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Baristas in Halifax are leading a push to unionize. Image via flickr / illustir

LOCAL

Toronto police say they have arrested an American fugitive wanted in the U.S. for charges of homicide. In addition to first-degree murder, the 25-year-old suspect is wanted for felony murder, arson, stalking and home invasion. [Globe and Mail]

Starting Monday, there will be two fewer eastbound traffic lanes on the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and the Don Roadway due to construction. Expect delays on this major route until December. [CBC]

A man in his 40s who was a student at a local parachute school has died after a parachuting accident just north of Toronto. The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that his parachute failed to open. [CBC]

 

NATIONAL

Slick commercials touting the Conservative’s “economic action plan” appear to have basically no effect. A survey of 2,003 Canadians finished this April identified just three people who have visited the website after watching the ads on TV. In the last four years, the government has spent $113-million on action plan promotion. [National Post]

Baristas in Halifax are leading a push to unionize, and this may affect coffeeshops across the country. It used to be that baristas didn’t have enough attachment to their job, which they viewed as short-term, to endure the inevitable union backlash from employers, but this is changing as university-educated people see this work as more long-term in such a poor job market. [National Post]

A federal investigator has been suspended without pay after leaking documents to media that showed investigators needed to cut people off their employment insurance benefits in order to meet quotas. The federal government denies there were any quotas in place, but the whistleblower, Sylvie Therrien, claims she was given a target to recover nearly $500,000 in EI benefits each year. [CBC] 

 

INTERNATIONAL

13 more people were killed in Iraq Sunday, raising the total casualties from the previous day’s late night car bombings and other attacks to 70. The explosions were the latest in a surge of attacks that began with the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, July 10. [Globe and Mail]

The brutal rape by Ukrainian policemen and its lack of immediate legal consequences has drawn outrage from citizens. After a night of dancing, three policemen forced a woman into her car, then drove her to the woods where they beat her so badly they fractured her skull, then took turns raping her, but officials refused to take action until hundreds protested in front of the police station. [National Post]

A Norweigian interior designer was raped in Dubai and sentenced to 16-months in jail after being charged with drinking, making false statements, and having sex outside of marraige. She says a male colleague pulled her into his room and raped her after she was having trouble finding her own room when they had had a few drinks. [Globe and Mail]

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