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Canada News Advisory for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023



Here are the latest Canada News stories:


BoC hikes key rate again, says it plans to hold

Pressure builds on Canada to send tanks to Ukraine


Union wants national transit safety task force

Trudeau, premiers to meet on health care deal

66 more potential graves at former B.C. school

Industry committee meeting on Rogers-Shaw deal

Ukrainian refugee hockey team heads to Quebec City


66 more potential graves at former B.C. school


Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada — The lead investigator in the search for unmarked graves at a former residential institution near the Williams Lake First Nation in central British Columbia says the latest phase of their work has uncovered 66 additional “reflections,” indicating children’s graves. Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Unpasteurized milk linked to children’s death


Saddle Lake Cree Nation, , — A new report from a group looking into children who died and went missing at a residential school northeast of Edmonton says unpasteurized milk was responsible for the deaths of Indigenous children at the institution. Wire: National.

Teenage boy stabbed on Toronto transit bus


Toronto, , — Toronto police say a teenage boy has been stabbed on a public transit bus in the city’s west end. Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

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Toronto woman charged in streetcar stabbing


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — A Toronto woman has been charged with attempted murder and other offences after a stabbing on a city streetcar left another woman with injuries to her head and face. Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

Flights cancelled at Pearson airport over weather


Toronto, , — Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is reporting that 25 per cent of its departures and 26 per cent of its arrivals have been cancelled for today as a major winter storm hits Ontario and parts of the U.S. Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

What you need to know about Canada’s Leopard 2s


Ottawa, , — Canada is facing pressure to send some of its Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine after Germany said it would donate some of the weapons and approve requests from other countries that have the same equipment. Here is what you need to know: Wire: National.

U.S., Canada unveil details of new Nexus scheme


Washington, Washington, D.C., United States — Canada and the United States are laying out the details of their new bilateral workaround for the Nexus trusted-traveller system. By James McCarten. Wire: National.

Quebec nurses order rejects call to delay exam


Montreal, , — Quebec’s order of nurses is rejecting a recommendation to push back the date of its next licensing exam amid an ongoing investigation into why more than half of candidates failed the last sitting. Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Famed Canadian skating coach guilty of sex assault


Montreal, Quebec, Canada — A renowned ex-coach in Canadian pairs skating was found guilty Wednesday of sexual assault and gross indecency dating back nearly 40 years. By Sidhartha Banerjee. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Former Shandro supporter afraid after email


Calgary, Alberta, Canada — A former supporter of Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro says she received a threatening email from him after she sent a critical note to his wife at her workplace. Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

AHS says routine maintenance caused network outage


Calgary, Alberta, Canada — Alberta Health Services says a network outage at hospitals and other clinical settings earlier this week was caused by a routine maintenance change that was made to the system. Wire: Prairies/BC.

NDP questions fate of Alberta public health panel


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, , — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s long-promised public health science advisory panel, which has been beset by slipped deadlines and confusing messaging, has the NDP Opposition questioning whether it exists or ever will. By Dean Bennett. Wire: National. Photos: 1

High-efficiency diesel plant opens in N.W.T.


Łutsel K’e, , — A new high-efficiency diesel power plant has opened in Lutsel K’e in the Northwest Territories. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Court boosts Quebec engineer’s sex crime sentence


Québec, Quebec, Canada — A Quebec judge’s widely criticized decision to give an engineer who pleaded guilty to sexual assault a conditional discharge was wrong, the province’s Court of Appeal said Wednesday as it instead imposed a 12-month sentence. Wire: National. Photos: 1

‘Take action,’ drivers urged man on bridge: police


Delta, British Columbia, Canada — Police say drivers on the Alex Fraser Bridge outside Vancouver honked and yelled at a man in a mental health crisis standing outside the safety rail, with some encouraging him to “take action.” Wire: National. Photos: 1

Interfor gives up tenure to conserve B.C. valley


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada — A valley of intact forests, lakes and wetlands in southeastern British Columbia nearly 200 times the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is being preserved in an agreement with governments, Indigenous groups, a forest company and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Postmedia shuffles editors after layoff announced


