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Top News Advisory for Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

Here are the latest Top News stories from The Canadian Press. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Contact the National Desk at 416-507-2150 or mainslots@thecanadianpress.com.



Army to remain in Quebec flood zones


MONTREAL - The Canadian Forces have announced they will maintain soldiers in Quebec to help remove sandbags and restore critical infrastructure in communities hit by flooding. Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan told reporters today the Forces have agreed to Quebec’s request to deploy soldiers for a second mandate, this time helping with cleanup operations. PHOTO.


Crown appeals violin teacher’s acquittal


UNDATED —Prosecutors are asking Ontario’s highest court to overturn the acquittal of a former violin teacher who measured his teenage students’ bare breasts while fitting them for shoulder rests.The Crown is appealing a ruling that found Claude Trachy not guilty on dozens of charges related to the sexual violation of more than 20 students in the 1970s and 80s, saying the trial judge made several errors. 650 words. By Paola Loriggio. Moved National and Ontario


Supreme Court of Canada to sit in Winnipeg


OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada plans to visit Winnipeg in September to hear two appeals and meet with Manitobans — the first time the court will sit outside of Ottawa. The high court says going on the road is part of an effort to make the venerable institution more accessible to the public. PHOTO.


Detained Canadian Kovrig gets visit in China


OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says detained Canadian Michael Kovrig has received another visit from consular officials in China. Kovrig, a diplomat on leave, and the entrepreneur Michael Spavor were detained in China on Dec. 10 but have not had access to lawyers or been formally charged.


Class-action lawsuit against Facebook to expand


VANCOUVER — A class-action lawsuit launched against Facebook by a British Columbia woman is allowed to include to residents of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador who claim their images were used without their knowledge. Deborah Douez claims the social media giant used her image and those of others without their knowledge in the “sponsored stories” advertising program that is no longer in operation. PHOTO.


No Alberta carbon tax as of May 30: premier


EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta’s carbon tax will be dead soon. Kenney says the Carbon Tax Repeal Act is to be introduced during next week’s legislature sitting and will have a proviso to end the tax by the end of the month. PHOTO. Will be writethru


Alberta couple has third set of twins


RED DEER — After three sets of fraternal twins, Pam and Taylor Armstrong are closing in on reality-TV territory but trying for a fourth set isn’t in the cards for the couple from central Alberta. “We are done. I said this is our grand finale. We’ll call it quits here,” laughed Pam Armstrong from the couple’s new five-bedroom home in Red Deer on Monday. PHOTO.


Restaurant won’t mess with mother goose


EDMONTON — An Edmonton restaurant says it won’t mess with a Canada goose that has a nest near its patio.The Boston Pizza in Manning Towne Centre in the city’s northeast says staff first encountered the goose Friday as they were getting the patio set up for a nice spring weekend. PHOTO. Will be writethru.




Onex signs deal to buy WestJet Airlines


CALGARY -- Onex Corp. has signed a friendly deal to buy WestJet Airlines Ltd. in an all-cash transaction it valued at $5 billion, including assumed debt. Under the agreement announced Monday, Onex will pay $31 per share for WestJet, which will operate as a privately held company. PHOTO. Will be updated.


Gerald Schwartz: The man behind the West Jet deal


WINNIPEG — The wealthy Canadian behind a deal to buy WestJet has a reputation for his stellar business acumen and owning a mansion among mansions in downtown Toronto, but a longtime family friend says the titan has not forgotten his humbler beginnings. On Monday it was announced that the Toronto-based private equity firm Onex Corp. signed a deal to buy the Calgary-based airline for $3.5 billion. The man behind the yoke of the massive transaction for Onex is its 77-year-old founder and chief executive officer, Gerald Schwartz. PHOTO. With Onex-WestJet




Raptors need to move on from ‘the shot’


TORONTO - Two and a half hours. That’s how long Danny Green gave the Toronto Raptors to bask in the greatest moment in franchise history.There was still a buzz around Toronto and all over social media the morning after Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating, series-winning shot in Sunday’s Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The shot - a high-arcing Hail Mary that bounced around the rim for what semed like an eternity before finally going in - gave the Raptors a 92-90 win in a do-or-die game and sent Scotiabank Arena into a frenzy. But the Raptors don’t have the luxury of savouring this moment. They have to move on quickly, as another punishing series awaits in an Eastern Conference final against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. 700 words. Expected by 5 p.m.



