N.S. teen who ‘snapped’ and attacked taxi driver spared jail

A troubled 13-year-old Nova Scotia boy who “snapped” and attacked a taxi driver without reason or warning has been spared jail.

Judge Diane McGrath said the boy’s life “was characterized by instability and turmoil” last spring when he got into Brian MacDougall’s cab in Sydney, N.S.

He had been sexually abused by a family friend, suffered from cognitive deficits, and split his time between his estranged parents’ homes.

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“On May 12, 2018, (the boy) was a ticking time bomb,” McGrath said a written provincial court ruling released Wednesday.

The boy was alone in the cab, on the way to his brother’s to spend the night.

“(He) suddenly and without provocation attacked the taxi driver with a beer bottle he had taken from his brother’s fridge,” the judge said.

“The taxi driver was able to pull over to the side of the road and radio for help. Unfortunately, the driver was unable to get out of the car due to the suddenness and persistence of the attack.”‘

MacDougall had multiple cuts to his face and neck, and on his forearm and hand as he tried to deflect the blows. He now suffers from depression, anxiety and continuing pain, and has been unable to return to work.

But McGrath rejected a prosecution call for a nine month jail term and 15 months probation for the boy, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

She instead ordered two years probation – the maximum – saying there’s an opportunity to rehabilitate the boy, who she said has worked hard to make progress and behave.

“This court recognizes that this is an unusual step, but this is an unusual set of circumstances,” she said.

She said it is not surprising the teenager has trust issues, particularly with adult men. She noted his abuser’s case was before the courts at the time, and that mental-health professionals had assessed the boy as suicidal just days before the attack.

“We may never know what was going through (his) mind when he attacked the defenceless taxi driver Mr. MacDougall on May 12, 2018, but it is clear … there was something more at play than simply a random, gratuitous act of violence,” said the judge.

“There is nothing to suggest that Mr. MacDougall did anything to provoke or bring about the violence … For some unknown reason (the boy) seems to have simply snapped.”

The boy was socially isolated and suffering from low self-esteem and anger issues, she says. She recalled seeing him in her court two days after the assault, saying he looked “young, scared and vulnerable.”

He has since turned 14, and the judge said he now looks healthier and more confident. He’s in a new school and made friends. He is making progress with his clinical social worker, has a stable home arrangement with his grandmother and is taking his medication regularly, she said.

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Marijuana at a holiday party? Legalization puts spotlight on changing social norms

TORONTO — Reena Rampersad doesn’t hide her love of weed, but she’s discreet when socializing with people she knows are not regular users.

The Hamilton resident is mindful that many people still do not approve of recreational use, even though it’s now legal.

That disparity is glaring when she goes out for dinner at a nice restaurant and still feels compelled to sneak around.

“Everybody around me is able to enjoy glasses of wine and their alcohol in pairing with their meal but I have to have a smoke … in an alleyway or somewhere before I go in,” says Rampersad, a Caribbean caterer who describes cannabis as a cultural aspect of her life that is not about getting high.

The first holiday season post-legalization has opened up a social minefield for those unsure how their use will be perceived and for others uneasy about acknowledging a new era, says cannabis observer Tom Adams, whose Colorado-based firm BDS Analytics has surveyed North American adults on their shifting attitudes.

Adams says past surveys suggest perspectives in California warmed following legalization there, with non-users who approved of legalization apparently trying weed once it became legal and non-users who opposed legalization admitting they would consider cannabis if it was recommended by a doctor.

His Colorado-based firm is in the midst of collecting data among Canadians to determine whether notions similarly shift with federal legalization, and he expects it’s the minute social exchanges now unfolding that will push individuals to refine their position on what has long been a grey issue for many.

For users and non-users alike, December’s holiday circuit of work parties, family reunions, and neighbourly gatherings can be ground zero for establishing a new normal for recreational cannabis use.

There are undoubtedly some users eager to exercise newfound rights by pushing mainstream tolerance levels, Adams says from Carmel, Calif., but it’s hard to track whether people are “obnoxiously consuming” in front of others.

