Five stories in the news today, Jan. 29:
PM VISITS LA LOCHE
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in La Loche, Sask., today to visit the scene of Friday’s shooting that left four people dead and a number of others wounded. A 17-year-old boy in the isolated Dene community of 3,000 has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
NORTH AMERICAN FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET
The environment, clean energy and security are on the menu today when North American foreign ministers meet in Quebec City. The meeting will set the table for the full-fledged leaders summit in Canada later this year. The three North American leaders were supposed to meet last year, but former prime minister Stephen Harper cancelled the summit.
NOTLEY TO ANNOUNCE OIL AND GAS ROYALTIES FRAMEWORK
Alberta Premier rachel Notley will unveil the province’s new oil and gas framework today in Calgary, at a time when the price of oil hovers around 30 dollars U.S. a barrel. Members of the industry say they’ve been given a fair hearing by a panel that the government set up to look into the matter. But Mark Salkeld of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada says the industry is on pins and needles as it awaits the announcement.
GHOMESHI GOES ON TRIAL NEXT WEEK
The trial of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi on sexual assault allegations is due to start in Toronto on Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. The controversy around Ghomeshi first came to light in 2014 when the CBC said it had cut ties with the radio host. Ghomeshi said at the time he had been fired because of a campaign of “false allegations.”
WHEN NIAGARA FALLS GOES DRY …
Officials in New York state are eyeing a plan that would see the U.S. side of Niagara Falls go dry for some months to rebuild two bridges. It wouldn’t happen until 2019 at the earliest. Niagara Parks Commission chair Janice Thomson says the dry rock wall would attract tourists like a nearly frozen falls did two years ago. Officials say there would be little effect on the environment.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
Statistics Canada will release the GDP figures for November and the industrial product and raw materials indexes for December.
The Council of Canadians will hold a demonstration in Ottawa in support of halting the Energy East pipeline.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna along with her provincial and territorial counterparts, will discuss climate change.