The Daily News
The general responsible for all Canadian forces deployed overseas said Sunday that he had given "written direction" to the incoming commander of Task Force Afghanistan to come up with contingency plans to provide additional security during national elections that are slated to take place Aug. 20.
Among the possibilities was to put more Canadian boots on the ground during this crucial period. PAGE A7
VISA FRAUD: In the Canadian visa office in the northwestern Indian city of Chandigarh, one wall is plastered with everything from fake death certificates and doctors' notes to bank statements and transcripts from non-existent colleges.
Known to the staff as the "wall of shame," it stands as a daily reminder of what Immigration Minister Jason Kenney portrays as the tough job the mission's five immigration officers have in trying to separate legitimate applicants for visitors' visas to Canada from those backed by phoney claims and documents. PAGE A9
FIRST-CLASS CARBON: Turns out there's an environmental cost to the extra leg room, free wine, warm towels and hefty price tag that comes with first-class air travel, according to new research.
The Business Travel Research Centre at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom found that the carbon emissions level from first class may be more than double of those of passengers in the economy section.
As part of their "real estate calculation," they considered the average space occupied by first-class passengers and the actual load factors in both premium and economy cabins on transatlantic flights between North America and Europe. PAGE A12
AUSTRALIA FACES FIRES:Wildfires raged on in southeast Australia today after killing at least 108 people as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said arsonists were guilty of "mass murder."
The fires, some believed to have been intentionally lit, have become the most deadly in the country's history.
Thirty-one fires were still burning in worst-hit Victoria state, where all the deaths occurred. Entire towns have been razed by the flames.
The fires swept through some 3,000 square kilometres -- an area larger than Luxembourg or nearly three times the size of Hong Kong -- fed by tinder-box conditions after a prolonged heatwave. PAGE A9
HOUSING WOES: The state of homes on First Nations reserves in Canada is the elephant in the room, rarely discussed, but familiar to anyone driving through reserves on southern Vancouver Island.
The issues are sometimes muddied by the visuals that accompany them: neglect, mess and uncleanliness. Visits to Island reserves reveal many homes that are poorly constructed and filled with toxic mold, but a number of the same homes were strewn with garbage or in various stages of disrepair. PAGE A6