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Blue Jays Beat The Royals 7-1 To Force game 6. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Remembered At Memorial One-Year After Parliament Hill Shooting. Liberals Give Million Dollar Payout to More Than One Union. WATCH: Video Of Yatim’s Final Moments Shown At Forcillo Trial. Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe to Step Down
Blue Jays Beat The Royals 7-1 To Force game 6
The Blue Jays have won another elimination game in this year’s playoffs beating the Royals 7-1 in game 5 in the American League Championship Series. The Royals still lead the series 3-2 and can advance to the World Series with one more win. Starting Pitcher Marco Estrada was masterful in his performance giving up only 1 run on 3 hits over 7 and 2/3 to pick up the win. The Blue Jays blew the game open in the 6th inning on a bases loaded walk by Edwin Encarnacion then a 3 run bases clearing double from Troy Tulowitzki. Chris Colabello put the Jays up 1-0 early with a solo HR.
The New York Mets clinched the National League pennant with a 8-3 win over the Chicago Cubs last night in Game 4 of the NLCS. Tickets for the World Series go on sale this morning at 10 am.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Remembered At Memorial One-Year After Parliament Hill Shooting
It was a year ago this week, two Canadian soldiers were targeted in deadly attacks. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was murdered in a hit and run in a plaza parking lot in Quebec. The RCMP called it a terrorist act by an ISIL-inspired terrorist. Just two days later, on October 22nd 2014 a lone gunman shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo from behind while on ceremonial sentry duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The shooter, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau then walked into the centre block, where he continued to fire. Zehaf-Bibeau was shot 31 times by six officers. A memorial service is being held in Ottawa this morning at 11 am. It will include a 21-gun salute.
Liberals Give Million Dollar Payout to More Than One Union
Turns out the Ontario Liberals cut more than one cheque to teachers’ unions in the province. The Globe & Mail revealed yesterday that the Ontario Liberal government secretly paid $1 million to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation during contract negotiations a few months back. Education Minister Liz Sandals claimed that this cheque was written to cover the costs incurred by the union for a new approach to negotiations, which saw discussions on every issue dragged out. The Globe & Mail now reports HERE that $1-million was also paid out to the Catholic teachers’ union and $500,000 to the French teachers’ union. The total cost of these payouts is $2.5-million. Sandals argues that this approach is “not unusual”, that it makes sense for the government to cover a union’s cost of negotiating. However, The Globe and Mail report also suggest that that the $1 million payout was covered by the removal of money from a fund which is designed to help struggling students graduate. In reaction to this claim, Liz Sandals has said it is ”simply not true.” She reveals that the government has done so since being elected in 2003 and deciding that they should be involved in all negotiations, instead of leaving the decisions up to the respective school boards.
WATCH: Video Of Yatim’s Final Moments Shown At Forcillo Trial
The trial for James Forcillo is now into it’s second day following opening statements on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Toronto Police Constable has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting on a TTC streetcar that claimed the life of 18-year-old, Sammy Yatim in 2013 and he’s pleaded not guilty to both of those charges. Steven Adam with the Special Investigations Unit has been called to the stand as the first witness in the trial. According to Adam, he arrived on the scene at Dundas Street West and Grace Street on July 23rd, 2013 where he found shell casings and later spoke with a number of witnesses. 4 videos of the incident were played in the courtroom today. Crown lawyer Milan Rupic has shown a knife to the jury that is believed to have been the one Yatim was holding on the streetcar. The trial is currently underway at the Superior Court of Justice , which is located at 361 University Avenue in downtown Toronto. One of the videos can be seen here courtesy of Global News.
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe to Step Down
Some call it the most insignificant return to politics in Canadian history. Gilles Duceppe is expected to step down as the Bloc Quebecois leader today. Duceppe has scheduled a news conference in Montreal for 1 p.m. eastern time. The separatist party more than doubled its parliamentary seat count to 10 in Monday’s election but saw its share of the popular vote drop to below 20%, with Duceppe even failing to win his own riding in Montreal.