News for Youse: Olympics begin, Christy Clark walks out, and Facebook tumbles
Olympic opening The Olympic torch will arrive in an East London stadium today for the opening of the 2012 Summer Games after Mayor Boris Johnson told CBC's Peter Mansbridge that the sporting event is essentially a "conservative idea" because it promotes competition, individual effort, and the "glory of winning".
Clark walks out Premier Christy Clark has told reporters that she will not participate in a discussion with other first ministers about a national energy strategy until she sees Alberta make some progress in meeting B.C.'s demands over the Northern Gateway pipeline.
Damning report B.C. auditor general John Doyle has identified "significant and serious issues" concerning the legislature's $63-million budget, which comes under the authority of Speaker Bill Barisoff; Doyle pointed out that there are no financial statements and MLAs don't always submit receipts for expenses.
Reading superintendent The B.C. government has appointed Maureen Dockendorf, a Coquitlam school-district administrator, as the province's first superintendent of reading with a mandate to focus a great deal of attention on enhancing literacy among kids in Grades 1 to 3.
Mountie in court Cpl. Monty Robinson already faces a perjury charge in connection with his testimony at the Robert Dziekanski inquiry, and today he will be sentenced for obstruction of justice after his vehicle killed motorcyclist Orion Hutchinson.
Syrian battle looms Government forces have gathered around Aleppo, Syria's largest city and most important commercial centre, in what's expected to be a major showdown with anti-Assad forces. The northwestern city has more than two million residents.
Facebook tumbles The social-media site's shares have fallen below $23 this morning (July 27), down from the initial-public-offering price of $38, following disappointing first-quarter earnings.