If Dolly Kambo couldn’t watch Kawhi Leonard sink a legendary shot for her favourite sports team in person, then watching him do it at a family member’s wedding was the next-best thing. The 49-year-old was one of many eager Toronto Raptors fans not-so-subtly checking her phone for word of her team’s game seven showdown with the Philadelphia 76ers during speeches honouring the nuptials for her sister-in-law’s daughter. When one of the masters of ceremonies noticed that Kambo was not alone, he obligingly plugged in his laptop and aired the last few seconds of the game on the screens originally intended for slide shows and family photos. 450 words. By Michelle McQuigge. Moves Ontario and Sports.


Picture Perfect: Kawhi shot creates lasting image


TORONTO - Kawhi Leonard’s series-winning buzzer-beater bounced four times on the rim - taking an achingly long extra second or two before finally dropping - to send the Toronto Raptors to the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night. It also created a perfect storm for photojournalists at Scotiabank Arena. The unusual scene had it all - drama, intensity, a varied mix of reactions - and the result was a number of eye-popping images that captured the greatest moment in team history. 600 words. By Gregory Strong. PHOTOS. ETA 6 p.m.


Kawhi joins exclusive club with big shot


TORONTO - Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater on Sunday night is widely regarded as the greatest moment in Toronto Raptors history.But where does the shot that gave the Raptors a win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of their second-playoff series rank all time among sporting moments for Toronto professional teams? 1,000 words. MOVED.

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Small communities grapple with opioid crisis


OTTAWA - In the small town of Arnprior nestled in the Ottawa Valley, the impact of the opioid crisis has recently been witnessed in the form of at least five suspected opioid overdoses in a week, prompting police to issue a public warning. Access to a number of extremely dangerous opioids is not limited to larger cities, said the Renfrew detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, adding the drugs have “infiltrated every corner of our province in some form or another.” The problem plaguing Arnprior is shared by small communities across Canada, according to 2017 data presented late last year by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), showing they in fact experience opioid poisoning hospitalization rates more than double those in Canada’s largest cities. 600 words. By Kristy Kirkup. PHOTO.


‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek visits Ottawa


OTTAWA - Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will be in Ottawa later today for the official opening of the new headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Emmy-Award-winning host of the popular TV game show announced in March that he’s battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He’s honorary president of the society, which is moving into a building at the confluence of the Rideau and Ottawa rivers that failed as a museum and that the federal government has struggled to find a use for. 500 words. By Andy Blatchford. Moves National and Entertainment, guard against duplication.


Hunt for QuadrigaCX cash finds just $28M


HALIFAX — After three months of investigating, the accounting firm trying to recover more than $200 million in cash and cryptocurrency owed to users of the now-defunct QuadrigaCX trading platform has turned up only $28 million in assets — virtually all of it in cash. Ernst and Young, which is overseeing bankruptcy proceedings for the cryptocurrency exchange, has issued a trustee’s preliminary report saying it may not be possible to complete a full review of QuadrigaCX’s finances, mainly because of the company’s poor bookkeeping. PHOTO. Moves Business and National; guard against duplication.


Environment advocates says oil industry running the show on C-69


OTTAWA - Environment advocates say if the government bows to pressure from the energy industry to overhaul its environmental assessment bill it will put a serious dent in Canada’s desire to be taken seriously on fighting climate change. Ecojustice lawyer Joshua Ginsberg says the amendments introduced by the Conservatives in the Senate are copied and pasted directly from those suggested by the industry while those from the Independent Senators Group are mostly just rephrased versions of what the industry demanded. 600 words. By Mia Rabson. PHOTO.


NDP climate plan to slash emissions in half


OTTAWA — NDP leader Jagmeet Singh intends to cut Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions almost in half over the next decade as he stakes out a claim to being a climate-change champion in the looming federal election.Singh presented a motion in the House of Commons Monday, laying out eight broad strokes of the party’s climate-change platform. The motion asks for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare “an environment and climate emergency” as well as pledge to cut emissions more deeply, eliminate government aid to the fossil-fuel industry and cancel the planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. PHOTO. 600 words. By Mia Rabson.


