Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, has welcomed the recent re-opening of the Morant Bay courthouse in St. Thomas. Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for judges to the Supreme Court, held at King’s House on Monday (January 7), Mrs. McCalla said the re-opening of the newly constructed facility will now allow cases to be returned to that parish after more than five years. Matters before the St. Thomas Circuit Court were being held in Kingston for the past five years, following a 2007 fire which destroyed the Morant Bay courthouse. The facility was re-opened on Monday, December 3, by Acting Supreme Court judge, Sharon George. “That situation was most unsatisfactory and that has now been remedied. The intention is for the Resident Magistrate’s Court to also sit in one of the refurbished courtrooms,” the Chief Justice said. Mrs. McCalla noted that although the building is not yet fully completed, it is being put to use with the expectation that the remaining construction work will be concluded in short order. The new building was constructed at a cost of $45 million on lands donated by the National Works Agency.
MONTREAL — Burkina Faso’s security minister says a Canadian national has been kidnapped in the country’s northern Sahel region.Clement Sawadogo says in a statement that an employee of Vancouver-based mining company Progress Minerals was abducted from the Mansila area near the Niger border on Tuesday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian officials are aware of the report and are reaching out to the person’s family.The news comes soon after a 34-year-old Quebec tourist and her Italian travelling companion were reported missing in Burkina Faso.Sawadogo’s statement refers to the disappearance of Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto last month as a kidnapping.He says certain areas of Burkina Faso have been targeted by terrorist activities and that foreigners should use extreme caution when travelling.The Canadian Press