Eight stories in the news today, Jan. 22:
OTTAWA LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HEALTH MINISTERS
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says she will work with her provincial and territorial counterparts to make drugs more affordable and expand community care. Philpott, who spoke at the end of a two-day meeting of health ministers in Vancouver, said a working group has been formed to discuss a national pharmaceutical strategy.
FUNERAL IN MONTREAL TODAY FOR CELINE DION’S HUSBAND
Hundreds of people are expected to pack a Montreal church today to pay their final respects to Rene Angelil. The husband of pop superstar Celine Dion died last week. The service will be held at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, the same church where the couple married in 1994.
VERDICT EXPECTED TODAY IN ONLINE HARASSMENT CASE
A verdict is expected today in what is believed to be the first criminal harassment case in Canada involving Twitter. Two women’s rights activists in Toronto have alleged they were harassed by Gregory Alan Elliott. He has denied directing making threatening or sexual comments toward the women, with his lawyer portraying the Twitter exchanges as as “an ugly political debate.”
LOW OIL PRICES HAVEN’T DRIVEN DOWN PUMP PRICES
A Bank of Canada analyst says oil prices have dropped about 75 per cent from their 2014 peak level, but gasoline prices haven’t matched the drop. Gas prices in Canada averaged $1.02 per litre in December when crude cost $27.40 a barrel, but when oil sold for the same price in January 2009, the average price for gas was 82 cents a litre. Analysts say other factors play a role in gasoline prices, such as the low Canadian dollar, higher margins at refiners and increased taxes.
CANADA-EU TRADE DEAL COULD BE IN FORCE BY NEXT YEAR: ENVOY
A senior diplomat says a trade deal between the European Union and Canada won’t need to be fully ratified to come into effect. The EU- ambassador to Canada says the final text will be presented to the European Parliament by this summer. Marie-Anne Coninsx says if the EU Parliament approves it, the deal can start to come into effect, possibly as early as next year.
SPY AGENCY WANTS TERROR HEARING HELD IN SECRET
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is back in court asking that information about its involvement in a B.C. terrorism probe be kept secret from the public. For the second time in two weeks, CSIS has asked a British Columbia Supreme Court judge to allow a closed-door hearing into whether the RCMP entrapped a couple found guilty in a terrorist bomb plot.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Toronto.
Statistics Canada will release the retail trade figures for November and the consumer price index for December.