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In the news today: Nellie McClung, fracas in the House, a Canadian on EgyptAir Flight 804


 
The statue of Nelly McClung, one of the famous five, is seen on Parliament Hill in this photo from 2011. (The Canadian Press)

The statue of Nelly McClung, one of the famous five, is seen on Parliament Hill in this photo from 2011. (The Canadian Press)

Seven stories in the news today:

NELLIE McCLUNG TOP CHOICE FOR NEW BANKNOTE: POLL

Famous Five activist Nellie McClung is the No. 1 choice to become the first Canadian woman on the face of one of the country’s banknotes, according to a recent online survey. The survey found 27 per cent of respondents favoured McClung, a suffragette who fought for women to be legally recognized as persons in Canada. Politician Therese Casgrain, aeronautical engineer Elsie MacGill, Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, artist Emily Carr and black activist and businesswoman Viola Desmond rounded out the top six choices.

ALL-PARTY COMMITTEE TO PROBE TRUDEAU ACTIONS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized, but an all-party committee will investigate accusations that he “manhandled” the Conservative whip Wednesday and elbowed a New Democrat MP in the House of Commons. Footage from the Commons television feed showed Trudeau wading into a clutch of MPs, mostly New Democrats, and pulling Opposition whip Gordon Brown through the crowd in an effort to get a key vote started. Quebec MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau appears to be in discomfort as Trudeau pushes past her, forcing her against an adjacent desk. Read more here. 

CANADIAN ON CRASHED EGYPTAIR AIRBUS

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board, including a Canadian, crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday morning, Egyptian aviation officials said. EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:45 a.m. local time about 16 kilometres after it entered Egyptian airspace off the country’s Mediterranean coast. There was no immediate information on the identity of the Canadian.

FORT MCMURRAY RE-ENTRY AS EARLY AS JUNE 1

The Alberta government says people from the fire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray could start going home starting June 1 if conditions are safe, but warned there will only be basic services and a partially open hospital. Premier Rachel Notley said the re-entry will be done in stages over two weeks. The city will not be suitable for everyone, including people with breathing problems, late-term pregnant women and those undergoing cancer treatment. Read more here. 

TRANS MOUNTAIN DECISION EXPECTED TODAY

A recommendation is expected today from the National Energy Board regarding Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The board will reveal whether it supports plans to triple the capacity of the pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen from the oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., for export.

FORCILLO SENTENCING HEARING CONTINUES

The sentencing hearing for a Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager in a streetcar continues today. Const. James Forcillo’s lawyer argued on Wednesday that the injuries Sammy Yatim, 18, suffered from a second round of bullets should not be a significant aggravating factor in determining the officer’s sentence. A jury acquitted Forcillo of second-degree murder in the Yatim’s death, but found the officer guilty of attempted murder for continuing to fire after the dying teen had fallen to the floor.

SECURITY AGENCIES URGE CAUTION ON SECURITY

As the Liberals prepare to bolster a review of national spy services, two federal security agencies have flagged serious headaches that might come with more scrutiny, internal documents show. The RCMP fears more eyes looking over its shoulder could compromise criminal investigations, while the electronic spies at the Communications Security Establishment warn against creating a super-watchdog with its associated “burden and costs,” say notes obtained under the Access to Information Act.


 
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