Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(RCMP-Labour-Trial)

The defence has told the R-C-M-P's Labour Code trial in Moncton that the Crown must prove carbine rifles were a reasonable precaution and needed for a foreseeable risk.

The national force is accused of failing to provide members with enough information, equipment and training to adequately handle the shooting rampage in June 2014 that left three officers dead and two wounded.

Numerous witnesses testified that carbines -- which were not available to general duty officers -- could have made a difference during Justin Bourque's killing spree.

Defence lawyers told court in closing arguments today that the carbine issue crystalized in 2011 but there was no recommendation for a rollout of the rifles prior to that -- just research. (CTV Atlantic, The Canadian Press)

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(RNC-Chief)

A more than 30-year veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has been named its new chief.

Superintendent Joe Boland says he's honoured and humbled by the appointment.

Justice Minister Andrew Parsons says Boland is a true leader and he's confident he'll be able to meet the many challenges ahead as chief of police.

Boland says mental health and addictions are two of the biggest concerns facing police but he'll do his best to ensure safety in the province. (VOCM)

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(NL-Auto-Insurance)

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced a comprehensive review of the auto insurance system in response to complaints that drivers are having a hard time dealing with rising costs.

The government says the Public Utilities Board will conduct an independent study looking into factors contributing to rising auto insurance claim costs.

It will also conduct public consultations to look for ways to improve insurance overall.

Service N-L will also hold its own consultations on issues such as the rate setting process and the province says any changes to the Automobile Insurance Act will be in place by the fall of next year. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-Stolen-Racecar)

The owners of a trailer stolen from a car dealership in Lower Truro, Nova Scotia, on Friday are offering a 10-thousand dollar reward for its return. …

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