News for July 17th, 2015

A Montreal man was refused service at Verdun Hospital on Wednesday after speaking to an administrative clerk in English.

According to CBC News, Praveen Albuquerque was denied assistance and was told by the hospital worker that because he is in Quebec, he must speak to her in French.

Patients’ right advocate Paul Brunet told reporters that although Quebecers are entitled to emergency medical services in both English and French, whether or not non-emergencies or administrative issues can be dealt with in English depends on the availability of personnel.

A representative from the Verdun hospital told reporters that all patients are entitled to service in English and should file a complaint if met with resistance.

A Toronto Police Services Board meeting was interrupted Thursday by protesters from the Black Lives Matter Toronto activist group- demanding an apology from the police chief and mayor for the death of Andrew Loku.

According to the National Post, Black Lives Matter is also asking the city of Toronto to pay for Loku's funeral and financial compensation for his family.
Loku was shot by police on July 5th after he allegedly refused to drop a hammer when instructed by police.
While Police Chief Mark Saunders offered his condolences to the family at the time of the meeting, Black Lives Matter say they will continue to protest for justice.


Russian president Vladimir Putin rejects the creation of an international tribunal for the investigation of the Malaysia Airline flight 72 downing.

The flight was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, over eastern Ukraine last year, killing 298 people on board.

According to the New York Times, Putin also decries that leaks to the press put the blame on Russian military personel, although the United States pubically blamed pro-Russian separatists.

Russia's Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused the U.S of rushing to judgment, on Thursday.