Four stories in the news for Monday, Jan. 22
WOMEN’S MARCH TWEET SPARKS DEBATE IN ALBERTA
A minister in Alberta’s NDP government has chastised a tweet by the Opposition’s communications chair that slammed this weekend’s women’s marches. Saturday’s Twitter post from Sonia Kont of the United Conservative Party said “ideological marches like the one in Washington” lacked clarity and purpose, and do not empower women. Kont added that the last time she checked everyone had the same rights in society. Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean fired back, accusing the UCP of ridiculing “the strength of women marching together in solidarity and using their voices fighting for equality.”
SENTENCING HEARING FOR ALBERTA MEN IN TRIPLE MURDER
An Alberta judge is expected to hear arguments today that two men who murdered three family members should spend the rest of their lives in prison without parole. Jason Klaus, 42, and Joshua Frank, 32, were found guilty this month on three charges of first-degree murder. Their victims were Klaus’s father, mother and sister. The burned bodies of the father and sister were found in their gutted farmhouse near Castor in 2013. The mother’s body was never found, but police believe it too was in the house.
HIKE IN COACHES, PLAYERS NAMED IN LAWSUITS: EXPERT
An industry expert says sports insurance lawsuits have moved beyond targeting just teams and leagues and are increasingly zeroing in on coaches, players and even volunteers. Melissa LaRocca of GameDay Insurance says plaintiffs have been “fanning out” claims in recent years. She points to the case of a hotel operator who’s filed a lawsuit against a youth hockey association in B.C. that also names 60 players and parents as well as a team representative. The claim alleges players did $200,000 damage to the hotel during a tournament in 2016.
TESLA BUILDING CHARGING STATIONS IN MARITIMES
Tesla Inc. is building fast-charging stations for its electric vehicles in the Maritimes. The California company plans to set up dozens of so called “supercharger” stations across Canada, including five in New Brunswick and two in Nova Scotia, by the end of 2018. The stations take 30 minutes to recharge an electric vehicle to about 80 per cent capacity — typically enough for about three hours cruising. The Tesla stations, however, will only service the automaker’s own high-end plug in vehicles.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:
— IMF press conference in Davos, Switzerland on the release of the World Economic Outlook Update.
— Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau attends the World Economic Forum in Davos through to January 25.
— Funeral service for seven-year-old Mason Grant, who died in a house fire in Pubnico Head, N.S. on Jan. 7.
— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for November.
— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland meets with Mexico’s secretary of economy in Toronto.
— Local musician Ron Siwicki appears in Winnipeg court on charges including manslaughter in the death of his mother.
— The National Energy Board hears from landowners in the B.C. Lower Mainland who are concerned about the detailed route of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.