Seven stories in the news today:
G7 LEADERS LIKELY TO OPPOSE RANSOM
A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there’s a good chance the Group of Seven leaders will agree that their countries should not pay ransom to terrorists. Peter Boehm, Trudeau’s personal representative at the G7, told reporters there’s a good chance that position will be included in the communique from the summit this week in Japan.
GRASSROOTS GRITS CHALLENGE ASSISTED DYING BILL
Some grassroots Liberals are using the ruling party’s first national convention since taking power last fall to challenge the Trudeau government’s restrictive approach to medically assisted dying. Wendy Robbins, the policy chair for the Liberals’ national women’s commission, is spearheading a push to get an emergency resolution added to the agenda of the convention, which begins today in Winnipeg and runs until Saturday.
BEARS AFTER STINKY TRASH IN FORT MCMURRAY
Wildlife officers in Fort McMurray, Alta., have killed two black bears and captured and relocated two others that were roaming in and around the fire-damaged city. Alberta government spokesman Brendan Cox says that May 3 — the day more than 80,000 people were forced to flee a raging wildfire — also happened to be garbage day for most residential neighbourhoods.
AIRBNB SAYS QUEBEC REGULATIONS NEED CLARITY
Quebec may be the first Canadian jurisdiction to regulate home-sharing services but a senior Airbnb executive says the new provincial law won’t become the only model guiding the evolution of the company. Chip Conley says what works for one community may not work for another. There are vast differences in approaches, including taxation laws, in the 34,000 cities in which Airbnb currently operates.
CAN A RENEWED TORY PARTY APPEAL TO YOUTH?
As Conservative leader Stephen Harper prepped for the federal leaders debates during last fall’s election, someone needed to be chosen to play the role of his chief opponent, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Conservatives were keenly aware the debates might be the best chance for Harper to show up a man the Conservatives dismissed as a young pup incapable of leading the country.
B.C. OIL FIND TAKES OUTPUT TO NINE-YEAR HIGH
In Premier Christy Clark’s vision of British Columbia’s economic future, natural gas is the headliner as the province gears up to export billions of tonnes of liquefied natural gas from proposed West Coast projects. But Clark may have to make room on the bill for another fossil fuel. Thanks mainly to a Calgary-based company drilling in the northeastern part of the province, B.C.’s daily crude oil production is at a nine-year high.
LAWREN HARRIS PAINTINGS FETCH OVER $3M
A trio of paintings by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris brought in more than $3 million at an auction in Vancouver on Wednesday night. The Heffel Fine Art Auction House says Harris’s canvas “Laurentian Landscape” sold for almost $2.2 million, well over the pre-auction estimate of between $1.2 million and $1.6 million. Oil-on-board works “Coldwell, Lake Superior” and “Mount Sampson, Maligne Lake” by Harris fetched $649,000 and $413,000 respectively.