Five stories in the news today:
1. CP RAIL COULD BE STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS BY STRIKE ON SUNDAY
Contract talks were expected to resume in Montreal Wednesday in hopes of averting a strike by some 3,300 Canadian Pacific Railway employees on Sunday. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union has issued a strike notice, warning that if a deal isn’t reached by midnight Saturday, locomotive engineers, conductors, trainmen and yardmen across Canada will walk off the job. A CP Rail spokesman said if there is a strike, managers would be used to maintain a “reduced” freight service.
2. PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY COLLAPSES NEAR MONTREAL: TWO HURT
A stretch of busy Highway 132 in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal, remained closed early Wednesday after the partial collapse of a pedestrian walkway. Two people suffered minor injuries in the collapse at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Fire department officials say it appears the walkway came down after being struck by a dump truck used for snow removal. The walkway is one of four that link the South Shore community to a marina and waterfront across the highway running beside the St. Lawrence River. .
3. JEWISH GROUP EXPANDING INTO MONTREAL, SEEKS TO INFLUENCE ELECTION
The Canadian chapter of the Jewish Defence League is expanding into Montreal and says it wants to influence the upcoming federal election. National director Meir Weinstein says this is the group’s first major chapter outside Toronto and will have its inaugural meeting on Monday. Weinstein says they hope to convince more Jews to switch support from the federal Liberals to the Conservatives, who Weinstein says are stronger on fighting terrorism.
4. VIA PLOT UNRAVELS AFTER POLICE ENCOUNTER
A Toronto court is to hear more testimony today from an undercover officer about an alleged terror plot to derail a passenger train travelling from New York to Toronto. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier face multiple terror-related charges and not-guilty pleas have been entered for both. Court has heard that cracks in the alleged plot appeared when Jaser expressed concerns about their ability to damage a bridge. Court also heard that Jaser abandoned the train plot entirely a few hours after they were questioned by police about why they had been on the tracks.
5. FATHER DONATES PART OF LIVER TO SAVE DAUGHTER
Doctors are expected to issue an update today on a Kingston, Ont., father’s effort to save one of his ailing twin daughters by giving part of his liver. Michael Wagner’s three-year-old twins — Phuoc and Binh — have a genetic disorder that affects the liver and other organs. Without a liver transplant, the girls will die and doctors in Toronto decided which of the twins would undergo the procedure. A post on the family’s Facebook page says the surgery for Wagner and Phuoc went well, though the next few days will be critical for the young girl.