Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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Former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer is expected to plead guilty to first-degree murder charges in the deaths of eight seniors when she appears in a Woodstock courtroom today.

Wettlaufer currently faces a total of 14 charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

A source close to the case tells The Canadian Press that she is scheduled to plead guilty on the first-degree murder counts.

The source says an agreed statement of facts and a video of Wettlaufer confessing are expected to be filed in court.

A spokeswoman with the Ministry of the Attorney General says "significant developments" are expected in the case, but wouldn't provide further details. (The Canadian Press)



A former engineer who signed off on the health of a northern Ontario mall just weeks before it collapsed will find out today if he bears any criminal responsibility for the two women who died in the rubble.

Robert Wood of Sault Ste. Marie, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing death and a third count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The maximum sentence for criminal negligence causing death is life in prison.

If Superior Court Justice Edward Gareau does pronounce him guilty of the charges, Wood plans to argue next month that the proceedings should be halted because the matter took too long to get to trial. (The Canadian Press)



Voters head to the polls today in a provincial byelection in Sault Ste. Marie.

The riding has been held by the Liberals since the 2003 election.

Observers say major local issues include electricity prices and jobs.

Sault Ste. Marie is one of several northern cities hoping to be home to a chromite smelter that would provide a boost to local employment and economic growth, and all three candidates have vowed to advocate for it to be built in the area. …

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