Five stories in the news today, Dec. 7:
BIEBER IN TORONTO FOR BENEFIT SHOW
Justin Bieber is set to perform in Toronto tonight to benefit an outreach centre in his hometown of Stratford, Ont. Proceeds from the acoustic concert at the Danforth Music Hall will go the Stratford House of Blessing, which has a food bank and services to help those in need. The organization says Bieber’s mom used its services when he was little.
LOW OIL PRICES PUT CALGARY IN BUST CYCLE
Low oil prices have put Calgary’s economy in a tailspin and has left Calgarians feeling uneasy. Home prices are down and unemployment is up. Stephen Scott lost his job with Cenovus Energy this fall and says even before he was out of work there was a lot of stress and negative talk in the energy industry.
CHINA BIGGEST CUSTOMER FOR POLAR BEAR FUR
New research has found that Chinese consumers have vaulted over American sport hunters as the main buyers of Canadian polar bear fur. The study will be presented this week at the ArcticNet conference in Vancouver, which is examining a wide range of issues affecting the Arctic. The study concludes there’s no reason to believe that the sale of bear hides or other parts threatens the animal’s future. Canada is the only country in the world that allows commercial trade in polar bears.
SCUD STUD TRIAL TO HEAR FROM DON MARTIN
Don Martin, the former columnist who wrote an article about Arthur Kent during the 2008 Alberta election is to testify today at a defamation trial in Calgary. Kent is suing Martin and Postmedia over a column which portrayed him as an ego-driven candidate who refused to be controlled by the Progressive Conservative party. Kent became known as the Scud Stud during his reporting on the Gulf War in the 1990s.
CBC HOPING FOR BETTER DAYS
Most would agree 2015 has been a tough year for the CBC. There was the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, as well as controversies involving former anchors Amanda Lang and Evan Solomon. Then add budget cuts that slashed news broadcasts, gutted sports and documentary divisions and put for sale signs in front of aging facilities. But with a more CBC-friendly Liberal government now holding the purse strings, can the beleaguered public broadcaster expect better days ahead?