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12 stories in Canada we’re watching today

In the news today: Health ministers meet, plus an update on Syrian refugees in Canada


 
Canada's Immigration Minister John McCallum speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Canada November 24, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Canada’s Immigration Minister John McCallum speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Canada November 24, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Twelve stories in the news today, Jan. 21:

HEALTH MINISTERS TO RAISING FUNDING WITH FEDS

Issues from increased funding to marijuana will be on the table when the provincial and territorial health ministers meet with their federal counterpart today in Vancouver. The ministers say they will ask federal Health Minister Jane Philpott to boost Ottawa’s share of health spending to at least 25 per cent of their budgets.

FUNDS COMING FOR MORE REFUGEE CENTRES

More cities could see Syrian refugees sent their way but federal funds to help support them will only last until March 2017. The influx of refugees has forced agencies in at least three of the 36 destination cities for government-assisted refugees to request a break in the action to hire extra staff and find permanent homes for those who have already arrived before any more are cleared to arrive.

DELIBERATIONS RESUME AT CONST. FORCILLO TRIAL

A jury will resume its deliberations today in the case of a Toronto police officer charged with murder after gunning down a teen on an empty streetcar in July 2013. Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.

RENE ANGELIL VIEWING SET FOR MONTREAL TODAY

Mourners will have a chance to pay final respects today to Celine Dion’s late husband, Rene Angelil. A viewing will be held at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, with members of the public able to pay tribute between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Angelil died Jan. 14 at his home in Las Vegas after a long battle with throat cancer just two days shy of his 74th birthday.

LOW LOONIE SILVER LINING: CREDIT CARD REWARDS

The low loonie hasn’t been kind to Canadians. Groceries cost more, unemployment is creeping up and domestic investments are underperforming. But amid all the bad news, credit card rewards collectors can take some relief in earning more points than before when spending money or shopping in the U.S., even though it isn’t exactly the perfect time to go on a cross-border shopping spree in a bid to horde extra points.

WARM WEATHER MEANS OVERFLOW OF WINTER APPAREL

Bargain shoppers are enjoying deep discounts on winter apparel as unseasonably warm weather in Eastern Canada has left retailers with overflowing stocks of snowsuits, boots and tuques. Sales of winter outdoor clothing have plummeted as a result of temperatures that have been above normal this winter, said Fred Fox, CEO of Planalytics, a Pennsylvania firm that researches how weather affects North American businesses.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Federal officials will hold a technical briefing on Canada’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Statistics Canada will release the employment insurance figures for November.

Canadian Pacific Railway will release its fourth-quarter and year-end results.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer releases a report on the impact of changes to the personal tax regime.

Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous will announce additional support for high-tech innovation and research.


 
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