Claim of oldest life in Labrador challenged


A team of geological researchers is challenging claims that some of the earliest life forms were discovered in northern Labrador in an ancient portion of the earth’s surface.The argument that a rocky outcrop showed evidence of life going back 3.95 billion years was presented by Japanese scientists in 2017 by linking isotopic carbon evidence known as “chemofossils” with geological dating of rock formations. PHOTO.


Weekend wildfires a blip: Wildfire service


KAMLOOPS — The BC Wildfire Service has come through its busiest period of the young 2019 wildfire season, responding to several blazes, including one that prompted an evacuation order west of Prince George.Weather has been unseasonably warm in the province, but wildfire service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said they believe fire conditions will improve. PHOTO.


Argument in back alley leads to death


WINNIPEG - Police say an argument over a boat in a Winnipeg back alley has resulted in a manslaughter charge.Investigators say Calvin Chan, who was 66, was trying to back a boat into a garage with the help of neighbour on Saturday.


Cda’s feminist policy good for South Sudan: UN


OTTAWA — Canada could find a win for its feminist foreign policy in the spiralling famine and refugee crisis gripping South Sudan and neighbouring African countries, says a senior United Nations official.“Canada can do more,” Arnauld Akodjenou, the UN High Commissioner’s for Refugees’ South Sudan co-ordinator, said in an interview Monday. “It’s a test case they have with the South Sudan situation. They should not miss that opportunity.” PHOTO. By Mike Blanchfield.


Two confirmed measles cases in Toronto


TORONTO - Two confirmed cases of measles in adults in Toronto are both travel related, the city’s public health unit said Monday as it warned the public of possible places where they may have been exposed to the virus.The latest incidents bring the total measles cases in the city this year to three, according to Toronto Public Health data. There were five confirmed cases last year - four related to travel. 438 words. By Liam Casey. Moved Ontario.


Ontario cutting funding for provincial police


TORONTO - Ontario is planning to spend about $46 million less this year on the provincial police. The Progressive Conservative government’s expenditure estimates for this year show the cut, which largely comes out of “field and traffic services.” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says she has faith that the leadership of the Ontario Provincial Police will be able manage challenges within the new budget.


Ontario woman seeks clues of missing brother


Dawne Robinson and about 10 other searchers spent Mother’s Day searching a hot, dry, boulder-strewn hiking trail for clues of what happened to her younger brother, who vanished last July at Joshua Tree National Park in California.Paul Miller of Guelph, Ont., 51 at the time, was near the end of a hiking vacation with his wife Stephanie when he disappeared on July 13, 2018, after setting off solo to explore the difficult but well-marked 49 Palms Oasis trail. PHOTO. 528 words. By David Paddon. Moved Ontario.


Goodale braces for grilling on religion and terrorism


OTTAWA - Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is likely to get some prickly questions about explicitly linking religion and extremism when he appears at a House of Commons committee Monday afternoon to explain the latest federal report on the terrorism threat to Canada. PHOTO EDS: Committee begins at 16:30 ET.


Politicians seek to enhance N.L.’s appeal


ST. JOHN’S - The need to make aging, cash-strapped Newfoundland and Labrador into an appealing place for young people has been a recurring theme among politicians campaigning for the May 16 provincial election. But newcomers to the province say there’s still a lot of work to be done to convince people to set down permanent roots.


Digitally mining Quebec’s future


MAGOG - Emiliano Grodzki moves his right hand across the front of a series of small, rectangular machines, each fitted with a fan blowing warm air inside a former metal factory in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Grodzki and the rest of the Bitfarms team modified the building to house two giant opposing walls of shelves holding thousands of powerful computing systems built for a single purpose: mining for digital currency. PHOTO. Moved Business and National.


Police to crack down on Mafia after hotel slaying


MONTREAL — Police in Laval, Que., are intensifying efforts against the Mafia after a brazen organized crime-linked slaying inside a crowded hotel.They said they will step up their presence at establishments frequented by organized crime groups following the May 4 killing of Salvatore Scoppa at the Sheraton Hotel, with hundreds of people nearby.


No formal apology from Halifax police over street checks


HALIFAX - Police in Halifax have told the city’s civilian oversight body that they won’t be issuing a formal apology to the African Nova Scotian community over street checks. At its last meeting on April 15, the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners asked Halifax Police and the RCMP to suspend street checks and prepare a joint statement formally apologizing for the policy.




