Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lead a Canadian delegation that includes two of his predecessors to Jerusalem today to attend the funeral of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday at the age of 93. Trudeau will be accompanied by former prime ministers Stephen Harper and Jean Chretien along with interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.
The royals are back in Victoria as they near the end of a week-long visit. Prince William and Kate, who were in Yukon yesterday, will meet with local families at a children’s party today. The guest list includes several military families who have loved ones deployed on land, sea and air missions. Following the festivities, the Royal Family has private time scheduled.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraced his role as minister for youth as he urged a gathering of young people from around the world to act now, instead of waiting for some distant moment, to be the leaders they want to become. Trudeau spoke at the opening of the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, which is hosting some 1,300 young people this week from 196 countries.
The Montreal SPCA is mounting a legal challenge against the city over its new pit bull ban. Animal advocacy director Alanna Devine said the SPCA wants a judge to stop some portions of the new law from coming into effect. She says the SPCA alleges the sections that specifically target pit bulls are discriminatory and contrary to uebec’s animal-welfare laws that define animals as “sentient beings.”