Monday, June 4, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 3 June 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather

Student tuition protests continue in Montreal

Students and supporters in the Canadian province of Quebec demonstrated for the 40th consecutive night in Montreal on Saturday. No end to the protests is in sight after talks between student leaders and Quebec's government broke off on Thursday after four days of negotiations. Students are demanding that the government abandon its plan to raise tuition fees over the next seven years. College tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada. Police kept their distance during Saturday's demonstration even though they declared the march illegal, under the province's emergency law.

Canada rejects United Nations assement on human rights
The federal government is rejecting a United Nations report that's critical of Canada for its human rights record. The UN Committee Against Torture takes Canada to task for security practices it says expose Canadians and others to torture and allows war criminals to escape justice. It says Canadian military commanders didn't do enough to ensure the safety of detainees handed over to Afghan security forces. It also says three Arab-Canadian men detained in Syria after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 deserve apologies and compensation. A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says with all the human rights violations being committed in other countries, it's disappointing the U-N would criticize Canada, that "Canada is a nation of laws," and adds the actions of the Canadian government "uphold the highest standards in the protection of human rights."

Canada defends the use of drones in military attacks

Canada is defending the use of military drone attacks saying technological advances have reduced the likelihood of civilian casualties. Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the unmanned systems have proved their effectiveness in the decade-long war in Afghanistan and also in NATO strikes in Libya last year . He made the statement while attending an Asian security summit in Singapore. He says drones make it easier to reduce civilian casualties. U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan are an often used weapon against al-Qaida and its Taliban supporters. The U.S. miliatary says one of its drone attacks killed 10 suspected militants in northwest Pakistan Sunday. It was the sixth such strike in the country in less than two weeks.The covert CIA-run program is a cause of tension between the U.S. and Pakistan. Most of the Pakistani public resents the strikes, which are considered an affront to the nation's sovereignty.

Manhunt continues for  Montreal murder and dismemberment suspect
French officials say police are investigating claims by two people who believe they saw a Canadian man wanted in connection with a grisly Montreal murder. A French state prosecutor's office says the reported sighting came in northwest Paris.An international manhunt is underway for 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta. He is wanted in connection to the slaying of Chinese national Jun Lin, a 33-year-old student at Montreal's Concordia University. Lin's torso was found in suitcase in a Montreal alley last week, and other body parts, including a hand and foot, were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa. Interpol has put Magnotta on the equivalent of its most-wanted list.

Toronto shooting kills one and injures seven others

Police say they believe they know who they are looking for in a deadly shooting in one of Canada's busiest shopping malls. One man was killed and seven other poeple injured Saturday in the shootings. Toronto's Eaton Centre remains closed as police continue to investigate.The man killed has been identified as 24-year-old Ahmed Hassan. Police say he was known to them. Two people, a 13-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man were said to be in critical condition. Police say the boy's condition has improved to critical but stable. Police Chief Bill Blair says the man who was killed had been targeted and that the other victims were innocent bystanders.

Provinces worried a Canada-EU free trade pact will raise  drug prices 
Canada's provinces say they want compensation if drug costs increase in a free trade agreement with Europe. British Columbia premier Christy Clark says she and other premiers have written Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government asking the federal government not to agree to anything that would increase costs. Negotiators for the free trade deal are set to meet this week in Ottawa. The European Union has three key demands to enhance patent protection for pharmaceuticals. Canada has not yet formally agreed to any of them, but it has not ruled anything out either. Critics say the EU demands would drive up medical bills for drug plans, costing hundreds of millions of dollars every year.


At least eight dead in church bombing
At least 8 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in Nigeria when a bomb exploded in a church Sunday. The blast went off in the city of Bauchi in the the central part of the country. Police say a suicide bomber drove a car to the church and set off the explosion. No person or group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but in recent months churches have been the targets of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram.

