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Five stories in Canada we’re watching

May 20: 10 arrests at Montreal’s airport, meat-labelling laws, and a turf war in Surrey, B.C.


 
In mourning: RCMP officers attend the Jan. 26 funeral of Const. David Wynn, who died of his wounds four days after being shot in St. Albert, Alta. Jason Franson/CP

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RCMP ARREST 10 YOUTHS SUSPECTED OF WANTING TO JOIN JIHADISTS

Ten young people suspected of wanting to join jihadist groups overseas were arrested last weekend at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, the RCMP said late Tuesday. No charges have been laid, the investigation is ongoing and the 10 young Montrealers have had their passports confiscated. The RCMP said it is unable to release any names or information on what led to the arrests.

IMMIGRATION HEARING CONTINUES FOR TERROR SUSPECT

An undercover RCMP officer is expected to continue testifying today at an immigration hearing for a Pakistani man accused of planning terror attacks in Toronto. The federal government wants to deport Jahanzeb Malik, who is a permanent resident. He is accused of planning to blow up the U.S. consulate and financial buildings in Toronto.

US HOUSE TO CONSIDER REPEAL OF MEAT LABELLING LAW

A U.S. House Agriculture Committee will consider a bill today to repeal a “country of origin” labelling law for meat – two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of it. The WTO ruled Monday that the U.S. labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. Canada and Mexico have said they will seek WRTO approval to take retaliatory measures against U.S. exports unless the measure was repealed.

B.C. CITY BESET BY GANG TURF WAR TO GET 100 NEW COPS

The federal government has pledged 100 new Mounties to the Metro Vancouver city in the middle of a spasm of gun violence. Surrey, B.C., has endured months of targeted shootings that have injured many and killed one man. Regional police have made only minor headway stopping the ongoing gunfire that has targeted adversaries in cars, residences and streets.

SENATORS OWNER EUGENE MELNYK HAS SUCCESSFUL LIVER TRANSPLANT

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering from a successful liver transplant. The team says Melnyk and the anonymous donor are doing well and resting comfortably at Toronto General Hospital. The team announced last week that Melnyk was in need of a live liver transplant and put 12 people through a screening process.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– An economic thinktank releases a report on Canadian debt.

– A Vancouver law firm (Wagners and Camp, Fiorante, Matthews and Mogerman) hosts an information session in Halifax about a class action arising from an Air Canada crash at Stanfield International Airport on March 29.

– MP Rob Moore, the regional cabinet minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, announces funding for the Canadian Coast Guard’s Atlantic facilities.

– Preliminary hearing in Calgary continues for Douglas Garland, charged in the disappearance and murder of a five-year-old boy and his grandparents.

 


 
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