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — A Postmedia Network Corp. memo obtained by The Canadian Press shows the newspaper publisher has shuffled editors of its Prairies papers a day after it announced 11 per cent of staff would be laid off. The memo says Lorne Motley, vice-president of editorial for the west and editor-in-chief for the Calgary Herald and Sun, will become a regional editor-in-chief. The new position will put him in charge of the Calgary Herald and Sun, Edmonton Journal and Sun, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Regina Leader Post and Winnipeg Sun. Under Motley, Monica Zurowski will serve as a deputy editor in Calgary, while Dave Breakenridge in Edmonton, Ashley Trask in Saskatoon and Mark Hamm in Winnipeg will be managing editors. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Best Buy trims jobs amid soft demand


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Best Buy, one of the country’s largest consumer electronics retailers, is laying off about 0.7 per cent of its workforce, estimated to be about 700 employees. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Montreal artist on making ‘The Whale’ prosthetics


The Montreal makeup artist who helped transform Brendan Fraser into a morbidly obese man for “The Whale” says he’s grateful for Oscar recognition of a project that stands as one of the most demanding of his career. By Cassandra Szklarski. Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

Banff tourism wants public transit, fewer cars


Banff, Alta., , — Banff tourism officials are joining the call for better management of visitor traffic in the most heavily visited parts of the national park. Wire: National. Photos: 1

How to improve mood with just a bit of exercise


It’s that time of year when gloomy weather and New Year’s resolutions gone by the wayside leave many of us not feeling our best. Even if we know that exercise will help us feel better, getting up and moving can feel like too much of a challenge, especially for those suffering from anxiety or depression. By Nicole Ireland. Wire: Lifestyle. Photos: 1

Serena Williams, North West join Paw Patrol sequel


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Tennis champion Serena Williams and “Frozen” star Kristen Bell are among the names joining the Paw Patrol movie sequel. Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

Ukrainian refugee hockey team heads to Quebec City


Montreal, Quebec, Canada — Sean Bérubé said he thought it was a joke when he was first asked to help assemble a team of Ukrainian preteen refugees, displaced by war and spread out across Europe, to play in a renowned Quebec City hockey tournament. By Sidhartha Banerjee. Wire: National. Photos: 1



BoC hikes key rate again, says it plans to hold


Ottawa, ,  — The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday and said it expects this to be the last rate hike of the cycle.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Interest rate reaches 4.5% — how we got here


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Bank of Canada hiked its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, bringing it to 4.5 per cent and signalling it plans to hold there for now.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

QuickQuotes: Bank of Canada rate announcement


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 4.5 per cent on Wednesday and says it expects to keep rates on hold for now as it assesses the economic data. Here is some reaction to the announcement Wednesday:  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

What another Bank of Canada rate hike means


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — The Bank of Canada hiked its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday, bringing it to 4.5 per cent — the highest it’s been since 2007. By Tara Deschamps.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1


Pressure builds on Canada to send tanks to Ukraine


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Pressure is building for Canada to send some of its Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine after Germany’s decision to provide the heavy weapons and approve requests by other countries to do the same.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Union wants national transit safety task force


Toronto, ,  — The president of a Canadian transit union wants to convene a national task force as violent attacks on public transit reach what he calls “crisis levels”.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec, National. Photos: 1

Trudeau, premiers to meet on health care deal


Hamilton, Ontario, Canada — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has invited the premiers to join him in Ottawa for a health-care meeting on Feb. 7. By Mia Rabson.  Wire: National.

Industry committee meeting on Rogers-Shaw deal


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The House of Commons industry and technology committee is set to meet today to look at Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposed takeover of Shaw Communications Inc.  Wire: Business, National.

Snowstorm hits southern Ontario, moves east


Toronto, ,  — A significant snowstorm hit southern Ontario on Wednesday, bringing snow to a wide expanse of the province while gradually moving east.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

How to improve winter gloom with just a bit of exercise


It’s that time of year when gloomy weather and New Year’s resolutions that have gone by the wayside leaves many of us not feeling our best. Even if we know that exercise will help us feel better, getting up and moving can feel like too much of a challenge, especially for those suffering anxiety or depression. Nicole Ireland.


OTTAWA – The RCMP’s use of force is under scrutiny after it opted to continue using techniques the federal government has told it to ban. One criminologist says it’s become an issue of semantics, and the minister needs to clarify his request. By David Fraser.

