News For Friday April 17th, 2015

by Patricia Petit Liang


Christopher Husbands has been sentenced to 30 years in prison with no parole after fatally shooting two people at Toronto’s Eaton Centre in 2012.

According to the Globe and Mail, Husbands has been convicted of two counts of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, one of count of criminal negligence and one count of carelessly discharging a firearm.

This is the first time in Canadian history that such a severe sentence has been given for second-degree murder.


by Catlin Spencer


Although it has yet to finalized, Cirque du Soleil is preparing to announce its sale of the famous Quebec circus troupe. 

According to CTV News, the announcement is supposed to come Monday, despite co-founder Guy Laliberte telling workers Wednesday that the sale agreement has not yet been concluded. 

Sources say the deal includes U.S. private equity firm TPG Capital, Quebec pension fund manager the Caisse de depot and China's Fosun Capital investment fund. 

The Cirques headquarters are apparently to remain in Montreal, while opening a support office in Shanghai.

Reports say the deal is worth just under 2 billion dollars, a price that is less than what Laliberte was originally seeking.