“There’ll be the militants that just because it’s legal now (say) ‘We’re going to be pushy about it,’ but also, militants are more aware of what the situation is legally and the situation is that public consumption is not allowed,” says Adams, referring to strict no-smoking laws in California and some Canadian provinces.

Things have definitely changed for Toronto party planner Carol Jacobson, who is mindful that some of her guests will likely be cannabis users.

That means party planners, servers and bartenders need to closely monitor their guests’ alcohol intake, transportation modes, and make sure there’s an adequate smoking section.
Discretion and general consideration helps all sides, she adds.

“There is going to be conflict —  because it’s legal doesn’t make it OK with everyone. People have different emotions around drugs, for whatever reason,” she says of employing pot diplomacy.

A century of prohibition and social stigma has deeply ingrained misconceptions and stereotypes that will take time to change, agrees Adams.

Rampersad says she’ll ask a party host before bringing weed to a gathering, such as the Christmas dinner last year when she turned up with a bag of edibles. That night revealed surprising hidden appetites.

“I know that nobody there consumes, I know that nobody there smokes cannabis and I would literally be the only one on the porch having my smoke while everyone is drinking their wine, but just after dinner I brought out my bag of edibles and put it on the table and everybody’s eyes got really bright,” says Rampersad, who also runs the cannabis-infused catering company High Society Supper Club.

“The bag was almost ripped apart … and these are women who had no interest two years ago in even touching anything with the word cannabis attached to it.”

When it comes to work parties, Vancouver-based human resources consultant Kristi Searle reminds employees to consult company policy on cannabis and consider general attitudes in the office. Bosses should be aware that the holidays are stressful for many people, and that some frazzled staff may want to let their hair down.

“People might engage in use they might not have before,” warns Searle, owner of the Human Resources company Peoplebiz Consulting Inc.

Andrew Castiglione of Brampton, Ont., suspects legalization has emboldened some seasoned users to vape in places they previously wouldn’t dare, and he admits that bothers him as a non-smoker.

“You have the right to do it but not at the expense of someone else’s right not to be confronted with it,” says Castiglione. “If you want to get high you can just go buy some gummy bears with the THC in it so that you won’t affect anybody.”

The 63-year-old recruiter says he’s peeved by a proliferation of puffing pedestrians: “I don’t know what’s in their vapour, and I’m inhaling it as I’m walking down the street.”

Jacobson says general smoking etiquette applies to cannabis use, and she lays the rules down clearly when hosting her own gatherings.

“If I’m having a party at my house and there are guests who want to smoke, please do so outside because I don’t want that smell inside my house,” says Jacobson, senior national account manager at Marigolds and Onions, adding that she otherwise has nothing against weed.

As someone who doesn’t consume alcohol, Rampersad says she wishes the same considerations are made about booze.

“I show up at someone’s home and they automatically pour me a glass of wine,” she says. “I can’t tell you how many bottles of alcohol I receive every year at Christmas.”

And let’s put references to harmful stereotypes like the criminal stoner behind us, declares Rampersad. She says it’s not uncommon for newbies to make offensive jabs, even while asking for a toke.

“They are still making comments like, ‘Oh, I don’t know, are there any cops around?’ And they’ll look both ways but then they’ll take a smoke off your joint. And you’re like, ‘You know, that’s really bad vibes.’”

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Halifax council green lights three funding requests totalling $2.5 million

Halifax Regional Council approved three separate funding requests totalling $2.5 million at their final meeting of the year on Tuesday.

Council pushed through the final piece of a proposed $13-million arts centre in downtown Halifax, as they voted in favour of contributing $1 million to the project.

The federal government and the province of Nova Scotia announced earlier this week that they’d contribute more than $10 million towards the Link Performing Arts Centre, contingent on the $1-million contribution from the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Council voted 14 to two in favour of the project with Bill Karsten, councillor for Dartmouth South-Eastern Passage, and Lorelei Nicoll, councillor for Cole Harbour-Westphal.

The Link would be an arts and culture hub at the former World Trade and Convention Centre across from Halifax City Hall and the Grand Parade.

