Five stories in the news for Monday, May 28
ONTARIO LEADERS GET BACK ON THE ROAD AFTER DEBATE
The leaders of Ontario's three main political parties have a full day of campaigning ahead, after taking much of the weekend off to prepare for last night's debate. Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and the NDP's Andrea Horwath traded barbs on stage in Toronto last night in their final debate before the June 7 election. The latest polling suggests Ford and Horwath are in a virtual tie, with Wynne a distant third.
CREWS CLEANING UP SMALL OIL SPILL IN B.C.
Crews using vacuum trucks worked to clean up a crude oil spill at a Kinder Morgan station north of Kamloops, B.C. on Sunday. The provincial Ministry of Environment says a flow metre leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield station, but no waterways were affected and the spill was contained within station property. Kinder Morgan said it was alerted to an operational disruption through its internal safety system early Sunday morning.
PAY PHONE PRICES DOUBLING IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Bell Aliant is doubling the cost of using pay phones in the four Atlantic provinces today. The company says the increase — from 25 cents to 50 — is the first pay phone rate hike in Atlantic Canada in more than 20 years, and that the rest of the country has been paying the higher price since 2009. With the explosion of cell phone use in recent years, the number of pay phones in Canada, as well as revenue from the devices, has declined significantly.
TORIES WANT UKRAINE TO GET ARMS MEANT FOR KURDS
Andrew Scheer's Conservatives want Canada to give Ukraine $9.5 million worth of military arms that was originally intended to help Kurdish forces battle Islamic militants in Iraq. The Trudeau government announced 15 months ago that it would give the Kurds weapons to help them eradicate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But due to procedural delays the arms still haven't been shipped. And now, the Conservatives say a Scheer government would send them to Ukraine instead.
METEOROLOGIST PREDICTS WARM SUMMER
Many Canadians have grumbled about the slow start to spring, but according to a reliable source most of the country is in for a hot, though not necessarily scorching, summer. Weather Network Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott says the long-range forecast predicts most regions will enjoy a slightly warmer summer than last year. Scott says the exceptions will be the Hudson Bay area, which will be a bit cooler, and Manitoba, which should see a repeat of 2017 conditions.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
— Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights goes tonight in Vegas.
— The Atlantic Salmon Federation announces an international salmon conservation initiative in Fredericton.
— Sentencing hearing in Halifax for Christopher Garnier, convicted of killing Const. Catherine Campbell.
— Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.
— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley expected to deliver an apology to Alberta survivors of the '60s Scoop.
— Couple to appear in Red Deer, Alta., court on wildlife charges related to a bear being fed ice cream at Dairy Queen drive-thru.
— Green Party Leader Elizabeth May appears in Vancouver court to face contempt charges related to Trans Mountain pipeline protest.
The Canadian Press