Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(NS-Captain-Sentencing)

A Nova Scotia sailboat captain has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for smuggling cocaine from the Caribbean into Canada on his boat.

Sixty-nine-year-old Jacques John Grenier of Hubbards was arrested in September after border services agents boarded the boat at a marina near Halifax and found several bricks of cocaine hidden inside a bed frame.

He pleaded guilty to possession of 250 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and importing cocaine, while a conspiracy charge was withdrawn.

Grenier's sentencing was delayed several times after he underwent surgery and switched lawyers. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Flooding)

Officials are warning drivers to respect the barricades closing off roads in downtown Fredericton after the fast-rising St. John River spilled its banks, submerging some areas.

Wayne Tallon, Fredericton's director of emergency measures, says the river is already a metre and a half above the flood stage of 6.5 metres and is approaching levels reached during a significant 2008 flood.

Tallon says the extent of the flooding will depend on the amount of rain that falls on the weekend and the amount of melting snow further north in the province that will come downstream.

A spokesman for New Brunswick's Public Safety Department says the flooding happened faster than provincial officials were expecting after water levels rose rapidly overnight. (The Canadian Press)

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(Yoga-Instructor-Killing)

The jury is now deliberating in the case of a Halifax man accused of killing a yoga instructor.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold told the jury at Nicholas Butcher's second-degree murder trial that there are three possible verdicts: guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.

The Crown has argued that Butcher deliberately killed Kristin Johnston in March of 2016, but the defence says Butcher was acting in self-defence.

Court heard Butcher called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. (The Canadian Press)

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(NL-Politician-Review)

Newfoundland and Labrador's premier says he has engaged the commissioner of legislative standards to conduct a review of alleged "undue behaviour" by a former member of his caucus. …

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