The proposal includes a 1,800-person performance hall, a media production studio, two dance studios, a 160-seat cinema, a creative entrepreneurs centre, a storefront box office and a cafe on Argyle Street.

Fourteen councillors voted in favour of considering a one-time contribution of $1 million to the YMCA of Greater Halifax and Dartmouth during the 2019-2020 budget deliberations in the new year.

The funds will go towards the purchase of the replacement YMCA facility located at the intersection of South Park and Sackville Street.

Two councillors, Richard Zurawski of Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park-Wedgewood and Steve Adams of Spryfield-Samnro Loop-Prospect Road, chose not to vote on the motion.

The motion passed with an amendment from Lindell Smith, councillor for Halifax Peninsula North, that authorized municipal staff to negotiate collaborations on programming and access to meeting spaces.

Staff have also been directed to clarify what child-care services will be offered by the YMCA at the new location.

Council decided against a recommendation to not contribute $500,000 towards the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax.

Instead, by a vote of 12 to five, council overturned the recommendation from the municipality’s audit and finance committee, meaning that the municipality will put $500,000 towards the project.

The $500,0000 was only a portion of the original $1-million request for the project submitted by the society, which is constructing a building at 618 Francklyn St. in Halifax, that will house accommodations for the terminally ill.

The 10-bed facility is estimated to cost approximately $6 million, and updated estimates suggest that $3.4 million has been spent on construction so far.

The building is scheduled to be completed by March 2019.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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Mike Pompeo urges UN to get tough on Iran missiles

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (Dec 12) urged the United Nations to tighten restrictions on Iran’s missiles, which he warned could strike US allies, but other powers called instead for dialogue.

Pompeo headed to New York for a Security Council meeting on Iran, which recently confirmed a medium-range ballistic missile test, arguing it is legal and necessary for its defence.

“We risk the security of our people if Iran continues stocking up on ballistic missiles,” Pompeo told the Security Council.

“We risk escalation of conflict in the region if we fail to restore deterrence. And we convey to all other malign actors that they too can defy the Security Council with impunity if we do nothing,” he said.

Iran has “hundreds of missiles which pose a threat to our partners in the region,” Pompeo said, referring to Israel and Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia.

Pompeo said the United States would press to preserve a UN arms embargo on Iran due to expire in 2020 and urge the Security Council to set up inspections at sea to prevent weapons shipments.

He also called for the return of a firmer prohibition on Iran developing missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, toughening language from the Security Council resolution that supported the nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump has made pressuring Iran a major focus, withdrawing from an international accord on curbing Teheran’s nuclear programme negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama and reimposing sweeping sanctions.

Confirming US concerns, a UN report submitted to the Security Council said that recent missiles fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels were manufactured in Iran.

Saudi Arabia has been waging air strikes and a blockade against the rebels, who share religious ties with Iran, triggering what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


Responding as Pompeo looked on, Iranian envoy Eshagh Al Habib said the top US diplomat was casting Iran as a threat to sell more “beautiful weapons,” sarcastically quoting Trump’s rationale for backing Saudi Arabia.

He said Iran’s missiles were not nuclear in nature and defended the need for strong defence, noting that Western powers backed Saddam Hussein as his warplanes destroyed Iranian cities in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

“What we heard today was another series of lies, fabrications, disinformation and deceptive statement by the US,” Al Habib said, recalling the “infamous speeches” of top US officials in the past – a clear reference to Colin Powell’s selling of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“For the first time in the UN history, a permanent member of this Council is blatantly punishing UN members not for violating, rather for complying with, a Security Council resolution,” he said.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia also made a veiled but clear swipe at Pompeo as he denounced attempts to “fan anti-Iranian hysteria.”

“There is no proof that the ballistic missiles can carry a nuclear load,” Nebenzia told the council, adding that Iran “is ready for dialogue.”

France, while saying it shared US goals on Iran, pleaded for the preservation of the nuclear accord, saying it was verifiably working in freezing Iran’s nuclear programme.

“It’s only on this basis that we can build together a long-term strategy for the region,” Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council.

“Such a strategy can’t come down to a policy of pressure and sanctions; it equally has to come with a firm, frank dialogue with the Iranians on our concerns,” he said.

