Here are five of the top stories making headlines this afternoon:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says military can use “full force” in Gaza. Any last hope for an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in Gaza is pretty much over, after the Israeli PM, in a television address today, said Hamas chose to continue fighting. “When there is no ceasefire, our answer is fire,” the prime minister said. Though Israel agreed to the first part of a ceasefire deal Tuesday morning, Hamas did not sign on and continued to fire rockets from Gaza Tuesday afternoon, leading to Netanyahu’s statement.
Woman claims to be Mike Duffy’s unacknowledged daughter. In a Maclean’s exclusive story, published earlier today, Jonathon Gatehouse and Melinda Maldonado report that a Peruvian woman is taking Mike Duffy to court, seeking to have the disgraced Conservative senator named as her father. Karen Duffy, a 32-year-old resident of Lima, claims that she is the product of a unlikely affair between her mother—a convicted drug mule who served time in Kingston, Ontario’s Prison for Women and then an Ottawa halfway house—and a man who was at the time, among the most famous journalists in Canada. Read the entire in-depth investigation here.
Former London, Ont. mayor Joe Fontana sentenced to four months house arrest. Fontanta, who was found guilty of fraud last month, has avoided jail time and will serve a four-month conditional sentence and 18 additional months of probation. The Crown was calling for jail time. In July, a judge found Fontana guilty of fraud and breach of trust by a public official. He was found to have forged a government document when he was then a Liberal MP in 2005—at a cost of $1,700 to the taxpayer. He resigned as London mayor last month after being found guilty. Fontana said he will not appeal the sentence and will not seek a return to public service.
Polaris Prize shortlist announced. The shortlist for the top prize for Canadian indy music came out this morning and is as follows: Drake, Arcade Fire, Shad, Owen Pallett, Basia Bulat, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jessy Lanza Mac DeMarco and Tanya Tagaq. The list cuts a wide swath—from rap, to rock, to Tanya Tagaq’s Inuit throat singing—with no clear favourite to take the top prize at the awards gala on Sept. 22. Also Tuesday, Polaris nominee Drake announced the title for his next album: Views From The 6. The 6 in the album title likely refers to Toronto area code “416,” so Canadian fans can hold out hope for more CanCon in Drake’s next album.
Douglas Garland charged with murder in case of missing Calgary boy and grandparents. A man police had listed as a person of interest in the investigation into the dissapperence of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes, has been officially charged. Garland, 54, faces two charges of second-degree murder and one charge of first-degree murder. Before the charges, police spent days searching a rural property north of Calgary, which belongs to Garland’s parents. Police say they have yet to find the bodies. Garland appears in court again tomorrow.
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