5 things you absolutely must know today

1. Canadian Pacific freight train carrying fuel derails on collapsing bridge over the Bow River in Calgary

The Deerfoot trail, Calgary’s busiest freeway, has closed amidst the derailing of a CP freight train over the swollen Bow River. About five rail cars, containing diesel fuel or kerosene, and the Bonnybrook bridge they were traveling on were slowly dropping into the river. The tanker cars are not leaking but officials are worried the oil product could catch fire. The bridge, built in 1912, has stopped falling as of 9 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time, this morning. [Calgary Herald]

2. Quebec man camping in Manitoba killed by falling tree in campsite

A 45-year-old Quebec man died early yesterday morning when a spruce tree crashed on a small tent containing him and his 44-year-old companion at the Falcon Lake Provincial Park beach campground. A strong gust of wind uprooted the tree which had to be sawed into pieces before the man was transported to Pinawa hospital in an ambulance. Witnesses said the two campers arrived just hours before the tragic event. [Winnipeg Free Press]

3. Prince Albert residents advised to be prepared for evacuation

Residents of Prince Albert who live near the North Saskatchewan River have been told to be ready to leave in case an evacuation is necessary due to flooding on the river. The North Saskatchewan River is expected to reach peak volumes sometime before week’s end. [CBC]

4. Officials in southwestern Manitoba call for premier to tour area

States of emergency have been declared in the rural municipalities of Albert and Pipestone after being slammed by two storms  June 22 and  June 25 and are asking Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to tour the area and offer compensation. The town of Reston, in the RM of Pipestone, received 245 millimetres of rain from the two storms, which have washed out roads and flooded basements. [CBC]

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5. Man connected to Rob Ford crack scandal pleads guilty to manslaughter

Nisar Hashimi has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the shooting death of Anthony Smith, who was photographed with Rob Ford outside the home of a cocaine dealer. Hashimi received a nine-year sentence and a deal which stipulates that evidence such as wiretaps, cellphones and any potential video involving Rob Ford will not be made part of the court record in the case. [Toronto Star]