European powers said they were working to ensure that Iran sees the economic fruits of compliance.

But Iran’s economy has suffered a severe blow and is forecast to contract due to the renewal of sanctions by the United States, which has vowed to preclude all countries from virtually any business in Iran.

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Trade talk lifts stocks, sterling rises on May bets

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gauge of global stock markets rallied along with U.S. Treasury yields on Wednesday as optimism abounded for a trade thaw between the U.S. and China while sterling bounced on bets that UK Prime Minister Theresa May would keep her job.

U.S. Treasury yields advanced in tandem with Wall Street’s gains after U.S. President Donald Trump said trade talks with China were progressing with discussions under way by telephone and more meetings likely among officials of both countries.

In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Trump also said he would intervene in the Justice Department’s case against a top executive at China’s Huawei Technologies if it served national security interests or helped to close a trade deal.

China made its first major U.S. soybean purchases in more than six months on Wednesday, two U.S. traders said, and its first since Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce in early December.

But after a spate of dizzying volatility in the past few days, there was some wariness about whether gains would hold.

“You had the tax stimulus was very big this year and next year there is still some stimulus to come,” said Thomas Martin, senior portfolio manager at Globalt Investments in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Then the headwind is tariffs … next year, depending on which scenario that plays out, we either have continued stimulus or it overwhelms that stimulus.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 265.64 points, or 1.09 percent, to 24,635.88, the S&P 500 gained 26.66 points, or 1.01 percent, to 2,663.44 and the Nasdaq Composite added 98.96 points, or 1.41 percent, to 7,130.79.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 1.69 percent to give the index its best two-day performance in two-and-1/2 years and MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 1.39 percent.

The British pound sterling jumped off 20-month lows as Prime Minister May vowed to fight a challenge to her leadership, saying a change could jeopardize Britain’s divorce from the European Union.

May has secured indications of support from nearly 200 of her lawmakers, which would be enough to ensure she wins a no confidence vote on Wednesday, based on statements made to the media and on social media.

The currency had tumbled on concerns about the vote of no confidence in the prime minister but traders bet she would survive after a number of colleagues backed her, isolating rivals who want a clean, sudden break from the EU.

Sterling was last trading at $1.2645, up 1.29 percent on the day.

The dollar index fell 0.37 percent, with the euro up 0.48 percent to $1.1368.

Investors were also digesting U.S. consumer price data that showed unchanged headline inflation, causing U.S. Treasuries to initially pare gains.

Benchmark 10-year notes fell 8/32 in price to yield 2.9078 percent, from 2.881 percent late on Tuesday.

While markets still expect the Fed to tighten at its policy meeting next week, Trump said in a Reuters interview on Tuesday that the central bank would be “foolish” to do so.

U.S. crude rose 1.24 percent to $52.29 per barrel as oil was supported by a drop in U.S. crude inventories, a cut in Libyan exports and an OPEC-led deal to trim output.

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Wall Street rises on U.S.-China trade optimism

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks were up 1 percent on Wednesday afternoon, though well below their session highs, as investors were hopeful about U.S.-China trade relations after the latest comments from both sides and eyed some reassuring signs in British politics.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in an interview with Reuters, said trade talks were under way with China. Traders said China made the first major purchase of U.S. soybeans since Washington and Beijing agreed to a temporary trade truce earlier this month.

Also, Trump said he would intervene in a case against a top executive at Huawei Technologies if it would help secure a trade deal.

The China news helped Wall Street, along with expectations Britain’s Prime Minister might keep her job for now.

The S&P pared gains as the day wore on as investors were cautious about the rally’s sustainability. But they found some technical reassurance as stocks have recently bounced back multiple times intraday after testing 2018 lows.

“We’ve had numerous retests of those lows. Each retest makes the support stronger,” said Robert Phipps, director at Per Sterling in Austin, Texas. “We know where the likely floor is. There’s some comfort in the market based on that belief.”

But Phipps cautioned that while the market might stay above the 2018 lows it would likely continue to be volatile at least until a U.S.-China negotiating deadline at the end of February.

