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Iran fires on apparent Israeli attack drones near an air base and nuclear site

An apparent Israeli drone strike on Iran triggered air defenses at a major air base and nuclear site near downtown Isfahan early Friday morning, an attack in retaliation for Tehran's unprecedented drone and missile attack on the country. In a post on social media, Canada's Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said she had been informed and was closely monitoring the situation. She met with her G7 counterparts in Italy today, where the Italian foreign minister said the United States had told the group that it had received “last-minute” information from Israel about a drone operation in Iran. In a communiqué following the three-day meeting, ministers called on the parties to “prevent further escalation”.

The rescue team prepares for a new attempt to save the orca

A large seining vessel capable of casting a net strong enough to hold a nearly 700-kilogram killer whale calf has arrived in Zeballos, British Columbia, to take part in the latest attempt to save the young orca, who is stranded in a remote tidal lagoon. The flat-bottomed aluminum vessel has a built-in crane-like device for lifting heavy nets and is expected to be used as part of a rescue operation that could take place any day in the lagoon on Vancouver Island's northwest coast. The female calf has been stranded alone for almost a month since its pregnant mother died after becoming trapped on a beach during low tide.

Banks should be forced to use the CO2 discount label

If the big banks don't like being told to correctly label federal direct deposits, it's their own fault, says Canada's environment minister. Steven Guilbeault says some banks are refusing to mark these deposits with “carbon discounts,” even though Ottawa wants them to. It's a battle that has been going on for nearly two years and, according to Guilbeault, is adding to the confusion over carbon pricing. Ottawa plans to change the Financial Management Act so that government payments accepted as deposits all carry the title required by the government.

In the face of privatization, experts say Indigo needs changes

As Indigo Books & Music Inc. heads toward privatization, marketing experts say the retailer still has work to do to get the business back on track. Joanne McNeish, an associate professor at Toronto Metropolitan University who specializes in marketing, says the upcoming shareholder vote on a take-private deal comes at a crucial time. Ahead of Gerald Schwartz's Trilogy companies' bid, Indigo was challenged by e-commerce giant Amazon's dominance, a cyberattack that crippled some of the company's services for weeks and produced mediocre results in improving its retail experience.

Suspect in Ottawa mass murder not asking for bail

The lawyer for the 19-year-old Sri Lankan citizen charged in the mass killing of a newcomer family in Ottawa says he has no plans to seek bail. Febrio De-Zoysa was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder after police found the family dead in a townhouse in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven in March. He is expected to return to court next week, where lawyers are expected to set dates for a preliminary examination in his case.

Judge in Zameer trial concerned about Corona theory

The judge presiding over the trial of a man accused of fatally running over a Toronto police officer repeatedly raised concerns about the prosecution's changing theory about what happened that night. Ontario Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy indicated that she did not see how a jury could reach a guilty verdict of murder based on the evidence presented in court. Zameer has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with Northrupp's death. The officer died after being struck by a vehicle in an underground parking garage at Toronto City Hall.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2024.

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