Five stories in the news today, Jan. 7:
HIGH-END HOME SALES UP IN TORONTO, VANCOUVER, CALGARY
A new report says sales of homes worth $1 million or more heated up in Toronto and Vancouver last year as the low loonie fuelled demand from foreign buyers. The report from Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says sales of homes worth $1 million or more in the Greater Toronto Area rose 48 per cent in 2015 from the previous year. In Vancouver, there were 46 per cent more homes over the $1 million sold last year compared with 2014.
CROWN CLOSING ARGEMENTS AT FORCILLO TRIAL
The Crown is to make its closing arguments today at the murder trial of a Toronto police officer who shot and killed a teen on an empty streetcar. Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, whose death triggered outrage across the city two and a half years ago.
CHARGE TO JURY CONTINUES AT BIDDERSINGH TRIAL
A judge is expected to conclude his charge to the jury today at the murder trial of a man accused of killing his teen daughter and leaving her body in a burning suitcase north of Toronto. Everton Biddersingh, 60, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Melonie, in 1994.
FEDS IN NO APPARENT HURRY ON ASSISTED DYING
The Trudeau government appears to be in no hurry to grapple with the explosive issue of doctor-assisted dying, even as it prepares to urge the Supreme Court next week to give it more time to craft a new law on the matter. The new Liberal government rushed last month — during the only week that Parliament has sat since the Oct. 19 election — to pass a motion striking a special joint parliamentary committee on assisted dying.
WATCHDOG FEARS AIR TRAVELLER RACIAL PROFILING
The federal border agency’s new system for scrutinizing incoming air passengers could open the door to profiling based on race or other personal factors, warns Canada’s privacy czar. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is pressing the Canada Border Services Agency to explain the program’s rationale and build in safeguards to protect civil liberties.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will make an announcement regarding the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz speaks at the Mayor’s Breakfast Series in Ottawa.
Drug store chain The Jean Coutu Group Inc. will release its third-quarter results.
Statistics Canada will release the national tourism indicators for the third quarter.