Four stories in the news today, Feb. 19:
FORMER MP DEL MASTRO EXPECTED TO BE SENTENCED TODAY
Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro is expected to appear for sentencing today in a Lindsay, Ont., court. Del Mastro was convicted last fall of violating the Canada Elections Act during the 2008 election. He has since resigned his House of Commons seat. He faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine on each of the three convictions.
TRIBUNAL WOULDN’T EXPEDITE APPEALS FOR ILL APPLICANTS
Dozens of Canadians suffering serious illnesses or in dire financial straits who were denied Canada Pension Plan disability benefits were refused expedited appeals in 2014. Thousands of injured or ailing Canadians have waited as long as five years to have their appeals heard. The backlog of social security cases has swelled dramatically under Ottawa’s social security tribunal.
WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT HEARS OF CALGARY MOM’S VIDEO
WASHINGTON _ The efforts of a grieving Canadian mother were highlighted at a White House summit this week as an example of how to turn the tide in the online war against ISIL.According to some participants at the three-day summit on countering violent extremism, it’s been a lopsided fight. They say the terror group has dominated on the battlefield of modern media.
ANGELA LANSBURY RECALLS TEEN GIG IN MONTREAL
You could say Montreal helped ignite Angela Lansbury’s illustrious career. The former “Murder She Wrote” star recalls venturing to the city as a teen to perform a solo stage act that marked her first professional theatrical gig. “It was in a Russian _ a RUSSIAN _ night club, can you imagine?” the British stage and screen star says with a laugh during an interview in Toronto, where she’s blowing away critics in the Noel Coward stage comedy “Blithe Spirit.” “I remember arriving there completely on my own. When I look back I think: ‘My goodness, you had a lot of courage, old girl.”’