Afternoon Update May 18th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Top court to decide if doctors can pull the plug 

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear arguments in December on whether doctors can pull the plug on a comatose patient’s life-support system without the family’s consent.

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#2 — Globe | EI changes to target repeat claimants

The Conservative government’s employment-insurance changes will include special rules for repeat users of the program, requiring them to accept lower-paying jobs than Canadians who are using EI for the first time.

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#3 — LFP | Pathologist doesn’t know what killed buried man

WOODSTOCK – There wasn’t any evidence of a fracture or injury to Clifford Fair’s brain and the cause of his death was determined to be inconclusive, a forensic pathologist testified Thursday.

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#4 — NP | Selley: Police credibility crisis just gets worse

On July 6, 2010, 10 days after the disastrous G20 summit, Toronto’s City Council voted to “commend the outstanding work of [police] chief Bill Blair, the Toronto Police Service and the police officers working during the G20 Summit in Toronto,” and thank them for a “job well done.” The vote was 36-0. The yeas included then-Mayor David Miller and many other left-wing luminaries. At this point in the G20 post-mortem, this seems a bit hard to believe.

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#5 — OC | Government pledges to investigate concerns about military ombudsman

OTTAWA — The Canadian Forces Ombudsman travelled to Geneva with his executive assistant and her sister, charging taxpayers a little more than $16,500 to attend a two-day planning meeting in Switzerland, according to newly released documents.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Olympic torch: Flame is flying to UK for torch relay

The Olympic flame is on its way to the UK on board a flight from Athens for the start of the 2012 torch relay.

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#7 — CNN | NATO’s post-Afghanistan future unclear

As 60 world leaders descend upon Chicago for the NATO summit, the future of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan will be center stage – but NATO’s members also will be confronted with a bigger issue of whether the organization can remain relevant.

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#8 — Fox | Senator questions $18B for job training, as study suggests rampant waste, abuse

A study commissioned by Sen. Tom Coburn is casting doubt on whether taxpayers’ $18 billion annual investment in federal jobs training programs is paying off.

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#9 — DM | Police afraid car chases will land them in court are avoiding high-speed pursuit of criminals

Police officers chasing speeding criminals are too frightened to put their foot down for fear of being prosecuted for dangerous driving.

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#10 — Telegraph | David Cameron: This is no nanny state

The Prime Minister says new Government-commissioned videos giving advice on parenting will provide parents with vital support.

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Telegraph | Parenting ‘should not be taught by state’ says critic of Cameron’s nappy advice scheme

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  • stageleft

    Re: Selley: Police credibility crisis just gets worse

    Is that actually possible?

  • Mary T

    If the decision by Justice Thomas Lederer is appealed, it will go to the Supreme Court of Canada. In February 2012,
    The decision was to declare an election in Ont null and void. Borys W filed a complaint and the judge seems to have agreed.\
    Who is this Judge, who appointed him.
    Good news is another female SCJ has announced she is stepping down. Another chance for PMSH to appoint his choice.