Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(OxyContin-Lawsuit)

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice has ruled that he'll accept a 20-million-dollar national legal settlement with OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

Justice John Murphy says two spoken submissions at a hearing that described the devastating results of addiction to the prescription painkiller gave him pause.

But he accepted a plaintiff lawyer's argument that there would be huge legal obstacles if the case proceeded to trial in Canada, and it could have further delayed the 10-year-old case.

Purdue did not admit liability in the settlement, which has also been approved by a Superior Court judge in Ontario. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Forest-Fire)

A New Brunswick fire prevention officer says a considerable amount of rain will be needed to help reduce the fire risk across the province.

Roger Collet's warning comes as firefighters battle a stubborn forest fire in the northeast part of the province.

Twenty-five people left their homes after the fire began Saturday on Miscou Island, but Collet says aerial surveys show the fire has been reduced to about 50 hectares in size.

Collet says in some places, the fire has gotten into peat bogs where it could smoulder for some time and possibly re-ignite. (The Canadian Press)

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(Pets-Rights)

A recent ruling by a Nova Scotia small claims court adjudicator says it would be nice if pets could be recognized as living, feeling creatures with rights and needs.

Eric Slone commented on the nature of humans' relationship with their pets in a written ruling that awarded custody of a nine-year-old, mixed-breed dog named Lily.

Slone says he sometimes must rule on who gets custody of a family pet because there is nowhere else for people to go with such disputes.

He says a small claims court operates on principles of property law, and treats pets as 'chattels' much like the family car. (The Canadian Press)

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(NL-Minimum-Wage)

Newfoundland and Labrador N-D-P Leader Earle McCurdy is calling for a 15-dollar minimum wage. …

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