near the Pictou Landing First Nation are contaminated with millions of litres of treated waste water from the nearby Northern Pulp kraft pulp mill.The federal money will be used to restore the lagoons to their natural state as a tidal estuary that empties into the Northumberland Strait.Later in the evening during a speech to the party's annual meeting McNeil repeated his praise, and vowed to work hard to help the federal party in the fall federal election."The Trudeau government announced an ... investment in helping us deal with the wrong of Boat Harbour, and that cleanup will happen," said the premier.However, as the two leaders met, a group of about a dozen protesters made clear that they're dissatisfied with the Trudeau government's measures to reduce carbon emissions — and its support of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.Two members of the Extinction Rebellion direct action group were arrested for blocking traffic, saying as they were led away that carbon taxes introduced by the Trudeau government aren't going far enough in efforts to reduce carbon emissions.As he was assisted into a police vehicle, Patrick Yancey said, "I'm being arrested for refusing to move out of the way here, because we've tried everything else and we need the politicians to listen and get the climate targets in line with 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming."A report last year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, concluded that while it's technically possible to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, it is highly unlikely.The report says achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement Canada signed onto would require a dramatic overhaul of the global economy, including a shift away from fossil fuels.Yancey's wife, Moraig MacGillivray, 40, said it was the second time her husband has been arrested and she expected he'd be released before long."We're here to send a message to Justin Trudeau that the climate emergency is urgent and the way the prime minister is investing in new pipelines is not the way to proceed," she said."As citizens we can't sit back and watch this any longer."In his speech to the Liberal partisans, Trudeau simply didn't mention a significant court victory supporting the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project his government has purchased for $4.5 billion.Just hours earlier, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled against the British Columbia government's efforts to stall the project, concluding it can't restrict oil shipments through its bordersTrudeau focused his speech on economic issues and a familiar litany of criticisms of the Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, whose party is now leading the Liberals in the polls.The prime minister emphasized his government had co-operated with provincial counterparts — in contrast to former prime minister Stephen Harper's more confrontational approach with premiers.He also cited the Trump administration's decision last week to lift its controversial tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum as an example that the federal Liberals remained focused on protecting jobs."Canadians are counting on us to continue to improve their standard of living," he told the audience.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter. Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press


'Her life mattered:' High court orders new trial in death of Indigenous woman

'Her life mattered:' High court orders new trial in death of Indigenous womanIn a 4-3 decision Friday, the Supreme Court said evidence about Cindy Gladue's sexual history was mishandled in a 2015 trial that ended in Bradley Barton's acquittal on a first-degree murder charge. "Our criminal justice system holds out a promise to all Canadians: everyone is equally entitled to the law's full protection and to be treated with dignity, humanity and respect," wrote Justice Michael Moldaver. "Ms. Gladue is no exception.


Emergency funds for High Level evacuees to start flowing by Monday

Emergency funds for High Level evacuees to start flowing by MondayHIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Officials say wildfire evacuees in northwestern Alberta should not expect to return until at least next week and that provincial emergency funds for gas, food and other expenses should be available by Monday.About 5,000 people in High Level and surrounding communities have been out of their homes since the long weekend, as the Chuckegg Creek fire rages three kilometres outside the town. As of Friday, the blaze covered nearly 993 square kilometres.Winds from the northeast were blowing the fire away from the community. But Shane Schreiber with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency said they're expected to switch direction on Sunday.Schreiber told reporters the earliest evacuees could return is Tuesday, but it will probably be longer."The fire will have to progress to the point where it will no longer pose an imminent threat to the community," he said Friday.Firefighters have completed successful controlled burns and bulldozed containment lines to remove fuel for the blaze.Within the town, sprinklers are at the ready and flammable debris has been removed."We are not out of the woods. We are watching the weather very, very closely this weekend," said Alberta Wildfire spokeswoman Christie Tucker. "We've taken advantage of an even keel of weather for the past few days in order to get some good work done. So that when the wind does change direction, hopefully we'll be able to fight it as well as we can."Alberta's municipal affairs minister said emergency funds should be available to the fire evacuees by Monday.Kaycee Madu said every adult will get $1,250 with another $500 for each dependent child. Evacuees from the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and the Slave Lake fire in 2011 got the same amount."We know this is a stressful time for you. You have been away from your homes for several days now," Madu said. "And that is tremendously difficult physically, mentally, emotionally and financially." Evacuees can start applying for electronic transfers at noon on Sunday, but it may take a day for funds to appear in their accounts, Madu said. Pre-loaded debit cards for those unable to receive e-transfers can be picked up at reception centres on Monday.High Level mayor Crystal McAteer had urged the provincial government to move quickly on emergency aid because vulnerable people were without funds."We're not as affluent as other communities and some of our most vulnerable people are out there right now without funds," she said Thursday.Firefighters from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories and Prince Edward Island have arrived to help fight the Chuckegg fire and others burning in Alberta. More are arriving Friday from Ontario, Tucker said.There are now 360 wildland firefighters in the bush, while 154 are in the town working to protect buildings there. — By Lauren Krugel in CalgaryThe Canadian Press


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