Monday, May 28, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 27 May 2012
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Canadian reseachers to install tsunami sensors


Canadian researchers are preparing to install sensors that'll help predict tsunamis, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. The researchers from NEPTUNE Canada were scheduled to leave Sunday for the month-long sea voyage. Once on the site, they'll install the deep-sea antenna and a star-shaped array of four ultra-sensitive button-pressure recorders, connected to fibre-optic cable. The devices will provide real-time data to Canadian scientists and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Network.


 



Volunteer Coast Guard expands role on Canada's west coast
The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary has a new name, a new base in West Vancouver and a new boat. President Randy Strandt says the new name, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, reflects the organization's separate identity from the federally operated coast guard. He says the volunteer group is also paying homage to those who will lose their jobs at the Canadian Coast Guard station at Kitsilano. The Kitsilano station serves Vancouver's busy waterfront. Its closure was announced last week because of federal budget cuts. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she wants an ironclad commitment from the Canadian Coast Guard that nobody will die because of the closure of Vancouver's Kitsilano station. Clark says the province was never consulted about the closure.


Student  leaders say they're ready to compromise over tuition hikes
Quebec's student leaders appear to be signaling that they're willing to compromise on the issue of university tuition fee hikes. Two student leaders say that IF the province is will to compromise, they're willing to do the same. Every night for more than a month there have been mass demonstrations on the streets on Montreal and other Quebec cities protesting fee increases. They have often been violent. Saturday's protest was mostly peaceful. Police made four arrests. Many who turned out said they were protesting the province's emergency law,more than the tuition issue. The new law makes it illegal for more than 50 people to demonstrate without first registering the march route with police.



Tornadoes cause millions of dollars in damage in Quebec

Quebec's student leaders appear to be signaling that they're willing to compromise on the issue of university tuition fee hikes. Two student leaders say that IF the province is will to compromise, they're willing to do the same. Every night for more than a month there have been mass demonstrations on the streets on Montreal and other Quebec cities protesting fee increases. They have often been violent. Saturday's protest was mostly peaceful. Police made four arrests. Many who turned out said they were protesting the province's emergency law,more than the tuition issue. The new law makes it illegal for more than 50 people to demonstrate without first registering the march route with police.

 



Wildfires burning in Central and Eastern Canada
Rain is expected to help crews fighting wildfires near Timmins and Kirkland Lake, in northern Ontario. Fire crews hope the forecasted rain will prevent new wildfires from starting and allow them to focus on the most dangerous ones now burning. Some 80 firefighters from the west coast province of British Columbia will also be helping out the 100 firefighters already at work. Tom Laughren is the Mayor of Timmins. He says the fire poses no immediate threat to his city. About 800 people remain out of their homes due to an evacuation order.
Meanwhile, on Canada's east coast, in Labrador, fire crews in Happy Valley Goose Bay are still working to put out a fire that started Friday. The 700 hectare fire has now spread beyond the boundaries of the Canadian Forces base where it began.


Minister set to order striking rail employees back to work
Canada's Labour Minister says the conditions are in place to order striking workers at Canadian Pacific back to work. Lisa Raitt says she is prepared to table legislation when Parliament resumes Monday ordering about 4800 workers at CP Rail back to work. She says with the Canadian economy still fragile, the country cannot afford a prolonged strike. CP Rail is Canada's second largest railway. Its freight traffic was stopped when the strike begain last Wednesday, although the two side continued to negotiate. Among other goods,the railway carries grain from Canada's prairies to export ports. Canadian farmers are urging the government to use legislation to end the strike. The head of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, Norm Hall, says that grain exports are essential to the health of the prairie provinces' economy.






International

Outrage expressed at Syrian massacre
Outrage is being expressed, over the mass killing of at least 90 people in Houla, Syria. Among the victims are 32 children under the age of 10. Syria's regime is denying responsibility. There have been other atrocities in the 15 month long conflict, but few have shocked the international community like this one. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the violence is "very disconcerting because of its depravity." Mr. Baird says the international community needs to redouble its efforts to get Syria to agree to an international peace plan mapped out a month ago, or explore other diplomatic solutions. Britain wants the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session this week. Hilary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, calls the scene appalling and says President Bashir al Assad's rule by murder must come to an end.




Egypt's presidential vote challenged

Three of the four leading candidates in Egypt's presidential race have filed appeals to the election commission, alleging violations in the first round vote. Unofficial resultswould haveMuslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi facing ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in a runoff. Official results are expected Monday or Tuesday. Shafiq, who placed second after Morsi, says votes cast for him in one province were not included. Hamdeen Sabahi is calling for a partial vote recount after he placed third by a margin of 700,000 votes. Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, who finished fourth, filed an appeal Saturday. His lawyer says he has proof that votes were cast on behalf of dead people. Sunday was the final day for appeals ahead of the June 16-17 runoff.




Sports

SPORTS
CYCLING

Ryder Hesjedal has become the first Canadian to win the Giro d'Italia. Hesjedal needed a strong performance in the individual time trial to win on the final stage of the race. The Victoria native started the day trailing overall leader Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain by 31 seconds. Hesjedal, who has a reputation for being strong in the time trial, finished the 30-kilometre stage in 34:15. That was good for a come-from-behind finish over Rodriguez.


SOCCER


Toronto FC ended its Major League Soccer record nine-game losing streak to open a season with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. Dutch striker Danny Koevermans scored the game's only goal in the 88th minute.



The short-handed Colorado Rapids scored in the 83rd minute, on a play Montreal thought had been blown dead, to beat the Impact 3-2.


The Vancouver Whitecaps Portland Timbers played to a 1-1 draw.




Weather

CANADA WEATHER
Here is Canada's weather for Monday, May 28. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouverand Victoria 15 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: sunny periods. Whitehorse, 15. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 23. Nunavut: flurries. Iqaluit, 1. Alberta: sunny. Edmonton, 20. Saskatchewan: rain. Regina, 9. Manitoba: overcast. Winnipeg, 15. Ontario: a mix of cloud and sun. Toronto, 33 and Ottawa, 26. Quebec: cloudy with showers. Montreal, 20. Mainly sunny in the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Temperatures: Fredericton, 20, Halifax, 20, Charlottetown, 16. Mainly cloudy in Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John's, 11. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 8.






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