Dauphin, Canada
Manitoba Boy Still Missing
 
An intense search continues in rural Manitoba for a two-year-old boy who vanished while playing outside.

Chase Martens was last seen Tuesday around the supper hour.

Yesterday, planes and about 400 volunteers, police officers, firefighters and police dogs moved in and began an organized search for the boy.

After the sun went down, the search was restricted to trained personnel and those with search and rescue skills, but Mounties sent out a tweet saying they would continue looking through the night.
 
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Fire Chief Gives Controlled Burn Reminder
 
With a number of grassfires in southern Manitoba this year already, Dauphin's fire chief is reminding the public to have all permits in place and take appropriate precautions when conducting controlled burns.
 
Cam Abrey says regulations are outlined in the permit, but always be aware of wind conditions.
 
"If you're burning off the field... have your fire guard in place, you've taken the cultivator around, and you're in attendance at all times. You can't just light the fire and walk away, you have to be there."
 
Abrey invites people to call the fire department as a heads up when about to light a controlled burn.
 
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Manitoba Election
 
Campaigning continues in the campaign for the April 19 Manitoba election and the talk is turning to flooding, forestry, Lake Manitoba and the media.

NDP Leader Greg Selinger is promising $10-billion for flood protection, and building or fixing roads and bridges.

He's also pledging to create a forestry advisory council with indigenous leaders and industry to ensure northern communities a share of jobs and other benefits.

Conservative Leader Brian Pallister is promising to finish a $495-million outlet on Lake Manitoba, where communities have been battered by flooding in recent years.

Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is accusing media outlets of not covering some stories about the NDP government because they rely on government advertising.

She says that's not a negative thing, but she says it's common knowledge that people believe it's the way the system works.
 
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Ghomeshi Verdict Expected Today
 
An Ontario judge has had a month to mull the evidence presented at the sexual-assault trial of disgraced broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi and is expected to deliver his verdict today in Toronto.

The former CBC Radio host is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of overcoming resistance by choking.

The complaints were lodged by three women for alleged offences dating back to 2002 and '03.

Ghomeshi faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted on the sex-assault charges, and a potential life sentence on the choking charge.