Five stories in the news today, Feb. 22, from The Canadian Press:
SCHOOL INVOLVED IN NORTH SASKATCHEWAN SHOOTING RAMPAGE TO REOPEN TODAY
A Saskatchewan school that was the scene of a shooting rampage in which two people were killed and seven wounded last month reopens today. The school in La Loche has been closed since the Jan.22 shooting in which two teenage brothers were also found dead in a nearby home. Teachers will be back today with classes to resume shortly after that for the students. A 17-year-old charged in connection with the shootings is due to appear in court today.
MORNEAU TO PUT SOME NUMBERS ON CANADA'S ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES
Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to give some idea today of how seriously the economic downturn has dented Canada's outlook. Morneau will speak to reporters before holding a town hall meeting in Ottawa. Sources say the figures will show Canadians that a lot has changed since the government released similar data in November. The official says the numbers will also provide a better sense of the size of upcoming budgetary deficits.
LAWYERS MAKE FINAL PITCHES IN DUFFY FRAUD TRIAL
Closing arguments will begin today in the fraud trial of Sen. Mike Duffy. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to all charges saying he never intended to claim anything he wasn't entitled to. Prosecutors have maintained that Duffy knew what he was doing when he did his expenses. Last year's trial overshadowed the early part of the federal election campaign with former prime minister Stephen Harper having to defend his government's handling of the situation while on the campaign trail.
LIMITING RISK TO PUBLIC SAFETY HAS FILLED PROVINCIAL JAILS WITH PEOPLE NOT CONVICTED: STUDY
A study has found that about half the people in provincial jails have not been convicted of anything. The study done for the federal justice department says it's because the role of the state has become one of limiting the risk to public safety that people accused of crimes might represent. The study says the justice system has effectively abandoned the primary grounds for detention — ensuring the accused's attendance in court.
NEW CANADIAN ENERGY COMPANIES LOOKING TO NUKES
Some new Canadian energy companies are looking to nuclear power amid growing pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels. The head of Ontario-based Terrestial Energy says wind and solar can't meet the world's growing energy demands so people have to rethink nuclear power because it's clean energy on a massive scale. Simon Irish says his company is looking at developing a reactor using molten salt rather than the solid nuclear fuel of conventional designs.
The Canadian Press