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In the news today: Fort McMurray, assisted death, climate change


 

HARDEST-HIT FORT MCMURRAY AREAS OPEN FOR VISIT

Residents of three neighbourhoods most badly damaged by a Fort McMurray wildfire are expected to get a look at their homes —or what’s left of them —today. People whose homes were destroyed will be allowed back, but they’ll be escorted by a disaster response unit.

ALBERTA SAYS IT WON’T PROSECUTE MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATHS

Alberta says it will not prosecute any physician or member of a health care team involved in a physician assisted death that falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2015 ruling on the issue. The policy is spelled out in a directive from Alberta’s Justice Department to police services in the province.

ONTARIO TO SPEND $8.3 BILLION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Ontario’s action plan on climate change, expected to be released today, will include financial incentives to get cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks on the roads and to convince homeowners and businesses to lower their carbon footprints. The plan, obtained by the Canadian Press, calls for government spending of $5.9 billion to $8.3 billion on climate change initiatives over the next five years.

GOVERNMENT URGED TO STOP IGNORING YAZIDIS

The government is being urged to rescue at least 400 Yazidi women who were raped and tortured by Islamic militants. The group One Free World International says the Liberals are turning their backs on religious minorities who are often a direct target of warring factions in the region. The group has a plan to bring them to Canada, but says the proposal is being ignored. The chief of staff to Immigration Minister John McCallum says they will take another look at the proposal and discuss it with the group in the next few days.

F35 MAKER SAYS IT JUST WANTS TO COMPETE

The company building the F35 fighter jet says all it wants is a chance to compete in an open and fair competition to be the contractor to provide the next generation of airplanes to Canada’s military. The possibility of being part of that process is murky with the Liberal government having promised during last year’s election campaign that it would not buy the F35, but vowing to hold an open competition to replace Canada’s fleet of aging CF-18s.

FACIAL-RECOGNITION SCHEME IDS FRAUDSTERS

Federal officials used photo-matching technology to identify 15 high-risk people _ all wanted on immigration warrants _ who used false identities to apply for travel documents. The Liberal government might make the facial-recognition scheme permanent to help find and arrest people ineligible to remain in Canada due to involvement with terrorism, organized crime or human rights violations.

SHELL DONATES CONTROVERSIAL ARCTIC PERMITS

Shell Canada is donating its controversial Arctic energy exploration permits to clear the way for creating Canada’s third national marine protected area. The 30 legally-questionable permits are being given to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which will in turn hand them to the federal government.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau are in Toronto today for a conference on Canada’s role in the global economy.

Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup will holds a news conference in Halifax to discuss his June 2016 report.

Ontario’s auditor general will release a special report on the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will speak to The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada about standing up for the energy sector.

The World Wildlife Fund hosts Canada’s Ocean Summit in Ottawa to discuss the top issues impacting Canada’s oceans today.

The Calgary Stampede will announce the 2016 Stampede Parade Marshal.


 
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