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Fliers wait longer in security lines after terror plot

Published August 13, 2006

Restrictions at Canadian airports, including no liquids in carry-on luggage, are the next step in expanded security precautions.

Jacques Duchesneau of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said it's taking about 10 minutes longer to go through security with the new rules. They began after Britain said it foiled a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners using liquids smuggled in hand luggage.

Although there appears to be no direct threat to Canadian travelers, the liquid and gel ban is not going to be eased soon, Duchesneau said.

In fact, travelers are being told to get rid of everything from face creams to applesauce snack packs and tubes of toothpaste.

But Canadians don't see a need for additional antiterrorism laws, said Stockwell Day, Public Safety minister.

"We have a high degree of confidence in the existing security system in place in Canada and also in our laws," he said.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said the only exceptions under the no-liquid rule are baby formula, breast milk and juice if an infant or youngster is traveling. Medicines prescribed in the traveler's name and nonprescription medicine such as insulin were also allowed.

Afghanistan toll reaches 25

A Canadian soldier was killed in Afghanistan in an accidental shooting just after he arrived for a six-month tour of duty.

Master-Cpl. Jeffrey Scott Walsh was the sixth Canadian soldier to die in southern Afghanistan this month and the 25th since Canada sent troops to the country four years ago.

Funerals were held in Canada for the three latest casualties of a rocket-propelled grenade attack by Taliban forces west of Kandahar.

Killed were Pvt. Kevin Dallaire, Sgt. Vaughn Ingram and Cpl. Bryce Keller. They were with the 1st Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton.

A funeral was also held for Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener, of Burlington, Ontario, one of four U.N. observers killed July 25 in Lebanon.

News in brief

- The Canadian government is redeveloping a playground in Vancouver's Stanley Park to honor those who died aboard Air India Flight 182 in 1985. Among the victims were 82 children. Last year, a Canadian court acquitted two men suspected of plotting the terrorist bombing.

- Winnipeg Police Chief Jack Ewatski said in an inquiry he didn't withhold evidence about the 1991 wrongful murder conviction of James Driskell that could have spared the man years in prison. Ewatski, head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, was an inspector at the time. Attorney Michael Code suggested Ewatski didn't share details that cast doubt on a key witness.

- Independent researchers have given a clean bill of health to Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, once a testing ground for the war defoliant Agent Orange. The federal government hired the researchers to report on the herbicide spraying at the New Brunswick base. They concluded that current levels of dioxin are too low to be of serious concern.

Facts and figures

Canada's dollar has advanced to 88.95 cents U.S., while the U.S. dollar returns $1.1242 in Canadian funds before bank exchange fees.

The Bank of Canada's key interest rate is unchanged at 4.25 percent, and the prime lending rate is 6 percent.

Canadian stock markets were mixed, with the Toronto exchange index higher at 11,943 points and the Canadian Venture Exchange down to 2,618 points.

Lotto 6-49: Wednesday 13, 15, 28, 29, 33 and 47; bonus 25. (Aug. 5) 2, 13, 19, 25, 30 and 32; bonus 40.

Regional briefs

- New Brunswick voters will elect a new provincial government on Sept. 18. Conservative Premier Bernard Lord set the date after deciding to end the four-year term of his government. The Conservatives slipped to a minority position after the resignation of Cabinet minister Peter Mesheau. Liberal Leader Shawn Graham said New Brunswickers are ready for a change.

- Victims of physical and sexual abuse at a former British Columbia institution for the mentally ill are angered over a compensation package offered by the provincial government. Bill McArthur, one of 3,314 abused residents of Woodlands School in New Westminster, which closed 10 years ago, said compensation based on the degree of abuse is "very inhumane."

- Heavy demand and transmission problems are blamed for power outages that left areas of Calgary and Edmonton in the dark last month. The cities in Alberta had record heat, putting demands on the electrical system. Lightning shut off a transmission line from British Columbia and several coal-fired power plants had failures.

Jim Fox can be reached at

[Last modified August 13, 2006, 02:21:04]

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