Sunday, November 6, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 5 November 2011
Canadian International Weather

Protest resignation over unilingual Auditor-General

The inability of Canada's new auditor-general to speak French, has prompted a senior bureaucrat to quit in protest. Michel Dorais has resigned from the committee that oversees the office of the auditor-general. He says it's a serious mistake to appoint a unilingual Canadian to such a "highly visible position". Auditor-general Michael Ferguson is vowing to be bilingual within a year.

'Contaminated' soldier plans hunger-strike

A former Canadian soldier who says he was denied treatment for service-related health problems, is planning to go on a hunger strike today. 38-year-old Pascal Lacoste of Quebec City says his health started failing in the 1990's after he was exposed to depleted uranium in Bosnia. Mr Lacoste says his requests for decontamination treatment have been rejected by the minister of Veterans' Affairs Steven Blaney and his department. Mr Lacoste plans to stage his hunger strike outside Mr Blaney's riding office in a suburb of Quebec City.

Funeral for heroic rescuer

A funeral with full military honours washeld on Saturday for a search-and-rescue technician who was killed during a mission in Nunavut. Thirty-four-year-old Sergeant Janick Gilbert of Baie-Comeau, died 10 daysearlier during an operation to pick-up two men stranded in a boat in choppy seas. Sgt. Gilbert's funeral is being held at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City.

Canadian Soldiers Return Home

The last group of Canadian soldiers to serve in NATO's mission in Libya returned home on Saturday. The soldiers were met at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood in Nova Scotia by family and friends. In all 635 Canadian soldiers took part in the mission, along with seven CF-18 fighter jets. Defence minister Peter MacKay was also at CFB Greenwood to greet the soldiers. He said that Canada is working with Libya's transitional council in its move toward introducing democracy.



Coordinated attacks in northeastern Nigeriahave killed at least 65 people. Sixteen others were wounded. Witnesses say that dozens of bodies are lying in morgues in the city of Damaturu. The city was largely deserted after gunmen bombed local churches, mosques and police stations. Vicious attacks were also reported in the village of Potiskum nearby. An anti-government extremist Islamist sect called Boko Haram hasclaimed responsibility fortheviolence. Boko Haram seeks to impose strict Islamic sharia law.


The political crisis in Greece continues as opposing parties debate whether to hold an election or to form a coalition. Two new opinion polls show that more Greeks favour a temporary coalition than an election. The opposition leader, Antonis Samaras, has agreed to hold discussions with President George Papandreou on Sunday. The opposition says that a coalition is possible only if Mr. Papandreou resigns. The political crisis is preventing the government from deciding whether to accept the European Union's multi-billion-dollar bailout offer. Greece is on the verge of bankruptcy as a result of huge foreign debts. Failing to pay its debts could force Greece to withdraw from the Eurozone.


Colombia's government says that its troops have killed the leader of FARC, South America's oldest insurgency group. Alfonso Cano was killed in fighting after a bombing raid on a jungle hideout in the remote, mountainous region of Cauca. President Juan Manuel Santos called Cano's death a historic blow against the Marxist guerrillas group. The group has waged nearly five decades of war.


Two more suspects have been indicted in the murder of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. Ms. Bhutto was shot during a political rally four years ago not long after she returned to Pakistan after years of self-imposed exile. The latest suspects are both police officers who allegedly failed to provide adequate security and destroyed evidence. Five other accused suspects are members of Pakistan's Taliban. All seven suspects will be tried together.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a new defence minister to succeed Crown Prince Sultan, who died last month. The new minister, Prince Salman, is the half-brother of King Abdullah. Prince Khaled bin Sultan, the late crown prince's son, was named deputy defence minister.


Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, November 6. British Columbia will have sunny periods. The high temperature in Vancouver will be eight degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly cloudy. Whitehorse, minus one. Northwest Territories: overcast. Yellowknife, minus nine. Nunavut: snow flurries. Iqaluit, minus four. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, one. Saskatchewan: snow. Regina, minus three. Manitoba: showers. Winnipeg, ten. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 12. Ottawa, ten. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, ten. New Brunswick: sunny. Fredericton, ten. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, nine. Prince Edward Island: sunny. Charlottetown, seven. Newfoundland: increasing cloudiness. St. John's, five.

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