Sunday, June 5, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 4 June 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather


Canada Post workers went on strike in Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday after starting a rotating series of targetted strikes in Winnipeg the day before.The workers labour unionis seeking to pressure Canada Post to sign a new contract. The processing of mail will be disrupted this weekend, so fewer items will bedistributedat the start of the week. The union claims Canada Post is notbargaining seriously. Last-minute bargaining was unable to resolve the outstanding issues dealing with workplace safety, workload, and problems arising from Canada Post's equipment modernization program.


The leader of the official opposition New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, expressed concern on Saturday that Canadian cities couldsuffer if the federal government cuts costs at the expense of municipal programs. Speaking in Halifax at the annual meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Mr. Layton said that community infrastructure does not appear to be a priority for the majority Conservative Party government. He said that municipalities had won funding from the federal government in recent years because the former minority Conservative Party government came under pressure from the opposition.


Some 100,000 people in a Montreal suburb have been told not to drink their tap water this weekend. Officials in Dorval say there's a risk of contamination after an industrial site worker accidentally attached the wrong pipe to the region's drinking water supply. While experts carry out tests, a number of locations have been opened for residents to pick up free bottled water. The advisory was issued after local businesses complained that the water running though their taps was brown.The advisoryisexpected to remain in effect until Monday.


A report for Industry Canada concludes that private companies should be allowed to use patents that are held for too long in the hands of federal government departments. Contractors may hold the rights to patents and copyrights that are developed during work carried out for the federal government. But the Industry Canada report found that most government departments ignore contractors' rights and hold on to hundreds of patents and copyrights. Departments often say that the patents and copyrights concern national security. But the report says that the private sector is better positioned to expoit the patents and copyrights commercially. Industry Canada says that it will encourage departments to release the patents and copyrights.


Bruce Crozier, a Liberal Party member of Ontario's legislature for nearly 18 years, died in Windsor on Friday. He was 73. He served as the representative for Essex. It's believed that he was the longest-serving deputy speaker in the province's history. Premier Dalton McGuinty called Mr. Crozier a great friend and a public servant who fought hard for his constituents. Mr. Crozier had planned to retire this Fall.



A huge crowd gathered in Hong Kong on Saturday on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. Police estimated that seventy-seven thousand people gathered in Victoria Park, but event organizers say the number was more than one hundred and fifty thousand. Wang Dan, a key leader of the 1989 protests, and Ding Zilin, a spokeswoman of the Tiananmen Mothers, which represents victims' families, addressed the crowd through pre-recorded video messages, Wang Dan from Taiwan and Ding Zilin from mainland China. The crowd observed a minute's silence to pay tribute to those who died. The number of pro-democracy activists killed by the Chinese army on Tiananmen Square is unknown, but it's believed hundreds died. Although Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 city retains a semi-autonomous status with civil liberties that includes the right to protest. The Tiananmen Mothers say that Chinese people have for the first time spoken about compensating families of victims. The group says that police have twice met relatives of one victim but did not discuss a formal apology or a public account of who ordered the attacks.


The state of health of Yemen's president remains unclear after he was wounded in a rocket attack on Friday at the presidential compound in the capital, Sanaa. Abdullah Saleharrived on Saturday in Saudi Arabia to be treated for his injuries. Al-Jazeera reported that Yemen's vice president was serving as acting president. President Saleh has faced several weeks of public demonstrations demanding that he resign.It's unclear who staged the attack on his compound, but Mr. Saleh has accused thedissident tribe leader Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, whose forces have fought deadly battles with Mr. Saleh's troops.


Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, met with rebel leaders in Benghazi, Libya on Saturday. Afterwards, he said that as long as Moammar Gaddafi continues to attack his people, NATO will continue its efforts to stop him. The head of the rebel council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, welcomed NATO's new strategy of deploying attack helicopters. This week, the NATO-led military alliance extended its mission to protect civilians in Libya for a further 90 days. Canada is part of the mission.


More than 60 people were reported killed in Syria as thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers. At least 53 people are believed to have died when security forces fired on a crowd of about 50,000 people in the central city of Hama. Some accounts put the death toll at more than 100. The opposition had dedicated the day to children killed during the uprising. Activists say the military continues its assault on the central town of Rastan. Scores have been killed in the past few days as troops and tanks attempted to quell protests there. The protests against the authoritarian regime of Bashar al Assad have gone on for several months. Several western nations, including Canada, have imposed sanctions against the Syrian regime.


Four service members from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. No other details were released. Most NATO troops serving in the hotly contested east, near the border with Pakistan, are Americans. At least 220 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far in 2011. Fifty-seven of them died last month, when the Taliban began their spring offensive.


Palestinian travellers say dozens of angryPalestinians in Gazaattempted to storm a crossing at the Egyptian border but were pushed back. The incident comes just a week after Egyptre-opened the crossing and lifted travel restrictions for some PalestiniansfromGaza. Several travellers at the Rafah crossing say about 200 people waited to cross into Egypt on Saturday but were denied entry withoutexplanation. Gaza's Hamas rulers have complained that despite Egypt's ending of its four-year blockade, there are still limitations on Palestinian travel.



In Germany, medical clinics are appealing for blood donations as the number of people infected with a deadly strain of E. coli has reached 1,836 globally. Germany has seen the most infections and has recorded nearly 200 new cases in the past two days. In severe cases, doctors have had to perform blood transfusions. The bacterial infection has left 17 people dead in Germany and one in Sweden. German scientists say the new E. coli strain's genes have been decoded and it is a new hybrid form toxic to humans. Germans are still being advised not to eat raw vegetables. In Canada, the authorities have begun examining incoming shipments of cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes from the European Union. Produce from European countries account for less than one per cent of total Canadian imports of produce from all countries.


Amajor al Qaeda commander has been killed in Pakistan.Ilyas Kashmiri died in a U-S dronemissile attack on Friday. Kashmiri was considered one of the most dangerous militants in the worldanda possible successor to Osama bin Laden. He's believed to have masterminded the attack on a Pakistani airbase in Karachi last month, in which six militants held off the Pakistani military for some 15 hours. The attack killed dozens of young cadets.




Canadian Daniel Nestor his partner from Belarus, Max Mirnyi defeated Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Argentina's Eduardo Schwank 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 on Saturday to win the doubles title at the French Open in Paris. The win marks the third French Open doubles title for Nestor. Nestor has seven Grand Slam doubles titles.


Canada's rugby team began its Churchill Cup tournament on Saturday with a 26-12 win over Italy 'A' in Nottingham, England. Aaron Carpenter, Jason Marshall and James Pritchard scored tries for Canada with flanker Chauncey O'Toole setting up many Canadian opportunities and directly feeding Pritchard for the third Canadian try. Canada was the tournament runner up last year.



Here is Canada's weather on Sunday, June 5. British Columbia will be sunny. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 21 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: cloudy. Whitehorse, 12. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 14. Nunavut: overcast. Iqaluit, three. Alberta: rain. Edmonton, 18. Saskatchewan: mainly sunny. Regina, 24. Manitoba: clearing skies. Winnipeg, 24. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 27. Ottawa, 23. Quebec: a few showers. Montreal, 20. New Brunswick: sunny. Fredericton, 21. Nova Scotia: mainly sunny. Halifax, 19. Prince Edward Island: variable cloudiness. Charlottetown, 13. Newfoundland: drizzle. St. John's, 11.

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