Six stories in the news today, Jan. 6:
COURTS THREATEN ACTION OVER NEW IT RULES
Newly released documents show the country’s highest court is ready to launch a legal battle with the federal government over new IT rules the Supreme Court of Canada fears would threaten its independence. The Supreme Court and several lower courts are all prepared to launch a constitutional challenge against having the government’s super-IT department involved in their digital affairs.
JUDGE TO CHARGE JURY IN SUITCASE MURDER TRIAL
A Toronto judge is to instruct the jury today at the trial of a man accused of killing his 17-year-old daughter and leaving her body in a burning suitcase two decades ago. In closing arguments Tuesday, defence lawyer Jennifer Penman urged jurors to acquit the teen’s father of deliberately killing Melonie Biddersingh, saying the evidence instead points to his wife as the culprit.
ACCUSED IN QUEBEC ARMOURED-CAR HEIST IN COURT
Five men charged in a series of armoured-car heists are expected back in a Montreal courtroom today. Police allege they are responsible for several robberies dating back to 1999. The five face a total of 39 charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy, confinement and break and enter.
CANADIAN REPORTED KILLED IN BELIZE ROBBERY
A Canadian an has reportedly been killed in an apparent burglary at his home in Selena Village in Belize. The online edition of the San Pedro Sun says Quebec filmmaker and producer Matthiew Klinck, 37, was found stabbed to death near his home on Monday. The report says Klinck had been living in Belize for about five years and produced a Spanish soap opera there.
PROBE CONTINUES INTO CAUSE OF MASSIVE BARN FIRE
The deaths of 43 racehorses in a massive barn fire is more than just a professional catastrophe — it’s akin to losing members of a family, one trainer said Tuesday. Dan Lagace worked with seven horses housed at the Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ont. His animals and three dozen others perished Monday night in a massive blaze. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to determine the cause of the inferno.
FEDS TRACKING NUMBER OF HOMELESS VETERANS
The federal government has an estimate of how many of Canada’s homeless are former soldiers — but the department that compiled the report warns the data is far from complete. The March 2015 study by Employment and Social Development Canada estimates that 2,250 veterans use shelters on regular basis, about 2.7 per cent of the total homeless population that uses temporary lodging.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Statistics Canada will update the international merchandize trade figures for November.
Low-cost airline NewLeaf Travel will host a news conference in Hamilton to announced the launch of its service.
Marco Muzzo, accused in an alleged drunk driving crash that killed three children and their grandfather, appears in court in Newmarket, Ont., via video link.