5 at 5: Calgary stabbing suspect to undergo mental evaluation

Also: Russia kicks out Canadian diplomat, kidnapping in Nigeria, Habs go for 4 and Canada’s middle class

A sketch of Matthew de Grood, appearing in a Calgary court on Tuesday April 22, 2014, by artist Janice Fletcher, is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Janice Fletcher

A sketch of Matthew de Grood, appearing in a Calgary court on Tuesday April 22, 2014 (Janice Fletcher/CP)

Calgary stabbing suspect ordered to undergo mental evaluation. The man accused of stabbing five young people at a house party last week will remain in a psychiatric hospital for 30 days where doctors will asses him to determine whether he is fit to stand trial, a judge determined Tuesday. Matthew de Grood, 22, faces five counts of first-degree murder. He appeared in court via closed-circuit television. Zackariah Rathwell, 21, one of the men killed in the stabbings, was remembered at a funeral in Calgary Tuesday. Funerals were held yesterday for three of the other victims.

Russia kicks out Canadian diplomat. The first secretary of the immigration section of the Canadian embassy in Moscow has been ordered out of the country, reports the Canadian Press. The move comes after Canada kicked a Russian military attache out of the country earlier this month, amid ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will be in eastern Europe this week to show his support for Ukrainian independence. U.S. vice-president Joe Biden is also there, to assist in talks between the two nations. And those talks may not be going so smoothly. On Tuesday, Ukraine said two men, including a local politician, were found tortured to death in the Eastern part of the country, allegedly at the hands of pro-Russian militants.

Canada’s middle class is the richest of them all. Data published in the New York Times today shows that Canada’s middle class now has the greatest after-tax incomes in the world, outpacing the U.S. This shift comes even as the U.S. remains the world’s richest large country. However, wealth gains in the U.S. tend to be concentrated in the hands of a few, leaving the middle class out of luck.

Habs take on Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice. As the sole Canadian team still in the NHL playoffs, much of Canada will be rooting for the Canadiens tonight when they face off against Tampa Bay in Montreal. They’re up 3-0 and are hoping to keep up the winning streak. While fans are busting out their jerseys, cops are preparing, too. Montreal fans went on a rampage, burning and breaking things, after playoff games in 2010 and 2008. And the Montreal Stanley Cup Riot of 1993 caused an estimated $2.5-million worth of damage. CBC reports that police say they will enforce municipal bylaw P-6 tonight—a bylaw banning unlawful assembly that was created in response to massive student protests in the city in 2012. Apparently, the bylaw applies nicely to rowdy Habs fans, too. The puck drops at 7 p.m. EST.

More than 200 teen girls kidnapped in Nigeria are still missing. Islamic militants kidnapped 234 girls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria last week and those girls are still missing, as families plead for mercy. The young women were all between the ages of 16 and 18 and were sitting for a final exam at the time of the kidnapping. Families think that the militants have the teens hidden in the dense Sambisa forest and have began their own searches. Earlier in the week, the Nigerian military said the girls had been rescued, but they were forced to retract that statement. Now, a military spokesman says the search for the girls is ongoing.


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