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Five stories in Canada we’re watching

May 6: The NDP sweeps to power in Alberta, a discrimination case for the fishing industry, and a migrant rescue


 
Jeff McIntosh/CP

Jeff McIntosh/CP

NDP ORANGE WAVE SWEEPS ACROSS ALBERTA

The NDP won its first majority government in Alberta by toppling the Progressive Conservative colossus that dominated the province for decades. The NDP, which had never won more than 16 seats, captured 53 seats to secure a solid majority in the 87-seat legislature. The PCs fell to third place with just 10 seats, prompting Jim Prentice to resign as leader and from public life.

COURT DATE FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF INDECENT ACT ON A PLANE

A case involving a 25-year-old woman accused of committing an indecent act on a Toronto-to-Halifax flight is due in court today. Alicia Elizabeth Lander has pleaded not guilty to committing an indecent act, assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Jan. 24, 2014.

TRIBUNAL FINDS ABORIGINAL WOMAN FACED DISCRIMINATION

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that a Nova Scotia aboriginal community discriminated against a female member by denying her work in the local fishing industry because of her gender. The tribunal decision found that Stacey Marshall Tabor encountered discrimination on the Millbrook First Nation for several years.

CANADIAN DOCTOR DESCRIBES DARING MIGRANT RESCUE

They first saw Europe when the lights of Malta came into view around sunset on Monday. The 369 people had fled the forgotten carnage of war-torn Eritrea on the Horn of Africa. They’d made it all the way to the Libyan coast, where many had been jailed and robbed before human smugglers set them adrift in the Mediterranean Sea along with thousands of others on the weekend.

BACKLASH FOR CROWDFUNDED COFFEE MAKER

Backers of a failed effort on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter are considering their options after founders of a coffee maker missed a mid-April deadline to get the project back on track. ZPM Espresso claimed its Nocturne coffee maker was the world’s first smart espresso machine for the home because of a programmable control chip.


 

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