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Kent looks lost in shuffle

OTTAWA -- Environment Minister Peter Kent seems to be preparing for a demotion to the backbenches in the federal cabinet shuffle expected as early as next week.

In a posting on his Facebook page, Kent says political life doesn't focus on a cabinet seat.

Returning to the ranks of regular MPs would bring its own challenges, he says.

The former news broadcaster says he will run again in the 2015 election whether or not he is a minister.

He says there are many talented MPs in the Conservative caucus and it may be time to make room for younger blood around the cabinet table.

Kent, who will turn 70 later this month, was first elected in 2008.

Elephants unlikely to fly

TORONTO -- There seems to be no flying on the horizon for three aging elephants at Toronto's zoo.

Plans to transport the animals to a sanctuary in California by plane have stalled for months and now zoo officials are considering moving them by ground.

The new plan would see Toka, Thika and Iringa travel to the PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary near Sacramento, Calif., on trucks.

Julie Woodyer of Zoocheck Canada -- a national zoo watchdog -- says the trip would last about 50 hours, with several stops for refuelling and check-ups.

She says at least two veterinarians and six handlers would be accompanying the elephants on their journey.

The preliminary plan has been presented to the CEO of the Toronto Zoo for approval and will then be sent to city hall.

Toronto City Council voted in 2011 to send the three elephants to the U.S. facility after groups voiced concern about the animals' welfare.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2013 A21

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