Terrorism suspect Aaron Driver was killed in a confrontation with police in the southern Ontario town of Strathroy on Wednesday. Driver, originally from Winnipeg and in his mid-20s, was under a court order not to associate with any terrorist organization, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The RCMP said it received credible information of a potential terrorist threat earlier in the day.
FEDS TO GIVE UPDATE ON PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM
Public Services and Procurement Canada will provide an update today on what’s beeing done to fix the government’s problematic Phoenix pay system. The automated system that was rolled out in February has created major headaches for the department, which has had to deal with complaints from thousands of public servants across the country who were either not paid, paid too much or paid too little.
A document obtained by The Canadian Press says the federal justice minister is being warned that legalizing marijuana could lead to a significant increase in drug-impaired driving. Federal officials say in briefing material prepared for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould that the number jumped dramatically in Colorado and Washington, which went ahead with legalization in recent years.
Tributes have been pouring in for Canadian-born sportscaster John Saunders, the original voice of the Toronto Raptors and a fixture for nearly 30 years on ESPN in the U.S., after the network announced that he had died. He was 61. Saunders, who was born in Toronto and grew up near Montreal, joined ESPN in 1986 after working for a variety of stations in Canada. He was the play-by-play voice of the Raptors from 1995 to 2001.
Canada’s female swimmers raced away with another medal last night, winning bronze in the 4 x 200 freestlye relay — Canada’s sixth medal in Rio. Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak was part of the relay team and could set a record today for the most medals won by a Canadian swimmer at a single Olympic Games. The 16-year-old will compete in the 100-metre freestyle final.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for June.
— Companies reporting their latest earnings today include Cineplex Inc., Sun Life Financial Inc. and Onex Corp.
— A court hearing will be held in Toronto for Alexander Lisi, former driver for the late Rob Ford, who is charged with extortion.
— Patricia Couture will appear in a Calgary court on a charge of criminal negligence in the death of her daughter Melissa.
— Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will hold a media availability to discuss his first 100 days in office.
— In Calgary, the Canadian beef industry conference brings together industry representatives from across the country.