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University of Alberta shooting leaves three dead


Image: HUB Mall in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta, via Flickr

Three people are dead, and a fourth is in hospital following what looks to be an attempted armed robbery gone wrong at Edmonton’s University of Alberta, early Friday morning.

CTV Edmonton is reporting shots were fired just after 12 a.m. MT at the University of Alberta’s HUB mall. Some reports say the three victims were employees of an armoured vehicle security company, though police have yet to confirm their identities or occupations. For now, no students appear to be involved in the violence at HUB Mall, a retail complex which is also home to student residences. 

The University of Alberta has sent a tweet from their official account saying the mall has been locked down.

A tweet sent from the University of Alberta account said the mall has been locked down. Police spokesman Scott Pattison says the suspect, or suspects, are still at large, and an investigation is underway.

Toronto Zoo’s elephants should still head south despite positive TB test


Image: Flickr

After a long-publicized will-they-or-won’t-they battle, city councillors who support sending Toronto Zoo’s African elephants to the PAWS sanctuary in California say the three should still move south, despite an elephant’s positive TB test at the facility.

The Star is reporting that Annie, a 52-year-old Asian elephant at PAWS, has tested positive for TB in preliminary tests, and will not begin treatment until further confirmation.

Annie, the elephant in question, has already been in quarantine for more than three years, as have two other Asian elephants who have been exposed to the disease. Last year, city council voted to send Toronto’s elephants, Iringa, 42, Toka, 41 and Thika, 31, to PAWS in Sacramento, creating a back-and-forth controversy for eight months. 

Toronto councillors who have supported the move will continue to do so, even in the face of controversy. 

A Jack Layton CBC Biopic Raises Eyebrows


Image: Flickr

The CBC commissioned a Jack Layton biopic, entitled, Smilin’ Jack: The Jack Layton Story, on Wednesday. The network, which prides itself on its commitment to Canadian content, also greenlit a Gordie Howe film, and another, Still Life, based on a smalltown Quebec murder mystery.

Smilin’ Jack will center around the charismatic politician’s life in the face of the 2011 election, and some say the television-movie will shoot in Winnipeg later this summer. Meanwhile, Scott Stinson at the National Post calls this move “catnip for the lions,” for those who accuse the Canadian broadcaster of having too much of a liberal bias.

The press release also dubbed Layton “one of the country’s most treasured politicians.” 

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Joanna Adams is the online and social media editor for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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