Top stories in the news today, June 18:
MANITOBA TO APOLOGIZE TO ABORIGINAL ADOPTEES
Manitoba is set to become the first province to formally apologize to aboriginal adoptees today. Premier Greg Selinger is scheduled to deliver the apology in the legislature following an honouring ceremony of ’60s Scoop victims. Thousands of aboriginal children were taken by child-welfare agents from their homes starting in the 1960s and placed with non-aboriginal families.
SEN. DON MEREDITH EXPELLED FROM TORY CAUCUS
A controversial Conservative senator has been expelled from his party’s caucus following allegations in a published report that he was having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. An official in the Prime Minister’s Office says Sen. Don Meredith is no longer a member of the Tory caucus.
UGLY SPAT OVER TRAVEL AT CRTC
An ugly internal spat over business trips is boiling over at the CRTC. And one senior government appointee threatening to complain to the Prime Minister’s Office. It’s the latest chapter in the ongoing rift between CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais and Ontario regional commissioner Raj Shoan.
DOCTORS URGED TO WATCH FOR EATING DISORDER
A pair of eating disorder experts say family doctors and pediatricians in Canada should be on the lookout for a poorly understood eating disorder. Children with avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder will severely restrict the types of foods they eat. This can impede growth and development and may require tube feeding for some kids.
REPORT: MIGRANTS CAUGHT IN LEGAL “BLACK HOLE”
A new report says Canada’s rising detention of non-criminal foreigners in maximum-security prisons amounts to arbitrary, cruel and inhumane treatment that violates international obligations. The report by the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program finds that Canada Border Services Agency has become more heavy handed in dealing with migrants with little or no accountability.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make an announcement in Toronto at a transit complex and will be joined by Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
Public Works Minister Diane Finley will discuss the progress made so far in the national shipbuilding procurement strategy at an Irving fabrication facility in Halifax.
Nicholas Layman, 20, accused in stabbing attack of an 11-year-old soccer player in Conception Bay South, N.L., returns to court in Halifax.
The Quebec Court of Appeal will hear arguments in Montreal relating to Quebec’s $60 billion lawsuit against Big Tobacco in an effort to recoup health care costs.
Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and International Relations Minister will give an immigration selection certificate to Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar.
StatsCan will provide April figures on employment insurance and travel between Canada and other countries.