The Canada Pension Plan total assets increased by almost $40 Billion in past year – CBC

Taking a break is part of your job – Quartz

May 17: The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia raises awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is calling for an independent investigation into the use of ‘excessive force’ in Gaza shootings – CBC, Globe and Mail

Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable. It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza. Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation.
– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Gaza violence


May 17

1642: Ville Marie, the city of Montreal, was founded by Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve.

1756: Britain declared war on France. The Seven Years War results in the British conquest of most of New France in North America.

1906: Construction on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway began at Prince Rupert, B.C. with the construction of a tool shed and the erection of tents as accommodation. The 4800 km long GTPR main line ran from Winnipeg and Edmonton to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec City for the start of the first royal visit to Canada by a reigning British sovereign. The royal tour extended to June 15, covering every Canadian province, the Dominion of Newfoundland, and a few days in the United States.

1939First televised baseball game airs on NBC.

1989Tessa Virtue was born this day. Along with skating partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 and 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017). They are also 2014 Olympic silver medallists and 2018 Olympic gold medallists in the team event.

1999: The Saskatchewan government awarded David Milgaard $10 million in compensation for his wrongful murder conviction and 23 years of imprisonment. Milgaard was cleared by DNA evidence in 1997.

2006: Captain Nichola Goddard died near Kandahar, Afghanistan. She was the first Canadian female combat soldier killed in combat.