Deutsche Welle: Canada junior hockey team involved in fatal bus crash. Fourteen people died and 15 were injured when a truck collided with the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a game in western Canada. The team captain and head coach were among those who died. The team, made up of players aged between 18 and 21, was headed north to the town of Nipawin for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game when the accident occurred.
The Guardian: Canada bus crash: father finds son standing amid ‘devastating sight’. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 29 people were on the bus when it collided with a semi-trailer on a rural highway 200km (124 miles) north-east of Saskatoon. The crash left 15 people dead and more than a dozen injured, plunging hockey-loving Canada into shock and mourning.
Reuters: No NAFTA deal in principle to be announced at Lima summit: sources. Talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not advanced enough for the United States, Mexico and Canada to announce a deal “in principle” at this month’s Summit of the Americas in Lima, according to two people familiar with matter. The ministers responsible for NAFTA met on Friday in Washington, and said progress had been made on reworking the accord. But there was still too much to do unveil an agreement at the April 13-14 summit, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
Reuters: Canada weed stocks bummed out by legalization delays, government controls. Canadian marijuana stocks fell to their lowest level in more than four months on Tuesday, hit by lingering concerns about possible delays to legalization of recreational use, disappointment over proposed distribution rules and profit-taking following a strong run-up to a January peak. Liberal government officials have said legalization is unlikely by July as initially expected, with a Senate vote on the draft legislation planned only for June 7.
Russia Today: Facebook kicks out Canadian political consulting firm entangled in Cambridge Analytica scandal. Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ has been suspended on Facebook for alleged mishandling of user data, the social network said, as it continues damage control activity in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Last month a former Cambridge Analytica (CA) employee, Chris Wylie, told a UK parliamentary committee that the London-based company, deeply embedded in the ongoing data mining scandal, had potentially shared some of its Facebook harvested data with the Canadian AggregateIQ consultancy, which is accused of targeting social media users for political campaigns – including during the 2016 US election and the UK’s Brexit campaign.
Al Watan Voice – Palestine: Legislative Council expects more from Canada in the future. Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council have called on a visiting delegation of Canadian parliamentarians to push the government of Canada, which they described as a country of the rule of law and human rights, for greater support of the Palestinian cause. The Palestinian Advisor to the President on Foreign Affairs, Nabil Shaath, pointed out that excluding Jerusalem from the negotiations, along with continuous settlements and expropriation of water resources by Israel, pose a grave threat to the peace process. The Council stated that the peace process, two-state solution, and return to negotiations can only be made possible if pursued within an international framework that is based on international resolutions, especially so in a world that is increasingly multi-polar.