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--Fourteenth NewsWatch--

February 13, 2014

(Income-Splitting-Harper) (Audio: P03)

The discussion about the Conservatives' 2011 election promise to bring in income-splitting continued on several fronts today.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty touched off controversy yesterday when he suggested he'd rather spend a projected 6.4-billion-dollar surplus in 2015 on reducing the debt and lowering taxes.

Prime Minister Harper now says reducing taxes for families remains a high priority, but any discussion about income splitting will have to wait until the budget is balanced.

Flaherty told Parliament today that the government is committed to greater tax relief for families. (14)

(Harper-Infrastructure) (Audio: 117)

Prime Minister Harper unveiled his 14-billion-dollarNew Building Canada Fund in a hamlet outside Toronto today.

He says the infrastructure money will benefit cities and towns of all sizes, with one-billion dollars being set aside for communities of less than 100-thousand people.

The cash will be doled out over the next decade starting this spring. (14)

(OLY-HKN-Canada-Norway) (Audio: 115)

It took Team Canada more than a full period to find its groove.

But the men's hockey team dominated the second period and went on to beat Norway 3-1 in their opening game of the Olympic hockey tournament at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Shea Weber and Jamie Benn scored during the second period onslaught and Drew Doughty added a goal in the third period.

Roberto Luongo is set to start Friday's game against Austria. (14)


The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says Grace Hospital did nothing wrong in sending two patients home by taxi who later died on their doorsteps.

C-E-O Arlene Wilgosh says while there were no problems with the medical decisions to discharge the men, the authority will draft a checklist to ensure discharged patients can manage when they get home.

The authority is also working with taxi companies so drivers have specific instructions if discharged patients require extra care. (14)

(Burns-Lake-Blast) (Audio: 122)

A report ordered by B-C Premier Christy Clark's office is highly critical of the investigation into a fatal sawmill blast in January 2012.

The report says the investigation was flawed and that WorkSafeBC failed to gather evidence in a way that could be used in a criminal case.

Clark announced the review after a WorkSafeBC probe into the blast at the Babine Forest Products mill became mired in controversy when the Crown announced it would not lay charges, in part due to flaws in the investigation. (14)


A fragment of a Persian bas-relief sculpture worth 1.2-million dollars that was stolen in Montreal more than two years ago has been recovered in Edmonton.

The artifact dating from the fifth century B-C was recovered in an apartment after being taken from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Police have arrested a 33-year-old Edmonton man who will be appearing in court next month. (14)

(NewsWatch by Dawn Kelly)

(The Canadian Press)

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