Four stories in the news today, July 30:
FAHMY VERDICT POSTPONED TO AUG. 8
Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy must wait at least another week to learn his fate after a verdict he anxiously expected today at his re-trial in Cairo was suddenly postponed until Aug. 8. Fahmy, who faced widely denounced terror charges and had spent more than a year in prison before a successful appeal of an earlier conviction, told The Canadian Press that no reason was given for the surprise postponement.
ABORTION PILL APPROVED BY HEALTH CANADA
A quarter century after women in France were first given access to it, the abortion drug known as RU-486 is finally going to be available in Canada. Health Canada confirmed late Wednesday that it had approved the drug for use here, 2 1/2 years after the manufacturer’s application was submitted. Women will need to obtain a prescription from a doctor to purchase the drug.
ANTI-ISIL MEETING IN QUEBEC CITY
High-ranking officials from some 20 countries will be in Quebec City today to discuss various aspects of the fight against Islamic State militants. Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson will attend the closed-door meeting, which will be co-presided by Canada, the United States and Iraq. European Union and United Nations officials are also expected to attend.
NDP HOPES TO RETAIN SOUTHERN QUEBEC RIDINGS
The soil-rich farmland south of Montreal called the Monteregie is currently an NDP bastion with nearly all of the region’s ridings under the party banner, and Leader Tom Mulcair knows he needs to keep these seats to have a strong shot at becoming prime minister in the fall. Mulcair toured a major agricultural fair in the Monteregie town of Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., on Wednesday, feeding goats and shaking hands a few days before Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to trigger an early election campaign.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Nova Scotia’s Liberal government will release its audited financial statements for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2015.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair holds news conference in Edmunston, N.B.
Richard Henry Bain, who faces a first-degree murder charge stemming from a 2012 shooting on Quebec election night, returns to court.
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Calgary MP Joan Crockatt will make a funding announcement in Calgary.