--Twentieth NewsWatch--


(Overdose-Crisis) (Audio: 133)

Doug Ford says that hardcore drugs will never be decriminalized as long as he's premier of Ontario.

Ford thanked the federal government during a news conference on Friday for its decision to reject the City of Toronto's long-stalled pitch to decriminalize possession of illegal drugs.

Last week's rejection came on the heels of Ottawa agreeing to scale back a decriminalization pilot project in B-C. (20)


(Wildfires-BC) (Audio: 149)

Some 47-hundred residents of Fort Nelson, B-C could be back in their homes before Tuesday.

Mayor Rob Fraser of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says many services have been restored to the community, adding residents in need of specialized health care might want to delay their return as medical services will be restored in stages.

Fort Nelson residents were forced from their homes on May 10th by the Parker Lake wildfire and the B-C Wildfire Service says rain in the weekend forecast could help with the firefight. (20)


(Cda-Israel-Gaza) (Audio: 119)

Israel has no plans to stop its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, despite the International Court of Justice ordering it to do so.

War cabinet member Benny Gantz says Israel is committed to fighting to return its hostages and promise the security of its citizens wherever and whenever necessary, including in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada's position on the situation in Gaza has been clear for weeks, noting an immediate ceasefire is needed, including Hamas laying down its arms and releasing all hostages. (20)



The United Nations says the operation to deliver aid arriving from a U-S-built pier to the Gaza Strip is stabilized after a rocky start.

A spokesperson says 97 trucks have made it to the World Food Program warehouse despite some of them being looted.

Operations to move aid were stopped Sunday and Monday after the first aid transports from the floating dock were stripped of food and other supplies.

Shipments resumed on Tuesday. (20)



A B-C First Nation is calling for the suspension of an R-C-M-P officer over social media posts he made before joining the Mounties.

In a letter to the R-C-M-P's Bella Bella detachment, Heiltsuk (HELT'-zuk) Tribal Council Chief Marilyn Slett says the officer posted "racist text and images."

Included with the letter were images of social media posts showing a white man wearing an Afro-style wig with a caption saying "BLACK AND PROUD.'' (20)


(US-Baldwin-Set-Shooting) (Audio: 153)

A New Mexico judge has rejected a request by actor Alec Baldwin to dismiss a criminal charge against him in a fatal shooting on the set of the movie "Rust."

Defence lawyers had accused prosecutors of disregarding grand jury proceeding rules in order to divert attention away from evidence and witnesses considered helpful to Baldwin's case.

Baldwin is facing involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna (huh-LEE'-nuh) Hutchins and Friday's decision means the case is on track for a July trial. (20)


(NewsWatch by Lisa Laporte)

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