Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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A public inquiry into the deaths of Afghan war veteran Lionel Desmond and his family in Nova Scotia will examine whether he had access to appropriate mental health services.

The province announced the terms of reference today for the judicial fatality inquiry it promised last December, almost a year after Desmond fatally shot himself and his mother, wife and 10-year-old daughter in Upper Big Tracadie.

Among other things, the inquiry will also examine whether health care and social services dealing with Desmond were trained to recognize the symptoms of occupational stress or domestic violence and whether he should have been allowed to obtain or hold a licence allowing him to buy a firearm.

The appointment of a provincial court judge and designated Crown counsel to conduct the inquiry is expected in the coming weeks. (The Canadian Press, Global)



Environment Canada has lifted all snowfall warnings for parts of Newfoundland that were buried under a record breaking spring snowstorm.

Snowplows have been taken out of summer storage and are back in operation in the greater central Newfoundland region with Gander nearing 35 centimetres of snow -- a record for May 24th -- and Grand Falls-Windsor seeing about 25 centimetres.

Slippery road conditions caused a few vehicles to slide off roads in the region this morning, including a tractor trailer that jack-knifed, but there were no injuries.

Schools and many businesses have also been closed for at least part of the morning. (VOCM, The Canadian Press)



A survey by Dalhousie University in Halifax has found most Canadians are confused about the safety and health effects of genetically modified foods.

But Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy, says nearly 90 per cent of the more than one-thousand respondents expressed some support for mandatory labelling of genetically modified ingredients.

Charlebois says the science so far indicates genetically modified seeds, crops or animals pose no threat to human health but he says consumers have been left not knowing what to believe because anti-G-M groups have mobilized to "demonize" the technology. …

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