Morning Headlines – November 29th

Graham Cox / November 29, 2018

Canadian Union of Postal Workers picket in Richmond during the Canada Post rotating strikes.
(Ahmadullah Rahmat / BCIT News)

BC Unions rally in support of Canada Post workers

The BC Federation of Labour is holding a rally in Vancouver on Thursday to support Canada Post employees who were forced back to work.

Outgoing President Irene Lanzinger expects a massive demonstration against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after the government legislated an end to rotating strikes earlier this week.

She says the strikes were a bit of an inconvenience, but they certainly were not undermining anything that’s essential to Canadians’ lives.

The rally at the convention centre comes a day after protesters from other unions blocked trucks at Canada Post’s processing centre in Richmond.

Canada sanctions Saudis linked to journalist’s murder

Canada has announced it’s imposing sanctions on 17 Saudi Arabian nationals connected with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The sanctions freeze any assets the targets might have in Canada and says they cannot enter the country.

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, announced that the moves are designed to target individuals who the government believes are responsible for Khashoggi’s murder last month.

Freeland also added she is calling for a credible, transparent investigation to identify all those who were involved in the journalist’s death. In the meantime, Canada is reviewing all arms sales to the Middle East and won’t issue any new export permits until the review is complete.

Canada has issued sanctions on 17 Saudis following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
(Alexey Novikov / Twitter)

The koi pond at Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens
(Vancouver Attractions)

Vancouver otter saga winding down

The Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is set to reopen to the public after being closed since last week because of an otter feasting on its fish.

The wild otter moved into the gardens for several days and ate 10 adult koi, while avoiding capture.

The Vancouver Park Board said garden staff drained the pond this week, removing the two remaining adult koi and nearly 350 juveniles. The fish were transferred to the Vancouver Aquarium for safekeeping.

According to the garden staff, the otter has cost the non-profit thousands of dollars, but has not been seen since Saturday.