Eight stories in the news today, Sept. 11:
SYRIAN CRISIS FORCES FEDERAL LEADERS’ HANDS
The Syrian crisis is beginning to crystallize Canada’s political perspectives on when and how the country should go to war _ and how best to help ease the suffering of innocent civilians pouring out of the Middle East. The foreign policy issues stalked the three federal leaders Thursday as a tidal wave of refugees continued crashing over Europe, leaving the Canadian campaign trail awash in the question of what to do about it.
KHADR ASKING FOR LIGHTER BAIL CONDITIONS
Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr are to be in court today to argue for an ease in his bail conditions. Khadr wants to be able to visit his family in Toronto and get rid of his electronic monitoring bracelet. An Edmonton judge released Khadr on bail in May pending an appeal in the United States of his conviction for war crimes, including the murder of an American soldier.
ONTARIO-QUEBEC TALK ENERGY DEALS
Ontario will look at the financial implications of buying more electricity from Quebec under an agreement to be signed Friday at a joint cabinet meeting in Quebec City. The Canadian Press obtained a copy of an agreement between the two provinces to look at the costs of moving more hydro-electric power from Quebec to Ontario, which has some of the highest electricity rates in the country.
HEARING FOR MENTALLY ILL CHILD KILLED DELAYED
British Columbia’s prosecution service has initiated the first attempt in Canada to designate a mentally ill man as a “high-risk” accused, years after he was declared not criminally responsible for killing his three children. But those arguments have been delayed while new defence lawyers for Allan Schoenborn read over “a fair degree” of disclosure describing the man’s current psychiatric state.
MONTREAL SILVER HEIST
Authorities say they have recovered about one-third of the $10-million worth of silver stolen from the Port of Montreal last week. Thieves made off with a truck in the city’s west end, drove it to the port and loaded a shipping container onto it. Two of the five suspects are to appear in court for a bail hearing Friday. The other three were freed and will appear in court at a later date.
CANADA VOTES AGAINST FLAG RESOLUTION AT U.N.
Canada joined Israel, the United States and six other countries Thursday to vote against a resolution in the U.N. General Assembly to allow the Palestinians and Holy See to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters. The symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state saw 119 nations vote “yes” and 45 abstain.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Statistics Canada will update the national balance sheet and financial flow accounts for the second quarter.
Ensaf Haidar appears by webcam at a Montreal news conference to discuss the case of her husband Raif Badawi, who is in a Saudi jail.