Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in Atlantic Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in Atlantic Canada

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What's making news in Atlantic Canada

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REDUCED CAPITAL BUDGET REVEALED IN NEW BRUNSWICK

New Brunswick's finance minister has announced a capital budget for 2016-17 of more than $656 million.

That's $53 million less than last year's projections.

Roger Melanson says the plan will focus spending on infrastructure projects, adding the best way to get the province on track is through economic growth and job creation.

Just over $413 million will be spent on road and bridge construction and maintenance, while more than $108 million will go to education and $72 million to health-care facilities.

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LAWYER ARGUES FOR LENIENT SENTENCE FOR FATHER WHO KILLED SON

A defence lawyer says it would be cruel and unusual punishment to hand a four-year sentence to a man who accidentally shot and killed his son as the two of them fended off intruders during a home invasion in the Halifax area.

Brian Church said the mandatory minimum sentence for gun crimes would be unconstitutional in the case of 56-year-old Michael Paul Dockrill, saying he should get a suspended sentence with probation.

Dockrill was convicted in April of criminal negligence causing death in the shooting of his 20-year-old son Jason during a 2011 break-in at Dockrill's home on St. Margaret's Bay Road.

The Crown argued Dockrill should receive five to seven years when the judge delivers his sentence on Feb. 26.

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NEW GOVERNMENT ENDS COLLECTION OF PENSION OVERPAYMENTS

Newfoundland and Labrador's new government says it won't be going after pension overpayments made to more than 400 people.

The pensioners had owed amounts ranging from less than $300 to more than $30,000.

An audit that went back 20 years found the provincial payments weren't properly adjusted when Canada Pension Plan benefits began, as the retirees turned 65.

The government says collecting the overpaid money was putting undue hardship on people and it plans to repay them the amounts already collected. …

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