Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 33. Alexei Kostrubitsky, head of the emergencies ministry for the rebel government, said late Thursday the last missing miner had been found dead. The blast occurred before dawn Wednesday more than 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) underground at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk city.
Quebec Cityâs fire department says Hydro-QuĂ©bec has been too quick to remove smart meters from the scenes of fires where faulty wiring may be an issue. âA fire is considered a crime scene and at a crime scene evidence should be left alone,â said France Voiselle, a department spokeswoman. He said Hydro-QuĂ©bec doesnât install theÂ boxes and arenât its responsibility. âThat belongs to the client that doesn't belong to Hydro Quebec,â he said.
All P.E.I. high school students will soon have to successfully complete a literacy assessment as part of a new set of graduation requirements, says the province. On Thursday, the Department of Education released details about the new requirements, which also include career education and personal development, physical education and creativity and innovation. In the English Language School Board, there will be new must-have credits in physical education, career education and Canadian social studies.
A New Democrat MP is asking the federal information watchdog to investigate a former Conservative ministerial staffer's systematic deletion of emails. Charlie Angus, the party's ethics critic, wants information commissioner Suzanne Legault to look into Michael Bonner's practice of deleting his electronic messages every two weeks. The former Jason Kenney aide's actions came to light in a recently published ethics commissioner's report that found Bonner had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act by accepting invitations to social galas from private organizations.
The former head of the committee watching over the country's security service says he doesn't see a need for greater oversight, even as the government expands the agency's mandate. Chuck Strahl says he thinks the existing five-member Security Intelligence Review Committee has done a good job to date and can handle it in the future. The government's latest anti-terrorism bill would expand powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and, among other things, would let it disrupt terror plots, rather than simply gathering intelligence. For one thing, he says, there is a lot of turnover in the membership of parliamentary committees, but what is needed for security oversight is experience.