In The News For Thursday October 18, 2018

Police have charged 25 year old Brandon Smeltzer, of Bayside, Nova Scotia with a first-degree murder charge in the death of Emilie Maheu. He  was located in News Brunswick, and is being transported back to Ontario where he will appear in court in Cornwall.  26-year-old Emilie Maheu, was reported missing in the evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 11. She had last been seen leaving her workplace in Alexandria that afternoon.  Her body was found in a ditch in South Glengarry Township around 11:30 in the morning on Saturday, Oct. 13. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact police.


Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is at the centre of a legal test on whether elected officials have a right to block people on social media. Three residents are seeking a court order declaring that Ottawa’s mayor infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them from his Twitter feed. Watson, who is seeking re-election in Monday’s municipal vote, said yesterday that it’s his personal Twitter account and he has the right to decide who can see it. But the trio’s lawyer says Watson uses the account to communicate with Ottawa residents about municipal issues.


A coalition of groups concerned about the health risks linked with marijuana says legalization day was really “Canada Went to Pot Day.” Members of such groups as Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada and Air We Share conveyed their message in a rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday. Spokeswoman Pamela McColl says legalization normalizes a dangerous substance, and she fears it will result in more impaired driving, addiction, and cognitive damage to children. She wants pot smoking banned at all multi-unit residences and anywhere children live.


Residents of Mexico Beach, Florida have returned home for the first time since hurricane Michael tore through the area — but many found there is no home to come home to. The powerful storm destroyed many houses in the Florida panhandle community that was near ground-zero of the hurricane that struck a week ago. The storm killed at least 16 people when it slammed into Florida as a Category-4 hurricane, and killed at least 10 others as a weaker version rolled through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.

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