In The News This Week – May 8, 2016

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother’s Day! Before you head back to work tomorrow, check out our roundup of this week’s top stories:

1. Daunting images of the Fort McMurray wildfire dominated the news this week, and the wildfire continues to grow. Fort Mac’s 80,000 residents have fled the city – which is under a mandatory evacuation order – and so far 1,600 structures have burned to the ground (CBC). 

  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): The Federal government has made a promise to match all donations made to the Red Cross Canada. The latest Twitter update from Prime Minister Trudeau says the government’s matching of donations will backdate to May 3 and continue to May 31, without a cap. Donations to the Alberta Fires Appeal can be made here: https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?&ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50639.

2. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be hosting the North American Leaders’ Summit on June 29, 2016. This is the first high-summit Mr. Trudeau will host since taking office late last year, and it will offer the three countries an opportunity to discuss measures that could boost the continent’s economic competitiveness, expand trade ties and help reach a common climate-change strategy (WSJ).

3. This week, Toronto city council voted in favour of Uber and ride-sharing companies allowing them to operate legally within the city. UberX drivers will now face the same criminal record checks and other standards required for cabbies, and they will have to carry the same insurance. Traditional taxis will now enjoy greater flexibility on city-dictated cab fares (including surge pricing options) and a waiving of unreasonable training requirements (Toronto Star).

4. Prince Harry touched down in Toronto this week to launch the official countdown to the 2017 Invictus Games (CTV News). 

  • FYEI (For Your Extra Information): The Invictus Games are an Olympic style sporting event honouring wounded, injured and sick troops.

5. London, England has elected their first ever Muslim mayor. The Labour Party’s Sadiq Khan  celebrated his landslide election victory Saturday in a multi-denominational ceremony at an Anglican cathedral accompanied by London’s police chief, Christian and Jewish leaders. His message for Londoners is the following: “He won’t be merely a Muslim mayor, but a leader for all (CTV News).”

Fort Mac Wildfire
Source: Jason Franson/CP (CBC)
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