--Nineteenth NewsWatch--


(Prison-Assault-Pickton-Custody) (Audio: 138)

Convicted serial killer Robert Pickton's move out of a B-C prison may have been because of security concerns he faced.

That's the opinion of former prison judge Darryl Plecas (PLEHK'-uss), who worked at the Kent Institution in B-C when Pickton was an inmate.

Plecas said Pickton's small and frail physical condition meant his personal security would have been at risk in the general prison population.

Pickton remains hospitalized after receiving life-threatening injuries in a major assault at the Quebec maximum-security prison where he was being held. (19)


(Cybersecurity) (Audio: 129)

The federal government is rolling out a new cybersecurity strategy to better protect its systems than the patchwork of individual department approaches in place now.

The government has made progress to improve cybersecurity in recent years but the strategy says the online dangers have advanced even more quickly.

Treasury Board President Anita Anand acknowledges the hurdles in bringing multiple different procedures and systems under one approach but says it's something that must be done.

The plan does not cover federal Crown corporations like Canada Post and the C-B-C. (19)



The First Nations Health Authority in B-C says it's been hit by a cybersecurity attack.

The health authority says it became aware on May 13th of an attack and it intercepted an "unauthorize entity" that had gained access to its network.

It says there's evidence certain employee information and limited personal information of others was affected but there's no sign the attack affected any clinical information systems.

The cyberattack is the latest in a series of recent incidents in B-C but the health authority says there's no indication of any connection. (19)



Nurses in the majority of Ontario's long-term care homes are about to get what their union calls the most significant wage increase in more than 30 years.

An arbitration decision released this week gives pay bumps to the Ontario Nurses' Association members that work out to about 11.5-per-cent over two years.

O-N-A president Erin Ariss says the decision does not eliminate the wage gap between public- and private-sector nurses but it significantly reduces the disparity. (19)



Five people are now confirmed killed and at least 35 injured in powerful tornadoes that ripped through Iowa on Tuesday.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says it's believed that the number of people injured is likely higher.

The deadliest of the tornadoes left a wide swath of obliterated homes, splintered trees and crumpled cars in Greenfield, southwest of Des Moines.

It also ripped apart and crumpled massive power-producing wind turbines several miles outside the town. (19)



Some enoki mushrooms are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Listeria.

The recall affects Meta-brand enoki mushrooms in 200-gram packages sold in Ontario.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall was triggered by its testing and it is conducting a food safety investigation.

Anyone who has the recalled mushrooms should throw them out or return them to where they were purchased. (19)


(NewsWatch by Jason White)

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