Eight stories in the news today, July 7:
THOUSANDS FLEE FOREST FIRES
Soldiers began rolling into Saskatchewan Monday to double firefighting efforts in the north, where about 9,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Colin King, with Saskatchewan’s Emergency Management department, said 1,000 military personnel were arriving from bases in Shilo, Man., and Edmonton.
HAZE CHOKES SOUTHERN B.C.
Dozens of wildfires in British Columbia have forced residents from their homes, prompted extraordinary health advisories and lead to the death of one man. There have been almost 900 wildfires across the province since the season started April 1, and 184 of those are still burning, said Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek. Smoke has created a heavy blanket of grey haze over the province’s south coast.
TRUDEAU TO ROLL OUT ABORIGINAL EDUCATION PLAN
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is set to deliver a series of campaign commitments in Montreal today as indigneous leaders meet for an annual gathering of the Assembly of First Nations. Trudeau is poised to promise bolstered funding for aboriginal education. He also plans to address the need to reset the relationship between First Nations and the federal government.
DIVORCE, MONEY WOES TIED TO ALLEGED BOMBER
Court documents show a man accused of sending letter bombs to Winnipeg lawyers and his ex-wife has been in a decade-long battle with his former spouse that includes accusations of theft, impersonation and a wedding ring being flushed down a toilet. Police allege Guido Amsel, 49, became so enraged over perceived mistreatment at the hands of his former wife and lawyers who had been involved in the dispute, he sent explosive devices to their offices though Canada Post.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Ellen Schwartzel, acting Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, releases a report on Ontario’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Fraser Institute releases a new study exploring Canadian precedents of municipal de-amalgamation.
Statistics Canada will release international merchandise trade data for May and residential property value data for 2012.
TD Bank hosts its annual energy conference in Calgary.