“Not only is Trump unlikely to seal a deal until the end of February but the rhetoric gets more abrasive the closer he gets to the deadline,” he said. “There’s a lot of political issues that are going to keep pressure on the market from now to the end of February.”

At 3:13 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 305.22 points, or 1.25 percent, to 24,675.46, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 31.8 points, or 1.21 percent, to 2,668.58 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 114.04 points, or 1.62 percent, to 7,145.87.

Of the S&P’s 11 major sectors 9 were in positive territory with 8 showing gains of around 1 percent or more. The real estate sector .SPLRCR was the biggest loser with a 1.4 percent drop while utilities .SPLRCU followed with a 0.4 percent decline, showing a lack of appetite for defensive sectors.

The S&P technology sector .SPLRCT gained 1.6 percent, providing the biggest support to the benchmark. The sector is heavily exposed to China trade.

Trading has been especially choppy in the past few days amid a slew of headlines on topics ranging from China trade and a potential U.S. government shutdown to uncertainty around Britain’s divorce from the European Union.

After British Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to reach an exit deal this weak investors contemplated the possibility of a disorderly “no-deal” departure or another referendum.

May promised on Wednesday to step down before the next parliamentary election due in 2022, hoping to win over wavering lawmakers before a no-confidence vote triggered by Brexit supporters.

China-based music streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment (TME.N) was last up 7.9 percent in its U.S. debut.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.69-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.48-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 14 new 52-week highs and 6 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 21 new highs and 141 new lows.

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Wall Street pushes higher on trade talk optimism

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks jumped about 1.6 percent on Wednesday, bolstered by the technology sector, as signs Beijing would ease its “Made in China 2025” industrial policy added to optimism fueled by President Donald Trump’s upbeat comments on trade talks.

Trump, in an interview with Reuters, said trade talks were already underway and that China was buying a “tremendous amount” of U.S. soybeans.

China, the largest buyer of U.S. soy, made the first major U.S. soybeans purchase on Wednesday, since Washington and Beijing agreed to a temporary trade truce earlier this month, Reuters reported.

Trump also said he would intervene in the case against a top executive at Huawei Technologies if it would help secure a trade deal.

“Sentiment is driven by positive news that there might be progress with U.S. and China negotiations – which, I think, will be the number 1 headline for the next three months,” said Tom Plumb, president of Plumb Funds in Madison, Wisconsin.

The S&P technology sector .SPLRCT gained 2.21 percent, providing the biggest support to the market. The sector, which is heavily exposed to China, is among the most beaten-down this quarter.

Another trade-sensitive sector, industrials .SPLRCI, rose 1.89 percent on strength in Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) and Boeing Co (BA.N).

However, Plumb said he would not be surprised to see the market drift again around afternoon, in line with recent trend.

“We are seeing some year-end positioning. Many people who bought into the stock market into the fall have significant losses on their portfolio and they will probably put some selling pressure,” Plumb said.

Trading has been especially choppy in the past two days amid a slew of headlines on topics ranging from trade to Britain’s planned divorce from the European Union and a U.S. government shutdown.

A potential source of worry for market participants is the result of a no-confidence vote against British Prime Minister Theresa May at 2100 GMT (4 p.m. ET), though a growing number of Conservative lawmakers have indicated support.

At 12:55 a.m. EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 410.12 points, or 1.68 percent, at 24,780.36, the S&P 500 .SPX was up 44.60 points, or 1.69 percent, at 2,681.38 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 154.87 points, or 2.20 percent, at 7,186.70.

The other big boost came from a more than 2-percent gains in health .SPXHC and consumer discretionary .SPLRCD stocks.

Christopher Larkin, senior vice president of trading at E-Trade Financial in New York, said his retail clients were using the recent dips as an opportunity to pick up some bargains.

The laggards were the defensive consumer staples .SPLRCS, utilities .SPLRCU and real estate .SPLRCR sectors.

China-based music streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment (TME.N) jumped 8.69 percent in its U.S. debut.

Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) shares fell 2.22 percent after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 3.63-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 3.35-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 14 new 52-week highs and five new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 18 new highs and 117 new lows.

