Eight stories in the news for Friday, May 11
TRANS-CANADA EXPECTED TO REOPEN IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Officials in New Brunswick hope to reopen a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton today. The four-lane stretch — used by an average of 10,000 to 12,000 vehicles daily — has been closed for the past week because of record-breaking flooding in the province. The water has receded, but road crews were removing debris yesterday as inspectors walked the route looking for damage.
LAC-MEGANTIC RAIL BYPASS NEWS COMING TODAY
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will be in Lac-Megantic, Que., today to announce a rail bypass, five years after 47 people died when a train derailed and exploded within the town. Sources have said the federal government will assume 60 per cent of the estimated $133 million bill for the bypass with Quebec taking on 40 per cent.
LATEST JOBS NUMBERS OUT TODAY
Statistics Canada will release the April unemployment figures this morning. In March, the economy delivered 32,300 net new jobs as a rush of full-time work helped keep the national unemployment rate at a record low. The jobless rate stayed at 5.8 per cent in March for a second-consecutive month to match its lowest mark since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976.
LEADERS DEBATE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO
The major party leaders will start Day 3 of the Ontario election campaign with a debate. Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will gather at the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities conference in Parry Sound, Ont. Kapuskasing, Ont., Mayor Alan Spacek says conference participants are anxious to hear the leaders' plans for northern Ontario.
WESTJET TO FLY DURING VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND
WestJet pilots say they won't disrupt passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend despite voting overwhelmingly to give its union a strike mandate. The Air Line Pilots Association said its WestJet members have voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action. The pilots will be in a legal position to begin job action on May 19, but say a potential strike would be not happen before May 22.
AL GORE WADES INTO PIPELINE DEBATE
Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is destructive and should be stopped. The environmentalist posted a tweet Thursday saying the pipeline carrying "dirty tar sands oil" would be a step backward in efforts to solve the climate crisis. Tar sands is considered a derogatory term by some for the oilsands in Alberta. Gore says he stands with B.C. Premier John Horgan and others who are fighting to stop the pipeline owned by Kinder Morgan.
MANITOBA TO BAN SPOTLIGHT HUNTING
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government is about to put an end to spotlight hunting. Pallister revealed the plan Thursday in a speech to some 800 people at a Progressive Conservative party fundraiser. He made a brief mention of a plan to end what he called an "inhumane practice" of hunters using spotlights at night to help kill animals. Details are expected in a bill to be introduced in the legislature Monday.
JETS SOAR INTO NEXT ROUND OF NHL PLAYOFFS
Fans of the Winnipeg Jets gathered at the city's Portage and Main intersection to belt out 'O Canada' after the team beat the Predators in Nashville 5-1 last night to gain a berth in the NHL's Western Conference Final. The Jets won't have much time to celebrate — they will host the upstart Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday to begin their best-of-7 series. The Jets are trying to become the first Canadian-based team to win the Stanley Cup since Montreal in 1993.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer will speak at events in Saint John and Woodstock, N.B.
— National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier will make an infrastructure funding announcement in Laval, Que.
— The Aga Khan wraps up his visit to Calgary.
The Canadian Press