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Latimer allowed to debate end-of-life issues in England
Former Wilkie-area farmer Robert Latimer is being allowed by the National Parole Board to go to England to participate in a panel debate on end-of-life issues.
The discussion, organized by the University of Oxford, takes place Oct. 18.
Latimer, 59, was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1993 death of his severely disabled 12-year-old daughter, Tracy.
She died of carbon monoxide poisoning on the family farm after Latimer put her in a truck with a hose leading from the exhaust into the cab. Tracy had cerebral palsy. Latimer has always said was in severe pain because of complications arising from that disease and he took the measures he did to end her suffering.
His initial trial was halted, due to allegations of jury interference.
In 1998, after a second trial, Latimer was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life with no opportunity for full parole for 10 years. He appealed that sentence, but it was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2001.
In March, 2008, Latimer received day parole. That was extended to full parole in November, 2010.
Latimer now lives in Victora, B.C.
Dumpster fire Tuesday morning
North Battleford firefighters responded to a dumpster fire in the 1300 block of 106th St. Tuesday morning.
The call came in at 9:46 a.m. In addition to firefighters, WPD Ambulance personnel and Battlefords RCMP responded.
The fire was extinguished quickly, with no damage to surrounding property, fire officials say.
Firefighters were on the scene for about 14 minutes.
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