Five stories in the news today, June 23:
FEDS URGED TO TACKLE END-OF-LIFE CARE
The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the next federal government to take immediate action to address the thorny issue of end-of-life care. The group is releasing an election-campaign platform today that calls on the winner of the federal election this October to promptly introduce legislation to establish a comprehensive national palliative care strategy.
RCMP: AIR INDIA BOMBING PROBE ‘ACTIVE’
The RCMP says its investigation into the worst terrorist act in Canadian history remains “active and ongoing.” Thirty years ago today, an explosion ripped apart Air India Flight 182 en route to New Delhi, killing all 329 people aboard, most of them Canadians of Indian descent. Authorities believe Sikh extremists fighting sabotaged the Boeing 747.
FLAG CHAIN STOPS SELLING CONFEDERATE FLAG
A Vancouver-based chain of stores that sells the Confederate flag says that “after much consideration,” it is halting the sale of the controversial banners until further notice. The contentious flag has drawn renewed criticism in the United States as a symbol of white power following deadly shootings at a South Carolina church last week.
MANHUNT ENDS FOR PARSI SUSPECTS
Toronto police have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with the death of Vaughan, Ont., man Sina Parsi. Clyde Marshall, a former resident of New Brunswick, and Sabrina Chouart of Gatineau, Que., were scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Parsi, 32, had disappeared after he left a soccer game June 9 and his body was found three days later in his west-end apartment.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MEDICAL POT
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says city councillors could decide on regulating the illegal medical-marijuana industry as early as Wednesday. Councillors wrapped up four days of public hearings on amendments to licensing, zoning and development bylaws on Monday night. Those proposed amendments would, for example, charge “retail dealers” a $30,000 licensing fee and prohibit them from operating within 300 metres of schools, community centres or other pot shops.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
BlackBerry will release its latest financial results.
Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching appears in court to try to prevent his deportation to China to face corruption charges.
A meeting of environment ministers concludes in Winnipeg.
Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine releases the province’s first dementia strategy.
In New Brunswick, an announcement regarding the management of exotic animals.
Victor Dodig, the CEO of CIBC, makes a speech in Toronto to the Empire Club of Canada.