Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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Ceremonies will be held today in Nova Scotia marking the 25th anniversary of the Westray coal mine disaster.

On May 9th, 1992, 26 miners were killed when a deadly combination of methane gas and coal dust ignited, sending a huge fireball through the tunnels.

Homes more than a kilometre away shook as a blue-grey flash lit up the night sky.

A commemoration ceremony is planned for 6:45 a-m at Westray Miners Memorial Park. (The Canadian Press)



Halifax police are under investigation by an independent police watchdog after allegations that a video of an arrest outside a downtown bar was deleted while a man was in custody.

The Serious Incident Response Team says a man told them last week that he had taken video of a friend's April 27th arrest for public intoxication.

The team says the man was also arrested on the same charge as his friend, and when his phone was returned to him the next morning, the video had been removed.

Director Ron MacDonald says the unit decided the complaint raised issues of "significant public interest" under its mandate. (The Canadian Press)



The R-C-M-P say no charges will be laid in the death of competitive cyclist Ellen Watters, who was struck and killed by a vehicle in New Brunswick last December.

Sergeant Jim MacPherson says an investigation into the death of the 28-year-old woman determined there was not sufficient evidence to support any charges.

The news comes just days after Ellen's Law received royal assent in the provincial legislature.

The law takes effect June 1st and will require drivers of vehicles to leave one metre of space when passing a bicycle on a road, or face a fine of $172. …

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