News for May 20th, 2015

by Emeline Vidal

Montreal will be seeing electric busses on it's streets next fall.

According to the Gazette, the STM will be testing three electric busses on the 36 line with charging stations at Angrignon and Square Victoria.
The busses will apparently only have to charge for six minutes to complete their 30 kilometre routes.
The busses will be tested for three years.

The B.C. government is under scrutiny after a report revealed that it failed to provide proper assistance to a distressed First Nations teenager.

According to CBC News, children’s rights advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond urged for accountability and reform for the well-being of aboriginal youth in downtown Vancouver.

A report shows that a blind teen known as “Paige” died due to a combination of extreme substance overdose and dangerous living conditions.

Despite reaching out for help, her case was underreported and was not given the proper care.

Turpel-Lafond says that Paige’s tragic death is one of more than one hundred similar cases on file.


The European Union is planning to launch a mission next month to destroy people-smuggling boats operating out of Libya.

According to BBC News, the plan is in response to the vast amount of illegal migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa and the Middle East to reach Europe.

In addition to disrupting smuggling networks, the European Commission is also urging the EU to adopt quotas for housing migrants and to ease pressure on Italy, Greece and Malta.

This year alone, more than 1,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean. 

The Southern Tablelands region of Australia experienced some rather peculiar weather is month- as millions of baby spiders rained down from the sky.

According to NBC news, the phenomenon known as “spider rain” or “angel hair” is actually not all that uncommon.

Baby spiders naturally use wind currents to travel, using their spider silk as parachutes. 

Unfortunately in this case, a change in wind currents caused the spiders to fall en-masse on the rural countryside.