News for August 24th 2015

by Saturn de Los Angeles

A movement to help bring cancer awareness is about to become stronger. 

According to the Montreal Gazette, over a thousand participants raised 2.2 million dollars at the annual Weekend to End Women’s Cancers for the Jewish General Hospital.

Hospital representative Siobhan O’Brien says the funds over the walk's decade-long run have been used for equipment upgrades and in-depth research. 

With rapid developments in research and growing community support, a larger fundraiser will be initiated in 2016, called the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, where participants can help fund research on any kind of cancer. 

Over 6,000 women in Quebec will be able to receive breast cancer treatment this year, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

by Catlin Spencer

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday that if re-elected, the Conservative government will make membership fees for volunteer service clubs eligible for tax credits.

According to The Star, Harper says the tax break proposal is to recognize and support Canadians who give back to the community by joining clubs such as the Royal Canadian Legion. 

However, the NDP's Peggy Nash and the Liberals Chrystia Freeland have accused Harper of distracting the public from the Duffy trial and employing micro-measures instead of engaging the economy as a whole, respectively. 

The tax credit, if it were to come into effect, would enable service club members to claim up to 29 per cent of their membership costs, depending on how much they donate to charity.

by Patricia Petit Liang

French President Francois Hollande is awarding three American travellers the Legion of Honour on Monday, after they took down a gunman on a train.

According to CBC News, the trio who helped thwart the potential dangerous attack includes U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento University.

The gunman was a Moroccan man called Ayoub El-Khazzani, who is currently being detained by the French counterterrorism police outside of Paris.

A French citizen and a British man will also receive the Legion of Honour for helping to find and detain the gunman.