Eight stories in the news today, Jan. 19:
PM TRUDEAU HEADS OVERSEAS
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will head for the snowcapped Alps of Switzerland today, with the national and global economy following him across the Atlantic Ocean. Trudeau will fly to Davos, Switzerland and the World Economic Forum that brings together the world’s most powerful and influential political and business leaders, celebrities and activists.
NEW DEMOCRATS TO PLOT DIRECTION
The federal NDP caucus is in Montebello, Que., to begin a two-day retreat that will lay out a course for the next session of Parliament. The party was reduced to just 44 seats from 95 in the October election _ a result that has prompted questions about Tom Mulcair’s leadership. But he said Monday that he is fully motivated as leader and is excited to get down to work preparing for the next session of the new Parliament.
HEALTH MINISTERS PREPARE FOR MEETING
As the country’s health ministers prepare to meet in Vancouver, Ontario is already saying decisions on changing the health care funding formula should be left for another day. During last year’s election campaign, the Trudeau Liberals promised to negotiate a new health accord with the provinces and territories, including a long-term deal on funding.
PROTESTERS TO RALLY OUTSIDE KINDER MORGAN HEARINGS
The National Energy Board will hear oral arguments today from interveners commenting on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline. The hearings into the US$5.4-billion plan by Kinder Morgan to triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline will take place in Burnaby, B.C. First Nations and environmentalists say they will rally outside the hearing to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the hearings.
‘TROUBLING’ TORTURE DIRECTIVES UP FOR REVIEW
The Trudeau Liberals will review controversial directives enacted by the Harper government that allow for the sharing of information even when it might lead to torture, says the public safety minister. This “troubling set of issues” will be raised in the course of consultations on the overall national security direction of the new government, Ralph Goodale said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose will speak at a Manitoba Chambers of Commerce luncheon in Winnipeg.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer will post a report entitled “Household Indebtedness and Financial Vulnerability.”
Nova Scotia Finance Minister Randy Delorey will release the government’s 2016-2017 capital plan.
Seven days in 15 photos
Presenting the most compelling images from the last seven days, as selected by the Maclean’s photo department. Be warned that this week’s edition contains graphic content of a young boy killed during an airstrike in Syria.
Maaret al-Numan, Syria
A civil defence member carries a dead child in a site hit by airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria.