May 2005 in Canada

May 2005 in Canada

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Deaths in May

2Robert Hunter

Ongoing events

• Budget/confidence vote
Men's World Championship in Hockey
2005 Quebec student strike
National Hockey League labour dispute
• U.S.-Canada softwood lumber dispute
Same-sex marriage debate
Judy Sgro controversy/"Strippergate"
Sponsorship scandal

Upcoming events

• TBD: Same-sex marriage vote

Upcoming holidays

• May 23: Victoria Day
• May 23: National Patriotes Day (QC)
• June 24: Fête nationale du Québec (QC)
• June 24: Discovery Day (Nfld. & Lab.)
• July 1: Canada Day (Memorial Day: NL)
• August 1: Civic Holiday1
• September 1: Centennial Day²
• September 5: Labour Day
• October 10: Thanksgiving
• November 11: Remembrance Day
• December 25: Christmas
• December 26: Boxing Day
1 exc. QC, NL & YT
• ² Alta. & Sask. held in 2005 only

Recent elections results

• May 17: British Columbia general

Upcoming elections

• May 24: Labrador federal by-election
• ?: 39th general election

May 28, 2005

  • The three stranded climbers trapped on Mount Logan were rescued late Friday after the storm keeping them there broke. Two more climbers ascended the mountain and kept them warm before they were airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. (CBC)

May 26, 2005

May 25, 2005

  • After a send-off spectacle at Calgary's Saddledome, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh return to London. (CBC)

May 24, 2005

May 23, 2005

May 21, 2005

May 19, 2005

  • The House of Commons votes on two crucial budget bills. Bill C-43 carries with a vote of 250 yea, 54 nay. Bill C-48 is tied with a vote of 152 yea, 152 nay, with the Speaker voting in favour, breaking the tie and carrying the bill. The Canadian government survives the vote of confidence. (CBC)
  • The Federal Court of Appeal upholds a lower court ruling that denied the Canadian Recording Industry Association's request of revealing the personal information of users of 29 IP addresses which it believes are heavy downloaders of copy-righted music. The ruling sights the need for increased privacy protection since "the potential for unwarranted intrusion into personal lives is now unparalleled." (P2PNews)
  • After receiving approval of the Canadian Senate on Wednesday, Bill C-15 receives royal assent today to become law. The bill amends the Migratory Birds Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to increase the penalties for ships that pollute Canadian waters and allow charges to be filed against individual ship employees. (CP)

May 17, 2005

May 15, 2005

May 12, 2005

  • Statistics Canada releases a report that illustrates family incomes across Canada in 2003. Among the highlights:
    • average after-tax income fell from $60,400 in 2002 to $59,900 in 2003
    • Ontario, followed by Alberta, had the highest average after-tax income at $66,500 and $64,900 respectively
    • Newfoundland and Labrador had the lowest average after-tax income at $47,100
    • Prince Edward Island had the lowest rate of low-income families at 3.7%
    • British Columbia had the highest rate of low-income families at 11.6%

(Globe&Mail) (StatCan-TheDaily)

  • An Ontario man is sentenced to 15 years in prison and a lifetime driving prohibition after killing two people in two separate drunk driving accidents. He becomes the first Canadian to be twice convicted of impaired driving causing death in separate collisions. (CTV)
  • A study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health finds that the better the access to fast food restaurants in a neighbourhood the higher the levels of hospital admissions and coronary disease in that neighbourhood. (CTV)

May 11, 2005

  • Prime Minister Paul Martin sets May 19 as the date for a vote on the 2005 budget which he says will be considered a confidence vote in the government.(CP)
  • Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay startles royal watchers when he greets Princess Margriet of the Netherlands with a signature Montreal two-cheek kiss. The princess is flustered, but quickly recovers, delivers the speech, and returns the kiss. Both the royals and the mayor deny any serious protocol breach. The princess, who was born in Ottawa, is visiting Montreal as part of the commemorations of Canada's help in liberating the Netherlands during World War II. (CBC)

May 10, 2005

  • House of Commons opposition members of parliament pass a motion to instruct a house committee to call for the resignation of the government. The 153 votes of the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois defeat the 150 votes of the Liberals and NDP. There are three absences on the government side. Although the motion is classified as a procedural instruction to a committee, the Tories and BQ call on the government to resign. (There is debate between parties and constitutional experts as to whether or not this is a no confidence motion.) (CBC)
  • Judy Sgro controversy/"Strippergate": Harjit Singh, the deported pizza-store owner who accused MP Judy Sgro of influence peddling retracts his accusations. Judy Sgro withdraws her $750,000 defamation lawsuit. (National Post)

May 8, 2005

May 7, 2005

May 6, 2005

May 5, 2005

  • A board of inquiry for the Navy concludes that the fire aboard HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK 879) on October 5, 2004, that killed one crewmember was an accident and not the fault of the captain or any other crewmember. (CP)
  • Quebec announces it will eliminate religious instruction in schools in 2008. The province's education system is currently using the 'notwithstanding clause' of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in order to teach Catholic and Protestant religions in public schools. (Globe&Mail) (CTV)

May 4, 2005

May 3, 2005

May 2, 2005

May 1, 2005

  • Four new polls suggest that the Liberals are tied or leading over Conservatives for popular support. According to EKOS Research Associates poll of 1,212 voters, the parties had the following percentage of support:
An independent poll of 1,000 voters by Ipsos-Reid had similar results, except that the Conservatives (33%) were ahead of the Liberals (30%), the NDP had 17%, and the Green Party had 5%. (CBC)
  • Public security minister Anne McLellan and former Ontario premier Bob Rae met with families of Air India victims. Bob Rae has been appointed to investigate whether the Air India incident requires a public inquiry. (CBC) (CP)
  • Quebec premier Jean Charest disagrees with federal Revenue minister John McCallum's statement that Ontario's request for additional federal funding threatens national unity. (CP)
  • Flooding along the St. John River in New Brunswick has forced Fredericton to close several roads. The high level of water in the river from spring thaw, combined with the heavy rainfall, is forcing some people in New Brunswick and Quebec from their homes. Officials do not expect the flood to continue for much longer. (CBC) (CTV)
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia introduces a voluntary gambling tool known as a "smart card" to help counteract gambling addiction. Rather than pay cash at video lottery terminals, gamblers can pay using a smart card. If a gambler wishes to only spend a certain amount of money, they program their smart card to only allow that amount. The card will become mandatory in the fall. (CBC)

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