Metro Snapshot: April 29, 2008
The Raptors were eliminated, the Habs lost, the economy was faltering, but hey, Canada's finally getting the iPhone! To find out what you need to know today, read the Metro Snapshot.
An aboriginal judge will lead a long-awaited commission to hear "horrendous"
accounts of abuse in native residential schools, and a woman who said she was abused by her husband told police on video that her husband had threated to kill her five weeks before she was found dead. Canada's faltering economy was the focus as Parliament resumed Monday, and the minister of immigration said that the government was trying to limit the number of immigration applications to Canada. The B.C. government introduced legislation to create North America's first carbon tax, which will start on Canada Day, and Rogers announced it would bring the Apple iPhone to Canada but did not specify a day.
U.S. Marines used helicopters and Humvees to launch an operation in southern Afghanistan, and the Communist Party of Cuba announced its first congress since 1997. A congressional investigation found that the White House is undermining the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to
determine health dangers of toxic chemicals by letting non-scientists
have a bigger—often secret—role. "By law the EPA must protect our families from dangerous chemicals,"
said Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the Senate committee's chairman.
"Instead, they're protecting the chemical companies." Barack Obama's former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright caused controversy by defending himself against allegations that he's anti-American.
Gwyneth Paltrow felt like a "shell of herself" when she was suffering from post-partum depression, and Mariah Carey said her failed marriage was like being kidnapped in a "golden cage." Coldplay announced they'd offer a free download of their new single, and Rick McGinnis took a closer look at Jimmy Fallon. The Raptors were eliminated, and the Philadelphia Flyers took the lead in their series against the Montreal Canadiens.