Six stories in the news today from The Canadian Press:
ANGLICANS VOTE DOWN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
A passionate debate on whether Anglicans should bless same-sex marriages came to a head Monday when delegates to their triennial conference narrowly voted against authorizing such unions. The vote by more than 200 delegates at a six-day synod near Toronto sparked bitter disappointment among some members.
DEFENCE MINISTER SAJJAN VISITS IRAQ
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has met with his Iraqi and Kurdistan counterparts in Baghdad to discuss Canada's contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A spokeswoman for the minister says Sajjan arrived in Iraq after attending the recent NATO summit in Poland. Sajjan will discuss the details of his visit later in a telephone conference call with the media.
PM TRUDEAU WRAPPING UP EUROPE VISIT
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to wrap up his latest overseas trip today with a visit to western Ukraine, where he will greet the Canadian soldiers who have been training their Ukrainian counterparts since last summer. In Kyiv yesterday, Trudeau oversaw the signing of a free trade agreement with Ukraine that had been years in the making. Trudeau also visited several memorials dedicated to Ukrainians who were killed by the Nazis and Soviets in the Second World War.
TONY CLEMENT EXPECTED TO SEEK TORY LEADERSHIP
Former Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement is expected to throw his hat into the ring today to seek his party's leadership. The longtime Conservative politician served in the Ontario provincial government before becoming a versatile cabinet minister over the nine-plus years of the Stephen Harper government in Ottawa. Clement will make a statement this evening in Mississauga, Ont.
CANADA POST AND CUPW STILL TALKING
There is no settlement yet in the contract dispute between Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 of its workers. But the two sides continue to wrestle with the key issues of pensions and wages now that the post office has withdrawn the threat of a lockout. Canada Post initially served a lockout notice for last Friday, delayed it until yesterday, then cancelled it.
TORONTO COUNCIL TO VOTE ON STREET HOCKEY BYLAW
Toronto's city council is expected to vote today on whether to lift a street hockey ban. Ontario's Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau is among those calling on councillors to vote down the ban. But Toronto city staff want council to keep the prohibition in place, citing safety, and possible liability if anyone gets hurt or if private property is damaged.
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