Five stories in the news for Tuesday, May 22
NOTLEY SKIPPING WESTERN PREMIERS CONFERENCE
There won't be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia at the Western premiers conference this week, because Alberta Premier Rachel Notley isn't going. B.C.'s John Horgan and Notley, who have butted heads over the Trans Mountain pipeline project, were both scheduled to be in Yellowknife at the conference, which will host an event tonight before the premiers get down to business on Wednesday.
CANADIANS STUCK IN CUBA HEADING HOME
A Montreal travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home. Caribe Sol says Cubana Airlines has resumed operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111 people. The agency says 346 tourists who booked through Caribe Sol would be flown back to Canada Monday and Tuesday. It said some other passengers had already returned home on other airlines.
MOST RESIDENTS IN B.C.'S BOUNDARY REGION CAN GO HOME
Most residents in British Columbia's Boundary region who were forced out of their homes by flooding are now free to return home. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says evacuation orders have been lifted for about 1,400 properties. Emergency operations centre co-ordinator Chris Marsh said evacuation orders have been downgraded to evacuation alerts as a precaution.
WESTJET BACK AT TABLE WITH PILOTS
WestJet Airlines says it is confident that an agreement will be reached with its pilots as negotiations continue this week. The Calgary-based airline's pilots have had the legal right to commence job action since Saturday, but said they wouldn't disrupt travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend. The Air Line Pilots Association says its will return to the bargaining table in Halifax this week.
CANADA'S G7 AID GOAL: WOOING PRIVATE CAPITAL
When G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week, Canada hopes the meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world. The challenging search for solutions will take place in Whistler, where finance and international development ministers will gather together for the first time at formal G7 meetings.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Statistics Canada will release the wholesale trade figures for March.
— NDP MP Charlie Angus holds a news conference to launch his campaign for a National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
— Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is the keynote speaker at The Mayor's Breakfast Series in Ottawa.
— Sentencing hearing in Halifax today for two key players in a disgraced e-learning company.
— Halifax police Const. Laurence Gary Basso to appear in court on charges that include assault causing bodily harm.
— Bashir Makhtal, a Canadian imprisoned in Ethiopia for 11 years, addresses media in Ottawa about his ordeal.
The Canadian Press