Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Suspect to be assessed

CALGARY—A judge has ordered the suspect in Calgary’s worst mass murder to undergo a 30-day assessment to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.
Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged after five young people were stabbed to death at a house party that was being held to mark the end of the school year.

Stowaway mussel surfs tsunami debris

VANCOUVER—A sea creature at risk of going extinct in Asia is proving to be a survivor.
But after an arduous ocean journey, it’s not welcome to find safe haven in British Columbia.
A non-indigenous mussel that likely hitchhiked its way across the Pacific Ocean has been discovered on suspected tsunami debris from Japan’s 2011 earthquake.

Man may cash in on viral video

REGINA—A Regina man is hoping his 15 minutes of fame for getting kicked in the head by a train conductor will make him a little money, too.
Jared Frank’s video of his strange encounter on Peru’s Machu Picchu went viral on YouTube last week, amassing more than 22 million hits.
It also sparked interest from several companies wanting to sign licensing agreements with him.

Former longtime Liberal MP dies

OTTAWA—Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister and one of Canada’s longest-serving parliamentarians, died yesterday at the age of 82.
The federal Liberal party said Gray passed away peacefully at an Ottawa hospital.
“Beloved by all, Herb devoted a lifetime to his party and his country, in both good times and bad,” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

Restaurant under investigation over foreign workers

OTTAWA—The federal government said yesterday it is investigating a Saskatchewan restaurant where two long-serving waitresses say they and two others recently lost their jobs to temporary foreign workers.
Employment minister Jason Kenney has asked his department to investigate the Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza in Weyburn, Sask., a spokeswoman for the minister said.

Ferry crew’s actions called ‘murderous’

JINDO, South Korea—South Korean president Park Geun-hye said today that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed “unforgivable, murderous behaviour” while criticism of her own government’s handling of the disaster grew.

Stabbing victims mourned

CALGARY—Funeral services are set today for three of the five young people who were stabbed to death at a Calgary house party.
Jordan Segura, Zackariah Rathwell, Josh Hunter, Lawrence Hong, and Kaiti Perras all were at the party marking the end of classes at the nearby University of Calgary early last Tuesday morning.
They were attacked and stabbed to death by another party-goer.

Heavy security for marathon

BOSTON—With security tight along the 26.2-mile route, tens of thousands of runners set out from the starting line at the Boston Marathon today in a “Boston Strong” show of resilience a year after the deadly bombing.

Jays end trip on down note

CLEVELAND—A successful road trip ended on a down note for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Reliever Aaron Loup’s wildness in the sixth inning turned a two-run lead into a one-run deficit as the Blue Jays couldn’t finish off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, losing 6-4 yesterday.
Jays’ manager John Gibbons was pleased with the 5-4 trip but knows it could have been better.

Pot boosters rally on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA—Frisbees, hula hoops, reggae, and the slightly skunky aroma of burning bud masked a serious policy dispute yesterday afternoon on Parliament Hill.
The annual day of celebrating cannabis culture has ramped up into mainstream political activism as the pot-smoking “4-20” movement took on marijuana prohibition with rallies across Canada.

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