Seven stories in the news today, Nov. 25:
PM TRUDEAU IN LONDON
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in London to begin a six-day European visit that will wind up in Paris at the UN climate conference. Trudeau was to have an audience with Queen Elizabeth this morning at Buckingham Palace before a sit-down with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Trudeau will later attend a Commonwealth meeting in Malta and a climate conference in Paris.
FORCES BASES ON STANDBY FOR REFUGEE ARRIVALS
Staff at Canadian Forces bases across the country are counting beds and making tentative plans to house and feed thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Capt. Evelyne Lemire, a spokeswoman at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, said they have not yet been told they will receive some of the 25,000 refugees the Canadian government has promised to accept by February.
CARGO SHIP ADRIFT OFF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Canadian Coast Guard says a cargo ship is drifting off British Columbia’s coast. The MV North Star was sailing from Anchorage, Alaska to Tacoma, Wash., when it experienced an “electrical issue” and lost propulsion. A Prince Rupert-based tug and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Gordon Reid were en route to the North Star late Tuesday, along with another tug from Neah Bay, Wash.
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS OIL SPILL RESEARCH GAPS
A report by the Royal Society of Canada says there are major research gaps when it comes to understanding the environmental impacts of oil spills in water. The expert panel is calling for a nationally co-ordinated research program involving academia, government and industry that includes studying controlled oil spills in the field. The report’s release comes as Canada’s oil producers clamour for ways to get their oil to market and industry critics sound alarms over the safety of moving crude via pipelines, train and tanker.
AIRLINES RESENT PAYING TAB FOR RETURNEES
Major Canadian airlines say they’re unfairly shouldering the costs of removing from Canada people who arrive with a passport or other valid document only to be turned away by federal officials. There are “numerous scenarios” in which air carriers must pay the tab for returning such inadmissible arrivals to their home country, Air Canada says in a submission to a federal review panel studying transportation policy.
‘SCUD STUD’ ON THE STAND AT DEFAMATION TRIAL
A former TV journalist returns to the witness stand today in his defamation lawsuit against one of Canada’s largest media companies and columnist Don Martin. Arthur Kent is suing Martin, Postmedia and the National Post over a 2008 article alleging he was defamed during his unsuccessful campaign to win a seat in Calgary for the Progressive Conservatives.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Manitoba’s major political party leaders hold a debate ahead of this spring’s election.
Statistics Canada will 2014 data on farm income and homicide in Canada.
Trial continues for Toronto police Const. James Forcillo, charged in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim on streetcar.
Toronto trial continues for Everton Biddersingh, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his daughter.