PM NEWS WED FEB 19

The Manitoulin OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision in the Sables-Spanish

Rivers Township Saturday. Further investigation revealed that the accused had

intentionally collided with another vehicle.

As a result, Tracey MURRAY, 55-years-old, from Webbwood, was arrested and

charged with various offences including assualt with a weapon.

Wayne Duplessis, originally from Espanola, says he considers himself a proud

Canadian, but after seeing the Canadian government’s involvement in getting him

and his family airlifted from Wuhan, China, his impressions have changed.

“I’ve always been proud to be a Canadian and when your country comes through

for you and your family, man, that’s everything.” Duplessis said.

He had originally planned to weather out the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. His

wife and eldest son do not have Canadian passports, so he wasn’t intending to

leave them in the Chinese city. But eventually the Canadian government said they’d

allow them all aboard an evacuation flight.

Via Rail says it will be temporarily laying off up to 1,000 people as rail blockades in

B.C. and Ontario have brought the passenger rail services network to a virtual

standstill.

Some Indigenous protestors and sympathizers have shut down a key rail line in

Northern B.C. because they oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink

pipeline on the grounds that it would run through the hereditary land of the

Wet’suwet’en people.

It’s the first time in Via’s 42-year history that the carrier has had to interrupt most of

its passenger service across the country.

The Conservatives are backing away from a potential attempt to bring down the

Liberal minority, just 20 sitting days into the new Parliament.

The Conservatives have informed the Liberals that they’ll be looking to table a

motion focused on the ongoing rail blockades, rather than a motion of non-

confidence during their opposition day debate on Thursday.

The decision to hold off on moving forward with the first non-confidence motion of

the 43rd Parliament comes after both the Bloc Quebecois and NDP said they would

not support the move.

Sports

in curling, Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville threw a perfect game in a 4-3

victory over Alberta’s Laura Walker today at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Facing two in the 10th end, McCarville made a hit to give up a single for the victory.

She was 100 per cent for the game while Walker threw at 81 per cent.

Northern Ontario was in a second-place tie with Canada’s Chelsea Carey and

Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle in Pool A at 4-2. Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson led

at 5-1.

The top four teams from each eight-team pool will have their records carry over

into the championship round starting Thursday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without forward Andreas Johnsson for the rest of

the season. He is expected to miss six months after having surgery on his right

knee earlier in the day.

Johnsson was injured in the first period of a 3-2 home loss to the Dallas Stars on

Feb. 13 when he collided with a teammate.

The 25-year-old Swede has eight goals and 21 points in 43 games with the Maple

Leafs this season

Wiikwemkoong band member Lisa Odjig is the only woman to have taken the top

spot on the podium at the annual Hoop Dance world championships, and she has

done it twice.

After years away from actively competing and since sitting as a judge, Lisa stepped

back into the arena recently at the 30th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance

competition in Phoenix, Arizona, where she placed second, narrowly missing

becoming world champion for a third time.

For full details on this story, see this week’s Manitoulin Expositor.

More than 300 items once belonging to NHL legend Gordie Howe — including

autographed jerseys, images and sticks — are now up for auction.

The bidding is meant to raise money for the Howe Foundation, which helps kids get

involved in sports and assists women working in sports.

Items up for bid range from collectibles — jerseys, sticks and trophies — to the

bizarre, such as autographed shorts, his wife Colleen’s bowling trophy and a

firefighter’s helmet.