SUPREME COURT RULES ON DOCTOR-ASSISTED DEATH
The Supreme Court of Canada will rule this morning on whether mentally competent but suffering, terminally ill patients have a right to a medically assisted death. It's a constitutional question that divides the medical community, splits advocates for the disabled and sparks profoundly moral arguments from both sides. The families of two now-deceased British Columbia women, supported by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, pursued the legal challenge all the way to the country's top court two decades after a near-identical challenge failed. In 1993, the story of Sue Rodriguez riveted the country when the Supreme Court ruled that her equality rights were infringed — but justifiably so — by the legal ban on doctor-assisted death.
TRUDEAU TO GIVE CALGARY SPEECH ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Calgary today to deliver a speech to the Canadian Club that is expected to focus on the environment and the economy. In a speech to supporters in the city on Thursday night, Trudeau sharply dismissed Premier Stephen Harper's earlier assertion that Trudeau distrusts and dislikes the military. Trudeau said the remarks were an insult, not just to him but to the 18 armed forces vets who are running for the Liberals in the next election. Harper's comments were in reference to the Liberals' decision last fall to oppose Canada's participation in airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Iraq.
MONTREAL MAYOR KEEN TO PURSUE NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH TORONTO
Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is seeking a new alliance with Toronto counterpart John Tory to jointly confront issues facing the country's two largest cities. The two leaders met for nearly two hours Thursday on the sidelines of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities summit in Toronto. Coderre said the two cities need to work together more than ever on such issues as security, jobs, infrastructure and dealing with the federal government. He said Thursday's meeting was the first of many he expects to have with Tory this year.
SASKATOON TO HONOUR MR. HOCKEY GORDIE HOWE AT TRIBUTE DINNER.
Gordie Howe is in Saskatoon tonight for a celebrity sports dinner that will pay tribute to his life and stories career. The legendary NHL player who holds records for most games and seasons played. The 86-year-old suffered two disabling strokes late last year. His family has said his health has improved after he underwent a stem-cell treatment as part of a clinical trial in Mexico. His sister, Helen Cummine (COME'-ine), says Howe is excited to return home. The Hall of Famer played on four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit during a 25-year stint that began in 1946.
ALSO COMING IN THE NEWS TODAY....
— In Toronto, the trial continues for two men accused in a terror plot to attack a Via Rail train travelling between Canada and the U.S.
— In Halifax, the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia begins its annual general meeting.