News for Youse: Schneider trade stuns Roberto Luongo, Canada Day protests, and U.S. spying revealed

Luongo in shock over trade  Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has told TSN host James Duthie that he has to "figure out what I'm going to do" in the wake of the trade of Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils. It suggests that Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis never told the veteran netminder in advance that he would become the starter again after being relegated to being Schneider's backup.

Transit promoted for homeless  Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs has expressed concerns about homeless people's access to transit being impeded by new fare gates and the Compass Card system. Meggs hopes regional politicians will address this issue so that people without money can make it to homeless shelters and medical appointments.

Head tax demonstration on Canada Day  The Head Tax Families Society of Canada will hold its annual Canada Day protest in Chinatown. It's to voice opposition to the Canadian government's refusal to provide redress to descendants of Chinese immigrants, who paid a discriminatory tax that would be worth more than $30,000 in today's dollars.

Canada Day celebrations  Temperatures could cross 30° C as Canada Place and Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park host the two largest Canada Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland. There will be free musical concerts, fireworks shows, and other displays promoting patriotic fervour.

Antiwar protest planned  StopWar.ca activists plan to march for peace at Canada Place, where the Canadian Armed Forces regularly sets up a display of weaponry on Canada Day to promote its activities around the world.

Cyclist killed in Burnaby  RCMP are looking for a driver of a dark-coloured two-door car after a cyclist was struck and killed at 13th Avenue and Wright Street.

Gliding expert dies in mid-air collision  The Pemberton Soaring Centre has suspended operations after its owner, Rudy Rozsypalek, died Friday in a mid-air crash. Three others were also killed.

Park Royal police standoff  West Vancouver police managed to end a standoff yesterday in Park Royal's Bank of Montreal without incident after reports of a gunman entering the premises.

Coal trains upset Washingtonians  The Seattle Times has reported that residents of Snohomish County are upset about B.C.-bound trains carrying coal, which block traffic for blocks.

Egyptian protesters set deadline  Demonstrators in Cairo have demanded that President Mohammed Morsi resign by tomorrow afternoon or they will ramp up civil disobedience. The Egyptian army has reportedly given political parties 48 hours to bring an end to the crisis.

Putin won't turn over Snowden  Russian president Vladimir Putin has declared that his country will never allow National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden to be extradited to the United States.

Europeans furious at America  The German magazine Der Spiegel and Britain's Guardian newspaper have quoted Edward Snowden's claims that the U.S. used surveillance on the Internet and phone systems of 38 foreign embassies, European Union headquarters, and the United Nations. This has reportedly caused an anti-American backlash across Europe.

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