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Five stories we’re watching in Canada today

March 10: A preview of Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial, the body of a Canadian soldier comes back from Iraq, and the cost of immigration


 

Israelis are silhouetted behind a Canadian flag at a rally to thank Canada's PM Harper for his support of Israel during his visit at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem
SOLDIER TO RETURN HOME FROM IRAQ TODAY

The body of a Canadian soldier killed late Friday in Iraq is due to arrive home today. A repatriation ceremony for Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron will be held at CFB Trenton, Ont. starting at about 3:40 p.m. ET. Gov. Gen. David Johnson and Defence Minister Jason Kenny will be among those paying their respects before Doiron’s casket is taken to Toronto in a motorcade along the ‘Highway of Heroes.’

DUFFY TRIAL WILL BEGIN WITH FOCUS ON RULES

The provocative opening statements of the Crown and defence might start Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraud and bribery trial off with a bang, but what follows in the early stages is expected to be decidedly less dramatic. The first few weeks are expected to dwell on the arcane world of Senate financial rules and regulations.

PRIME MINISTER HARPER STOKING PREJUDICE, CHARGES TRUDEAU

Justin Trudeau is accusing the Harper government of deliberately stoking fear and prejudice against Muslim Canadians – employing the same kind of rhetoric that led to some of Canada’s most shameful displays of racism in the past. The Liberal leader drew a parallel Monday between the current government’s rhetoric about Muslims and other “dark episodes” in Canada’s history such as the internment of Ukrainian, Japanese and Italian Canadians during both world wars.

TORIES WORRY IMMIGRATION STUDY WILL RILE BASE

A briefing note for a Conservative MP suggests the government is worried about how spending on immigration programs is going over with its base. The House of Commons immigration committee is currently studying how government-funded settlement services can better help the economic integration of immigrants. A note which appears to have been prepared for Costas Menegakis, the parliamentary secretary for immigration, says the party’s base will learn as a result that the government spends close to $1 billion a year on those efforts.

FIVE IDEAS TO IMPROVE THE JUNO AWARDS

As the Junos roar into Hamilton this weekend, it’s clear the venerable awards show has grown a bit rusty. The Canadian Press considers five ways the Junos might be improved.


 

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