FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE CONTRACT TALKS STALL OVER SICK LEAVE
A union representing federal workers has temporarily called off contract talks with the Harper government, accusing the Conservatives of acting illegally to change sick leave provisions for civil servants. The Public Service Alliance of Canada is upset with proposed changes to sick leave for its members. The union will consult its members and other unions before deciding whether to continue bargaining.
MAN JAILED IN MOUNTIE DEATHS SEEKS FULL PAROLE
A man convicted for his role in the shooting deaths of four Mounties in rural Alberta in 2005 is applying for full parole. Shawn Hennessey is to appear before the Parole Board of Canada in Edmonton this morning. The 35-year-old was granted day release to a halfway house last fall.
POLICE BELIEVE BURNED BODIES ARE MURDERED FAMILY
Detectives are waiting for the B.C. Coroner’s Service to confirm the identities of three people found in a charred home east of Vancouver last Thursday. Police believe they were family members linked to a horrifying Facebook confession apparently written by Randy Janzen. The post says he shot his daughter Emily to relieve her of excruciating migraines, and then turned the gun on his wife Laurel and sister Shelly.
ROB FORD ON ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford faces months of recovery following successful surgery to remove a tumour from his abdomen. His former chief of staff, Dan Jacobs, says doctors found no new growths and were able to remove all existing growths. Jacobs says Ford was told to “take it especially easy” for up to three months.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney makes an announcement in Toronto related to the safety and security of Canadians.
Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson will holds a media teleconference call to discuss this year’s NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting and his recent trip to Ukraine.
Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax appear in court charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a planned attack on the Halifax Shopping Centre.
The case of Nicholas Layman, accused in the stabbing of an 11-year-old boy on a soccer field, is back in court in St. John’s, NL.
Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk will table a special report on Proposed Amendments to Government Advertising Act.
Canadian companies reporting first-quarter results today include home renovation retailer Rona Inc., Air Canada and natural gas giant Encana Corp.