Friday, May 22, 2015

National

Alpaca on loose

VERNON, B.C.—An apparently-agitated alpaca is on the loose north of Vernon, B.C.
Don Raffen of Valley Auction said the animal jumped from the back of a pickup truck before it was taken inside to be sold.
RCMP Cpl. Mary Seniuk of the nearby detachment in Armstrong said officers corralled the alpaca off a highway because it was a traffic hazard.

NDP vow to restore home mail delivery

OTTAWA—Canada Post’s plan to end home mail delivery would become a dead letter if the NDP were to win the federal election this fall.
The post office is in the second year of a controversial five-year plan to phase out door-to-door delivery for more than five million households.

NDP era set to start

EDMONTON—Alberta’s NDP era is to officially begin Sunday when incoming premier Rachel Notley and her cabinet are sworn in on the grounds of the legislature.
“We’re planning a bit of a family day event,” Notley said yesterday.
The government will get to work immediately, she noted, but a full budget won’t be presented until after the summer.

MacKay urges exposing sexually-explicit taunts

OTTAWA—Criminal charges would be one way to deter people from shouting obscenities at reporters during live broadcasts, but exposing their actions also is important, Justice minister Peter MacKay said yesterday.

Bombardier axing jobs

MONTREAL—Bombardier, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of planes and trains, said today it will cut about 1,750 employees in Montreal, Toronto, and Ireland over the coming months because of weak demand for its largest business jets.

Top court again rules for Khadr

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the federal government’s bid to have former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr declared an adult offender.
It was the third time Khadr’s case has been before the high court—and the third time the justices have ruled in his favour.

Bridge named for Howe

WINDSOR, Ont.—A new bridge between Windsor and Detroit will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe.
Howe, who is now 87, was born in Floral, Sask. and came to be known as “Mr. Hockey.”
The still-to-be built Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be operational in 2020.

Brown makes first address

TORONTO—New Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown will resign his seat in the House of Commons tomorrow but he has yet to comment on how he plans to secure a seat in the provincial legislature.
“My first priority has been to be here at Queen’s Park, to meet with caucus, to make sure that we’re all focused and united in the same direction,” Brown said yesterday.

Teacher talks break down again

TORONTO—Ontario’s public elementary school teachers returned to the bargaining table yesterday on the first day of a work-to-rule strike—only to walk away again.
During their job action, schools will remain open and extra-curricular activities and field trips continue for now.

Brady plans to appeal suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP will appeal his four-game suspension, his agent said.
The team also threw its “unconditional” support behind its quarterback after the NFL came down hard on its biggest star in the “Deflategate” scandal.

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