Four stories in the news today, July 6:
SUSPECT CHARGED IN WINNIPEG
Police have charged a 49-year-old man with sending explosive devices to law firms and other businesses in Winnipeg, and they fear more packages may be discovered in the days ahead. Guido Amsel is facing two counts of attempted murder, one of aggravated assault and a number of offences related to possessing explosives. Last Friday a bomb went off inside a small law firm, seriously injuring lawyer Maria Mitousis.
CANADA AND JAPAN BATTLE OVER TIMBER
The Canadian Press has learned that Japan is targeting British Columbia timber at the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. The Japanese are pushing hard for greater access to one of Canada’s most protected industries. They want Canada to eliminate or modify controls it imposes on B.C. log exports which drive up their cost to foreign buyers. Details of the trade impasse are contained in documents from Canada’s Foreign Affairs department.
MANULIFE BANK ADDING HUNDREDS OF ABMS
Manulife Bank says it’s planning to install 830 automated banking machines across Canada by the end of September. The machines will be located in Mac’s, Couche-Tard and Circle K locations. They’ll be part of the Exchange Network of banks and credit unions that provide deposits and withdrawals to customers free of charge.
STINGRAY DIGITAL MAKES A PLAY
On the heels of the Apple Music launch in Canada, Montreal-based Stingray Digital plans to unveil a commercial-free mobile phone app called Stingray Vibes. The service, which starts in late July, will connect listeners to more than 1,500 channels of non-stop music from all genres.