Four stories in the news today:
LAWYER WANTS PM TO GET HIGH COURT ADVICE
Vancouver lawyer Aniz Alani is challenging Stephen Harper to ask the Supreme Court whether his moratorium on Senate appointments is constitutional. Alani is already in court trying to force Harper to fill Senate vacancies, but he says he’ll drop his case if the prime minister agrees to seek the top court’s advice on the matter.
KANYE GETS CUT OFF BY FAULTY MIC
The crowd roared its approval as Kanye West belted out his hits to close out the Pan Am Games show — until a faulty microphone silenced the rapper before the end of his set. A frustrated Kanye tossed the errant mic then exited stage left. Nearly 40,000 spectators packed Toronto’s Rogers Centre to raise a toast to Canada’s athletes — and their record-setting 217-medal haul — at the closing ceremony. Performers lit up the stage as fireworks lit up the CN Tower.
TWO BODIES FOUND IN AVALANCHE DEBRIS
New Zealand Police say two bodies have been recovered near where Canadian tourists Etienne Lemieux and Louis-Vincent Lessard went missing earlier this month. The bodies were found in an avalanche debris field in the Fiordland National Park. They’ve been brought back to Te Anau for formal identification, and police have contacted the families of the missing 23-year-old men from Montreal.
CSE MAKES PRIVACY TRAINING MANDATORY
The Communications Security Establishment — Canada’s ultra-secret eavesdropping agency — has introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all its employees following an internal breach involving personal information. When Greta Bossenmaier became chief of the CSE in February, it was under intense public scrutiny over alleged spying on citizens. But less than two months into the job, she was dealing with a privacy violation inside the agency itself.