Twelve stories in the news today:
TEEN WHO KILLED REENA VIRK SEEKS DAY PAROLE
A British Columbia woman who murdered 14-year-old schoolgirl Reena Virk near a Victoria-area bridge in 1997 is asking for release from prison. Kelly Ellard is seeking day parole in her first bid for some freedom since the Supreme Court of Canada reinstated her second-degree murder conviction in 2009. Read more here.
NEW MANITOBA CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
Manitoba’s incoming premier, Brian Pallister, will today name the first Progressive Conservative cabinet in Manitoba since 1999. Having won a modern-day record 40 seats in the April 19 election, Pallister may leave many caucus members disappointed because he has promised a cabinet one-third smaller than the outgoing NDP’s, which had 19 members. Read more here.
SEN. MIKE DUFFY BACK ON PARLIAMENT HILL
Sen. Mike Duffy will sit in the Red Chamber today for the first time in more than two years since he was suspended over expense claims. Duffy, who was recently cleared on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, appeared on Parliament Hill yesterday. Once he takes his seat in the upper chamber, Duffy can say whatever he wants under the blanket of parliamentary privilege. Read more here.