Tory calls for national mental health summit


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Canada’s mental health crisis demands a national summit with representation from all levels of government, Toronto Mayor John Tory said Wednesday, claiming a lack of provincial and federal support is offloading responsibilities onto “ill-equipped” municipalities.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec, National. Photos: 1

Quebec woman pleads guilty in Trump poison plot


Washington, Washington, D.C., United States — A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to former president Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and agreed to a prison sentence of nearly 22 years. By James McCarten.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Ukrainian refugee hockey team heads to Quebec City


Montreal, Quebec, Canada — Sean Bérubé said he thought it was a joke when he was first asked to help assemble a team of Ukrainian preteen refugees, displaced by war and spread out across Europe, to play in a renowned Quebec City hockey tournament. By Sidhartha Banerjee.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Identity fraud ‘the ultimate step in colonialism’


Since Grey Owl a century ago, people of European descent have falsely claimed to be Indigenous for personal gain or a sense of absolution, but one Métis legal expert says it would take a psychiatrist to try to fully answer, “why?” By Brenna Owen.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Changes in the works to deal with BoC losses


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem says the federal government is working on legislative changes that will allow the central bank to temporarily retain profits to cover losses related to policy decisions made to boost the economy during the pandemic.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Plan around challenging avalanche season: survivor


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Twenty years after he survived being buried in a deadly avalanche in British Columbia’s backcountry, Ken Wylie is urging people to be cautious and aware while dealing with a similarly unstable snowpack this year. By Ashley Joannou.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Oilsands say they can’t invest any faster


Ottawa, ,  — Oilsands executives insist they are all in on cutting emissions and will make big investments in green technology, but they maintain there isn’t a place to invest that money yet. By Nojoud Al Mallees.  Wire: National, Business. Photos: 1

N.S. town drops Cornwallis from municipal property


Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada — Another community in Nova Scotia has removed the name Cornwallis from municipal property — and the town of Lunenburg is now looking for new names from the public.  Wire: Atlantic. Photos: 1

Mattea Roach to defend ‘Ducks’ on Canada Reads


Toronto, Ontario, Canada — “Jeopardy” champ Mattea Roach will go to bat for a graphic memoir on CBC’s “Canada Reads” this year.  Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

City of Ottawa seeks $22 million from feds


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The city of Ottawa is taking the federal government and Canada Post to court over a $22-million shortfall in what it expected to collect in lieu of taxes for 2021 and 2022.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Weather a factor in crash of Montreal banner plane


Montreal, ,  — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says weather and engine trouble contributed to the fatal crash of a small plane near Old Montreal in 2021 that was towing a marriage proposal banner. By Morgan Lowrie.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Charges stayed against Manitoba doctor


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — A Winnipeg court has heard Crown prosecutors are staying six sexual assault charges against a doctor in rural Manitoba.  Wire: National.


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First-of-its-kind report highlights Sask. transgender community


The 2022 Trans Sask Community Report surveyed two-spirit, transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people in Saskatchewan. The report’s lead researcher says they hope the findings and recommendations can help make Saskatchewan a better place for trans people to live and thrive. 950 words. PHOTO. Julia Peterson/The StarPhoenix


Manitoba officials urge governments to focus on bail reform


As Swan River battles rising rates of both property crime and violent crime, the community’s mayor says it’s time for provincial and federal governments to toughen their approach on issues facing the justice system, including bail guidelines. 740 words. Miranda Leybourne/Brandon Sun


Métis bring new litigation against Ottawa, Saskatchewan for Île-à-la-Crosse residential school


The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan is financially backing new legal action by Île-à-la-Crosse residential school survivors against both Canada and Saskatchewan. Île-à-la-Crosse residential school was not included on the list of recognized schools that were part of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. 800 words. Shari Narine/









THE AP INTERVIEW-POPE FRANCIS-LGBTQ — Pope Francis is criticizing laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are. In an interview with The Associated Press, he called on those Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,015 words, photos, video.

THE AP INTERVIEW-POPE FRANCIS-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis has shed light on the Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations against East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning independence hero, suggesting that he indeed was allowed to retire early rather than face prosecution or punishment. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

THE AP INTERVIEW-POPE FRANCIS-PAPACY — In his first interview since the death of retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has told AP that he plans to continue for as long as he can as bishop of Rome, despite a wave of attacks by some top-ranked cardinals and bishops. Francis addressed his health, his critics and the next phase of his pontificate, which marks its 10th anniversary in March. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

THE AP INTERVIEW-POPE FRANCIS-GERMANY — Pope Francis has warned there’s a risk that what could be a trailblazing process in the German church over calls for married priests and other possible liberalizing reforms might become harmfully “ideological.” By Nicole Winfield and Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 515 words, photos.

