Justice Patrick LeSage, the judge in the Paul Bernardo murder trial, scolded lawyers for delaying the case “far too long,” but agreed to adjourn the proceedings until Sept. 12. According to LeSage, the court had done “probably three days work” in the three months since Bernardo’s arraignment. Defence lawyer Ken Murray, meanwhile, said he will ask to move the high-publicity trial to a different community. Bernardo, 29, is charged in the sex slayings of Kristen French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14, both of whom lived in the St. Catharines, Ont., area where the trial is proceeding. His ex-wife, Karla Homolka, was convicted of manslaughter last year in the two girls’ deaths and is serving a 12-year sentence.
A lightning bolt struck a baseball diamond in Ancaster, Ont., killing 19-year-old leftfielder Matt Krol of Calgary and sending more than 20 others to hospital. The tragedy, which happened during a game between the Calgary Blues and the Fraser River Chiefs of British Columbia, cast a pall on the Canadian Big League Championships, a ball tournament for teenage players from across the country.
STUDENT LOAN HIKES
Human Resources Minister Lloyd Axworthy, citing a “growth in education costs borne by students,” increased the loan limit for full-time students to $165 a week from $105. Axworthy also raised the annual ceiling on loans to part-time students to $4,000 from $2,500. More than 280,000 students are expected to receive loans in the coming year.
STAMPS DOWN UNDER
For the first time, Canada Post has awarded a printing job for non-commemorative stamps to an offshore company. The post office granted Leigh-Mardon Security Printing Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia, a one-year contract to print 800 million 43cent Maple Leaf postage stamps.
A FIERY CRASH
A twin-engine Cessna crashed in StIrénée, Que., about 150 km northeast of Quebec City, killing all six people aboard. The plane had left from St-Augustin, on Quebec’s north shore, and had just refuelled at St-lrénée, where it was to head further south for Trois-Rivières. But shortly after takeoff, eyewitnesses saw its left engine catch fire, and it crashed before pilot Luc Lachance, 37, of La Malbaie, Que., could get back to the airport only a few kilometres away.
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