Seven stories in the news today, Jan. 8, from The Canadian Press:
CANADIAN OIL SANDS SHAREHOLDERS DECIDE ON SUNCOR OFFER
Shareholders in Canadian Oil Sands must decide today if they'll accept a takeover offer from Suncor. The bid from Canada's major oilsands producer expires this evening. Canadian Oil Sands management says the best way forward is to stay independent, saying the company is poised to prosper once crude prices recover.
ENERGY ON THE TABLE AS TWO PREMIERS MEET IN WINNIPEG
Western Canada's two NDP premiers meet today in Winnipeg to discuss energy. Manitoba's Greg Selinger and Alberta counterpart Rachel Notley will talk energy infrastructure, renewable energy and climate change priorities. Last month, Selinger promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-third in the next 15 years. Notley last month introduced a sweeping new climate change strategy.
QUEBEC BABY CRITICALLY INJURED IN FIRE
A baby in Victoriaville, Que., suffered critical injuries Thursday when a child seat was placed on a stove and caught fire. Police in the community northeast of Montreal said they were waiting to speak to the unidentified parents to determine exactly what happened. The father was being treated for burned hands and the mother was being treated for shock.
LATEST JOBLESS FIGURES DUE TODAY
Both the Canadian and American unemployment numbers for December will be released this morning. In November, the economy shed 35,700 jobs as the unemployment rate crept higher by one tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 per cent. Statistics Canada said the drop in jobs was due to a reversal to a significant October increase in temporary work likely generated by the federal election.
EX-NHL PLAYER SHELDON KENNEDY RETURNS TO CITY WHERE HE WAS ABUSED
Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy returns to the Saskatchewan city today where he was sexually abused while playing junior hockey. He is in Swift Current to launch an initiative for community organizations that will require criminal background checks on adults working with children. Kenney revealed that he was abused by his coach Graham James while playing for the Swift Current Broncos.
BORDER AGENCY TO USE PHOTOS TO WATCH FOR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS
The Canada Border Services Agency says it will start comparing images of people crossing the border with photographs of those on watchlists to keep suspected terrorists and other criminals out of the country. The decision comes despite a caution from the federal privacy watchdog, which warns the scheme could snare the wrong travellers, resulting in unwarranted scrutiny for some people at the border.
MAN WHO ATTEMPTED SUICIDE CALLS ON AMAZON TO STOP SELLING SHIRTS THAT MOCK SUICIDE
A Toronto man has launched an online petition calling on retailer Amazon to stop selling T-shirts that he says mock suicide. Mark Henick, who survived multiple suicide attempts as a teenager, takes issue with the T-shirts that have a graphic of one stick figure standing on a chair with a noose around its neck and another stick figure sitting on a chair eating popcorn above the words "Suicide Watch." Henick says Amazon should do the right thing and remove the products.
The Canadian Press