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War of words: IJC responds to Cuomo’s ‘nastiest’ letter about Lake Ontario flooding

- Massena Daily Courier

The International Joint Commission has issued its response to a letter from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that called the state’s flooding a “direct result” of the binational group.

Leaders with the board pushed back against the governor on multiple points and repeated their assertion that the damage was caused by a “record-setting” influx of water.

One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access

Nicole Ireland, CBC News

"Martha" was stunned when her 78-year-old father told her he wanted a medically assisted death, after battling lung cancer for almost two years. 

"It's something you've never contemplated before in your family," she said. "How do you prepare for this? This date that somebody's going to pass away. It's really hard."

Martha has asked CBC News to use only her middle name, because children in her family don't know that their grandfather's death was medically assisted.  A year after Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying law passed on June 17, 2016, the issue remains highly controversial. 

Gord Downie, Sylvia Maracle to receive Order of Canada honour

Canadian Press

Gord Downie and indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle are to be appointed to the Order of Canada today.

Maracle will be named an officer of the Order of Canada and Downie will be named a member.

They are among 30 recipients to be honoured for leadership in supporting indigenous issues, including National Hockey League player Jordin Tootoo, who will receive a meritorious service medal in the civil division.

Human Rights Watch wants special unit to investigate alleged Sask. police violence against Indigenous women

Jason Warick, CBC News

Human Rights Watch is calling for the creation of a special investigative unit to look at allegations of violence by police in Saskatchewan.

During detailed interviews last year with 64 Saskatchewan Indigenous women, the New York-based organization says it uncovered dozens of cases of police misconduct, including overly intrusive strip searches, excessive use of force, racial profiling and sexual harassment.

Supreme Court ruling expected to help Washington Redskins legal fight

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.

The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights.

The ruling is a victory for the Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but the case was closely watched for the impact it would have on the separate dispute involving the Washington football team.

Russia sends warning after U.S. military shoots down Syrian jet

The Associated Press

In this file photo taken on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a load of ammunition is prepared to be loaded on to Russian war planes at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky | AP)

Russia's defense ministry says it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday.

Moscow has condemned the U.S. downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears U.S. partner forces.