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Five stories in Canada we’re watching

March 5: The Via terror plot trial wraps up, divers explore the remains of the Franklin expedition, and a Canadian pastor detained in N. Korea


 
Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Universal History Archive/Getty Images

SCOC TO ISSUE RULING IN CANDACE DERKSEN CASE

The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a ruling today on whether to reinstate the murder conviction for a man accused of killing a Winnipeg girl more than 30 years ago. Mark Grant was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2011 in the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Candace Derksen in November 1984. The conviction was overturned by the Manitoba Court of Appeal in 2013.

TERROR TRIAL CLOSING ARGUMENTS CONTINUE

The lawyer for the second of two men facing terrorism charges in an alleged plot to derail a passenger train is to make closing submissions today in a Toronto court. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser face several terror-related charges in the alleged plot to derail a Via Rail train travelling from New York to Toronto. Esseghaier refused to participate in his trial, did not call any evidence or witnesses in his defence and even had to have a not-guilty plea entered for him by the judge.

OPERATIONAL WOES FEARED OVER ELECTIONS SPLIT

Canada’s chief elections investigator pushed hard against moving his operations out of the same building as Elections Canada, fearing it would interfere with his ability to investigate electoral wrongdoing and could taint evidence needed to prosecute offenders. Yves Cote, the commissioner of elections, had already lost the battle last spring over Conservative legislation that severed his operations from Elections Canada.

FAMILY SAYS CANADIAN PASTOR BEING HELD IN NORTH KOREA

A Canadian pastor who went missing in North Korea during a humanitarian trip in January is reportedly being held in the reclusive nation. According to CNN International, the family of Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim said they received notice from Canadian officials that Pyongyang confirms the pastor is being held. Lim had travelled to North Korea from China with a companion from his church in Mississauga, Ont., who last spoke with him on Jan. 31.

DIVERS TO PLUNGE INTO ARCTIC WATERS TO STUDY FRANKLIN SHIP

Ice divers and underwater archeologists will plunge deep into Arctic waters starting next month in an effort to unlock the secrets of HMS Erebus, the ship on which Sir John Franklin himself sailed and may have died. The two ships of the Franklin expedition and their crews, 129 members in all, disappeared during an 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage.

ALSO COMING IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– The case of Nicholas Layman, accused in the stabbing of an 11-year-old boy on a soccer field last September in Newfoundland is back in court. He is also accused of several theft charges relating to alleged incidents last spring in the Halifax region.

– The Ontario Superior Court will hear a motion on whether a lease proposal by Ivanhoe Cambridge and Oxford Properties for some Target Corp. locations should be approved.


 

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