THE AP INTERVIEW-POPE FRANCIS-TAKEAWAYS — Pope Francis says continued dialogue with Chinese authorities is a guiding principle in his efforts to safeguard his flock who are a small minority in that Asian nation. SENT: 700 words, photos.




RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR — Germany and the United States announced Wednesday that they will send advanced battle tanks to Ukraine, offering what one expert called an “armored punching force” to help Kyiv break combat stalemates as the Russian invasion enters its 12th month. By Frank Jordans, Kirsten Grieshaber and Samya Kullab. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. With RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR-MILITARY-AID — President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. will send 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine, reversing months of persistent arguments that the tanks were too difficult for Ukrainian troops to operate and maintain. SENT: 950 words, photos. RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR-TANKS-EXPLAINER — Why the U.S. flipped on sending tanks to Ukraine. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.

FACEBOOK-TRUMP — Facebook parent Meta is reinstating former President Donald Trump’s personal account after two-year suspension following the Jan. 6 insurrection. By Barbara Ortutay and Jill Colvin. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

SCHOOL-SHOOTING-NEWPORT-NEWS — Concerned staff warned administrators at a Virginia elementary school three times that a 6-year-old boy had a gun and was threatening other students in the hours before he shot and wounded a teacher, but the administration “was paralyzed by apathy” and didn’t call police, remove the boy from class or lock down the school, the wounded teacher’s lawyer said. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 980 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. school board meeting on superintendent.

MASS-ATTACKS — As the nation reels from a week of high-profile shootings, a new report on mass attacks calls for communities to intervene early when they see warning signs of violence, encourages businesses to consider workplace violence prevention plans and highlights the connection between domestic violence, misogyny and mass attacks. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 540 words, photos.

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS-UNSAFE SECRETS — The discovery of classified documents at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence is scrambling the blame game in Washington. Now, lawmakers from both parties seem united in frustration with the string of mishaps in the handling of the U.S. government’s secrets. First former President Donald Trump was found in possession of classified documents that should have been turned over to the government when he left office. Then it was revealed that President Joe Biden also held some papers from his days as vice president that should not have made it to his quarters. So did Pence, it turns out. Many Republicans and Democrats agree the classification system is broken. By Calvin Woodward and Chris Megerian. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

BRAZIL-SUPREME-COURT-JUSTICE — With his Batman-like gown, athletic build and bald head, Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes cuts an imposing figure. To some, his actions from the bench are more intimidating. Whether it is investigating former President Jair Bolsonaro, arresting protesters on slim evidence or banishing his far-right supporters from social media, de Moraes has been aggressively pursuing those suspected of undermining Brazil’s fragile democracy. Some accuse de Moraes of overstepping in the name of protecting Brazilian democracy from the twin threats of political violence and disinformation. Others view his brash tactics as justified by extraordinary circumstances. By Mauricio Savarese and Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,110 words, photo.




SPAIN-CHURCH-ATTACK — A machete-wielding man killed a sexton and injured a priest in attacks at two churches in the city of Algeciras Wednesday before being arrested, Spain’s interior ministry said, in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. SENT: 400 words, photo.

PEOPLE-RICK-AND-MORTY-CREATOR — Hulu on Wednesday became the second television company to cut ties with “Rick and Morty” creator Justin Roiland after felony domestic abuse charges against him were revealed. SENT: 240 words, photo.

MUSIC-JUSTIN-BIEBER-CATALOG-SALE —Justin Bieber’s record-breaking pop hits from “Baby” to “Sorry” are no longer his after the superstar sold the rights to all his early career music. SENT: 330 words, photo.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-MARILYN MANSON — “Game of Thrones” actor Esmé Bianco has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with rocker Marilyn Manson in which she alleged sexual, physical and emotional abuse, attorneys for both sides said Wednesday. SENT: 420 words, photo.

