Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(Kavanaugh-Cartoon)

A Canadian political cartoon depicting the assault of Lady Justice has gone viral in the wake of allegations against U-S Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The image by Chronicle Herald cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon shows Justice blindfolded and pinned down with a man's hand covering her mouth -- an explicit reference to how California professor Christine Blasey Ford described an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh dating back to 1982.

MacKinnon says he was gripped by Ford's televised testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee, which culminated with a request for an F-B-I investigation and the delay of a Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

MacKinnon says he was inspired to draw the cartoon because he believes the hearing was a "watershed moment" in how allegations of sexual abuse are treated in North America. (The Canadian Press)

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(Muskrat-Falls-Inquiry)

Public hearings will continue this morning for an independent inquiry into the 12.7-billion-dollar Muskrat Falls hydro project on Labrador's lower Churchill River.

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams will begin testimony in St. John's today.

During his term Williams championed the project as a form of energy independence from Quebec.

But Muskrat Falls has been plagued by cost overruns and construction delays, and current premier Dwight Ball has described it as "the greatest fiscal mistake in Newfoundland and Labrador's history."

Representatives from Indigenous and environmental groups as well as engineering and economic experts will take the stand later this month. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Election)

A game of political tug of war is set to begin this week in New Brunswick, as both the province's main parties vie for the support of the Greens in the wake of an election that produced a deadlocked result.

The Progressive Conservatives, led by Blaine Higgs, nabbed 22 seats in legislature to the Liberals' 21, but Liberal Leader Brian Gallant will remain in power as both leaders try to gain support from the third parties. …

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