News Briefs

<strong>Edmonton mourns mass murder victims&nbsp;</strong>

Edmonton suffered the worst mass murder in its history Dec. 30. The attack left nine people dead, including two children and the man responsible for the attack.&nbsp;

The male shooter started the attack at one home, killing a middle aged woman. Then, several hours later, he killed seven victims at another home, before killing himself at a restaurant. The murders appear to have been planned.&nbsp;

Police had been called to check on the welfare of the shooter before, and were also called to check on him that night, although he was not at home when they arrived.&nbsp;

&ldquo;This male subject is well-known to the Edmonton Police Service and has a criminal record dating back to September of 1987,&rdquo; Edmonton police chief, Rod Knecht told <em>CTV News</em>.

Grief counsellors are working at the school where one of the murder victims was attending the third grade. A therapy dog has also been visiting the classrooms. Staff around the school are working to make sure support is provided to the children at such a difficult time. &nbsp;

Prayer services and memorials have been held around the area out of respect for the deceased.

<strong>Copyright Modernization Act in full effect</strong>

As of January 2015, the final stages of the Federal Copyright Modernization Act began to take effect.&nbsp;

This law requires Internet service providers and website hosts to transfer information from copyright holders to customers where the illegal downloading is alleged to have occurred. These customers are identified by their Internet Protocol (IP) address

While citizens will not face any certain legal issues, they will be issued a warning letter that a copyright holder is aware of the illegal downloading and could decide to sue. According to <em>CTV News</em>, lawsuits could range from $5,000 for personal use of copyrighted material, to $20,000 for using copyrighted material for commercial gain.&nbsp;

Internet service providers or website hosts cannot provide any individual&rsquo;s personal information unless a lawsuit is in action.&nbsp;

Internet lawyer, Allen Mendelsohn said, &ldquo;Receiving such a letter may be enough to compel the customer to stop downloading copyrighted material.&rdquo;

<strong>Wynne hints that changes will be made to Ontario&rsquo;s liquor sales laws</strong>

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne announced that there will be changes to the government&rsquo;s deal with the foreign-owned Beer Store and how alcohol is sold in the province.&nbsp;

The government-owned LCBO is unable to sell beer in sizes larger than six-packs. The Beer Store exclusively sells larger-sized packs of beer. Since the Beer Store is foreign-owned, it takes away revenue that could be earned by the province.&nbsp;

&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a distribution system that works very well, but the fact it works very well has a value to it, right? So how do we realize that value for the people of the province?&rdquo; Wynnesaid to <em>The Toronto Star.</em>

The high beer prices affect the economy, the citizens of Ontario, as well as restaurant owners. The Beer Store has said it is looking to negotiate with Wynne to make a deal that benefits everyone. Negotiations are expected to start in the new year.