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In the news today: Fort McMurray, Statistics Canada, and Jian Ghomeshi


 
Flames flare up from hotspots from a wildfire along a highway to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Officials said Sunday they reached a turning point in fighting an enormous wildfire, hoping to get a "death grip'" on the blaze that devastated Canada's oil sands town of Fort McMurray amid cooler temperatures and light rain. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Flames flare up from hotspots from a wildfire along a highway to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Sunday, May 8, 2016.  (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP) 

Six stories in the news today:

NOTLEY SAYS 2,400 BUILDINGS LOST IN FORT MCMURRAY

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the “ocean of fire” that hit Fort McMurray burned about 10 per cent of the buildings, but the hard work of firefighters saved the bulk of the city so it can be rebuilt. But as for the 80,000 residents who were ordered out of the Alberta city a week ago today, Notley said they’d have to wait at least two weeks to hear when they might be allowed to return.

FORT MCMURRAY: A CITY OF STARK CONTRASTS

Fire chief Darby Allen took reporters on a bus tour of Fort McMurray yesterday and they saw areas sapped of colour — all charred black, ashy white and sickly beige. Zoom in and everyday objects become discernible amid the rubble — the lopsided frame of a swingset, a barbecue, a wire cage for a pet. Up to 90 per cent of the city was saved in the end — 2,400 structures damaged and 25,000 still standing.

SOURCE: GHOMESHI CHARGE TO BE WITHDRAWN FOR PEACE BOND

A sexual assault charge laid against former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi is expected to be withdrawn Wednesday, a source has told The Canadian Press. In exchange, Ghomeshi will first have to sign a peace bond. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the arrangement means Ghomeshi won’t have to face a trial that had been scheduled to start on June 6.

LITTLE APPETITE TO AMEND ASSISTED DYING BILL

A Liberal-dominated committee examining the medically assisted dying legislation is showing little appetite for amendments. Liberal MPs used their majority to reject proposed amendments from the NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green party to make the bill more permissive. At the same time, the Liberals rejected multiple proposed amendments by Conservative MPs to make the bill more restrictive. The committee will continue making its way through some 100 proposed amendments today.

BIG BANKS MOVING TO MEET FINTECH CHALLENGE

Technology firms have turned several industries on their head. The way people buy books, hail a ride home from the bar or find a room for the night while on vacation have all changed. And now financial technology or fintech firms are turning their sights on the banking industry, but Canada’s big banks aren’t going to give up their dominant position without a fight.

CANADIAN DOCTOR DETAINED IN PAKISTAN

A former high-ranking Pakistani politician with Canadian citizenship is being held in Karachi on trumped-up political charges, supporters say. Dr. Asim Hussain, an orthopedic surgeon with family and property ties in London, Ont., was arrested in late August by paramilitary Pakistan Rangers for allegedly financing terrorism through his hospital.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY

Firms reporting results today include Sun Life Financial, Sleep Country, Rona, Yellow Pages, TMX Group, George Weston Ltd., and Kinross Gold

Groups and individuals opposed to Energy East will hold a news conference in Montreal.

Statistics Canada will release the capital and repair expenditures survey.


 
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