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In the news today: Cabinet changes in Alberta, an AG report, plus cross examination at the Ghomeshi trial


 
Jian Ghomeshi (centre R) arrives for his first day of court in Toronto, February 1, 2016  (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Jian Ghomeshi (centre R) arrives for his first day of court in Toronto, February 1, 2016 (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Ten stories in the news today, Feb. 2:

GHOMESHI COMPLAINANT FACES CROSS EXAMINATION

A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi will be back on the witness stand today as the trial of the disgraced former broadcaster continues. Ghomeshi, who used to host CBC Radio’s popular culture show “Q,” has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

CANADA NOT READY FOR PEACEKEEPING

The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task. The study by the Rideau Institute and the Centre for Policy Alternatives was penned by Walter Dorn, a professor at the Canadian Forces Staff College and one of Canada’s leading experts in peacekeeping.

BOSMA SHOT, HIS BODY BURNED

The trial of two men accused of killing a Hamilton man who took them for a test drive in truck he was trying to sell is to hear more testimony from a tenant of the dead man. Wayne De Boer, who began his testimony yesterday, said he agreed with Tim Bosma’s widow that the two men who showed up for the test drive seemed sketchy.

CRA DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT SHARED WITH CSIS

The federal revenue agency says it doesn’t know what sort of taxpayer information a rogue employee improperly shared with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service because CSIS has wiped the files from its database. The Canada Revenue Agency told The Canadian Press that the employee who handed over the sensitive data _ doing so even though CSIS lacked a judicial warrant _ is no longer with the department.

N.B. BUDGET TO BE UNVEILED

New Brunswickers will learn today how tough the medicine will be when the provincial government tables its budget. Finance Minister Roger Melanson will rise in the legislature to announce new measures expected to both cut costs and raise revenues. The province is in debt to the tune of roughly $12.4 billion.

NOTLEY MAKING CHANGES TO CABINET

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s cabinet is about to undergo some changes. The NDP government says Notley will introduce new cabinet ministers at a swearing-in ceremony in Edmonton today. Notley began her term as premier with one of the smallest cabinets in Alberta history — just 12 members, including herself. That grew to 13 last fall when she created a new portfolio for Economic Development and Trade.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY

The Auditor General of Canada tables the 2015 Fall Reports in the House of Commons.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will provide an update on financing tools to support green infrastructure projects.

Final arguments expected at Regina trial of Tammy and Kevin Goforth in death of a four-year-old girl.

WestJet Airlines releases its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.


 
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