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Toronto is getting the biggest jail in Ontario, and it’s eco-friendly too

LOCAL

The police investigations involving Dellen Millard, who is accused in the slaying of Tim Bosma, is now being overseen by the OPP. Police are saying there are links between the killing of Tim Bosma, the disappearance of Toronto woman Laura Babcock and the death of Millard’s father, Wayne. [CBC] 

Toronto will need to raise at least $900-million, and raise residential taxes by 1.6 per cent over three years, to pay for the Scarborough subway extension. The city manager’s report also recommends sooner action to relieve stress on the Yonge line by constructing the Downtown Relief Line. [Globe and Mail]

A New Toronto jail is set to open. It will be the largest correctional facility in Ontario, boasting several eco-friendly features and other measures, like a space for aboriginal smudging ceremonies. [Globe and Mail]

 

NATIONAL

Bank of Nova Scotia economists are raising the possibility that Canada won’t increase the interest rate until 2016. The Bank of Canada’s benchmark overnight interest rate is only 1%. [Globe and Mail]

The Montreal Canadiens held a practice in the disaster-stricken town of Lac Megantic in a show of support for the community. It was the latest in a string of goodwill gestures directed at the community, from the Habs and others, including benefit shows and free concert tickets from Paul McCartney. [Globe and Mail]

Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau, who presided over a Parti Quebecois government that almost split from Canada in a referendum, attacked the Quebec Charter of Values, saying it will drive minorities towards federalist parties. “Federalism is presenting itself like their real defender,” he said, as if minorities’ actual defender is the party that wants to restrict minority rights. [National Post]

 

INTERNATIONAL

Vladimir Putin has commanded a war to crush Chechnyan separatism, approved a full-scale attack in Georgia, complained when NATO led an air war in Libya to stop Guadafi from killing thousands of his own people and is still arming Syria, yet a Russian advocacy group has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of People’s of the World thought this up. [National Post]

A woman driving a black Infiniti with a young child inside tried to ram through a White House barricade, then led police on a chase toward the Capitol where she was shot and killed. The child, who is about a year old, is in good condition and protective custody. [National Post]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is investigating the death of an officer in a “horrible incident,” but denied media reports it was an assassination.  The London-based Daily Telegraph speculated that it could have been an assassination similar to the seven Iranian nuclear scientists killed since 2007. [CBC] 

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