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April 28: Searching for the missing in Nepal, a bill to make Remembrance Day a holiday, and Harper’s hockey tweet


 
(Justin Tank, The Canadian Press)

Justin Tank, The Canadian Press

FAMILIES SEEK WORD OF MISSING IN NEPAL

Canadians in Nepal and relatives of missing Canadian tourists are expressing frustration with Canada’s response to Saturday’s massive earthquake. Mark McDermott and Roel Teunissen hope to fly home on a military transport plane from the earthquake-ravaged country. Defence Minister Jason Kenney says a transport is expected to arrive in Nepal on Wednesday, but said that depends on the condition of the damaged airport.

REMEMBRANCE DAY BILL GETS ROUGH RIGHT

OTTAWA – An NDP private member’s bill meant to formally recognize Remembrance Day as a “legal” holiday appears to be dying as the sun begins to set on the current session of Parliament. The Harper government recently asked for more time to study the bill, which comes before a second House of Commons committee Tuesday.

RESIDENCY AUDIT SURFACES AT DUFFY TRIAL

OTTAWA – Mike Duffy’s lawyer is considering whether to fight for the release of a politically sensitive audit that the Senate wants kept under wraps. News of the audit, which was commissioned in late 2012 or early 2013 when the Senate expense scandal began to unfold, surfaced Monday at Duffy’s trial in Ottawa. The suspended senator is facing fraud, breach of trust and bribery charges and has maintained that he is innocent and did not break any rules.

HARPER HOCKEY TWEET AMONG POPULAR in 2014

OTTAWA – A tweet issued in 2014 made Prime Minister Stephen Harper a digital star among his fellow world leaders. Harper’s trash-talking tweet to U.S. President Barack Obama about the men’s and women’s hockey finals at the Sochi Olympics was among the most retweeted missives from world leaders last year, according to the annual Twiplomacy study of online activities of global politicians.

SENTENCING TODAY IN NOVA SCOTIA BUS SHELTER DEATH

KENTVILLE, N.S. – A sentencing hearing will be held today for two Nova Scotia men who pleaded guilty to murder after they set a homeless man on fire.Twenty-seven-year-old Daniel Wayne Surette and 26-year-old Kyle David James Fredericks pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder in the death of Harley Lawrence.

DAVID FURNISH NAMES PRIDE TORONTO PARADE MARSHAL

TORONTO – David Furnish will celebrate his first Pride Toronto parade in style as he returns home to serve as grand marshal of the annual event. Furnish’s husband, music legend Elton John, will be on tour in Europe when the Toronto native takes part in the parade on June 28.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

– Sentencing hearing in Lindsay, Ont., for former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, who was found guilty of overspending during his 2008 election campaign.

– Barrick Gold will hold its annual meeting in Toronto followed by a first-quarter earnings conference call.

– A Vancouver-area paparazzo appears in court, charged with intimidation against a man. His vehicle allegedly struck actor Ryan Reynolds in an underground parking lot.

– Season-ending news conference with Toronto Raptors president and GM Masai Ujiri.


 
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