The random and brutal killing of an Iraqi student has landed an unemployed man with life in prison with no chance for parole for 13 years.

Jorden Larocque-Laplante argued he was so drunk he blacked out and didn’t recall stabbing  Abdullah Al-Tutunji nine times.

The killing was preceded by an unprovoked racial taunts in the parking lot of the McDonalds at Meadowlands and Prince of Wales on December 11th 2016.

According to the Citizen the judge said at the sentencing instead of greater chances for an immigrant family a young engineering student was killed in a random act of senseless violence.

That was also a term the defence lawyer used to described the second degree murder.

Defence did say it plans to appeal the conviction.

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The expansion and redesign of the Chateau Laurier will be a heated topic at Ottawa city council today.

Council will have to decide if they are good with the proposed design for the Chateau Laurier addition, which has received much criticism for not fitting in, or if they want to start over again and pull the heritage permit.

Councillor Mathieu Fleury will be tabling a motion to pull the permit today and says  arguments against his motion  are mostly about  legal and process…. But he says both are easily defendable.

This heritage permit was issued to Larco just over a year ago – but with strict guidelines…

Fleury feels the guidelines were not met… despite a member of city staff saying they were… allowing this project to move ahead.

Ottawa’s mayor has said that the city has no business telling the owner of a private property what to do.

The Chateau Laurier decision will be made today.

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An update on the Confederation Line of LRT is going to be presented this morning at the finance and economic committee.

The city has kept tight lip on whether there will be another delay, as Sunday was the deadline for Alstom to have the LRT trains ready for testing.

If the trains are ready to go today, the city could get the keys to the project by mid-August which would mean LRT is one step closer to opening to the public in September.

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A community hub for ride share company Lyft is coming to the capital.

The hub, located at 22-22 Carling Avenue, will mostly act as a support centre for drivers.

It will also be a lost and found for items left behind by riders.

Lyft has 50 hubs around the world, but this will be the first of it’s kind in Canada.

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Residents of Pikangikum First Nation fled their fire-threatened community by any means possible yesterday.

The northwestern Ontario First Nation is under an evacuation order because of a massive wildfire nearby.

The full evacuation began at the start of the week.

Some residents were flown out on military flights, while others fled the area on their own, by car and by boat.

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Change is coming to the military’s top ranks in the form of a surprise departure.

Canada’s top military man is extending his best wishes to his second-in-command, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, who is set to step down August 9th.

General Jonathan Vance took to Twitter last night, shortly after news of Wynnyk’s resignation, to thank him for his life of service and nearly 40 years of close friendship.

The Defence department released a statement nearly a year after the former army commander took over the job of vice-chief of the defence staff on a permanent basis, and Wynnyk is quoted as saying he has decided to reunite with his family.

But a letter from Wynnyk to Vance obtained by Global News suggests his resignation was actually brought on by Vance’s aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman to Wynnyk’s job — a post Norman held before his suspension as he dealt with breach-of-trust charges that were dropped this spring

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A horse has died at the Calgary Stampede.

The rodeo says the animal suffered a serious internal medical condition during Monday’s chuckwagon race and needed veterinary care.

The 14-year-old gelding died from that condition and a post-mortem exam was underway.

The Stampede did not specify what the condition is, but says there’s no indication it’s specific to chuckwagon racing.

National animal-rights group Animal Justice called on authorities to investigate the Stampede.

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Federal health officials are pulling some salad off the shelves in the eastern half of the country.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Eat Smart brand kale salad bags are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination, though there have been no reports of associated illnesses to date.

The 794-gram salad bags with best before dates of July 17th are being recalled in six provinces — Ontario, Quebec and all four Atlantic provinces.

The agency says the recall was triggered by test results and it is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to other recalls.

It says food contaminated with listeria may not look or smell spoiled, but it can still make people ill with symptoms that include vomiting, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

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Canada’s top banker, Stephen Poloz, will share his latest take on the economy today.

The update from the Bank of Canada governor is expected to signal more patience on interest rates.

The central bank’s policy-makers are widely expected to hold the trend-setting rate steady at 1.75 per cent — where it has been since October — as Canada exits a sharp slowdown.

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Canada’s 13 premiers will sit down behind closed doors in Saskatoon today to discuss such issues as trade and climate policy.

Host premier Scott Moe says one priority is breaking down trade barriers between the jurisdictions.

The gathering comes only three months before the October federal election, and as some conservative leaders are decrying federal energy policies and Ottawa’s carbon tax.

Yesterday, the premiers — except those from Ontario and three Atlantic provinces — visited Big River First Nation north of Saskatoon to meet with Indigenous leaders and were urged to get to work reforming child welfare systems for Indigenous youth.

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Several Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates are joining those calling for U-S Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to be fired or quit.

Before being appointed by President Trump in early 2017, Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida.

As such, he played a role in a secret 2008 plea deal that let wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein avoid federal prosecution after he was accused of molesting teenage girls.

Epstein has now been indicted on federal charges of child sex trafficking in New York.

Trump praised Acosta this week, but said he’ll give the handling of the Epstein case a close look.

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Iran’s president says Britain will face “repercussions” over the seizure of Iranian supertanker.

Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency today as calling the seizure “mean and wrong” during a Cabinet meeting.

Last week, authorities in Gibraltar intercepted an Iranian supertanker that was believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran’s crude oil to war-ravaged Syria.

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