CANADA IN BRIEF | July 28
Two men hurt as truck plunges from highway
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in New York state say two Toronto-area men were hurt when a tractor-trailer cab plunged several metres from an elevated stretch of highway onto a sidewalk.
Fire officials tell the Post-Standard of Syracuse that the truck was headed north on Interstate 81 when the crash occurred around 12:30 a.m.
They say the cab dangled briefly over the edge of the highway before falling about seven metres. The rest of the truck stayed on the highway.
The men, aged 52 and 53, were pulled from the cab and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Officials say they are from Brampton, northwest of Toronto.
The truck was carrying electronic cargo. An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.
Court rejects appeal of 2004 bar shooting
OTTAWA (CP) — The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the appeal of a man found guilty in the 2004 shooting death of a Calgary bar owner.
Adrian Walle had asked the high court to overturn his conviction in the killing of Jeffrey Shuckberg eight years ago.
Walle had been kicked out of a pub in the city’s southwest when he shot and killed Jeffrey Shuckberg in January 2004.
Walle was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years.
In 2010, the Alberta Court of Appeal rejected Walle’s argument that the trial judge failed to consider his mental state on the night of the shooting, including developmental delays and the fact he’d been drinking.
On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed with the appeal court, saying the trial judge took all the relevant evidence into consideration.
Mama tiger makes short work of fake camel
CALGARY (CP) — The Calgary Zoo’s three new cubs were more scaredy cat than Siberian tigers when confronted by a fake camel constructed of twigs, branches and camel hair.
The cubs, which are now about four months old, initially had plenty of spunk and spent about an hour wrestling this morning until the camel, constructed by Zoo Camp kids at a summer camp was brought in this morning.
They stayed well back from the intruder, preferring to let their mother Katja make the first move.
Katja approached the faux camel, sniffed it and then flattened it with a well-placed swipe.
Zoo spokesman Zack Anderson says new challenges are important for the cubs and aim to encourage natural behaviour.
The births of the trio in March were considered great news for the highly endangered species — there are only about 350 to 400 Siberian tigers in the world.
Pipeline public meeting cancelled, draws few
CALGARY (CP) — A public hearing on a proposal to build a pipeline to ship oilsands bitumen from Alberta to the British Columbia coast has been cancelled in Calgary due to a lack of interest.
The Joint Review Panel hearing into Calgary-based Enbridge’s $6 billion Northern Gateway pipeline was to be held on Wednesday.
Officials say less than 15 people registered to make statements at the Calgary hearing, so it has been cancelled.
Earlier this month, a similar public hearing on the pipeline set for Edmonton was cancelled for the same reason.
More than 4,000 people in B.C. have registered to make comments on the project.
Alberta and Ottawa support the pipeline, but Premier Christy Clark says B.C. wants a bigger share of the economic benefits before it will endorse the project.