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New Leaf signing David Clarkson likely suspended for 10 games after leaving bench to fight Sabre poltroon who threatened sniper Phil Kessel. Image via Twitter / Jan Jansen

LOCAL

David Clarkson’s debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs has likely been suspended after the high-profile off-season signing jumped off the bench to fight in a game Sunday night, which requires an automatic 10-game suspension. For sticking up for his sniper teammate Phil Kessel after a gutless threat issued from a Buffalo Sabre no-talent goon, Clarkson stands to lose just over $500,000. [CBC]

Five people are in the hospital after a shooting in the upscale Yorkville area. A woman was taken to a trauma centre, but the other four managed to get to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. [National Post]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government will fund a subway extension in Toronto. He didn’t say how much he’d contribute to the east-end subway. [National Post]

 

NATIONAL

Several hundred gathered in Montreal to voice support for the Parti Quebcois’ controversial secular plan for public sector employees. Polls issued in recent weeks suggests a deep divide among Quebecers. [Globe and Mail] 

Two Canadians are among the victims in the Nairobi mall massacre. 29-year old Annemarie Desloges was a rising diplomatic star, and 59-year-old businessman and father of three described as happy-go-lucky Naguib Damji were killed. [Globe and Mail] 

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr is expected to make his first public appearance since American captured him as a badly wounded 15-year-old 11 years ago. Khadr will be in an Edmonton court for an application to have his ongoing detention in an adult prison declared illegal. [CBC]

 

INTERNATIONAL

Kenya’s military said it rescued “most” of the remaining hostages after al-Qaeda linked militants attacked an upscale Nairobi mall. 68 people have already been killed. [National Post] 

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has ordered the use of chemical weapons 34 times and has transferred the chemical weapons to Hezbollah, says a defector. Brigadier-General Zaher al-Saket, Assad’s former chemical weapons chief, said he was ordered three times to use chemical weapons against his own people but could not, and said that all such orders had to come from the top. [National Post]  

The Conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her third-term election victory Sunday. She is now on track to overtake Margaret Thatcher as Europe’s longest-serving female leader. [Guardian] 

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