Nine-year-old Victoria girl Hannah Day dies


VICTORIA - A Victoria youngster who won hearts and raised hopes as she staged a nearly lifelong battle against cancer has died three months shy of her 10th birthday.Hannah Day’s mother, Brooke Ervin, shared news of her daughter’s death in a Facebook post Sunday.


Ottawa MPP Lalonde seeks federal seat


OTTAWA - Ontario Liberal politician Marie-France Lalonde wants to run for Parliament to replace retired general Andrew Leslie in the Ottawa riding he’s vacating after just one term. Lalonde announced her intention to run federally Monday, saying she’s giving up thoughts of seeking the leadership of the Ontario Liberals because she wants to focus on her east-Ottawa community. 250 words. PHOTO.


Agencies need help, managers say after girl’s death


MONTREAL — The heads of Quebec youth protection agencies are highlighting a shortage of qualified case workers and calling for changes to prevent tragedies like the recent death of a seven-year-old girl that has shaken the province.“Since the announcement of this young girl’s death, we have all been deeply affected and troubled, as is each worker and manager in our services,” the agency directors say in an open letter published Monday. “Our thoughts are with this child, and we offer our sympathies to her family and relatives. Such tragedies should never happen.” PHOTO.


Historian of Halifax explosion dies


Janet Kitz, whose tenacious research helped revive interest in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, has died. She was 89. Her fascination with the disaster began with a 1980 undergraduate essay that led her to uncover boxes of mortuary artifacts.


Saskatchewan to have paid leave for victims


REGINA — Saskatchewan will be offering paid leave to victims of domestic and sexual violence who require time off from work.The government has introduced and passed legislation that it expects to take effect later this month. Will be writethru


Notley, Alberta NDP sworn in as Opposition


EDMONTON — There’s a new official Opposition in the Alberta legislature.Former premier Rachel Notley and her caucus of 24 NDP members were sworn in Monday during a ceremony at the legislature. PHOTO.






NAVY SEAL-MURDER CHARGE _ Military prosecutors in the case of a Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 installed tracking software in emails sent to defence lawyers and a reporter in an apparent attempt to discover who was leaking information to the media, according to lawyers who told The Associated Press that they received the corrupted messages. SENT: 660 words.

IRAQ-HUNTING IS _ Islamic State group militants are keeping residents around northern Iraq in fear more than a year and a half after the defeat of the so-called caliphate, hiding in the mountains and emerging under cover of night to kill and intimidate. It’s part of a quiet, relentless battle with the military, which is on a constant hunt for sleeper cells, raiding homes and questioning family members. By Bram Janssen. SENT: 1,290 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US IS Hunt (CR) _ Iraqi forces hunt hidden IS militants.

CHINA-TRADE _Deepening its trade war with the U.S. and sending world financial markets into a slide, China announced higher tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese products. SENT: 810 words, photos. With TRUMP-CHINA-TARIFFS-Q&A (sent)

FINANCIAL MARKETS _The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 700 points Monday as investors sought shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. SENT: 890 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-DORIS DAY _Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and ’60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97. SENT: 1,390 words, photos. With DORIS DAY-FILMOGRAPHY

EMIRATES _Two Saudi oil tankers and a Norwegian-flagged vessel were damaged in what Gulf officials described as a “sabotage” attack off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. While details of the incident remain unclear, it raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies at a time of increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-STRAITS OF HORMUZ, EUROPE-IRAN, EMIRATES-THE LATEST (all sent)

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ When the actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to taking part in the college admissions bribery scheme, she will become the highest-profile person so far to admit to allegations that have also ensnared prominent college coaches and figures from the business world. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 590 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

SUPREME COURT-IPHONE APPS _ Already facing declining iPhone sales and a European investigation, Apple gets more bad news when the Supreme Court allows a consumer lawsuit over iPhone app pricing to go forward. The case could have major implications for the tech giant’s handling of the 2 million apps in Apple’s App Store, from which it takes a hefty sales commission. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 790 words by 4 p.m.




MEASLES CASES _ US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year. SENT: 130 words, photo.