MUSIC-PANIC! AT THE DISCO — First there were four, then they became three and finally just one. Now it’s time to say a final farewell to art pop-rock Panic! at the Disco. Brendon Urie, the only musician left from the original group, announced that Panic! at the Disco “will be no more.” SENT: 280 words, photos.

CHICAGO-HIGH-RISE-FIRE — 1 dead, 8 taken to hospitals in Chicago high-rise fire. SENT: 340 words, photo.




CONGRESS-IRAN PROTESTS — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approves a resolution expressing solidarity with people in Iran who have been risking imprisonment and even death to protest the country’s theocracy. SENT: 390 words, photo.

BIDEN-ELECTRIC VEHICLES — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin moves to delay new tax credits for electric vehicles, a key feature of President Biden’s landmark climate law. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CONGRESS-HUNTER BIDEN — House Republicans renew an investigation into the art dealings of Hunter Biden, pushing for details as part of the party’s long-promised probe of President Joe Biden and his family. SENT: 510 words, photo.

RICIN-WHITE HOUSE — A Canadian woman pleads guilty to mailing a package containing ricin and a threatening letter to then-President Donald Trump at the White House. SENT: 310 words, photo.




NORTHERN-CALIFORNIA-FATAL-SHOOTINGS — A farmworker accused of killing seven people in back-to-back shootings at two Northern California mushroom farms was charged Wednesday with seven counts of murder and one of attempted murder. SENT: 740 words, photos.

AFGHAN SOLDIER-ASYLUM — An Afghan soldier seeking U.S. asylum who was detained for months after being arrested while trying to cross the Mexico border has been freed from immigration detention and reunited with his brother, his attorney said Wednesday. SENT: 660 words, photos.

MEMPHIS-POLICE-FORCE-INVESTIGATION — The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the federal investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died after a violent arrest by Memphis police “may take some time.” SENT: 730 words, photos.

SEVERE-WEATHER — Heavy, wet snow — part of a storm system that spawned tornadoes in the Houston area — has covered roads, vehicles, houses and buildings Wednesday from central and northern Indiana into much of southeastern Michigan. SENT: 520 words, photos.

MINNESOTA-PROFESSOR-ISLAMIC ART —Faculty leaders at a Minnesota college that dismissed an art history instructor who showed depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a course have overwhelmingly called for the university president to resign. SENT: 470 words, photo.

GRAND-CENTRAL-TERMINAL — A huge new commuter rail terminal built in caverns beneath New York City’s landmark Grand Central Terminal received its first regular passenger trains Wednesday. SENT: 870 words, photos.




GERMANY-TRAIN-ATTACK — A knife-wielding man described as a stateless Palestinian has fatally stabbed two people and injured seven others on a train in northern Germany before being grabbed by passengers and arrested by police, officials said. The motive of Wednesday’s attack was not immediately known. SENT: 440 words, photos.

MEXICO-GANGS — Street gangs from Central America are expanding their organized crime activities in southern Mexico. The rival Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs have long maintained a presence along Mexico’s border with Guatemala. But Mexican authorities say their number has increased amid a crackdown in El Salvador that has pushed gang members across the region’s borders. By Edgar H. Clemente. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

LEBANON-PORT-BLAST — Lebanon’s top prosecutor Wednesday ordered the release of all suspects detained in the investigation into the deadly 2020 port blast in Beirut and filed charges against the judge leading the probe, he told The Associated Press. SENT: 960 words, photos.




ASTEROID-NEAR MISS — An asteroid the size of a small truck will whip past Earth on Thursday night, one of the closest such encounters ever recorded. NASA insists it will be a near miss with no chance of it hitting Earth. SENT: 300 words, photos.

MED-ABORTION-PILLS — Supporters of abortion rights filed separate lawsuits Wednesday challenging two states’ abortion pill restrictions, the opening salvo in what’s expected to be a protracted legal battle over access to the medications. SENT: 960 words, photo.

HEALTH-INSURANCE-SIGN-UPS — A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first launched nearly a decade ago, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. SENT: 490 words, photo.




FINANCIAL MARKETS — Another roller-coaster day left Wall Street essentially where it began on Wednesday, after stocks veered on worries about how badly a slowing economy will hit corporate profits. SENT: 840 words, photos.

