In the news today July 9

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, July 9———TRUDEAU HEADED TO LATVIAJustin Trudeau is headed to Latvia today to highlight Canada’s military commitments to NATO ahead of the treaty organization’s summit this week in Brussels. It’s the first ever bilateral visit by a Canadian prime minister to the Baltic nation, and it comes as the country celebrates its centenary. Trudeau will visit the 450 Canadian military personnel that are part of a NATO battle group in Latvia that was established in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.———NOT ENOUGH COPS TO DETECT HIGH DRIVERS: CHIEFSThe Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says it’s unlikely to reach its goal of having 2,000 officers trained to spot drug-impaired drivers when marijuana becomes legal later this year. Natalie Wright, a spokeswoman for the chiefs, tells The Canadian Press that only 733 officers had completed the specialized training as of May — up from 665 in February — and at current rates of training, it will take more than five years to get to 2,000.———TORONTO POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED RACISMA comedian and actor says a racist incident he witnessed in Toronto is not representative of the Canada he wants to live in. Andrew Phung stars in the CBC sitcom “Kim’s Convenience.” He says he was waiting to cross a busy intersection on Saturday when a driver, whom he described as a person of colour, hesitated at a green traffic light. Phung says a police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, and then said “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.” Toronto police say they’re investigating.———B.C. MAN SURVIVES GRIZZLY ATTACKA park ranger is grateful to be alive after a terrifying grizzly bear attack outside his home in Bella Coola, B.C. Jordan Carbery, a lifelong bear lover, says he saw something moving outside his home early Tuesday morning and went out to investigate. Turned out bear cubs were in his cherry tree. Suddenly a branch broke and one of the cubs tumbled to the ground. Seconds later its mother surprised Carbery, attacking and mauling him before he could run back inside his house.———ONDAATJE WINS GOLDEN BOOKER PRIZEMichael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient” was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event celebrating five decades of the prestigious literary award. The Canadian writer’s tale of love and conflict during the Second World War was awarded the Golden Man Booker Prize for fiction after winning a public vote. “The English Patient” was awarded the Booker in 1992 and was made into a 1996 movie that won nine Academy Awards. It beat four other novels for the title. But the Toronto-based Ondaatje said he didn’t believe “for a second” that his book was the best of the bunch.———last_img read more