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A special ceremony has been held in the city to honor the recovery team that searched repeatedly for months for that young boy who fell into the Red River back in December.  6 year old Nathaniel Thorassie was playing on thin ice with his brother, when he fell into the freezing water near the Disraeli Bridge.  City police, volunteer divers spent weeks searching for his body….but, it was never found. 

 

The Crown says it’ll appeal a decision to dismiss a case against 2 Winnipeg police officers accused of perjury.  Constables Peter O’Kane and Jess Zebrun were accused of lying to a magistrate about how they got a search warrant used to enter a hotel room, where they seized drugs and cash.  But their trial came to a sudden end yesterday on a motion from defence lawyers.  They said no Crown witness had properly identified either officer.  The judge agreed, and threw out the charges.

 

The owner of a Winnipeg tourism agency says the deadly earthquake that his Christchurch, New Zealand, is bound to have an effect on tourism.  Max Johnson of the Great Canadian Travel Compnay says none of his clients were there during the quake, but he says it is a massively popular tourism spot and he expects there were several hundred Canadians there. 

 

With violence escalating in Libya, Ottawa is now moving in to help Canadians who want to leave the country.  Foreign Affairs says an evacuation flight will arrive tomorrow in Tripoli to help about 90 Canadians who want to leave. 

 

The legacy of CFL star Bobby Kuntz could be his brain….and how it might help the lives of future athletes.  His family has decided to donate the former football player’s brain to a study at Toronto General Hospital that’s looking at the effects of concussions.  Bob’s widow, Mary, says she agreed to make the donation to help find out what effect the years of hard hitting had on her husband, and whether or not it played a role in his Alzheimer’s disease.

 

A nighttime curfew has been imposed in Christchurch, New Zealand because of fears of aftershocks from Tuesday’s devastating earthquake.  The known death toll from the magnitude 6.3 quake has now climbed to 75.  But that number is expected to rise, considering hundreds are still missing. 

  

Researchers have found another reason to promote marijuana for people with advanced cancer….it can improve their lives by giving them the munchies.  A new study found small doses of marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, improved the appetite of terminal cancer patients.  In fact, nearly three quarters of patients who got THC pills say their food tasted and smelled better.

 

Sobering figures have been released showing how fast the feds are piling up debt.  The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Ottawa is borrowing 124 million dollars a day, and is shelling out 93 million a day in interest.  The federation says that’s not only irresponsible, but it’s also unsustainable unless taxpayers demand balanced budgets.

 

Get ready for a jump at the pump.  The turmoil in Libya has pushed the price of oil to its highest point in almost 2 and a half years.  After jumping well over 5 dollars a barrel yesterday, it’s up again in trading this morning.  Analysts say this is due in part to 3 international oil companies halting production in Libya, which is Africa’s 3rd largest oil producing nation.

  

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