FINANCIAL-WELLNESS-TAX-SEASON — For many people filing U.S. tax returns — especially those doing it for their first time — it can be a daunting task that’s often left to the last minute. But if you want to avoid the stress of the looming deadline, start getting organized as soon as possible. SENT: 1,170 words, photo.

PHILANTHROPY-AMAZONSMILE — Amazon’s surprise decision to shut down its AmazonSmile donation program has left thousands of its nonprofit beneficiaries disappointed and concerned about finding ways to replace the funding. SENT: 1,240 words, photo.




OBIT-LLOYD-MORRISETT — The co-creator of the beloved children’s education TV series “Sesame Street,” Lloyd Morrisett has died. He was 93. Morrisett’s death was announced Tuesday by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit he helped establish under the name the Children’s Television Workshop. No cause of death was given. Sesame Workshop in a statement hailed Morrisett as a “wise, thoughtful, and above all kind leader.” SENT: 680 words, photos.




FBN-NFL-AWARDS-FINALISTS – Jalen Hurts, Justin Jefferson and Patrick Mahomes are finalists for The Associated Press 2022 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards. The winners will be announced at NFL Honors on Feb. 9. A nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league completed voting before the start of the playoffs. SENT: 570 words, photos.

FBN–PRO PICKS-CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS — It’s been 25 years since both NFL conference championship games were this evenly matched from an oddsmakers standpoint. The San Francisco 49ers are 2 1/2-point underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the NFC championship game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 670 words, photo.


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New job as head baker helps Ukrainian newcomer find familiarity in Winnipeg –



Life in Canada is off to a sweet start for a Ukrainian baker who has found a new home for her creations in Winnipeg.

Hanna Tokar, who has only been in Canada for just over a month, is now the head baker at the Winnipeg location of the Butter Tart Lady.

Michelle Wierda, the owner of the bakery, offered her a job after seeing a Facebook post Tokar made where she shared her struggles finding employment in Winnipeg.


“I saw her pictures and I thought, ‘I have to interview her,'” Wierda told host Marcy Markusa in a Tuesday interview with CBC’s Information Radio.

“I saw her attention to detail. Her work is just spectacular. It looked very delicious.”

Before coming to Canada, Tokar owned a bakery she operated by herself in her hometown of Kherson, a port city in southern Ukraine.

She was forced to permanently close its doors when she came to Canada, fleeing Kherson after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A woman with her dark hair pulled away from her face rolls dough on a crowded wooden surface.
Tokar says she was surprised to get the offer to work in the Winnipeg bakery. ‘It was actually my dream to have that job here,’ she says. ‘So it was amazing for me.’ (Gary Solilak/CBC)

Tokar said she was shocked to get the offer to work at the Winnipeg bakery.

“I didn’t expect [to] … have an offer to work in a bakery, because it was actually my dream to have that job here. So it was amazing for me,” she told Information Radio.

Missing home

Feb. 24 will mark the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine.

Since then, more than 800,000 Ukrainian nationals and their family members have applied for special temporary resident visas to come to Canada, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The ministry said as of late December, more than 132,000 Ukrainian nationals had entered Canada since the start of 2022.

While Tokar’s parents are safe elsewhere in Europe, she says she prays for her grandparents who stayed in Kherson, which has experienced heavy damage due to shelling. 

“I actually miss Ukraine. I actually miss my friends and my life — my previous life,” Tokar said.

“I really want  them to really be proud of me, so that’s why when I have a job I called them and my grandparents really cried.”

As she settles into her new role as head baker at the Butter Tart Lady’s Winnipeg location, the return to what has been a lifelong passion provides Tokar with familiarity in a new place. 

Woman with long curly blonde hair smiles in front of an array of baked goods.
The Butter Tart Lady owner Michelle Wierda says she instantly knew when she saw Ukrainian newcomer Tokar’s work on Facebook that she wanted the young baker to come in for an interview. (Submitted by Michelle Wierda)

Although she is still new to the position, Tokar is already infusing the menu with traditional Ukrainian treats, something Wierda is excited about. 

Of these treats is pampushky, a Ukrainian garlic bread that is traditionally served with borscht, Tokar explained.

On the two days she made pampushky, it sold out immediately, said Wierda.

As they look toward to the future, the two women are excited for their partnership.

