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In the news today, Jan. 23


Five stories in the news for Tuesday, Jan. 23

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PM TRUDEAU TO SPEAK AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he's expected talk about economic benefits of hiring more women and creating conditions that will allow them to succeed. His talk is expected to be a preview of the themes for the G7 leaders' summit to be hosted by Canada in June.

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CANADA HOPEFUL A TPP TREATY WILL SOON BE SIGNED

The federal government is optimistic that Canada could sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as early as today.  A government official told The Canadian Press that Ottawa believes the deal can be struck, even though it would still like to see more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors. The talks underway in Tokyo are the first high-level talks since the leaders of the TPP countries met in November at the APEC summit in Vietnam, where Canada resisted signing on.

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BAD WEATHER CANCELS 3-DAY CAUCUS IN QUEBEC

Federal New Democrats have cancelled a three-day caucus meeting that was to be begin today in Saguenay, Que., because of poor weather. Several flights to the area north of Quebec City have been cancelled, leaving many NDP MPs unable to get to Saguenay in time for the meetings. An NDP spokeswoman says the party will try to hold its caucus later this week in Ottawa.

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POP-UP POT VENDORS FACE VANCOUVER POLICE CRACKDOWN

Police appear to be cracking down on pop-up stalls selling marijuana while frustrations mount over the open-air market operating in a prominent square in downtown Vancouver. A spokesman for Vancouver police declined comment on what he called an ongoing investigation, but vendors say officers raided merchants' tables in Robson Square the night before and arrested several sellers.

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FINAL DEBATE TODAY IN B.C. LIBERAL LEADERSHIP RACE

The six candidates vying to replace Christy Clark as leader of B.C.'s Liberal party will hold their final debate today. The Liberals will elect their new leader on Feb. 3. Three veteran cabinet ministers, Mike de Jong, Andrew Wilkinson and Todd Stone, are facing backbenchers Sam Sullivan and Michael Lee, as well as Dianne Watts, the ex-mayor of Surrey before winning a federal for the Conservatives.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc will announce new measures to protect North Atlantic Right Whales.

— Funerals will be held in Yarmouth, N.C., for two children who died in a house fire on Jan. 7 in Pubnico Head.

— The Canadian Olympic Committee will unveils a new brand platform and launche its PyeongChang 2018 campaign.

— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls holds hearings in Yellowknife.

— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland attends the fourth ministerial meeting of the Lima Group.

— Academy Awards nominations will be announced this morning.

 

The Canadian Press

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