INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS PANEL COULD SEEK REPEAL OF PAPAL BULLS
Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission is weighing whether to ask the Vatican to repeal the Papal Bulls of Discovery that granted 15th-century explorers the right to conquer the New World and the "heathen" aboriginals that called it home. Chair Murray Sinclair says the commission examining the impact of Canada's Indian residential schools is looking carefully at the 1455 and 1493 Catholic edicts as part of its final report.
MERKEL THANKS HARPER, OBAMA FOR SUPPORT ON UKRAINE
German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Ottawa Monday night having won support from Canada and the U.S for her effort to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. U.S. President Barack Obama is considering sending arms to Ukraine forces, but Germany opposes the idea. Harper, who called Merkel "a woman of great vision," said while the hope is for a diplomatic solution, he said he's looking at all options.
VIA TERROR TRIAL CONTINUES IN TORONTO
Testimony continues today in a Toronto court at the trial of two men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train in the name of radical Islam. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier face multiple terrorism-related charges in the alleged plot to target a train travelling from New York to Toronto. Not guilty pleas have been entered for both men. The trial heard Monday that a rift in the relationship between two suspects seemed to appear as they began hammering out the finer details of their alleged plot.
IEA SEES CANADA OUTPUT GROWING MORE SLOWLY
The International Energy Agency says Canada's crude output is expected to grow between now and the end of the decade, but not by as much as previously thought. In its latest report, the IEA predicts Canada's production will grow to just under five million barrels a day by 2020, about 810,000 barrels a day more than in 2014. However, that is 430,000 barrels a day less that it previously forecast.
ADULT SHOPS ANTICIPATE 'FIFTY SHADES' BUMP
With "Fifty Shades of Grey" arriving in theatres just in time for Valentine's Day, adult stores are anticipating a spike in interest from consumers curious about exploring the racier side of sex depicted onscreen. Vera Zyla, co-owner of the Art of Loving in Vancouver, said while she doesn't think "Fifty Shades" is the best-written book, she believes it has opened people's minds to exploring their sexuality.