Wednesday, October 1, 2014

National

Visa denials miff Russia

Canada’s refusal to allow Russian delegates to attend a prestigious international astronautical symposium has angered Moscow, which said the decision flies in the face of international space co-operation and amounts to politicizing space exploration over the conflict in Ukraine.

Cabinet to debate sending CF-18s to join ISIL fight

OTTAWA— The federal cabinet is poised to consider the possible deployment of CF-18 jetfighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the ever-expanding air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Seven rescued from vessel

VICTORIA—Two adults and five young children had to be rescued last night off the B.C. coast when their fishing vessel began sinking.
The Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said the rescue took place in the Georgia Strait about miles miles off Galiano Island.
Acting Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall said a call came in around 8 p.m. (PT) that a 30-foot gillnet fishing vessel was sinking.

Sun Media apologizes to Trudeau

OTTAWA—Sun Media yesterday apologized for an on-air rant by its outspoken provocateur, Ezra Levant, about Justin Trudeau and the Liberal leader’s famous parents.
The apology aired at the beginning of Levant’s Sun News Network show.
It was read by a narrator; Levant didn’t deliver the mea culpa.

Tories thwart bid to improve question period

OTTAWA—Last week’s controversial series of non-sequitur government answers yesterday prompted a renewed Opposition bid for parliamentary reform—a motion the government quickly consigned to certain doom.

Barrie MP seeking PC leadership

BARRIE, Ont.—Federal Conservative MP Patrick Brown officially jumped into the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race Sunday with a pledge to break from a status quo he says has cost the party four-straight elections.

Crackdown targets flavoured cigarettes

OTTAWA—Ottawa is aiming to crack down on flavoured cigarettes that target young smokers but anti-smoking advocates say the government’s plan is too little, too late.
Health minister Rona Ambrose is proposing regulatory amendments that further would restrict access to the tobacco products and close what Health Canada calls a “loophole” in the current rules.

Cabinet to debate sending fighters and surveillance planes to battle ISIL

OTTAWA — The federal cabinet is poised to consider the possible deployment of CF-18 jetfighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the ever-expanding air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Mental disorder defence planned

MONTREAL—Luka Rocco Magnotta’s lawyer says his client is not criminally responsible in the slaying of Chinese student Jun Lin and that he is schizophrenic.
Luc Leclair told the jurors at Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial today that he will mount a mental disorder defence and that the accused’s state of mind will be central to the case.

Missing tot found safe

NORWICH, Ont.—The OPP said a two-year-old girl who was missing overnight in a rural area of southwestern Ontario has been found.
Cst. Larry Plummer said Brooklyn Honderich was found safe this morning and has been taken to hospital as a precaution.
He said the girl was found by a volunteer at the edge of a cornfield in a bean field—quite a distance from where she went missing.

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