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Pearson Airport experiencing flight delays. Paul Bernardo applies for day parole. Another WestJet Flight receives bomb threat. Rob Ford cleared to return to part-time work. Europe’s future in Greece’s hands.
PEARSON AIRPORT EXPERIENCING FLIGHT DELAYS
Toronto Pearson International Airport is advising travellers to check their flight status before heading out the door today due to a number of delays. The reason is because of a dispute between the fuel supplier and airliners, but the details are not available at this time. All airlines are affected and it’s not known at this point when a resolution is expected.
PAUL BERNARDO APPLIES FOR DAY PAROLE
Here’s a scary thought: Canada’s most notorious killer and rapist has applied for day parole. Paul Bernardo was convicted for the murders of teenagers Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy back in 1995 and was sentenced to life with no parole for 25 years. If he is indeed granted day parole, it would be served here in the Toronto area. According to lawyer Daniel Brown, Bernardo’s chances are slim to none, considering the deadly deed he performed with ex-wife Karla Homolka. Both murder-convicts also drugged Homolka’s 15-year-old sister Tammy, who was raped and would go on to die a short time later after choking on her vomit. In 2006, Bernardo admitted to sexually assaulting at least 10 women before his arrest in 1992. Homolka was released in 2005 after serving a 12-year sentence.
ANOTHER WESTJET FLIGHT RECEIVES BOMB THREAT
I’m sure you’ve heard this before. For the fifth time within six days a WestJet flight has been grounded following a bomb threat. This time it was flight WS1709 that was on its way from Las Vegas to Victoria. The aircraft did manage to make a safe landing. According to the airliner the RCMP is now proceeding with a criminal investigation. All of the threats to WestJet over the course of a week were false and Canadian authorities are now investigating.
ROB FORD CLEARED TO RETURN TO WORK PART-TIME
Doctors are giving Councillor Rob Ford the green light to return to work on a part-time basis. The news comes Thursday evening, after Ford’s chief of staff Dan Jacobs released a statement saying, “[Ford’s] doctors have said that they are extremely pleased with his progress, and they are surprised at how far he has come in the recovery process in such a short period of time.” Jacob’s goes on to say, “His wound has healed very well, and while there is no longer a need for additional drainage he will continue to wear an abdominal binder for some time.” Ford has been cleared to work 1-2 days a week, and will “gradually increase his workload” until he’s back at city hall full time. The statement did not say whether or not Ford would be at next week’s council meeting. Ford has been undergoing rounds of treatment since being diagnosed with cancer last fall amid his run for mayoral re-election. In May, he underwent surgery to remove a tumer from his abdomen, and he’s been in recovery since. He’s said in the past if he’s well enough, he intends to run again in 2018.
EUROPE’S FUTURE IN GREECE’S HANDS
A grim picture is being painted of Greece’s massive financial woes. The international monetary fund says the debt-plagued country will need $70 billion in new financing over the next three years. To no surprise, the situation is bad for commerce there. Greeks will vote Sunday whether to accept or reject belt-tightening measures demanded by bailout lenders.