“I love to be so creative and imaginative, and that’s what I’ve seen in Hanna, is that she’s very determined,” Wierda said. “She has a strong ambition to excellence and she’s always researching, looking for new ideas, new things.”

For Tokar, this experience provides hope for what life in Canada can be. 

“You know, I never expect that, like, some foreign people can support me like that,” she said.

“And I really like appreciate the kindness of people.”

Information Radio – MB6:15Baker from Ukraine is frosting cupcakes while connecting with a new community in Winnipeg

Marcy Markusa speaks with local bakery owner Michelle Wierda, a.k.a. “The Butter Tart Lady,” and her new head baker, Hanna Tokar, who is settling in Winnipeg after leaving Ukraine.

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Canadian team discovers power-draining flaw in most laptop and phone batteries –



The phone, tablet or laptop you’re reading this on is likely having its battery slowly drained because of a surprising and widespread manufacturing flaw, according to researchers in Halifax.

“This is something that is totally unexpected and something that probably no one thought of,” said Michael Metzger, an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. 

The problem? Tiny pieces of tape that hold the battery components together are made from the wrong type of plastic.


Batteries release power because of a chemical reaction. Inside each battery cell, there are two types of metal. One acts as a positive electrode and one as a negative electrode. 

These electrodes are held in an electrolyte fluid or paste that is often a form of lithium. 

When you connect cables to each end of the battery, electrons flow through the cables — providing power to light bulbs, laptops, or whatever else is on the circuit — and return to the battery. 

Trouble starts if those electrons don’t follow the cables.

When electrons move from one charged side of the battery to the other through the electrolyte fluid, it’s called self-discharge. The battery is being depleted internally without sending out electrical current.

This is the reason why devices that are fully charged can slowly lose their charge while they’re turned off.

“These days, batteries are very good,” Metzger said. “But, like with any product, you want it perfected. And you want to eliminate even small rates of self-discharge.”

Stress-testing batteries

In the search for the perfect battery, researchers have to watch how each one performs over its full lifespan.

“We do a lot of our tests at elevated temperatures these days. We want to be able to do testing in reasonable time frames,” Metzger said. Heat makes a battery degrade more quickly, he explained.

Different number readings are seen on a battery testing device that's a black box with six dials.
Some of the testing equipment used to regulate the temperature of each experiment. The coloured numbers indicate the temperature of each heated compartment in which battery cells are being tested. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

At Dalhousie University’s battery lab, dozens of experimental battery cells are being charged and discharged again and again, in environments as hot as 85 C. 

For comparison, eggs fry at around 70 C. 

If researchers can learn why a battery eventually fails, they can tweak the positive electrode, negative electrode, or electrolyte fluid.

Seeing red

During one of these tests, the clear electrolyte fluid turned bright red. The team was puzzled.

It isn’t supposed to do that, according to Metzger. “A battery’s a closed system,” he said.

Something new had been created inside the battery.

They did a chemical analysis of the red substance and found it was dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). It’s a substance that shuttles electrons within the battery, rather than having them flow outside through cables and generate electricity. 

Shuttling electrons internally depletes the battery’s charge, even if it isn’t connected to a circuit or electrical device.

But if a battery is sealed by the manufacturer, where did the DMT come from?

Through the chemical analysis, the team realized that DMT has a similar structure to another molecule: polyethylene terephthalate (PET). 

PET is a type of plastic used in household items like water bottles, food containers and synthetic carpets. But what was plastic doing inside the battery? 

Tale of the tape 

Piece by piece, the team analyzed the battery components. They realized that the thin strips of metal and insulation coiled tightly inside the casing were held together with tape.

Those small segments of tape were made of PET — the type of plastic that had been causing the electrolyte fluid to turn red, and self-discharge the battery. 

A piece of metallic tape sits on a wooden table.
One of the metallic sheets removed from a coil inside a cylindrical battery. Each layer of the coil is held in place by plastic tape, shown here as the greenish strips. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

“A lot of companies use PET tape,” said Metzger. “That’s why it was a quite important discovery, this realization that this tape is actually not inert.”

Tech industry takes notice

Metzger and the team began sharing their discovery publicly in November 2022, in publications and at seminars.

Some of the world’s largest computer-hardware companies and electric-vehicle manufacturers were very interested.

