News Briefs

<strong>World Trade Centre opens</strong>

The World Trade Center was opened again, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks destroyed them, said the <em>National Post. </em>One World Trade Centre is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion to build.

The building was built with steel-reinforced concrete which is part of an effort to make the building as attack-proof as possible. Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and owner of the building, called it &ldquo;the most secure office building in America.&rdquo;

Foye also commented &ldquo;The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan.&rdquo;

Publishing company Conde Nast will start moving into the building soon and companies like the advertising firm Kids Creative, the government&rsquo;s General Services Administration and the China Centre are planning to move into the building as well.


<strong>Launch of Canada&rsquo;s first attack on ISIS</strong>

The Canadian warplanes&rsquo; first operational flights have commenced in Iraq. The Canadian government has six CF-18 jet fighters, two CP-140 Aurora surveillance planes and a C-150 refueling jet currently in Kuwait, according to <em>CBC.</em>

The first set of airstrikes launched Sunday.

How many bombs have been dropped and whether ISIS members have been killed during these actions has not been disclosed.

No media has been allowed access from the Canadian military to the airfields. All word of missions is currently coming from a series of inside defence sources.

Canadian operations are mandated to last six months, but this is expected to be extended.

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<strong>Five Manitoba cabinet ministers resign</strong>

Five Manitoba ministers have resigned after Premier Greg Selinger allegedly stopped listening to them on serious issues said <em>CTV News.</em>

The resigned ministers are Jennifer Howard (finance), Andrew Swan (justice), Theresa Oswald (jobs and the economy), Stan Struthers (municipal government) and Erin Selby (health). These individuals are being called the &ldquo;Rebel Five.&rdquo;

Oswald told reporters &ldquo;This, for me, is a cumulative effect of my inability to be heard on some very serious issues.&rdquo;

These minsters urged Selinger to step down as premier. This request is based on the belief that it would be better for Manitoba as a whole, as well as the NDP, and would stop the 15 per cent drop in NDP votes.

Selinger swore in replacement cabinet ministers Monday. After having conversations with each of the ministers, Selinger made the statement: &ldquo;In those conversations I made it clear: either focus on the priorities of Manitoba families as a part of our team, or resign.&rdquo;


<strong>Power outages in New Brunswick</strong>

Thousands of New Brunswick residents were left without power after snowstorms&nbsp; started Sunday night. High levels of snowfall and winds took out power in many areas, said <em>CBC.</em>

Many places, including schools, were shut down and hundreds of people were stuck on the road and forced to sleep in their vehicles. Power was out in varying places from Sunday to Tuesday.

Trevor Robson of the Codiac Transpo public transit system said, &ldquo;This is major. Dieppe, Moncton, everything has no power. It&rsquo;s big. Traffic is grid locked right now.&rdquo;

NB Power has been working hard to restore electricity to the thousands of customers who were left without power after the storm.