News for Youse: Canadians among dead in Kenya, Reconciliation walk, and Cory Monteith remembered
Terrorists strike Nairobi A Vancouver man is among more than 60 people killed in a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. The Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab has said it is responsible for the violence, which began on Saturday (September 21) and continued Monday at the time of writing. The Vancouver man has been identified as Naguib Damji. A second Canadian named Annemarie Deslogues has also been confirmed killed in the incident.
Walk for Reconciliation Thousands of people took part in the Vancouver Walk for Reconciliation yesterday (September 22). The Straight’s Yolande Cole and Charlie Smith were there covering the event and taking photographs. Complete coverage of Reconciliation Week is available at straight.com/news.
UBC students call for rapid transit Today (September 23) UBC’s Alma Mater Society began a push for rapid transit along the Broadway corridor that takes commuters out to the university’s Point Grey campus. The group rented buses that are providing free rides this morning. On Wednesday (September 25), the Alma Mater Society will officially launch the campaign it is calling “Build Broadway”.
Construction along Georgia Street A two-month construction project that will disrupt traffic on parts of Georgia Street begins today. Vehicles moving along the downtown thoroughfare will be confided to two lanes in each direction between Thurlow and Cardero streets. Additional parking restrictions will also be in effect.
Debating more tar sands oil through B.C. CN Rail is deliberating plans to significantly increase the amount of heavy crude oil it transports from Alberta through British Columbia to Prince Rupert. According to internal documents obtained by Greenpeace, CN Rail has told Nexen Inc., a Chinese-owned energy company, that it could run seven trains per day carrying as much oil as would be transported by the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Disciplinary hearing for Canucks forward A hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety has been scheduled for the Vancouver Canucks’ Dale Weise. The forward was penalized during Saturday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers for an illegal check to the head. Tonight, the Canucks host the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena.
Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood Egypt’s Court for Urgent Matters has issued a ruling banning all “activities” conducted by the Muslim Brotherhood and any affiliated organizations, BBC News reports. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president on June 30, 2012. His overthrow in a July 2013 military coup marked the beginning of a violent crackdown on the Brotherhood and its supporters.
Mexico death toll still rising The death toll related to two storms in Mexico has climbed to 110, according to the country’s interior ministry. Another 68 people are missing and believed dead. Tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid brought heavy rains and flooding that battered 24 of Mexico’s 31 states.
Emmy’s remember Monteith Glee star Cory Monteith was honoured last night with an emotional tribute delivered at the annual Emmy Awards. Actor Jane Lynch, a friend and co-star of Monteith’s, delivered a speech about the young actor. Monteith was found dead of a drug overdose in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13, 2013.