“A lot of the companies made clear that this is very relevant to them,” Metzger said. “They want to make changes to these components in their battery cells because, of course, they want to avoid self-discharge.”

The team even proposed a solution to the problem: use a slightly more expensive, but also more stable, plastic compound.

A man in a plaid shirt walks through a room full of battery technology.
Metzger walks through one of the battery-testing laboratories at Dalhousie University. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

One option is polypropylene, which is typically used to make more durable plastic items like outdoor furniture or reusable water bottles. 

“We realized that it [polypropylene] doesn’t easily decompose like PET, and doesn’t form these unwanted molecules,” Metzger said. “So currently, we have very encouraging results that the self-discharges are truly eliminated by moving away from this PET tape.”


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U.S. escalates trade concerns over Canada's online news and streaming bills – The Globe and Mail



U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive for a joint news conference at the conclusion of the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City, Mexico on Jan. 10.KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters

Washington has escalated its concerns about the trade implications of Ottawa’s online streaming and online news bills, prompting a legal expert to predict the issue will be raised during President Joe Biden’s planned visit to Canada in March.

Deputy United States trade representative Jayme White stressed “ongoing concerns” about the two Canadian bills at a meeting last week with Rob Stewart, Canada’s deputy minister for international trade.

Senior Democrat and Republican senators on the influential U.S. Senate finance committee also weighed in last week, writing a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai about Canada’s “troubling policies,” which they said target U.S technology companies.


Both bills are making their way through Canada’s Parliament. Bill C-11 reached a third-reading debate in the Senate on Tuesday.

The U.S. is concerned that the two bills unfairly single out American firms, including Google, Facebook and Netflix.

Bill C-11 would update Canada’s broadcast laws, giving the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the power to regulate streaming platforms such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Spotify.

The streaming platforms would have to promote Canadian content – including films, TV shows, music and music videos – and fund its creation.

Bill C-18 would force Google and Facebook to strike deals with news organizations, including broadcasters, to compensate them for using their work. The CRTC would have a role in overseeing the process.

Two sources told The Globe and Mail that the CRTC’s lack of experience regulating print media and digital platforms was raised by Ms. Tai and her team in previous talks with Canada’s Trade Minister, Mary Ng. The Globe is not naming the sources because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

A U.S. readout of Mr. White’s meeting with Mr. Stewart said the American official had “expressed the United States’ ongoing concerns with … pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services and online news sharing and discriminate against U.S. businesses.”

Shanti Cosentino, a spokeswoman for Ms. Ng, said the Minister “has reiterated to Ambassador Tai that both Bill C-11 and C-18 are in line with our trade obligations and do not discriminate against U.S. businesses.”

Last week, Democrat Ron Wyden, chairman of the U.S. Senate committee on finance, and Republican Michael Crapo, a senior member of the committee, raised concerns in a letter to Ms. Tai that the bills could breach the terms of the United-States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa’s Canada Research Chair in internet law, said the intervention from both parties means it is now likely the issue will be on the agenda when Mr. Biden visits Canada.

“To see this raised in a bipartisan manner by two U.S. Senators from the powerful finance committee suggests that the issue is gaining traction in Congress,” he said.

The senators urged Ms. Tai to take enforcement action if Canada fails to meet its trade obligations.

Their letter said the online streaming bill would “mandate preferential treatment for Canadian content and deprive U.S. creatives of the North American market, access they were promised under USMCA.”

It added that Bill C-18 “targets U.S. companies for the benefit of Canadian news producers and raises national treatment concerns under USMCA.”

But Toronto-based trade lawyer and former diplomat Lawrence Herman, founder of Herman and Associates, said the U.S. politicians’ intervention is “a reflection of a well-orchestrated lobbying effort by the major digital platforms.”

He said there is no evidence that either bill discriminates against American companies.

“Canada is well armed to defend any trade complaint,” he said.

On Thursday, as Canada’s Senate debated Bill C-11 at third reading, Senator Dennis Dawson, sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said the legislation has been thoroughly scrutinized and should now be passed.

The Senate was due to begin debating C-18 this week. But that could now be delayed because of an error in the printed text of the bill sent over from the Commons, the Speaker of the Senate said.

The incorrect text included a sub-amendment that had not actually passed in a Commons committee. It will now have to be pulped and reprinted.

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