Morning Update April 27th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Canadians pay more in taxes than basic necessities: Report

Taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of Canadians’ budgets than basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter, a new report from the Fraser Institute says.

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#2 — Globe | Harper denounces ‘unfortunate’ bid to reopen abortion debate

A motion by a backbench Conservative MP that aims to reopen the debate on abortion has been denounced by members of the opposition as well as senior members of his own party, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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#3 — LFP | Alberta Mountie killer’s parole bid denied

CALGARY – It was $19.26 worth of gas that cost RCMP Const. Gordon Kowalczyk his life, gunned down on a lonely service road in southern Alberta.

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#4 — NP | Ottawa abolishes spy overseer’s office

The government did away with an office mandated to oversee the activities of Canada’s spies Thursday, a move critics say opens the door to abuses of power by the secretive Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

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#5 — OC | Moody’s downgrades Ontario’s credit rating

TORONTO — Ontario received another dose of bad news Thursday as credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded its rating for Canada’s most populous province.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Taylor Sierra Leone war crimes trial verdict welcomed

Human rights groups have welcomed the guilty verdict against former Liberian leader Charles Taylor.

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#7 — CNN | U.S.-Japan deal withdraws 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

Washington (CNN) — Roughly half the U.S. Marines on Okinawa will be transferred under an agreement announced Thursday that will reduce the military footprint in Japan, easing local resentments over the amount of land being used by American forces.

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#8 — Fox | Michelle Obama’s Spain vacation cost taxpayers nearly $470G, watchdog group claims

First lady Michelle Obama’s 2010 trip to Spain cost taxpayers nearly $470,000, according to a conservative watchdog group that obtained Secret Service records from the overseas excursion.

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#9 — DM | Huge green cloud over Moscow has terrified Russians tweeting for their lives

Anxious Russians have been bombarding Twitter today with fears about an ominous green cloud looming over Moscow.

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#10 — Telegraph | Demands for inquiry into Jeremy Hunt’s links with Rupert Murdoch

David Cameron on Thursday night faced Conservative demands for a Whitehall inquiry into Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, over his association with the Murdoch empire.

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  • beentheredonethat

    Re#3. If memory serves me correct the Conservatives promised to eliminate this obscene faint hope clause BS from our criminal code. So what happened?

    • Jack

      It appears to be gone, BTDT. If you read the article again it would appear that said felon is coming close to the end of his 25 year sentence. That would make the difference I guess.

      Oops:

      “The faint hope clause is no longer available for offences committed after December 2, 2011.”

      There’s the reason.