North Bay Police say the Ontario Special Investigations Unit is being called in

after a man died early this morning after an altercation with police.

Police were called to a home around 5 a.m. for a domestic disturbance.

While officers were arresting a man inside, a Taser was used. The man was

taken to North Bay hospital by ambulance and pronounced deceased.

The SIU investigates incidents involving police where there has been a death,

serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

The federal government will commit hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term

funding to Indigenous housing in next week's budget. Housing in Indigenous

communities is considered the most acute housing situation in the country, thanks

to a shortage of homes and the need to repair many currently standing.

The Liberals have promised unique housing strategies for Inuit, Metis and First

Nations communities to go along with the 10-year, $225-million urban Indigenous

plan unveiled late last year.

A southwestern Ontario community remains under a state of emergency after

flooding from a swollen river forced thousands of residents from their homes.

Brantford, Ont., Mayor Chris Friel said today the city remains in "response mode"

despite an overnight decrease in water levels on the Grand River.

The city declared the state of emergency on Wednesday and ordered nearly

5,000 residents in neighbourhoods near the river to leave their homes. About

1,000 homes in the area are without gas and power.

A Quebec judge has found a man guilty of criminal negligence after his pit bull-

mauled a young girl. Karim  Gilles had been on trial near Montreal this week on a

charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The charge carries a

maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The girl's mother testified that the dog attacked her daughter Vanessa in the face

in September 2015 and dragged her several metres across a park. The attack left

Vanessa with fractures to the cranium and hand, as well as a cheekbone broken

in seven places. She still has scars on her face.

Donald Trump endorsed stricter gun-control measures today, including raising the

minimum age from 18 to 21 for possessing a broader range of weapons but

continued to endorse the idea that public school teachers be armed.

His focus on gun violence came as leaders of the National Rifle Association

offered a vigorous defence of gun rights, urging enhanced — and armed —

security at schools. The NRA donated approx. $30,000,000 to Trump's 2016

presidential campaign.

The current federal minimum age for buying or possessing handguns is 21, but

the limit is 18 for rifles, including assault-type weapons such as the AR-15 used

by a former student in last week's attack on a Florida high school that killed 17

students and staff members.


The U.S men's curling team stunned Canada 5-3 in the semifinals today to

advance to the Olympic title game and end the Canadians' gold-medal hopes.

For years, Canada has been expected to sweep the podium in Olympic curling.

Going into Pyeongchang, every Canadian rink in the Olympics had won a medal

since the sport was reintroduced to the Games in 1998.

But when Rachel Homan's team started 0-3, the alarm bells started to sound.

The women looked for a while like they might reverse their fortunes before they,

stunningly, failed to qualify for the medal round — a first for a Canadian Olympic

curling team.

In other Olympic action, Canada's Kim Boutin has won the silver medal in the

women's 1,000-metre short-track speedskating race. It's Boutin's third medal at

the 2018 Games. She also claimed bronze in the women's 500 and 1,500.

Canada has also won bronze in the men's short track relay today. Samuel Girard,

Charles Hamelin, Charles Cournoyer and Pascal Dion finished third in the men's

5,000-metre short-track speedskating relay final.

In the NHL, Shea Weber's season is over.

The Montreal Canadiens veteran defenceman will miss the rest of the season as

he undergoes surgery for a torn tendon in his left foot. The 32-year-old has not

played since Dec. 16. It is the second time in the last three seasons the

Canadiens have lost a star player for the season. Last season, it was goaltender

Carey Price with a knee injury.

And  the Canadian Football League's commissioner will be in Halifax Friday, for

what's expected to be a morale booster to those hoping the city will gain a

professional team.