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Camp Ipperwash returned to First Nation

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:19 JW
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A bitter and bloody land dispute between Ottawa and a southwestern Ontario First Nation that culminated in the police killing of an aboriginal protester two decades ago has formally come to an end.
 
The federal government and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation signed an agreement Thursday to return Camp Ipperwash, a former military base built on land appropriated in 1942, to the First Nation.
 
The agreement also gives the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation $95 million “to invest in a brighter future.”
 
The First Nation - located along the shores of Lake Huron, 35 kilometres northeast of Sarnia, Ont. - says it plans to use the settlement funds to invest in compensation for members, community infrastructure, economic development and community healing and renewal.
 
The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation had sought the return of the Camp Ipperwash lands since the end of the Second World War.
 
In 1993, some members of the First Nation began an occupation of the property and in September of 1995, protester Dudley George was shot and killed by a police officer after a splinter group of about 30 protesters occupied nearby Ipperwash Provincial Park, claiming it contained a sacred burial ground.
 
(The Canadian Press)
 

Closing grain prices for April 14th

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:17 JW
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From: Grain Farmers of Ontario in Guelph.  Prices are in U-S Dollars.
 
 
Corn futures closed at: $3.74 a bushel, up one half cent from Wednesday.
 
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Soy futures closed at: $9.48 a bushel, down 7 and three quarter cents.
 
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Wheat futures closed at: $4.59¾ a bushel, down 1 and three quarter cents from Wednesday at the Chicago board of trade.
 
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Minneapolis wheat futures closed at: $5.22½ a bushel, up 2 and a half cents at the Minneapolis Board of Trade.
 
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Oats futures closed at: $1.93 per bushel, up 1 cent from Wednesday.
 
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Vecchio hosting meeting on dying law

Thursday, 14 April 2016 13:25 JW
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Elgin-Middlesex-London M-P Karen Vecchio wants to hear what constituents think about a doctor assisted dying new law.

She's hosting a town hall meeting on the subject on Wednesday, April 27th at the St. Thomas CASO Station from 7 to 9.

In the long-awaited new law, Ottawa says Canadians seeking a doctor's help to end their lives must be mentally competent, 18 or older, have a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability and be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability.

Legal experts are predicting the legislation will be challenged, both by those who feel the law doesn't go far enough and those who feel it goes too far.

 

P-M defends Saudi Arms deal in London

Thursday, 14 April 2016 13:12 JW
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Amnesty International is raising red flags about the sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sticking to the deal, saying a contract is a contract.
 
Amnesty says it is worried that Canadian armour sold to the Saudis earlier may have been used in ground attacks in Yemen.
 
Trudeau says the agreement is a matter of principle.
 
He says the contract signed under the previous government must be honoured by his government.
 
Canada's word has to mean something in the international community.
 
Contracts can't just be abandoned, he says.
 
(The Canadian Press)
 

Woodstock man faces impaired charge

Thursday, 14 April 2016 13:02 JW
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A Woodstock man's children blew the whistle on their dad who now faces an impaired driving charge.

Middlesex County O-P-P received a traffic complaint of a vehicle travelling east on Highway 402 in the Strathroy-area early last Thursday morning.

The children were concerned about their father's driving and texted their mother, who called police.

The vehicle was located by O-P-P near Centre Road and stopped.

It was determined the driver was drinking and police drove him to the London detachment for breath tests.

 
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