Sunday, September 21, 2014

National

Rob Ford musical satire premieres

TORONTO—Close to 200 people turned out for yesterday’s premiere of a musical satire about Toronto’s infamous mayor just hours after a cancer-stricken Rob Ford thanked well-wishers from his hospital bed for their support.

Scotland votes ‘no’

EDINBURGH—Scotland’s pro-independence leader Alex Salmond announced today he will resign as first minister and leader of his political party—hours after Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom.
Salmond, 59, told reporters at a news conference that he was proud of the campaign and the record turnout for yesterday’s referendum.

Museum still needs ‘final touches’

WINNIPEG—Canada’s newest national museum still was something of a work in progress as officials prepared for its ceremonial opening today.

Teachers back deal

VANCOUVER—Half-a-million B.C. students will start their school year next week after the province’s strike-weary public school teachers ratified a hard-bargained contract—despite strong feelings the deal falls short on improving classroom conditions.

Cougar had to be killed

CALGARY—Wildlife officers yesterday shot and killed a cougar that had wandered near a hospital in south Calgary.
Brendan Cox, an Alberta government spokesman, said there were reports of another big cat in the area, but they turned out to be false.
“One cougar has been destroyed by officers,” he noted.

Bear kills hunter

NORMAN WELLS, N.W.T.—A hunter has been killed by a grizzly bear in the Northwest Territories.
RCMP said they received a call Wednesday night about the attack southwest of Norman Wells, near the Yukon boundary.
Weather and darkness hampered search efforts until yesterday morning.
Cathy Menard, the chief coroner for the N.W.T., said the hunter was out with a guide when he was attacked.

Willy listed as week-to-week

WINNIPEG—Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willy’s injured shoulder could make him miss the Blue Bombers’ next game almost two weeks from now—and his future after that is unclear based on what the team said this week.
The Bombers say Willy’s status is week-to-week but that he’s questionable for Winnipeg’s next game at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Latimer’s travel restrictions lifted

VANCOUVER—A Federal Court judge has overturned a parole board condition that bars Robert Latimer from travelling freely outside Canada without pre-approval.
In a ruling released Tuesday, Judge Michael Manson concluded there is nothing to indicate the 60-year-old Saskatchewan farmer should be prevented from leaving the country or that he poses a danger to society.

Second person joins PC race

TORONTO—A second member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus officially is joining the race to become the new leader of the official opposition.
Monte McNaughton said he has decided to run to replace former PC leader Tim Hudak, who resigned after losing his second-consecutive election to the Liberals back in June.

Buses halt to mark crash

OTTAWA—City buses in the nation’s capital halted this morning in sombre tribute to the six people killed when an OC Transpo bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train one year ago.
Bus drivers who could safely do so pulled over and turned off their engines for a moment of silence at 8:47 a.m.— the exact time that Transpo bus 8017 slammed into the Via locomotive last Sept. 18.

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