AM NEWS WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

Nova Scotia RCMP have confirmed an additional four victims of the weekend killing spree, bringing the total death toll to 22 in what is now one of the deadliest massacres in Canadian history.  Officials say it could take months to unravel the lone suspect’s violent path across the province as they continue to probe 16 different crime scenes, including five structure fires where police have found human remains.  The shooter knew some of the victims and those individuals “were targeted,” the RCMP said, while other victims were not known to him.

In the early morning hours of April 20th the East Algoma OPP and Forensic Identification Services Unit responded to a call of a break and enter on Shaw Road, north of the town of Thessalon.  Sometime between April 5th and 20th, suspect or suspects broke the locks on both a shed and the camp.  Items stolen include a 30-30 Winchester long barrel; 410 over/under Savage; red 2015 Arctic Cat ATV; 10-111 large traps used for beaver trapping; one large red jerry can; 9-10 skinning knives and a 7” bowing knife.  The value of the stolen property is estimated to be $10,000.  Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

As of noon April 21st, Health Sciences North in Sudbury has two admitted patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.  One of those patients is in the ICU. There are twelve patients admitted who are currently under investigation, two of which are in ICU.  A reminder that all of our emergency, acute and urgent care services continue. The Emergency Department remains open 24/7, as usual.  Unless you have been contacted by the hospital, assume your appointment will proceed as expected.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that he’s being pressured to reopen the economy and ease restrictions after updated modelling data suggested the community-spread cases may have peaked in the province.  But the premier, however, is urging everyone to be patient.  On Monday, Ford said that his government was starting to create a plan that will guide the “gradual, measured and safe” reopening of the economy.

Louisiana authorities arrested a pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Spell, the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church, turned himself into the department and was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and improper backing.  Officials said Spell also had outstanding traffic tickets.  About 70 of his parishioners showed up in their Sunday best to show support.  They stood close to each other, praying and singing hymns while guards, some wearing protective masks watched.

AND IN SPORTS;

A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has tested positive for COVID-19.  Tokyo organizers issued a statement Wednesday saying it was a male employee in his 30s who worked at the headquarters building in a part of Tokyo known as Harumi.  The employee is in quarantine at home. The committee employs about 3,500 people, and organizers say about 90% have been working from home for the last several weeks.

Alex Rodriguez, once again, wants to be like Derek Jeter.  A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez, who are engaged, have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the New York Mets.  A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labour contract.  A-Rod, now 44 years old, earned about $448 million as a player.

The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract with KHL goaltender Vasili Demchenko on Tuesday.  The contract, which begins next season, will see Demchenko earn $700,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL, with a signing bonus of $92,500.  The 26-year-old spent the past seven seasons in the KHL. In 36 games between two teams, he posted a 9-17-3 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average. 

And in the CFL, The Ottawa Redblacks announced Tuesday the club has signed former Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Jalen Saunders to a one-year contract.  The 27-year-old Saunders played two seasons for the Tiger-Cats from 2017 to 2018.  In his rookie season, the Oklahoma product recorded 76 receptions for 1,170 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. He had 45 receptions for 739 yards and two touchdowns through nine games.