Metro Snapshot: April 18, 2008
The Pope prayed, the Conservatives were criticized, the flu shot flunked, and the housing boom may have gone bust. To find out what you need to know today, read the Metro Snapshot.
The Conservative party was criticized for mailing partisan leaflets at taxpayer expense, while some MPs pointed out that all elected parties have done the same. It was revealed that Canada did ask the U.S. not to send Omar Khadr to Guantanamo Bay in 2002 because he was a child, and the flu shot had "zero impact" on this year's main family of flu viruses. Home sales tumbled 13% compared to this time last year, and one analyst declared that "Canada's six-year housing market boom is officially over." The Toronto Transit Commission set a strike deadline of this Sunday.
The Pope prayed with victims of clergy sexual abuse in an intimate meeting, then prepared to address the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. 24 people will killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades—a Palestinian militant group—claimed that Israeli troops had killed one of their leaders. French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested a global food partnership to help with rising prices.