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In the news today, April 10

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during the announcement of the extension of one of Montreal's subway line Monday, April 9, 2018 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
April 10, 2018 - 4:50 AM

Six stories in the news for Tuesday, April 10

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PM TRUDEAU, CABINET TO DISCUSS TRANS MOUNTAIN

Federal cabinet ministers gather today for an emergency meeting to seek a way to convince Kinder Morgan to go forward with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The company has halted non-essential spending on the project, giving Ottawa a deadline of May 31 to convince the company and its investors that the pipeline can prevail over the opposition it faces. Protesters who have voiced opposition to the expansion are taking credit for Kinder Morgan's decision to pause the work.

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HUMBOLDT BRONCOS MIX-UP

The families of two players whose identities were mixed up after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on Friday night say they are "grieving together." The coroner's office had mistook the body of goalie Parker Tobin for that of Xavier Labelle, who is injured and still alive. A statement on behalf of the two families says they hope the focus will stay on those grieving and recovering, not the mix-up.

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STICK TRIBUTE FOR VICTIMS OF BRONCOS CRASH

In an effort to reach out to reach out to Humboldt, Sask., many social media users are sharing photos of hockey sticks left on front porches to pay tribute to the 15 lives lost after the bus crash on Friday. Many people also continue to flood a GoFundMe campaign with contributions to raise money for those touched by the tragedy. The total raised was approaching $6.7 million by early Friday.

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FIRST BUDGET FOR SASK. PREMIER SCOTT MOE

Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer will deliver a budget today — the first under new Premier Scott Moe. He has promised to balance the books by 2020, even after reinstating an exemption of the provincial sales tax on crop, life and health insurance earlier this year. The provincial government recently projected the 2017-2018 deficit to be $595 million — down $101 million from the last budget.

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NAVY'S MARK NORMAN TO APPEAR IN COURT

One of the military's most senior officers is slated to face accusations in court today that he broke the law by leaking sensitive information to a Quebec shipyard. Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was charged last month with breach of trust following a two-year criminal investigation into the alleged disclosure of classified government information. Norman, who has denied any wrongdoing, faces up to five years in prison.

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NAFTA SPRINT TO FINISH?

A rush to conclude a new NAFTA agreement could see negotiations spread this week across two continents and more than 5,600 kilometres in a spurt of non-stop bargaining. Officials return to the bargaining table today in Washington, and sources say the week could end with the politicians leading the talks — Chrystia Freeland, Ildefonso Guajardo, and Robert Lighthizer — meeting Friday during the Summit of the Americas in Peru. Guajardo says there is an 80 per cent chance of a new deal in place by early May.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— Heritage Minister Melanie Joly leads trade mission to China with stops in Shanghai and Beijing.

— BloodWatch.org will urge the Nova Scotia government to ban paid plasma.

— In Halifax, N.S. Premier Stephen McNeil and MP Scott Brison will announce infrastructure funding.

— Sentencing hearing in Halifax for Jacques John Grenier, a sailboat captain who pleaded guilty to two drug charges.

— Statistics Canada will release the value of building permits for February.

— The Atlantic Lottery will presents a cheque to Cape Breton's newest millionaires.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2018
The Canadian Press

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