Morning Headlines: February 13th

Jason Manaois / February 13, 2018

BCIT is open today following yesterday’s snow day.
(Dan Mountain/ BCIT News)

Several Schools Still Closed Following Heavy Snowfall

Many schools are still closing their doors due to the heavy snowfall from the past two days.

Several school districts have already taken snow days this week on Monday and Tuesday due to the winter driving conditions. Districts have opened their schools again, but have left the discretion to the parents for their children’s safety .

The schools districts of Mission, Abbotsford, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
Sooke, Gulf Islands, Fraser Cascades, Cowichan Valley, and Powell River remain closed. For post-secondary institutions, the University of Fraser Valley remains closed, but UBC, SFU, and BCIT are open with regular class and exam schedules.

Prime Minister responds to veterans affair minister resignation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at a transit infrastructure announcement in Winnipeg about the resignation of  former Justice Minster and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Many were surprised by the minister’s decision including the Prime Minister himself. When answering questions, PM Trudeau said he was “shocked and disappointed” in the minster’s sudden resignation.

The resignation leaves the current cabinet without an indigenous voice.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked question about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation.
(Steve Jurvetson / Flickr)

Dave Brubaker was the head coach of the women’s national team for Gymnastics Canada.
(Gymnastic Canada / Facebook)

Ex-gymnastics coach acquitted of sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges

Former national women’s gymnastic coach Dave Brubaker, was acquitted this morning after Justice Deborah Austin found him not guilty.

Brubaker was accused by a former athlete he coached who is now in her 30s of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The trial concluded after a few months with the the evidence being deemed insufficient.