Five stories in the news for Thursday, April 26
POLICE PROBE TORONTO ATTACK AS DETAILS EMERGE
Details are still emerging about the victims of this week's deadly van attack in north Toronto, as authorities continue a painstaking investigation. Police continue to comb the one-kilometre stretch of Yonge Street where the attack took place on Monday. The area was mostly re-opened to the public yesterday, and mourners continue to visit a makeshift memorial to the 10 people killed. Investigators are pleading for witnesses to come forward, saying they need every piece of information they can get. One potential clue is a Facebook post, allegedly made by the suspect, that praises a previous killing and references involuntary celibacy or "incel." Twenty-five-year-old Alek Minassian faces 10 charges of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder, with investigators expecting to lay another attempted murder charge soon.
DETAILS ON B.C. PIPELINE COURT CASE TO BE UNVEILED
Details are expected to be released today about British Columbia's court case that questions if the province has the power to regulate the flow of oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Premier John Horgan has said a reference case will be filed in B.C.'s Court of Appeal by April 30, seeking to clarify the province's rights to protect its environment and economy from an oil spill. A B.C. government official says the scheduled announcement today on environmental protection is about the legal reference case.
COMPANIES NEED SUBSTANCE-USE POLICIES: REPORT
A report by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says companies need comprehensive substance-use policies to help struggling employees, especially as marijuana legalization nears. The centre says organizations that appeared to have well-developed policies were typically larger and involved safety-sensitive industries including aviation, marine, rail, construction and law enforcement. Of the 50 policies analyzed for the report, most included disciplinary measures such as being fired, but support for educating employees and training managers was absent.
VIDEO POKES FUN AT TRUDEAU FOR LACKING GENDER PLAN
Justin Trudeau is being lampooned in a new video by the anti-poverty organization led by his friend and U2 frontman Bono for not having a concrete plan to advance his feminist agenda at the G7. The one-minute video by the One Campaign, which is to be released today, pokes fun at the prime minister, citing his many photo-ops, his "cool socks" and even his Superman Halloween costume. The video says Trudeau's time is running out, with the Charlevoix G7 leaders' summit on the horizon on June 8.
WINNIPEG FANS HIT STREETS IN PLAYOFF-HUNGRY CITY
NHL Playoff fever has fully erupted in Winnipeg, which has been starved of an NHL playoff victory for two decades. Organizers of the Winnipeg Jets street party say that by Game 5 of the first round — which the Jets won against the Minnesota Wild — almost 20,000 people had gathered in the street outside Bell MTS Place to cheer, watch the game on big screens and be entertained by DJs. "The patience as a fan base ... has created this enormous sense of pent-up excitement to explode and let it all out," says Darren Ford, who led a grassroots campaign to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg after the first Jets franchise left for Phoenix in 1996.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Statistics Canada releases payroll employment, earnings and hours for February.
— The Transportation Safety Board releases its report into the 2016 plane crash near Kelowna, B.C., that killed former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and three others.
— A public campaign called Wild First, promoting wild salmon over open-net fish farms, is launched in Vancouver.
— The NFL Draft gets underway in Arlington, Texas, with the Cleveland Browns holding the first pick.
The Canadian Press