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The lawyer for the man convicted of killing Candace Derksen says it’s likely an appeal will be submitted.  Mark Edward Grant was found guilty of 2nd degree murder by a jury on Friday night.  His lawyer says his client was disappointed in the jury’s decision and he expects to file the appeal after the sentencing hearing.

 

3 homes in the Sturgeon Creek area of the city had to be evacuated yesterday after reports of a gas leak.  Drivers and pedestrians were asked to avoid the area while crews worked to repair it.  Officials say a city of Winnipeg crew working in the area hit a service line to a home.  No injuries were reported.

 

A powerful earthquake has hit one of New Zealand’s biggest cities, knocking over tall buildings and killing at least 65 people.  And, an unknown number of people are feared trapped.  Rescuers and concerned citizens are frantically trying to clear rubble to find those still missing in the city of Christchurch.  So far, there are no reports of any Canadians among the casualties.

 

The U.N.’s security council will hold an emergency session today to discuss the upheaval in Libya, where calls for the resignation of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi are rising.  And with unrest in the greater Middle East showing no signs of letting up, several western companies are now taking a look at their employee evacuation plans….including at least 3 Canadian companies.

 

The latest list of the world’s most livable cities features 3 Canadian cities in the Top 5.  For the 5th year in a row, Vancouver has been ranked as the world’s most livable city of the 140 studied.  The group who did the rankings says their successful hosting of last year’s Olympic games solidified their number one standing.  Toronto came in 4th on the list, and Calgary placed 5th.

 

Well if Oscar voters haven’t made their decisions by now, it’s almost too late.  Their ballots are due at the end of business today.  The Academy Awards will get given out this Sunday in Hollywood.

    

And yet another reason to get off the couch my friends.  Not only is it good for your heart and lungs, but a new study suggests exercising on a treadmill could also slow down the aging process.  At least that’s what researchers found in lab mice.  Scientists say mice running on a treadmill for 45 mins, 3 times a week, had 100 per cent protection against brain and muscle atrophy, hair loss and greying of the fur.

 

The clock is ticking again for the shuttle Discovery’s last voyage into orbit.  Liftoff is set for Thursday afternoon, with an 80 per cent chance of good weather.  Discovery and its crew will be carrying supplies and a humanoid robot to the international space station.  Only 2 other shuttle flights will then remain……Endeavor in April and Atlantis in June.

 

New Zealand has called in the army to help out after a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the already bruised city of Christchurch.  There are reports this morning of bodies in the street and under rubble.  Calling it a black day, the city’s Mayor has declared a state of emergency and ordered people to leave the city center.  A major quake hit the exact same area last September.

    

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