Sunday, May 27, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Tornado north of Montreal
Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down in a community northwest of Montreal Friday night. The weather office says the low-scale F-1 twister caused extensive property damage in the town of St. Benoit, in the Mirabel area. Environment Canada meteorologist Rene Heroux says debris was scattered all over the area and seems to have travelled a long distance. About a dozen buildings sustained significant damage, including farms, homes and a small church. There are no reports of injuries, but the damage is estimated in the millions of dollars.

Winds abate in Northern Ontario
The powerful winds that have fanned the flames of fierce wildfires in northern Ontario have calmed down. Emergency officials say the change in weather is helping firefighting efforts, which had been hampered by strong gusts that limited the use of water bombers. Some 300 people have been allowed back into their homes, but all other evacuation orders remain in effect and the city of Timmins is still under a state of emergency. About 800 people have been forced to flee cottages, campgrounds and camps in rural areas surrounding the city of 43,000 since the fires began on Sunday. An evacuation order issued earlier this week sent 118 residents from the nearby Mattagami First Nation to safety in Kapuskasing.

Out of control fire near Goose Bay

Fire crews continue to battle a blaze near the largest military base in Labrador, the 5 Wing Goose Bay airbase. A military spokesman says the fire, which broke out around noon on Friday is still not under control. High winds are making it difficult to battle the blaze, which is burning just north of the base. Parts of the base and a nearby industrial area were evacuated Friday afternoon as a precaution, but the evacuation has since been lifted. The fire is a few kilometres wide, about the same size as it was on Friday.

Suspect charged in triple homicide
Charges have been laid in connection with a triple murder in Aylmer, Quebec, across the Ottawa River from the nation's capital. The suspect, 28-year-old Shakti Ramsurrun, is facing three counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife Anne-Katherine Powers and those of her parents Louise LeBoeuf, 63, and Ms. LeBoeuf's partner Claude Lévesque, 58. Police say the accused man, a native of Mauritius, has been a legal resident of Canada since last December.

CP Rail strike

C-P Rail's freight operations remain paralysed with 48-hundred of its workers on strike. Contract talks continue but Canada's conservative government is set to introduce back-to-work legislation as early as Monday. The government says the strike is costing Canada's economy 540-million dollars a week as shippers of major commodities like fertilizer and coal have no means of transporting their products. The CP workers are striking over pensions.

Third B.C. salmon farm quarantined

Concerns about a virus have prompted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to quarantine a third salmon farm in the Pacific coast province of British Columbia. Mainstream Canada says two of its farms near Tofino have now been quarantined because of the virus known as I-H-N. The company says it was forced to destroy more than 560-thousand juvenile Atlantic salmon at the first farm to be ordered closed. Food inspectors also quarantined a site owned by Grieg Seafood on the Sunshine Coast, but the company says tests results for the virus have now come back negative.

Children massacred in Syrian troops' rampage
Scores of people have been killed in Syria's Homs province in one the bloodiest attacks since a nominal truce began last month. More than 90 people were killed, at least 32 of them children, as government forces went on a rampage in the town of Houla. The UN says at least 10,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March of 2011.

Pope's butler arrested

The Vatican confirms that the pope's butler has been arrested in an embarrassing leaks scandal. Paolo Gabriele was arrested at his home in Vatican City and secret documents were found in his possession. Vatican documents leaked to the press in recent months have suggested power struggles and accusations of corruption involving senior Vatican cardinals. In one case, a cleric who complained reportedly was sent to Washington as a papal envoy to get him out of the Vatican. In another case, Vatican officials have accused the president of the Vatican bank of leaking confidential documents. He was ousted by the board Thursday.

Dmitry Medvedev appointed leader of United Russia party
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has been appointed leader of the country's ruling party, United Russia, after being nominated for the job by President Vladmir Putin. Mr Medvedev had no challengers for the job and was elected by a show of hands. He then told delegates to the party's congress in Moscow that United Russia must become more democratic and hold secret ballot votes for all party positions. United Russia is widely seen as a network of political opportunists whose businesses depend on closeness to the government. Vladmir Putin was sworn in for his third term as president earlier this month, and formed his government this week.

Climate talks fizzle

Two weeks of United Nations climate talks have ended in Germany with no agreement on how to resolve man-made global warming. China wants to maintain a decades-old division between developed and developing countries, putting much of the burden on the West, which has released most of the heat-trapping gases that scientists say could cause catastrophic changes in climate.

Chinese activist's brother re-appears

The brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has returned to his village of Dongshiguin in northeastern China after being reported missing. The brief disappearance of Chen Guangfu had raised concerns that he was the latest target of Beijing's reprisals against the family of Chen Guangcheng following the blind activist's escape from his village in late April after 19 months of house arrest. News of Chen Guangfu's disappearance came three days after the 55-year-old farmer told of his own torture and reprisals by authorities since his brother's escape. Chen Guangfu had left his village on Tuesday and arrived in Beijing on Wednesday seeking legal help for his son. 32-year-old Chen Kegui, is charged with "intentional homicide" for using knives to fight off local officials who burst into his home on April 27, the day after they discovered his blind uncle had escaped. He could face the death penalty. Chen Guangcheng took refuge in the U.S. embassy, where he stayed for six days and sparked a diplomatic crisis between China and the United States. The crisis was finally defused last Saturday when China allowed Chen to fly to the United States to study.

Run-off election for Egypt

Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq is promising not to "recreate" the old regime of deposed president Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mr. Mubarak, will face Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in a runoff election on June 16-17. The two candidates won the most votes in a two-day election on Wednesday and Thursday.


National Hockey League playoff action: The New Jersey Devils are going back to the Stanley Cup final after beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. New Jersey will be making its first appearance in the Stanley Cup final since 2003, and will host the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday in Game One.


In Memorial Cup play: The Shawinigan Cataractes beat the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs 7-4, to earn a spot in Sunday's final against the London Knights.

Baseball: The Texas Rangers beat theToronto Blue Jays 14-3.

Here is Canada's weather for Sunday, May 27. British Columbia will have a mainly sunny day. The high temperature in Vancouver, 18 degrees Celsius and Victoria, 16. The Yukon: Variable cloudiness. Whitehorse, 14. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 22. Nunavut: flurries. Iqaluit, 1. Alberta: Sunny. Edmonton, 20. Saskatchewan: rain. Regina, 8. Manitoba: showers. Winnipeg, 14. Ontario: Showers. Toronto, 20 and Ottawa, 19. Quebec: a mix of sun and cloud. Montreal, 20. Mainly sunny in the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Temperatures: Fredericton, 19, Halifax, 18, Charlottetown, 13. Sunny in Newfoundland and cloudy in Labrador: St. John's, 12. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 7