Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(NL-Fishing-Vessel)

A man whose son was on a fishing boat trapped in heavy ice off LaScie, Newfoundland, says the boat's crew has been rescued but the vessel sank.

The Avalon Princess was one of a number of vessels caught in the ice, when it started to take on water.

Neil Ward, who says his 24-year-old son Zachary was one of about six crewmen on board, says the men had to abandon ship and were plucked from the ice by a Cormorant from the 1-0-3 Rescue Squadron.

Coast Guard officials say ice conditions are so bad they cannot get the icebreaker Amundsen in to free the other trapped vessels. (VOCM)

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(Halifax-Suspicious-Death)

Halifax police say officers are scouring an area in Dartmouth trying to find any possible witnesses or security video after the death of an 18-year-old woman.

Investigators say the woman was found in medical distress on a walkway last night, and they are treating her death as suspicious.

Her identity is not being released and police gave few details about how she was found, except to say that she was rushed to hospital, where she later died.

Constable Dianne Penfound says the walkway is near a busy street with restaurants, homes and a convenience store, and officers are canvassing the area to find anyone who may have seen anything. (The Canadian Press)

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(NL-Innu-Plea)

The deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation in Labrador says the federal and provincial governments must change the way they treat Innu youth with substance abuse problems.

Simeon Tshakapesh (SHAK'-ah-pesh) says in an open letter that the province's Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development failed his 16-year-old son Thunderheart, who committed suicide two weeks ago.

Tshakapesh says he wants to see both governments invest in an Innu-led project that would end the removal of children and youth from their communities -- something that happened to his son.

He says the removals may help keep vulnerable youth safe and sober, but it also destroys connections to their family, language and community. …

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