Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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A sentencing hearing is scheduled today in northern Saskatchewan for a young man who admitted to killing four people in separate shootings in La Loche more than two years ago.

He was weeks away from his 18th birthday in January 2016 when he killed two teenage brothers at a home, and then went to a school where he killed a teacher and a teacher's aide and wounded seven other people.

A judge ruled in February that the gunman, now 20 and whose name remains under a publication ban, will be sentenced as an adult.

He faces the prospect of life in prison with no chance at parole for at least 10 years after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two of second-degree murder, and seven of attempted murder.(2)



Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says tests are meant to determine if a system is working -- and yesterday, the new national public-alert system didn't work properly.

He expects federal, provincial and private-sector experts behind the new Alert Ready system to quickly correct ``serious glitches'' that caused problems in testing.

A space in the coding prevented the alert from being sent to Quebec wireless devices, while in Ontario, only some -- and not all -- devices received the test alert.

System operator Pelmorex says all Alert Ready partners are working together to investigate and rectify the failures. (2)



Ontario's governing Liberals have introduced legislation that would end a two-month strike at Toronto's York University, but admit there is little chance it will pass before the June 7th provincial election.

If passed, the legislation would refer any outstanding issues between the university and some three-thousand contract faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and grad research assistants to binding mediation-arbitration.

But since bills must go through three readings in the legislature, with debates and committee referrals unless all parties agree to skip to a unanimous consent vote, there isn't enough time. …

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