Six stories in the news today:
FORT MCMURRAY NEIGHBOURHOODS RAZED
Emergency officials say whole neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray have been destroyed by a raging forest fire that sliced through the middle of the northern Alberta city. Tens of thousands of residents were sent fleeing in both directions, and the entire community of 80,000 was ordered evacuated. Fire chief Darby Allen said there have been no reports of serious injuries. Read more here
PM SET TO NAME DATE FOR ‘THREE AMIGOS’ SUMMIT
Federal sources say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will formalize the date for the so-called Three Amigos summit at a press conference on Thursday. The summit, which draws together the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico, is expected to take place in Ottawa towards the end of June. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address Parliament right after the summit. Read more here
MOUNTIE REACHES SETTLEMENT IN HARASSMENT CASE
A British Columbia Mountie whose sexual harassment lawsuit against the RCMP prompted similar cases across the country has reached an out-of court settlement with the force. Cpl. Catherine Galliford, 49, said she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after going on sick leave in 2006 and was mentally prepared to face a court battle next year before being blindsided by the settlement. Read more here
KELLY ELLARD DENIED DAY PAROLE
A young woman serving a life sentence for second-degree murder has for the first time taken responsibility for the death of a 14-year-old Vancouver Island girl almost two decades ago, but Kelly Ellard’s confession wasn’t enough to earn her day parole. In delivering the board’s decision, a member commended her for accepting more responsibility but noted her admission did not match the facts of her conviction. Read more here
MANITOBA PREMIER APPOINTS 12 MEMBER CABINET
Progressive Conservative Brian Pallister was sworn in as Manitoba premier Tuesday and fulfilled an election promise to appoint a smaller cabinet. The new premier appointed eight men and four women — a mixture of veterans and rookies — to his inner circle. He pledged to work hard after the April 19 election that saw the Tories oust a NDP government that had been in power for 17 years.
ONTARIO JAILS TO GET FULL-BODY SCANNERS
Ontario says it will use advanced technology to crack down on smuggling of contraband into its 26 adult jails and detention centres, becoming the first province in Canada to install full-body scanners at all of its facilities. The scanners will be installed over two years at a cost of $9.5 million, including maintenance over 10 years. The move follows a six-month pilot project at the Toronto South Detention Centre.