Tuesday’s U.S. election will conclude a campaign where Hillary Clinton’s history-seeking bid to become the first female president was overshadowed by a carnival of cringe-inducing moments. There have been sordid sex allegations, FBI investigations, emails, Russian hackers and a billionaire showman who turned American democracy into a reality-TV contest. Canadian Press Washington Correspondent Alexander Panetta talked to Americans about their long, and often torturous road to the polls.
Prosecutors are expected to call their final witness today in the criminal negligence trial involving two young New Brunswick brothers who were killed by a python. Noah Barthe, 4, and his brother Connor, 6, were killed by the snake in 2013 after it escaped an enclosure in the apartment where the boys were visiting for a sleepover. The snake’s owner, Jean-Claude Savoie, faces a criminal negligence charge. The case is expected to go to the jury by midweek.
A second trial begins in Calgary today of a sexual assault case that prompted a judicial review of a judge. Justice Robin Camp acquitted Alexander Scott Wagar of sexual assault in 2014. Court transcripts show Camp questioned the 19-year-old female complainant’s morals and suggested her attempts to fight off her attacker were feeble. The verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was ordered. The Canadian Judicial Council held a hearing over Camp’s remarks. It has not yet issued a recommendation on whether he should remain on the bench.
Justin Trudeau is expected to reveal today the safeguards the federal government will take against tanker and fuel spills on the West Coast. The prime minister is scheduled to make an announcement after he takes a tour of Vancouver harbour aboard a Coast Guard vessel. The B.C. government wants a coast guard base in Prince Rupert, monitoring systems to manage vessel traffic, and three new salvage ships that could arrive at a spill site within three hours.