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Nearly 200 Conservative lawmakers indicate support for PM May: Reuters tally

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May has secured indications of support from nearly 200 of her lawmakers, which would be enough to ensure she wins a confidence vote on Wednesday, based on statements made to the media and on social media.

May needs a simple majority – from 159 of 317 Conservative lawmakers – to remain leader. A secret ballot is being held between 1800 and 2000 GMT.

However, some lawmakers who have backed May publicly have said in private that they will vote against her, according to British political commentators.

The latest Reuters tally of 198 is drawn from statements made to national media and local newspapers, as well as lawmakers’ own Twitter and Facebook posts.

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N.S. adolescent mental-health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher appointed to Canadian Senate

A renowned Nova Scotia-based doctor who is an expert in adolescent mental health and a leader in mental-health research, advocacy, training and policy development, has been appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Dr. Stan Kutcher, a professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University, has been involved in mental-health work in over 20 countries and serves as the Sun Life financial chair in Adolescent Mental Health at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre.

He has received several distinctions over the course of his career, including being named to the Order of Nova Scotia.

“He was instrumental in the development of the Life Sciences Development Association, the Brain Repair Centre, and the International Health Office,” a news release from the Prime Minister’s Office [PMO] reads.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Kutcher said the appointed “is an honour.”

Also appointed to the Senate was Northwest Territories public servant Margaret Anderson, former Yukon premier Pat Duncan, and Ontario’s Rosemary Moodie, who specializes in newborn health. The PMO says the four new senators were recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments and chosen using the process open to all Canadians.

“These four new independent senators bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit Parliament and all of Canada. They know what it means to serve, and have dedicated their careers to making a difference in the lives of others,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with them on issues that matter most to Canadians.”

Kutcher ran for the Liberals in the Halifax riding during the 2011 federal election, where he was defeated by Megan Leslie with the NDP.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s most recent Senate appointment was made in October when Prince Edward Island Mi’kmaq community leader Brian Francis and Ontario lawyer Josée Forest-Niesing received the honour.

Kutcher travelled to Cape Breton last year following a spate of teen suicides, including a 13-year-old transgender boy who was bullied through social media. He presented seven recommendations to the Nova Scotia government, saying a comprehensive approach is needed on teen mental health, which he described as a complex social problem.

Kutcher recommended a provincial policy be developed to address students’ responsible use of personal devices such as cellphones on school grounds, as well as stated that a wider public discussion needs to take place on where responsibilities lie.

As a result of Kutcher’s recommendations, the Nova Scotia government said it would immediately spend an additional $192,000 boosting mental-health supports at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, which asked for more help in the wake of the suicides.

— With files from The Canadian Press 

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15-year-old e-scooter rider warded in ICU after accident with bus in Choa Chu Kang

SINGAPORE – A 15-year-old e-scooter rider was warded in the intensive care unit (ICU) after an accident with a bus on Tuesday night (Dec 11).

The police were alerted at 8.08pm to the accident, which happened at the junction of Choa Chu Kang North 6 and Choa Chu Kang Link.

The boy was taken in a conscious state to the National University Hospital, the police added.

Chinese daily Shin Min Daily News reported that the teenager had been crossing the junction in the rain, and suffered liver injuries from the accident. He had to be admitted into the ICU, the paper added.

His mother told Shin Min on Wednesday that her son is conscious and in a stable condition. She has never approved of her son riding e-scooters and the family does not have such personal mobility devices. But the boy borrowed his friend’s e-scooter and later got into the accident.

The Straits Times understands that the SMRT bus, which was in service when it hit the teenager, was turning left at the junction when the boy rode across the pedestrian crossing on the e-scooter. The traffic light was green, in favour of the bus, when the accident occurred.

None of the passengers on the bus nor the bus driver were hurt.

When contacted, an SMRT spokesman told ST that an SMRT service 307 bus was involved in the accident on Tuesday night.

“Our immediate concern is for the well-being of the injured e-scooter rider,” the spokesman said, adding that SMRT has contacted the victim’s family to provide the necessary support.

The police are investigating the accident.

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