Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(NB-RCMP-Funeral)

A regimental funeral procession will wind through the streets of Moncton today in honour of a Mountie killed in a collision last week.

Constable Frank Deschenes had stopped to help motorists change a flat tire when a cargo van plowed into his cruiser near Memramcook, New Brunswick.

The 35-year-old officer -- originally from northwest New Brunswick -- was a former member of the force's famed Musical Ride, and had just gotten married this summer.

There will be a procession of uniformed officers starting at 1 p.m. on Assomption Boulevard, marching to St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Botsford Street. (The Canadian Press)

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(US-Narwhal-Smuggling)

A retired Mountie accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border is due to be sentenced for money laundering.

Prosecutors say Gregory Logan, of Saint John, New Brunswick, smuggled 250 tusks valued at 1.5 million to three million dollars into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle.

Narwhals are medium-sized whales known for spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet, and they are protected by the U.S. and Canada.

Logan pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to money laundering and conspiracy to launder money. (The Associated Press)

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(PEI-Georgetown-Amalgamation)

The mayor of Georgetown says he has mixed emotions following what he described as a "premature" decision by town council to exit amalgamation discussions with neighbouring communities.

Lewis Lavandier chaired the Three Rivers amalgamation steering committee and says he wished residents could have seen the committee's final recommendations before council voted.

Lavandier says he has grave concerns about Georgetown's future if it is left out of the process.

Councillor Cody Jenkins -- who introduced the motion to withdraw -- says amalgamation would have made the town weaker. (Charlottetown Guardian)

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(Hospital-CEO-Expenses)

Nova Scotia's auditor general Michael Pickup says he'll let police decide if there's any criminal wrongdoing in an expense scandal involving its former top executive. …

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