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Four stories in Canada we’re watching

In the news today: Bodies found in New Zealand, Kanye gets cut off and lawyer challenges Senate moratorium


 
Photo by Cole Burston/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Photo by Cole Burston/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Four stories in the news today:

LAWYER WANTS PM TO GET HIGH COURT ADVICE

Vancouver lawyer Aniz Alani is challenging Stephen Harper to ask the Supreme Court whether his moratorium on Senate appointments is constitutional. Alani is already in court trying to force Harper to fill Senate vacancies, but he says he’ll drop his case if the prime minister agrees to seek the top court’s advice on the matter.

KANYE GETS CUT OFF BY FAULTY MIC

The crowd roared its approval as Kanye West belted out his hits to close out the Pan Am Games show — until a faulty microphone silenced the rapper before the end of his set. A frustrated Kanye tossed the errant mic then exited stage left. Nearly 40,000 spectators packed Toronto’s Rogers Centre to raise a toast to Canada’s athletes — and their record-setting 217-medal haul — at the closing ceremony. Performers lit up the stage as fireworks lit up the CN Tower.

TWO BODIES FOUND IN AVALANCHE DEBRIS

New Zealand Police say two bodies have been recovered near where Canadian tourists Etienne Lemieux and Louis-Vincent Lessard went missing earlier this month. The bodies were found in an avalanche debris field in the Fiordland National Park. They’ve been brought back to Te Anau for formal identification, and police have contacted the families of the missing 23-year-old men from Montreal.

CSE MAKES PRIVACY TRAINING MANDATORY

The Communications Security Establishment — Canada’s ultra-secret eavesdropping agency — has introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all its employees following an internal breach involving personal information. When Greta Bossenmaier became chief of the CSE in February, it was under intense public scrutiny over alleged spying on citizens. But less than two months into the job, she was dealing with a privacy violation inside the agency itself.


 
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Four stories in Canada we’re watching

  1. I think it unlikely that Mr. Harper will accept Mr. Alani’s dare. I think that Mr. Harper does not want a quick and final court decision, but rather he wants no final court decision for as long as possible. The longer he can delay that final decision, which he surely knows will be unfavourable to him, the longer he can pretend that his inaction is legal.

    • Mr. Harper was elected by people of Canada and it is not practical for him to act to please every individual in this country. If it was an organization like Law Society of Alberta, then it would be different.

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