A veteran member of the Ontario legislature will become the first official candidate for leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Cheri DiNovo told The Canadian Press Monday night that she will declare her candidacy to replace Tom Mulcair as federal NDP leader in an announcement in her west-end Toronto riding this morning. Voting to select the new party leader will take place in the fall of 2017.
CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERT SLAMS ASSISTED DYING LAW
The Trudeau government has doubled down in defence of its proposed new law on medically assisted dying even after Canada’s foremost constitutional authority predicted it would be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional. Peter Hogg — who literally wrote the book on constitutional law in Canada — said Bill C-14 is inconsistent with last year’s landmark Carter decision, which struck down the ban on assisted dying as a violation of the charter right to life, liberty and security of the person.
SUNCOR OPERATIONS TO RETURN TO FULL PRODUCTION BY END OF JUNE
Suncor Energy Inc. says it expects its oilsands operations in Fort McMurray, Alta., to be back at full production by the end of this month. Production was cut back by the wildfire that hit the city — forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 people — in early May. Suncor says the fire did not cause any damage to its oilsands facilities. The company also says it plans to have its Edmonton refinery back in operation by the end of this week.
CANADIAN AIRPORTS FACE THREAT OF LONGER LINES
Canadians risk flight delays and even longer airport security lines unless Ottawa boosts screening funding to address growing passenger levels, industry experts are warning. “It is on the cusp of being a real problem, with serious, serious delays,” says John Gibson, chairman of the Canadian Airports Council.
CALLS GROW TO HELP NATURAL GAS-FUELLED VEHICLES
Proponents of natural gas-fuelled vehicles say they can help reduce carbon emissions now but government support is needed to get businesses on board. The alternative fuel has been around for decades but new technology developments and greater awareness of the need to bring down emissions has led to heightened interest, said Bruce Winchester, executive director of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.
CAMPUS FOOD PROVIDERS REVAMP SCHOOL MENUS
The University of Toronto’s downtown campus will cut ties with its food service provider, Aramark, later this summer and start running most of its on-campus dining options itself, the latest school to satisfy what appears to be a growing appetite for fresh meals. The move will centralize most campus food operations and see a main kitchen provide fresh food to some retail outlets that don’t have kitchens and rely heavily on packaged food.
PENGUINS A WIN AWAY FROM STANLEY CUP
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one victory away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Evgeni Malkin’s second-period goal stood as the winner as Pittsburgh scored a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 last night. Pittsburgh will try to win its fourth NHL championship on Thursday night.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— The Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee meets for clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-14, medical assistance in dying.
— Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and First Nations representatives hold a news conference in Ottawa to advocate against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
— Saskatchewan Auditor Judy Ferguson releases volume 1 of her 2016 report.
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau host the annual media garden party in Ottawa.