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• Janice Rowsell has dealt with a roller coaster of emotions since learning last week her job as an instructor at College of the North Atlantic’s Burin campus was eliminated as a result of cuts in the provincial budget.

“I’ve been very strategic in the choices I’ve made, and I’ve wanted to stay here,” said the 30-year-old Rowsell, who is originally from Grand Falls-Windsor. “It’s a very defeating feeling when you’ve done everything that you can, and you love something so much, and you want to be somewhere so much, and you love your job so much. Very few people get to that point. And now it’s gone, and there’s nothing that you can do about it. You’re powerless, and that’s not a good feeling. Especially when you’ve invested years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars because you want to make a difference.”

 

• Budget cuts could spell disaster for the justice system, warns the advocacy group that represents the legal profession in this province.

Leaders of the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA-NL) said Wednesday that recent layoffs in the Crown office, at Legal Aid and the sheriff’s office will cause problems.

“We recognize that it is a challenging budget year, but these cuts … will no doubt place a heavy burden on an already overwrought system and will impact the most vulnerable in our society,” CBA-NL chairman Mike King said.

 

• He wanted to celebrate his birthday, but instead, ended up with a criminal record.

Erdan Berisa was sentenced to a five-month conditional sentence, with one year’s probation, Wednesday in provincial court in St. John’s.

The 20-year-old — who has never been in trouble with the law before — pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, and single counts of uttering threats and forcible confinement.

 

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Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, CBA-NL, Canadian Bar Association Breaking News

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador

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