Five stories in the news for Wednesday, May 2———COMMONS VOTES TO SEEK PAPAL APOLOGYMembers of Parliament on all sides have voted to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize in person to Indigenous Peoples for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada. New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash introduced the motion, which passed by a margin of 269-10.———FUNERAL TO BE HELD FOR VAN ATTACK VICTIMA funeral is to be held today for another of the 10 people killed in last week’s van attack in Toronto’s north end. Anne Marie D’Amico was among those killed when a van plowed through pedestrians on a sidewalk late last month. Two elderly victims were laid to rest yesterday — Geraldine Brady and Dorothy Sewell.———FLOODING EXPANDS ALONG SAINT JOHN RIVERFloodwaters are washing through several communities along the Saint John River, stranding residents, soaking basements and making islands out of homes. Government officials said Maugerville, Jemseg, Sheffield, Grand Lake and Oak Point had all exceeded flood-stage levels and were seeing extensive flooding, much like Fredericton has been experiencing since Friday.———CP RAIL WORKERS TO VOTE ON FINAL OFFERTeamsters Canada, which represents some Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. employees, says workers will vote on the railway’s final from May 14 to 23. The union has urged members to reject the offer, after which it will try to resume negotiations. The union says if CP declines to bargain or the talks fail, workers will provide 72-hours notice ahead of a strike.———EX-SASKATCHEWAN PREMIER LANDS NEW JOBBrad Wall has stepped into a new job with an Alberta law firm just months after walking away from the premier’s office in Saskatchewan. Wall, who retired from politics in January, was hired by law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt on Tuesday as a special adviser. Wall had led the Saskatchewan Party three straight majority governments.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release the gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories, 2017.— Health Canada officials will hold a technical briefing on the federal response to the opioid crisis.— Loblaw Companies, Stelco Holdings, Maple Leaf Foods and Cineplex among companies reporting results.— The Aga Khan is visiting Canada through Friday to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee.— The Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, begins three-day visit to Canada.
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