Five stories in the news today:
CROW ATTACKS TRACKED WITH NEW ONLINE MAP
People with ornithophobia have a new tool to fight their fear of birds — a map that tracks crow attacks. Instructors at Langara College in Vancouver used open-source software to create the online map, which allows anyone with an Internet connection to pinpoint where they were attacked and add details, such as how aggressive the bird was.
FORT MCMURRAY HAMSTERS GET VISIT FROM PREMIER
Five-year-old Isaac Leamon woke up sobbing from a nightmare half way through his family’s month-long evacuation from fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. He wanted to go home. “I’m so worried about my hamster … He must be really, really hungry,” the boy told his father.
TIGHTEN CHILD LABOUR ENFORCEMENT: MIHYCHUK
The federal government is set to ratify an international agreement on combating child labour, but internal documents suggest Canada has little ability or experience enforcing similar provisions in trade agreements. Those agreements with the world’s most advanced and fastest growing economies allow Canada to exact monetary penalties, including up to $15 million as part of a labour agreement with Colombia.
CROWN TO MAKE CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN BOSMA TRIAL
Closing arguments are expected to conclude today in the trial of two men accused of killing a Hamilton man who vanished three years ago after taking two strangers for a test drive in a truck he was trying to sell. The Crown is expected to take the day to argue its case in the death of Tim Bosma.
HEARING SHOWS ‘SWIRL FACE’ WAS PROUD OF REPUATION
Christopher Neil had been free in Canada for only months after serving time in a Thailand prison for sexually abusing young boys when police allege he started bragging about his past and seeking images of child pornography on the Internet. The convicted pedophile was accused of sending a text message that said “The Swirl liveth still” to a Vancouver man as they chatted about their interest in prepubescent boys. Neil was dubbed “Swirl Face” by international media after authorities released pictures of a man engaged in sex acts with two young boys, showing his face disguised by a digital swirl.