CLEVELAND – Donald Trump crossed the threshold of history the way he ran the Republican race: soaked in drama, surrounded by back-stabbing, jeered by well-heeled critics as a no-hope amateur, cheered by a die-hard base, and embraced at the finish line by his family.
The billionaire businessman was officially nominated as the Republican party’s candidate for president Tuesday in a surreal day befitting one of the most surreal campaigns in modern political history.
The man accused of killing a Calgary woman and her five-year-old daughter is scheduled to appear in court today. Edward Delten Downey had not retained a lawyer when he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder last Thursday. A memorial service for Sara Baillie, 34, and her daughter Taliyah Marsman will also be held today.
Analysts predict oil prices driven higher by production stoppages during the Fort McMurray, Alta., wildfires in May will bolster the bottom lines of Canadian oil and gas companies as they report financial results starting this week. Reporting season for major Canadian oil and gas producers starts today with Encana, a company whose production was unaffected by the fire.
Two months after the Tragically Hip revealed lead singer Gord Downie is facing terminal brain cancer, the band is preparing to embark on a 15-date tour that will culminate with a concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ont., which will be broadcast live by the CBC.
Many prominent Canadian performers say they’re still trying to digest the news about the singer they idolized and were inspired by.
“If you’re a musician and you’re born in Canada it’s in your DNA to like the Tragically Hip,” says Dallas Green, the mastermind behind City and Colour.
Green is one of many Canadian artists who got to know Downie personally but ultimately consider themselves fans of the songwriter above all else.
“He’s the gold standard,” Green says. “The way he writes and cares about music. The way he cares about the song.”
PILOTS ARRESTED FOR SUSPECTED DRINKING ON SUSPENSION
Air Transat says two of its pilots arrested in Scotland Monday on suspicion of being impaired prior to a flight from Toronto say the men are being represented by their own counsel. The airline says it is “not involved in these proceedings” and that the two Toronto men — Captain Jean-Francois Perreault and co-pilot Imran Zafar Syed — are suspended until the investigation comes to a close.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Statistics Canada’s releases today include May travel between Canada and other countries and police-reported crime stats for 2015.
— Canadian Pacific Railway will release its second-quarter results.
— A federal three-person panel reviewing the Kinder Morgan pipeline project holds a public roundtable in Kamloops, B.C.