Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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The driver of the semi-trailer that crashed into a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team last April was described at his sentencing hearing yesterday as both a monster and someone deserving of mercy.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu (JASS'-kihr-at SING sih-DOO') has already listened to more than 60 victim-impact statements, with more to come today before he is eventually sentenced on 29 dangerous-driving charges.

Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when his semi-trailer blew through a stop sign at a rural Saskatchewan intersection and crashed into the Broncos' bus.

Some parents say they forgive him, but Andrea Joseph, whose son Jaxon was killed in the crash, called him a monster who has left a hole in her heart.(3)



Alberta's transport minister says the province is looking into making seatbelts mandatory on school buses.

Brian Mason made the remark a day after a school bus rolled on its side south of Calgary and seriously injured a student and the bus driver.

Ottawa announced a task force earlier this month to look into retrofitting school buses with seatbelts.(3)



Winnipeg's meth crisis has prompted Crime Stoppers to double the one-thousand-dollar cash reward it typically offers for information leading to arrests in cases linked to the deadly street drug.

Crystal meth has become the fastest-rising drug of choice in Manitoba, with the province's Addictions Foundation saying meth use has jumped by more than 100 per cent in adults and nearly 50 per cent in youth since 2014.

Manitoba's chief medical examiner says meth was involved in 35 overdose deaths in 2017, up from 19 the year before.

Winnipeg police also say meth is responsible for more theft and violent crime, higher rates of hepatitis C, stroke and psychosis.(3)



A man from the U-K who was removed from a London-bound WestJet flight after becoming disruptive has been ordered to reimburse the airline 21-thousand dollars for the fuel it used and the fuel it had to dump in order to fly him back to Calgary. …

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