OBIT-LAURA BUSH’S MOTHER _ Former first lady Laura Bush’s mother dies in Texas at 99. SENT: 140 words, photo.

HOUSTON-MISSING GIRL _ Mother of missing Texas girl heckled after cancelled hearing. SENT: 140 words, photos.

GERMANY-NAZI VICTIM BURIAL _ Denied graves by Nazis, resistance fighters finally buried. SENT: 540 words, photos.

BOOKS-LINDSEY VONN _ Lindsey Vonn memoir ‘Rise: My Story’ coming next year. SENT: 130 words, photo.




SUPREME COURT-DEATH PENALTY _ The Supreme Court is squabbling over death penalty cases from Texas and Alabama, with the justices’ private deliberations breaking out into unusual written bickering weeks after decisions in the case were made. By Jessica Gresko. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-HUNGARY _ President Donald Trump doesn’t shy away from engaging with leaders not warmly embraced by the West. Monday’s visit to the White House by Hungary’s far right-leaning prime minister, Viktor Orban, is just the latest example of Trump’s engagement with strongmen on a growing list that includes leaders from North Korea, Libya, Egypt, Turkey and the Philippines. By Deb Riechmann and Balint Szalai. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 4:30 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-BOOKER STARTUP _ The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is defending his decision to start a tech company while he was serving as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city. A spokeswoman says that Booker “jumped at the chance” to start Waywire in 2012 because he saw it as a socially conscious video network that could bring people together. But his one-time aspiration to be a tech mogul, and his long ties to the industry, could become a liability for his campaign. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,260 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-JULIAN CASTRO _ Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro unveils an education plan that joins other 2020 candidates in calling for tuition-free higher education, universal prekindergarten and raising teacher pay. The rollout follows the former Obama Cabinet member’s immigration plan that was more detailed than many of his rivals in the sprawling Democratic field. By Paul Weber. SENT: 300 words, photo.




SWEDEN-ASSANGE _ Swedish prosecutors say they are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and will seek his extradition from Britain.. By David Keyton and Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 740 words, photos. With ASSANGE-AP EXPLAINS, WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE TIMELINE, SWEDEN-ASSANGE-THE LATEST (all sent)

SYRIA _ Syrian troops captured five small villages and a hill on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, pro-government media said. SENT: 530 words, photos.

FRANCE-INTERPOL-WIFE _ The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, says France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. SENT: 410 words, photos.

GERMANY-NAZI VICTIM BURIAL _ Executed for standing up against Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship and then denied graves so as not to become a rallying point for others, the partial remains of 300 Nazi resistance fighters were laid to rest in a solemn ceremony in a downtown Berlin cemetery.

HONDURAS-CARAVAN CRADLE _ Honduras’ second largest city is where caravan after caravan of migrants have formed in recent months to head north into Mexico and on toward the United States, fleeing violence, poverty, corruption and chaos. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.




TRUMP-RESORT-SHOOTING _A weekend of shootings involving rap musicians and their entourages in South Florida for a huge hip-hop festival left two people dead and four wounded, multiple vehicles riddled with bullets and at least seven people detained for questioning. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.

POLICE-CHOKEHOLD-DEATH _ The New York City police officer accused of using a banned chokehold in the July 2014 death of Eric Garner is being made a scapegoat in a politically charged atmosphere, a defence lawyer said. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

FACIAL RECOGNITION BACKLASH _ San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. By Matt O’Brien and Janie Har. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.




TV-NEW SEASON-FOX _ “Empire” will return for its final season this fall on Fox - with Jussie Smollett a question mark - and should count itself lucky. Fox, the lowest-rated network among the big four broadcasters, is hitting the reset button for the 2019-20 season by cancelling eight shows and adding 10 new ones. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.




AMAZON-DELIVERY EMPLOYEES _ Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we’ll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 360 words, photos.




BKN--TRAIL BLAZERS-WARRIORS PREVIEW _ Kevin Durant will likely still be nursing a strained right calf Tuesday night when Golden State begins the next step in its chase for a third straight title: the Western Conference final against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FRANCE-TACKLING HOMOPHOBIA _ Homophobic chants at French soccer games have been tolerated for a long time. The country’s soccer authorities now say they have a plan to deal with such conduct, and abusive fans should be worried. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 700 words, photos.