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In the news today: Assisted dying, Fort McMurray, plus a new dinosaur species


 
Michele Constantini/Getty Images

Michele Constantini/Getty Images

Seven stories in the news today:

COURT SMACKS DOWN FEDS ON ASSISTED DYING

The federal government’s rational for a restrictive approach to medically assisted dying has been shot down in flames by the Alberta Court of Appeal, even before its controversial legislation is put to a vote in the House of Commons. A panel of three appeal court judges says the government is flouting last year’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court when it argues that assisted dying should apply only to those who are close to death.

FORT MCMURRAY WILDFIRE RE-ENTRY PLAN UNDER REVIEW

Wildfires menacing Fort McMurray have destroyed an oilsands work camp to the north and forced reconstruction staff out of the evacuated city. On top of that, a home that getting natural gas service restored blew up Monday night. That home was destroyed six others were damaged. Premier Rachel Notley says these developments underscore the volatility of the situation and have forced a re-evaluation of plans to get residents back to their homes.

FEDS TO LOOSEN RULES ON SIN RECORD CHANGES

The federal department charged with overseeing social insurance numbers says it is working to loosen rules to make it easier for transgender Canadians to change the sex designation on the record. Employment and Social Development Canada says, among other things, a new birth certificate wouldn’t be needed to change the sex designation on a social insurance record.

CONST. FORCILLO CASE BACK IN COURT TODAY

The sentencing hearing of a Toronto police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the death of teenager Sammy Yatim on an empty streetcar in July 2013 returns to court today. Lawyers for Const. James Forcillo requested extra time Monday to complete their preparations on the case. Forcillo has filed a constitutional challenge to the mandatory minimum sentence of four or five years that he faces.

SMICH CONTINUES TESTIMONY TODAY AT BOSMA TRIAL

One of Tim Bosma’s accused killers will be back on stand today in Hamilton. Mark Smich was grilled Tuesday by the lawyer for his co-accused _ Dellen Millard _ about his claim Millard shot Bosma and violent rap lyrics police found on his iPad. Smich told court Millard gave him about $200 and two ounces of weed for his part in the truck theft that left Bosma dead and his body burned in an incinerator.

ONTARIO TO BAN CORPORATE, UNION DONATIONS AT LOCAL LEVEL

The Ontario government plans to ban corporate and union donations to municipal politicians. The Liberals are expected to propose amendments to the Municipal Act at committee today to prohibit companies and unions from donating to local politicians.

TORONTO RAPTORS CRUSHED BY CAVS IN EASTERN FINAL OPENER

Midway through the second quarter, LeBron James made a rim-rattling one-handed dunk, then tilted his head back in a long, primal scream. He might as well have yelled: Welcome to the Eastern Conference finals, Toronto. The four-time NBA MVP scored 24 points and Kyrie Irving had 27 as the Cavaliers throttled the Raptors 115-84 in Game 1 of Toronto’s first conference finals appearance in club history. Game 2 is Thursday in Cleveland.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

The lawyer for Calgary man Matthew de Grood, who killed five people at a house party two years ago, will begin his defence today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a formal apology today for the Komagata Maru incident.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. releases its second quarter Housing Market Outlook Report.

Statistics Canada releases figures on travel between Canada and other countries for March.

The Canadian Museum of Nature will unveil a new species of dinosaur.


 
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