Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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(BC-LNG-Pipeline-Protest)

Marches were held across Canada to support 14 people near the northern B-C town of Houston who were arrested this week as they protested a pipeline project across their territory.

Hundreds gathered in front of B-C Supreme Court in Vancouver yesterday and stopped traffic in a walk through the city in one of several nationwide protests in support of an Indigenous blockade over the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

On the East Coast, about 150 protesters gathered on the steps of Halifax Regional Police headquarters, where Mounties have a significant presence.

Protest marches were also held in Toronto and in Ottawa, where dozens of protesters delayed a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Indigenous issues. (4)

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(BoC-Interest-Rate)

The Bank of Canada will make its first policy decision of the new year this morning, and it's expected to keep its benchmark interest rate at 1.75 per cent for now.

The central bank has been on a gradual rate-hiking trajectory, raising the overnight rate five times since the summer of 2017.

But experts say given a series of disappointing developments lately with a sharp drop in oil prices and lingering global trade uncertainty, it could be a while before the next increase. (4)

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(Alta-Convenience-Store-Murders)

Both sides have launched appeals in the case of a man found guilty of shooting and killing two Edmonton convenience store clerks.

Laylin Delorme was sentenced to two terms of life in prison to be served simultaneously, with no chance of parole for 25 years, in the first-degree murders of two workers at separate Mac's stores 20 minutes apart in December 2015.

He also received two eight-year sentences for robbery.

Delorme is appealing his conviction, claiming a miscarriage of justice.

The Crown is appealing his sentence, claiming it should have been stiffer based on the gravity of the offence and degree of Delorme's responsibility. …

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