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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INVESTIGATION OF N.S. CHILD'S DEATH TO BE REVIEWED

The Nova Scotia justice department has announced an independent review into how the Crown and police handled the death of a three-year-old Truro girl in 2005.

The review will be headed by Prince Edward Island police commissioner and retired chief justice Gerard Mitchell.

Police laid a manslaughter charge after Samantha Mercer died of a head injury at her Truro home but the accused was acquitted after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the Crown's theory of what happened.

Justice Minister Diana Whalen won't provide details but told CTV the review has been called because new information has come to light.

N.S. MAN PLANNED VIOLENCE AT HIGH SCHOOL: POLICE

An 18-year-old man charged after a bag of weapons was found near a Nova Scotia high school is now facing an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

RCMP allege Jonathan Murray had access to firearms and was planning to commit a violent act at Millwood High School, which was locked down early this month.

Murray was earlier charged with uttering threats and is to appear in court in Dartmouth on May 13.

Two boys aged 15 and 17 were also charged with numerous weapons and theft counts related to the incident.

N.S. SETS OUT RULES TO PROTECT SERVICE DOG USERS

Justice Minister Diana Whalen says Nova Scotia is introducing a new service dog act because people who rely on them are facing increasing discrimination.

The act will set out penalties ranging from $500 to $3,000 for people who deny access to service dog users in public places like grocery stores or buses, or refuse them tenancy rights.

It will also set up a certification process to ensure those who claim service dog status for their animals actually have trained dogs.

The Retail Council of Canada says the legislation will provide retailers with clear rules on how to handle customers and their service dogs.

WOMAN GETS SIX-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR ROBBERIES USING SYRINGES

A 20-year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after using a syringe to rob four separate businesses in St. John's last fall. …

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