Six stories in the news for Tuesday, Jan. 16
RUSSIA, CHINA, SLAM VANCOUVER MEETING ON S. KOREA
Canada and the U.S. co-host a meeting in Vancouver today to discuss the perils posed by North Korea. But China and Russia won’t be there and both have criticized the gathering. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concedes that China and Russia are integral to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, but says “a diversity of approaches” is better than picking one lane and deciding that this is going to be the way it happens.
VANCOUVER TEEN SHOT IN CROSSFIRE DIES.
Vancouver police have assigned more than 50 officers to investigate a brazen gunfight that killed a 15-year-old boy after he was struck by a bullet while passing in a vehicle with his family. The BC Coroners Service says the teen died on Monday after being shot on Saturday. The boy was with his parents in the vehicle when shots were fired between at least two people. Police say a 23-year-old man who was the target of the attack also died in hospital.
LAC-MEGANTIC DELIBERATIONS ENTERING DAY 6
A jury will deliberate for a sixth day today at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster. The 12 jurors are deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, who are charged in connection with the July 2013 tragedy in which 47 people were killed when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. The three men pleaded not guilty.
WINNIPEG WOMAN WANTS MEN-ONLY CLUB TO CHANGE
A former chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce says it’s time men-only clubs open their doors to women. Jodi Moskal, an electrician who also ran for the provincial Progressive Conservatives in a byelection last year, has been researching clubs in Winnipeg and found the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club continues to ban women as members as it has since opening in 1909.
THINK TWICE BEFORE SUPPRESSING THAT SNEEZE
With flu rates rising, there’s a lot of sneezing going on, But ear, nose and throat doctors advise against trying to stifle those sneezes because doing so can cause an injury. One such case is detailed in the journal BMJ Case Reports about a 34-year-old U.K. man who ruptured his throat after pinching his nose and clamping his mouth shut to contain a mighty sneeze. While a suppressed sneeze can cause injury, doctors say such cases are relatively rare.
WINTER OLYMPIC FLAG BEARER TO BE UNVEILED
The Canadian flag bearer for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be introduced later this morning. Prime Minister Juston Trudeau will be part of the ceremony in the foyer of the House of Commons. Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser had the honour at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The Opening Ceremony for the Pyeongchang Games will be held on Feb. 9.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Senior economists from Scotiabank, RBC and TD Bank gather in Ottawa to share their economic outlook for 2018.
— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak at a Liberal fundraiser in the evening in Woodbridge, Ont.
— Departure ceremony in Halifax for HMCS St. John’s as the ship deploys for duty in the Mediterranean Sea.
— Nova Scotia Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan will make an announcement relating tidal energy research.
— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will release a strategy on educational services for children up to the age of 8.
— Green party Leader Elizabeth May holds a town hall meeting in Salt Spring Island, B.C.
— Statistics Canada will release investment in non-residential building construction for the fourth quarter.