Four stories in the news today, Dec. 21, from The Canadian Press:
FINANCE MINISTERS HASH OUT ISSUES
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau gets down to brass tacks today with his provincial counterparts at a meeting in Ottawa. The ministers will talk about public-pension reform, infrastructure spending and growing the economy among other topics. The meetings started last night over dinner.
SAJJAN GETS LAY OF LAND IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is in the Middle East meeting with Canadian military personnel and some of his defence counterparts. He met with Iraq’s defence minister on Sunday and earlier met with his Egyptian counterpart. Sajjan’s visit comes days after the Islamic State launched a major offensive in Iraq, but his office says the minister’s trip was planned before the attack. Sajjan will also visit the Canadian warship HMCS Winnipeg before he returns to Canada.
CANADIANS AMONG INJURED IN VEGAS CRASH
One person was killed and several Canadians were among the more than two dozen people injured when a car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip. Police say a woman intentionally swerved her car onto the busy sidewalk two or three times. A University Medical Center spokeswoman says at least five Canadians were brought to its trauma centre, including one in critical condition.
MANY FIRST NATIONS LACK ADEQUATE FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES
A federal government report says nearly half of First Nations in Canada have little or no fire protection. The report from 2011 examined insurance coverage for First Nations Communities. It found many rely too heavily on poorly trained volunteer firefighters who can’t do the job and many depend on a neighbouring municipality. British Columbia and Manitoba had the highest percentage of First Nation sites with little to no fire protection.
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Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) jump as part of their winter training in temperature of negative 26 degrees Celsius at China's border with Russia.