Former UoM Student Faces Terror Charges
A former University of Manitoba student has been charged with conspiring to kill American soldiers.
Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh entered no plea during a brief court appearance yesterday before a federal judge in Brooklyn.
The FBI alleges Al Farekh, who was born in Texas, and two other co-conspirators were students in Winnipeg in 2007 when they started watching al-Qaida propaganda and hatching a plan to become martyrs abroad.
The trio is alleged to have left Manitoba after selling their belongings, disconnecting their phones and buying mountain boots that authorities say are commonly worn by al-Qaida fighters in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Tory Critic Calls Out CFS Minister
Some critics are doubtful the Manitoba government's promise to stop using hotel rooms to house children under Child and Family Services care will actually happen.
Ian Wishart, the Tory family services critic, says CFS Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross only reacts after a crisis, and he's not convinced she knows what to do.
He says hotel use should have been stopped years ago.
A 15 year old girl who had been placed by CFS in a downtown Winnipeg hotel was brutally attacked and critically injured earlier this week.
Another CFS ward, a 15-year-old boy, has been arrested and charged in connection with the attack.
Lesbian Couple Denied Daycare Spot
Manitoba's attorney general says he's outraged by allegations that a lesbian couple in Winnipeg was denied a daycare spot for their baby girl because of their sexual orientation.
James Allum says no one in this day and age should be denied service on those grounds.
The couple say the operator of an unlicensed home daycare refused to take in their 10-month old daughter only after learning they're lesbians.
They're filing a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.
Hard Landing Passengers Get Compensation
Air Canada is compensating passengers who were on the plane that crash landed at Halifax airport last Sunday.
Various media reports say each of the 133 passengers is receiving $5,000.
The airline says the money is meant to cover immediate and interim expenses.
About two dozen people were injured when the Airbus 320 slammed into the ground short of the runway in a snowstorm.
Quebec First Nation Community Grieves
A First Nations community in northern Quebec is overwhelmed with grief following the deaths of five men in a cabin fire.
The Cree hunters from the community of Mistissini are being remembered as men who loved laughter and the land around them.
They set out on a hunting trip last week but didn't return when expected.
A search party found three of the men at their camp on Wednesday and Quebec police located two others yesterday.
One of the victims was a police constable with the Cree nation government.
Bounty Posted For Kenyan University Attack Mastermind
Authorities in Kenya say they are still looking for the mastermind behind yesterday's massacre at a university.
Police have posted a $220,000 bounty on his head.
The attack by al-Shabab terrorists killed 147 people.
One survivor says the gunmen appeared to have planned extensively, and targeted a lecture hall where Christians had gathered for daily prayer.
Four of the extremists were killed and another was arrested.