CANADA IN BRIEF | July 4, 2012
Bell won’t sponsor Stampede rodeo events
CALGARY (CP) — Telecommunication giant Bell Canada is not sponsoring any rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede this year and an animal welfare group says it believes its campaigning had something to do with the move.
The Vancouver Humane Society launched an e-campaign in June 2011, urging the public to demand Bell stop sponsoring the rodeo. The campaign included a pre-written letter that could be sent to Bell chief executive George Cope.
The society says more than 1,200 people had participated before the page was taken down last Friday when the group learned of Bell’s change.
Bell is still a major sponsor of Stampede events around the rodeo.
No charges expected in child’s driveway death
CARROT RIVER, Sask. (CP) — Saskatchewan RCMP say no charges are expected against the driver of a minivan who struck and killed a two-year-old girl in a driveway.
Mounties say the driver was a family friend who did not see the toddler when she pulled into the driveway on the Red Earth First Nation near Carrot River on Sunday.
The toddler’s mother performed first aid but the child died before an ambulance arrived at the home.
Another two-year-old girl was struck and killed in Hinton, Alta., on Saturday. RCMP say the girl’s mother was pushing her in a stroller when a pickup truck pulled out of an alley and hit the stroller.
N.B. to build centre for breast health
MONCTON, N.B. (CP) — The New Brunswick government is spending $8.5 million to construct a breast care centre in Moncton.
Health Minister Madeleine Dube says the two-storey addition to the Dr. Georges L. Dumont University Hospital will allow for the consolidation of breast health services.
Services will be offered in both languages and will include screening, diagnostic imaging, clinical exam, surgery and therapeutic services.
Body found in Michigan identified as Canadian
MONTROSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (CP) — Authorities in Michigan say they’ve identified a body found in a Flint-area landfill as that of a 38-year-old Canadian man who had been missing since last month.
The Flint Journal reports police have confirmed the body found Friday by a worker at the Brent Run landfill in Montrose Township was that of Kevin Joseph Arendt of Mississauga, Ont.
Authorities suspect his body arrived in a shipment of Canadian garbage. Police say Arendt was last seen leaving a bar June 27.