Kenney and MLAs reduce government spending by cutting own salaries; Items linked to two teen fugitives found on Manitoba river shore
Alberta politicians remain highest paid in country despite pay cuts
In an effort to reduce government spending, Alberta’s premier and his MLA’s have taken a pay cut. Jason Kenny had his almost $190,000 salary reduced by 10 per cent while the MLA’s will lose 5 per cent of their just over $120,000 pay. Kenney said he wanted to make an example during his campaign. Alberta politicians remain the highest paid in Canada though.
RCMP confirm items and damage boat prompted search of Nelson River
We now know why RCMP ordered an underwater search of the Nelson River in Manitoba but police still aren’t releasing all the details. Items directly linked to the two teens suspected of killing three people in B.C. were found on the shore. RCMP won’t say what the items are just that they were found the same day as a damaged boat in the area. The area has been the focus for more than a week in the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.
Ottawa asked to reevaluate potential gun bans after Toronto shootings
There is a renewed call for handgun bans in Canada, but the federal government won’t take any action before October’s election. The CBC said 17 gun-related injuries from 14 different shootings in Toronto over the long weekend renewed concerns. Toronto City Council first asked for a ban after the fatal Danforth shooting a year ago and again after the Raptors parade shooting in June.
Trump to visit mass shooting locations Wednesday
Donald Trump isn’t expected to get a warm welcome as he visits the cities of two mass shootings over the weekend. While the U.S. president aims to bring messages of unity, he is being criticized for contributing to the hate that may have caused the shootings. Trump’s anti-immigration views were similar to the El Paso shooter who killed 22 people outside a Walmart.
Group wants easier access to non-intoxicating cannabis extract
An organization want’s CBD oil to be classified as a natural health product people can get over the counter. The Canadian Food Association says it should be an election issue. They claim cannabis extract, which isn’t intoxicating, can manage pain, anxiety and insomnia. The group also says it doesn’t make sense that pharmacies make it easier to get high than healthy.