Five stories in the news today, Feb. 18, from The Canadian Press:
U.S. LIST MAY HAVE TRIPPED UP YOUNGSTERS
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is telling several families that the American no-fly list, not Canada's, might be what has been ensnaring their children. In a letter to a representative of dozens of families whose children have trouble boarding airplanes, Goodale says delays can occur for passengers who have the same name as a person on Canada's list, or "another security-related list such as the U.S. no-fly list."
ONTARIO TO ALLOW WINE SALES IN GROCERY STORES
Ontario plans to double the number of stores where wine will be sold, starting with about 70 supermarkets by this fall. Sources say Premier Kathleen Wynne will visit a Toronto supermarket this morning to announce that imported and domestic wines will be sold at up to 150 grocery stores across the province. Another 150 existing wine stores just outside a grocery store will be allowed to move inside the store.
QUEBEC HEARINGS BEGIN INTO TAXI INDUSTRY AND UBER
Hearings begin at Quebec's national assembly today into the province's taxi industry as well as related services such as Uber. They are scheduled to last several days against the backdrop of sometimes hostile clashes between cabbies and Uber drivers. The taxi industry feels Uber drivers are breaking the law and that the company's services are illegal.
ALBERTA SAYS NO MEDIA TO BE EXCLUDED FOR NOW
The Alberta government says it made a mistake and no reporters will be excluded from government news events while a review of the province's media policies is done. The statement comes after contributors to a conservative website founded by political commentator Ezra Levant said that they were barred from two government new conferences this month.
TRANSPORT MINISTER WANTS SENATE TO STUDY DRIVERLESS CARS
Transport Minister Marc Garneau wants a Senate committee to wrestle with the futuristic dream of driverless cars. He says such a study should examine the regulatory, policy and technical issues that need to be addressed so Canada can safely and smoothly make the transition to self-driving vehicles.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— Canadian companies reporting financial results include Canadian Tire, TransAlta Corp., Canfor Corp., Fortis Inc., Canam Group Inc., Iamgold Corp. and Cott Corp.
— Statistics Canada releases December figures for wholesale trade, employment insurance and travel to other countries.
— Commons international trade committee hears from department officials on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
— Conference of Defence Associations host a conference in Ottawa on security and defence. Keynote speakers include Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Veterans Minister Kent Hehr and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
The Canadian Press