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Lisi cases return in new year

TORONTO, Ontario -- The drug and extortion cases Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's friend Alexander Lisi is facing will return to court early in the new year.

Lisi's two criminal cases are both set for Jan. 14 judicial pretrials, which are case conferences between the lawyers and a judge behind closed doors.

His lawyer, Seth Weinstein, appeared briefly in court Friday on Lisi's behalf to set the date for the extortion judicial pretrial for the same day as the drug case.

Lisi, 35, was charged in October with trafficking in marijuana, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. Those charges were laid as the result of a Toronto police investigation that was initially launched to look into reports of a video appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Cash to help town recover

LAC-MâGANTIC, Que. -- Lac-Mégantic residents have been given details on how some of the $60 million Ottawa has promised to help the devastated Quebec town will be spent.

A chunk of downtown Lac-Mégantic was wiped out in July when a runaway train derailed, exploded and killed 47 people.

Denis Lebel, minister responsible for economic development for Quebec, told a news conference in the town Friday $35 million of the $60 million will be used to help local business recover.

Of the $35 million, $20 million will go to reconstruction and $10 million will be spent on directly funding businesses and non-profit organizations. The remaining $5 million will go to two investment funds to be administered by one or more local organizations.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 7, 2013 A24

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