Friday, July 1, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 30 June 2011
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OTTAWA: ROYALS KICK OFF CANADA VISIT

Britain's Prince William and his bride Catherine began a nine-day visit to Canada in Ottawa on Thursday. The prince told an enthusiastic crowd of 6,000 gathered at Rideau Hall that they're delighted to be in Canada and that they wanted to visit the country even before they were married. Prince William expressed his brief remarks in both English and French. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was also on hand, saying he was honoured to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their first official Royal Tour. The royal couple will take part in Canada Day celebrations in the capital on Friday before visiting Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Yellowknife and Calgary.



OTTAWA: HIGH COURT TO REVIEW TERRORISM CONVICTION

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal involving the first person to be charged under Canada's anti-terrorism law. Momin Khawaja wants the court to rule that the Criminal Code's definition of "terrorist activity" is unconstitutional. Khawaja argues that the law's definition of terrorist conduct as being based on political, religious or ideological reasons is a violation of political and religious freedom guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Khawaja was convicted of five terrorism charges and sentenced in 2008 to 10-and-a-half years in prison. Two years later, Court of Appeal for Ontario increased his sentence to life with no chance of parole for 10 years. Khawaja was convicted of involvement in a plot to plant fertilizer bombs in the UK. He was working at the time in Ottawa for the foreign affairs department as a software engineer.



OTTAWA: HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD AGAIN BESTOWED

New members have been named to receive Canada's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy, hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser and scientist and Radio host Bob McDonald of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. are among 50 notables who will be inducted into or promoted within the Order. Former federal cabinet minister Pat Carney and authors Malcolm Gladwell and Nino Ricci are also among those to receive the honour.



VANCOUVER: EXPEDITION WILL SEEK SOLUTION TO ARCTIC MYSTERY

Archeologists will mount an expedition to the Canadian Arctic this summer to solve one of the region's greatest mysteries. They'll again try to locate the two ships lost in the expedition by Sir John Franklin and his crew to find the Northwest Passage. Environment Minister Peter Kent says they'll use a mixture of high-tech equipment and native Inuit smarts to locate the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Sir John and his 128 crew died after the vessels became trapped in Arctic ice. Inuit stories place the wrecks near King William Island in Nunavut territory in the eastern Arctic.





International

LEBANON

A United Nations tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafiq Hariri has issued arrest warrants against four Lebanese suspects in the case.The sealed warrants were submitted to Lebanon's prosecutor general Saeed Mirza today along with a copy of the indictment drafted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The indictment has also not been made public. Local media reports identified the four suspects and said at least two were members of the powerful Shiite militant party Hezbollah. The findings of the tribunal have been the subject of wide speculation in Lebanon and there is fear an indictment of members of Hezbollah could spark sectarian unrest.



RUSSIA

Irish pro-Palestinian activists have accused Israel of sabotaging their boat docked in Turkey to prevent it from sailing with a flotilla to bring aid to Gaza. They say they discovered there was something amiss with the ship when they took it to sea on Monday. The activists say a marine engineer who inspected the boat found that the propeller had been sabotaged. One of the activists, Paul Murphy, a socialist member of the European Parliament, called on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador to Dublin. In Jerusalem, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanhu reacting by saying that activists aren't known for objectivity.



TURKEY

Irish pro-Palestinian activists have accused Israel of sabotaging their boat docked in Turkey to prevent it from sailing with a flotilla to bring aid to Gaza. They say they discovered there was something amiss with the ship when they took it to sea on Monday. The activists say a marine engineer who inspected the boat found that the propeller had been sabotaged. One of the activists, Paul Murphy, a socialist member of the European Parliament, called on the Irish government to expel the Israeli ambassador to Dublin. In Jerusalem, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanhu reacting by saying that activists aren't known for objectivity.



CHINA

Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir has left China after a brief visit that included talks with President Hu Jintao. The United Nations, Western leaders and rights group criticized China for welcoming Mr. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court. He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred in the Darfur region. About 300,000 people have died there since 2003. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was upset Thursday that China failed to arrest the Sudanese leader. Navi Pillay says it's a duty and responsibility of every government, including China's, to assist the court in bringing to justice individuals who are sought for alleged violations.



HAITI

A report on the cholera outbreak in Haiti says it was likely caused by Nepalese UN peacekeeping troops. The report comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak began in the Artibonite River region in central Haiti. The report says the evidence strongly suggests that the contamination of the Artibonite River and one of its tributaries downstream from a military camp triggered the epidemic. It also says there was a correlation in time and place between the arrival of a Nepalese battalion from an area of Nepal experiencing a cholera outbreak and the appearance of the first cases in Haiti. The belief that the Nepalese soldiers had caused the outbreak led to anti-UN riots last year.





Financial

TORONTO: EXCHANGE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AFAR

The CEO of the firm that operates the Toronto Stock Exchange says TMX Group will continue to expand internationally despite the collapse Wednesday of the proposed merger between the exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Tom Kloet told shareholders at their annual meeting that the TSE and its affiliates will continue to broaden their international presence and to attract international listings. However, he defended the defunct merger, saying it would have helped attract foreign investors to Canada. Both exchanges declared the merger dead for the lack of a two-thirds majority support among stockholders. Mr. Kloet says TMX's directors will now review a rival and hostile offer by a consortium of Canadian big banks and other financial institutions. The $3.7-billion bid needs regulatory approval from four provinces. As well, the federal Competition Bureau will study whether the fact that several consortium members own Alpha Group, an exchange that competes with TSX, violates competition law.



VANCOUVER: TELUS WINS $100-MILLION CONTRACT

The government of the Canadian province of British Columbia has awarded a $100-million contract to Telus Corp. to provide a variety of telecom services. The government says it put out tenders for nine services and that Telus was the only firm to be able to supply all of them at lower cost than if there had been nine separate tenders. One of the services is to upgrade Internet connections at almost 450 rural schools, another being the provision of new cellular telephone coverage along more than 1,700 kilometres of rural and remote highways.



MARKETS

TSX on Thursday: 13,189 + 84. Dollar: US$1.03. Euro: $1.39. Oil: $95.10 + 0.33.





Sports

SPORTS

SOCCER

Canada's World Cup run has all but come to an end.

Gaetane Thiney scored twice, while Camille Abily and Elodie Thomis added one apiece as No. 7 France routed Canada 4-0 on Thursday in their second game of the group stage, a shocking loss for the sixth-ranked Canadians who had come into this tournament with huge hopes. The Canadians' only hope of advancing out of the group stage would be a massive upset by Nigeria over two-time defending champion Germany in Thursday's second Group A game.

FOOTBALL

The Canadian Football League season began Thursday. Montreal took on the B.C. Lions in the lone game on the schedule. The Alouettes are coming off their second straight Grey Cup victory. Their championship banner will be raised in a pre-game ceremony. The Alouettes are 12-and-3 in home openers since they rejoined the league in 1996.





Weather

WEATHER

British Columbia on Saturday: mix sun cloud south, rain north, high C20 Vancouver. Yukon, Nunavut: rain. Northwest Territories: sun. Whitehorse 17, Yellowknife 19, Iqaluit 11. Alberta: sun. Saskatchewan: rain north, sun south. Manitoba: rain. Edmonton, Regina 21, Winnipeg 23. Ontario: sun south, rain north. Quebec: mix sun cloud. Toronto 27, Ottawa 28, Montreal 25. New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island: mix sun cloud. Fredericton 24, Halifax 23, Charlottetown 22, St. John's 11.





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