Seven stories in the news today:
GHOMESHI BACK IN COURT FOR PEACE BOND SIGNING
Jian Ghomeshi is expected to return to a Toronto courtroom today to face another woman who has accused him of sexual assault. However, a source has said the case is expected to end with the former CBC radio star apologizing and signing a peace bond. In return, the criminal charge will be withdrawn. In March, Ghomeshi was acquitted on sexual assault and choking charges related to three other complainants.
TORONTO RAPTORS SET FOR GAME 5
The Toronto Raptors are back on their home court tonight for Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal with the Miami Heat. But both teams will be without their star centres. Miami’s Hassan Whiteside did not travel with the team to Toronto and Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas is out of the series with a sprained ankle. The series is tied 2-2.
NO ALBERTA OILSANDS LAYOFS, PRODUCTION TO RESUME
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley say the province’s mainstay industry will be back up on its feet after the Fort McMurray wildfire within weeks. She made the prediction after a meeting Tuesday with industry leaders. Suncor Energy CEO Steve Williams was optimistic that production would ramp up quickly and said no layoffs of oilsands workers are planned.
FEDS MOVE TO CREATE ELECTORAL REFORM COMMITTEE
The Trudeau government is finally getting around to creating a long-awaited special parliamentary committee on electoral reform. A motion to create the committee was placed on the House of Commons order paper late Tuesday evening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during last fall’s election campaign that it would be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post electoral system.
NO JAIL TIME FOR B.C. PARENTS WHO SPANKED DAUGHTER
A British Columbia couple found guilty of assault with a weapon for spanking their teenaged daughter with a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope will not face jail time. The parents from Salmon Arm, B.C., have received a conditional discharge, meaning they will not have criminal records if they follow the court’s orders and serve the 12-months probation handed to them by a judge.
FRENCH COMIC DIEUDONNE ARRIVES, THEN LEAVES
A French comic charged multiple times in Europe with hate-speech violations landed in Canada on Tuesday and then hinted several hours later he had to leave the country. Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, known simply as Dieudonne, arrived in Montreal ahead of several shows he was set to give, beginning Wednesday night. Later, Dieudonne said on his Facebook page he had to do a “there and back” but would return to Canada today.
WHEELCHAIR BURLESQUE TO STRIP DISABLED-SEX STIGMAS
Talking about sex can be awkward for anyone, but some people with disabilities say expressing their most intimate needs can often feel insurmountable. To challenge this, some performers who have disabilities will bare their hearts and bodies in a new burlesque cabaret in Vancouver that includes a wheelchair striptease. The show, titled “Sexy Voices,” runs for three days starting today.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
Members of the government caucus in Manitoba will be sworn in.
The Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee will hear witnesses on Bill C-14, medical assisted dying.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau will makes an announcement in Ottawa regarding motor vehicle safety.
The official portrait of former prime minister Paul Martin will be unveiled in Ottawa.