5 things to know for Thursday March 27, 2014
Published Thursday, March 27, 2014 6:16AM EDT
1. B.C. truckers' deal: Truckers at a British Columbia port reached a deal Wednesday to end a strike that left hundreds of millions of dollars of cargo stranded in container terminals. The strike began in late February and back-to-work legislation was in the works, until the 14-point deal was struck Wednesday night. B.C. Premier Christy Clark says the port will be up and running this morning.
2. Family statement: The brother of Zeenab Kassam, one of two Canadian women killed in Afghanistan last week, is expected to address the media on behalf of her family in Calgary today. Kassam, an English teacher, and Dr. Roshan Thomas, an optometrist from Vancouver, were among the nine people killed when gunmen stormed the Kabul Serena Hotel last Thursday.
3. Quebec leaders' debate, round two: Pauline Marois, Philippe Couillard, Francois Legault and Francoise David will meet for the second and final leaders' debate in Montreal, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET. We'll have coverage tonight on CTVNews.ca and here’s a recap of how the last debate went down.
4. Another winter wallop: Residents in Atlantic Canada are digging out today, after a spring blizzard battered parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. While the worst of the Maritimes storm is now over, meteorologists say the effects of the storm may last a few days, with high winds and flurries forecasted for today and Friday. If you're wondering when spring will really arrive, check this story.
5. And in case you missed it: A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that sounds an alarm when they get too close to bars seems to be successful. A study suggests that adults who got the sober app after being released from rehab reported more overall abstinence than those whose who didn’t use the technology.