Trudeau in the Hague and Panthers coach resigns amid scandal: In The News for Oct. 29

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 29 … What we are watching on the world stage …

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 29 …

What we are watching on the world stage …

THE HAGUE — Global security, trade and tulips will be on the agenda as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Dutch parliamentarians in The Hague this morning.

Trudeau is in the Netherlands for an official visit at the start of a six-day trip to Europe.

His whirlwind, 24-hour stop in Holland will also include a bilateral meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and a visit to the Canadian War Cemetery with Princess Margriet of the Netherlands.

His early morning speech to both the Senate and House of Representatives in the Hall of Knights will pay homage to the friendship that grew between the two countries following Canada’s lead role liberating the Netherlands at the end of the Second World War.

Trudeau and Rutte are expected to discuss trade, climate change and global security, including a joint effort to prevent further tragedies involving civilian airliners flying through conflict zones.

This weekend Trudeau will be in Italy for the G20 leaders’ summit and then he will fly to Scotland for the first two days of the United Nations Cop26 climate negotiations before he returns to Canada.

What we are watching in Canada …

VANCOUVER — The Canadian Coast Guard says the owner of a ship that lost 109 containers overboard in stormy weather last week has hired a contractor to try to recover the bins loaded with cargo.

It says in a statement that a salvage team was using thermal cameras to find remaining hot spots on the MV Zim Kingston after some of the containers caught fire last weekend. Active firefighting operations continued Thursday in containers that hold tires, it said.

Five containers have been spotted at the very northern tip of Vancouver Island, more than 400 kilometres away, but two containers carrying hazardous materials were not among them. The coast guard says trajectory modelling shows the containers that were still floating will continue to drift north.

Cargo in the containers include industrial and car parts, Christmas decorations, sofas, poker tables, clothing, toys, yoga mats, stand-up paddle boards and other everyday items.

The coast guard said air samples taken along the Greater Victoria waterfront show no negative effects from the ship.

“Once the initial response to the MV Zim Kingston is complete, the Transportation Safety Board may conduct an investigation into the incident, including why the ship lost containers during the storm and why some of the remaining containers caught on fire. Right now the highest priority continues to be putting the fires out and ensuring the remaining containers are secure before the ship is moved to port for unloading.”

The Transportation Safety Board says it’s gathering information on the incident and assessing the scope of the investigation it may conduct.

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is scheduled to report this morning how the economy fared in August, and give a first glimpse of what happened in September.

The flash estimate for gross domestic product for September will also be the first look the statistics agency provides for the third quarter of the year before finalizing the figures next month.

The agency said in August that the economy had its worst quarterly stretch since the start of the pandemic between April and June, contracting at an annualized rate of 1.1 per cent.

Real gross domestic product dropped 0.1 per cent in July, and the agency is set to finalize the size of August’s expected rebound.

A drop in consumer spending in September and shipping bottlenecks that have strained supply chains are expected to weigh down growth in the third quarter.

The Bank of Canada revised down its projection for growth in the third quarter of the year to 5.5 per cent from an annualized rate of 7.3 per cent in its previous forecast.

What we are watching in the U.S. …

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden declared Thursday he had reached a “historic” framework with Democrats in Congress on his sweeping domestic policy package, but he was still struggling for critical final support from skeptical colleagues for the hard-fought and dramatically scaled-back bill.

He’s now pressing for a still-robust package — $1.75 trillion of social services and climate change programs — that the White House believes can pass the 50-50 Senate.

Biden departed for Europe with Democrats closer to a deal but battles remaining as they press to finish up the final draft in the days and weeks ahead.

“It will fundamentally change the lives of millions of people for the better,” Biden said about the package, which he badly wanted before the summits to show the world American democracy still works.

“Let’s get this done,” he exhorted.

What we are watching in the rest of the world …

MOSCOW — City authorities have ordered most people to stay off work for at least 11 days, to stem coronavirus infections as new daily cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Russia surged to all-time highs. 

The government’s coronavirus task force on Thursday reported 1,159 deaths in 24 hours. 

To contain the spread President Vladimir Putin has ordered a nonworking period from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 when most state organizations and private businesses are to suspend operations. 

He encouraged the most affected regions to move faster, and Moscow did on Thursday. Kindergartens, schools, gyms, entertainment venues and most stores are closed, and restaurants and cafes only can provide takeout or delivery service. Putin also ordered unvaccinated people older than 60 to stay home.

The number of new daily cases in Russia rose by 40,096 on Thursday, topping a previous record reached earlier this week.

Authorities have blamed the surging contagion and deaths on Russia’s lagging pace of vaccinations. Only about a third of the country’s nearly 146 million people are fully vaccinated.

On this day in 1999 …

Sixteen years after their fight began, federal public servants won a pay equity deal. The Chretien government agreed to pay 200,000 mostly female, former and current employees between $3.3- and $3.6 billion.

In Sports … 

SUNRISE, Fla. — Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers on Thursday, two days after the second-winningest coach in NHL history was among those implicated for not swiftly responding to allegations by a Chicago Blackhawks player in 2010 of being sexually assaulted by another coach.

The announcement was made shortly after Quenneville met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York to discuss his role in what happened in Chicago during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, when a player named Kyle Beach said he was sexually assaulted by then-Blackhawks assistant Brad Aldrich.

Andrew Brunette — an assistant coach under Quenneville — was hired as the team’s interim coach, and is expected to make his debut when the unbeaten Panthers play at Detroit on Friday night. Brunette has never been a head coach.

Quenneville resigned with about three years and $15 million remaining on his contract with the Panthers. In a statement released to TSN, Quenneville said he resigned “with deep regret and contrition.”

“I want to express my sorrow for the pain this young man, Kyle Beach, has suffered. My former team, the Blackhawks, failed Kyle and I own my share of that,” Quenneville said. “I want to reflect on how all of this happened and take the time to educate myself on ensuring hockey spaces are safe for everyone.”

In entertainment …

TORONTO — Showrunner Anthony Q. Farrell says it was a “pretty colourblind” process when casting the family of CBC Gem’s new 30-minute sitcom “Overlord and the Underwoods.”

The show is about an alien living with human relatives in a Canadian suburb.

“We wrote all the scripts in advance, not knowing what the family was going to look like,” Farrell said in a phone interview.

“We didn’t know any specific ethnicity. We just wrote funny scripts. Once we started auditioning, the family became clear to us.”

That family turned out to be a pioneering one for the public broadcaster, he said, noting he hopes the show will “make way for more diversity and more fun” in Canadian TV.

“I think it’s the first mainstream comedy on CBC with a Black family at the lead and that’s huge,” said Farrell, a Black writer, actor and comedian who’s been trying to add more diversity to Canadian comedies for several years.

Debuting Friday on the streaming service, “Overlord and the Underwoods” stars Troy Feldman as the second most-wanted villain in the universe, who is sent to live in the family home of his distant human cousin on…

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