Thousands protest in Cairo
In Egypt, tens of thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahir Square to protest the sentencing of former president Hosni Mubarak. The former dictator was handed a life sentence for his role in the deaths of 900 demonstrators in last year's Arab Spring uprising. However he and his sons were cleared of corruption charges and six senior police and interior ministry officials were exonerated of all responsibility in the deaths of protestors last year. Observers say the case against Mubarak, his sons, and top aides was very limited in scope, focusing only on the uprising's first few days and two narrow corruption cases. Meanwhile Egypt's state media say Hosni Mubarak has suffered a "health crisis" while being transported by helicopter to a Cairo prison hospital.

Syria's leader blames outsiders for country's violence
Syria's president is blaming others for the crisis in his country. Bashar al Assad addressed Parliament Sunday, saying Syria faces a "real war" and that outside forces are driving the crisis. He's also denied any government involvement in last month's massacre in Houla. In his first comments since the attack that claimed 108 lives, nearly half of them children. Assad says not even "monsters" would carry out such an ugly crime. United Nations investigators say the Houla victims were executed. Eyewitnesses say the killings were carried out by pro-governemnt militias. The massacre triggered international condemnation and led to several countries, including Canada, expelling Syrian diplomats in protest.

Britain celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Across Britain Sunday thousands are celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60 years as monarch. The largest event took place along the River Thames in London where a flotilla of one thousand boats sailed down the river. Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is to attend other events commemorating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, including a concert at Buckingham Palace and the lighting of the national beacon.



Canadian Milos Raonic failed to reach the fourth round of the French Open. The 19th seed lost to Argentina's Juan Monaco in five sets. Six-time champion Rafael Nadal defeated Argentina's Eduardo Schwank in straight sets to advance while second-seeded Maria Sharapova moved on with a win over No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova. Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was beaten in three sets.


The Los Angeles Kings hold a strong 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Jeff Carter scored in overtime to give LA a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.


In Major League Baseball, The Toronto Blue Jays have dropped to last place in the American League East after a 7-4 loss to Boston. It was Toronto's seventh loss in 10 games. The Jays are still just three games behind first place Tampa Bay and Baltimore.


A stunning upset at the French Open. World number one Victoria Azarenka was knocked out of the fourth round by Dominika Cibulkova .The 15th-seeded Slovak cruised through the first set then eked out a win in the second. Canadian Daniel Nestor and Belarussian partner Max Mirnyi reached the quarter-finals of the French Open on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of American Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram.


In Major League baseball, Canada’s only team, the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox Sunday. The Red Sox have taken two of three games against the Jays, and have a one-game lead on the Jays in the American League East. Toronto is still just three games back of the lead in the tight division.


Canada's men's soccer team hosts the United States in a friendly at Toronto's BMO Field Sunday. The game is a warmup for World Cup qualifying later this week. Canada heads into the critical schedule with three players injured.


Here is Canada's weather for Sunday, June 3. British Columbia will have sunny periods. The high temperature in Vancouver and Victoria will be 16 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly cloudy. Whitehorse, 15. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 18. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, 4. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, 20. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, 22. Manitoba: showers. Winnipeg, 23. Ontario: showers. Toronto: 18. Ottawa, 16. Quebec: showers. Montreal, 16. New Brunswick: rain. Fredericton, 15. Nova Scotia: increasing cloudiness. Halifax, 16. Prince Edward Island: increasing cloudiness. Charlottetown, 16. Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. St. John's, 7. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 14.

Here is Canada's weather for Monday, June 4. British Columbia will have sunny periods. The high temperature in Vancouver and Victoria will be 16 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly sunny. Whitehorse, 16. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 20. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, 8. Alberta: mainly cloudy. Edmonton, 20. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, 27. Manitoba: showers. Winnipeg, 28. Ontario: cloudy. Toronto: 18. Ottawa, 15. Quebec: mainly cloudy. Montreal, 16. New Brunswick: sunny periods. Fredericton, 14. Nova Scotia: showers. Halifax, 13. Prince Edward Island: increasing cloudiness. Charlottetown, 14. Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. St. John's, 8. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 15.

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