A Syrian woman refugee with her family shows tears while waiting at the immigration office of Incheon International Airport, South Korea, November 18 2015. (Shin Jun-hee/Yonhap/AP)
Twelve stories in the news today, Nov. 27:
TRUDEAU AND DION IN MALTA
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Stephane Dion are in Malta for the 53-nation Commonwealth summit. Dion says there have already been lively debates during what he describes as a “training camp” on climate change ahead of next week’s United Nations conference in France. The battle against ISIL is also expected to be discussed at length in Malta.
COUNTRIES TRYING TO SEND REFUGEES TO CANADA
Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are all hoping to be the main source of the 25,000 Syrian refugees that Canada has committed to taking in. Nearly four million Syrians have flooded into those three countries, straining their resources. Canada’s ambassador to Beirut, Michelle Cameron, says the selection of refugees will depend on who needs resettlement the most.
CROWN TO GRILL FORCILLO
Prosecutors will start cross examination today of the Toronto police officer on trial for killing a teen on an empty streetcar in 2013. Const. James Forcillo is on trial for second degree murder, which he has pleaded not guilty to. He has testified he felt he had to shoot Sammy Yatim who came at him with a knife.
A WARNING ABOUT ONE-PUNCH ATTACKS
Vancouver police say alcohol and bravado appear to be fuelling a disturbing trend of one-punch attacks that have left three people dead, including a 60-year-old man punched outside a downtown bar in August. Police say at least 10 people this year have fallen to the ground unconscious after being hit once in the head.
HARRIS ART SETS RECORD AT HEFFEL ART AUCTION
Three paintings by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris shattered pre-sale estimates and sold for $9.5 million Thursday night at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House fall sale in Toronto. His top-selling canvas, entitled “Mountain and Glacier,” set an auction record for the artist and sold for $4.6 million, far above the expected price. The auction house said 157 works sold for a combined $23.4 million to set a Canadian record for a fine art auction.
REDBLACKS DOMINATE CFL AWARDS
Henry Burris and the Ottawa Redblacks dominated the CFL awards banquet Thursday night. The 40-year-old quarterback was named the CFL’s outstanding player for the second time. Ottawa coach Rick Campbell was named coach of the year, receiver Brad Sinopoli was selected top Canadian and tackle SirVincent Rogers got the nod as top lineman.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
The National Gallery of Canada will make an announcement about gifts of works of art and financial support.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to lay his party’s expectations ahead of the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
Farmers opposed to an Alberta plan to include farm and ranch workers under safety and workplace legislation to stage a rally.
Statistics Canada updates today include job vacancies and wages for the second quarter.
CMHC will release its third quarter financial report.
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will address the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto.