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Liberal MP Joyce Murray’s son critically hurt on Mexican honeymoon

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  • OTTAWA — The son of Liberal MP Joyce Murray is awaiting a medical evacuation from Mexico to Vancouver after suffering severe injuries during his honeymoon in Cancun.

    Murray said her son Erik Brinkman fell from a height early Monday and underwent extensive surgery at a local hospital to stabilize multiple fractures.

    She and other family members arrived to support him and his wife, Arianna, later that day.

    Brinkman will require many more surgeries, she said.

    “He has been amazingly strong so far in dealing with this very difficult situation and we are optimistic about his recovery,” Murray said in a Friday statement.

    Brinkman has not yet been transported because he needed transfusions of O-negative blood, which was in short supply nearby.

    Public Facebook posts were widely shared asking for help and brought out donors who, alongside two family members with matching blood types, are expected to supply enough blood for Brinkman to be stabilized for transport.

    “We want to thank all those who have reached out in love and support and are keeping Erik and his wife in their thoughts and prayers,” said Murray. “It’s an extremely difficult time for our family and I would respectfully ask for privacy for us at this time.”

    Murray was first elected in Vancouver Quadra in 2008 and is the parliamentary secretary to the president of the Treasury Board. She was previously an MLA in British Columbia from 2001 to 2005.

    Murray has two sons and a daughter with her husband, Dirk Brinkman. They founded the tree-planting company Brinkman Group in 1979.

    Their other son is Canadian rapper and playwright Baba Brinkman.

    Stephen Cook, The Canadian Press


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    Cambridge University rescinds offer of fellowship for Jordan Peterson

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  • Cambridge University in Britain says it’s rescinded an offer of a visiting fellowship for controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.

    A Cambridge spokeswoman says Peterson requested a two-month fellowship at the school’s Faculty of Divinity, which had been slated to take place in October and November of this year.

    But she says the university opted to rescind the fellowship opportunity after a review of Peterson’s work.

    Peterson has earned a global following after becoming an outspoken critic of political correctness and advocate for free speech on post-secondary campuses.

    The best-selling author says Cambridge did not directly notify him of the fact that the fellowship he requested after a 2018 visit was rescinded, an allegation the university denies.

    In a blog post, Peterson called the school’s decision “a serious error of judgment” and wished the Faculty of Divinity “the continued decline in relevance that they…deserve.”

    The Canadian Press


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    B.C. legislation only applies to Trans Mountain, project proponent argues

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  • VANCOUVER — The proponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says legislation proposed by British Columbia is targeting the project and would significantly impact it.

    A lawyer for Trans Mountain ULC is asking the B.C. Court of Appeal to reject proposed amendments to the province’s Environmental Management Act that would create a permitting system for heavy oil transporters.

    Maureen Killoran says Trans Mountain, which has operated since 1953, is the only pipeline that transports liquid petroleum to the West Coast and the only pipeline to which the legislation would apply.

    She says the proposed law would present more risk than private-sector proponent Kinder Morgan was willing to accept and it sold the pipeline and related assets to Canada for $4.5 billion last year.

    Since the expansion project was first officially proposed in 2013, Killoran says it has been through the largest review in the National Energy Board’s history, a number of court challenges and faced protesters and blockades in B.C.

    She says the energy board ruled the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the pipeline, is in the Canadian public interest because the country cannot get all its available energy resources to Pacific markets including Asia.

    B.C. has argued the proposed rules are not intended to block the project but instead aim to protect its environment from spills and would require companies to pay for any damages, but Killoran disagreed.

    “Trans Mountain will be directly and significantly impacted by the proposed legislation. Indeed, we say it is the target of the proposed legislation,” she told a panel of five judges on Thursday.

    First Nations, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and environmental group Ecojustice have delivered arguments in support of B.C.’s proposed rules, in part because of concerns about the local impacts of possible spills.

    Killoran says the energy board recognized that there is a wealth of evidence about the fate and behaviour of diluted bitumen and there is further research underway.

    The board also disputed the views of project opponents including Vancouver that the company hadn’t provided enough information about disaster-response plans, and also recognized that spill prevention was a part of pipeline design, she says.

    The Appeal Court is hearing a reference case filed by B.C. that asks whether the province has the authority to enact the amendments. Canada opposes the amendments because it says Ottawa — not provinces — has exclusive jurisdiction over inter-provincial infrastructure.

    The Trans Mountain pipeline runs from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver and the expansion would increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.

    Laura Kane, The Canadian Press


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