Four stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 26
ATWAL CLAIMS HE BOWED OUT OF TRUDEAU EVENT IN INDIA
A man with an attempted murder conviction who was invited to a reception with Justin Trudeau in India says he had a friendly relationship with the prime minister, and stayed away from the event to save Trudeau from further embarrassment. But the Prime Minister's Office says there's no merit to the assertions by Jaspal Atwal, who was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister on Vancouver Island in 1986. Atwal was interviewed by the The Canadian Press at his home in Surrey, B.C.
POLICE TREAT ONTARIO DEATHS AS TRIPLE MURDER-SUICIDE
Provincial police say a man killed three members of the same family — two women and one man — at their central Ontario home before taking his own life. The triple-murder suicide happened in Ryerson Township, Ont., a small rural community about 300 kilometres north of Toronto. The bodies were discovered Friday evening. Investigators said guns were found at the home, but that wouldn't say whether any of the victims were shot, only that all four had signs of trauma.
NAVY SHIP SPILLS FUEL OFF B.C. COAST
Federal crews are keeping a close eye on a 30,000-litre fuel spill from a navy ship in the waters between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. HMCS Calgary was sailing near the Georgia Strait traffic lanes when it spilled the fuel. Maritime Forces Pacific is investigating the cause of the spill, which involved F76 naval fuel. The navy said yesterday that it was too early to know what impact the spill might have on fisheries and local marine life.
MDS GET TIPS ON MANAGING IN-FLIGHT EMERGENCIES
It's a call for help that most physicians worry about when taking a flight: "Is there a doctor on board?" What it typically heralds is an urgent medical issue, usually involving a passenger, which can range from someone experiencing severe pain or passing out to having a heart attack. For many MDs it's an unfamiliar, and often daunting scenario. But now there's a new set of recommendations aimed at helping medical professionals manage in-flight emergencies.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Two correctional officers appear in Moncton court on manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges.
— A human rights board of inquiry continues in Halifax in a case pitting the Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia against the province.
— Sentencing hearing in Halifax for sailboat captain caught with 250 kilograms of cocaine.
— Chief of the Defence Staff appears at Senate committee on Canada's national security and defence policies, practices and capabilities.
— Senate committee considers the significant and rapid changes to the Arctic, and impacts on original inhabitants.
— Sentencing in Toronto for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, who were found guilty of first-degree murder in the presumed death of Laura Babcock.
— Toronto judge to hear arguments about an appropriate sentence for a former top political aide caught up in Ontario's so-called gas plants scandal.
— The winner of the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction will be announced in Toronto
— Dangerous offender hearing in Edmonton for man convicted of sexually assaulting an Indigenous woman who was jailed to ensure her testimony.
— Alta Premier Rachel Notley to release the recommendations made by the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee.
— Sentencing in Lethbridge, Alta., for mothers who pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life.
— Criminal trial in Vancouver over the MV Marathassa bunker fuel spill in English Bay in April 2015.