UN climate talks extended as island countries demand action

Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at United Nations climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island countries on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming.
The talks in Poland were supposed to end Friday but Michal Kurtyka, a senior Polish official chairing the negotiations, told delegates they would resume talks on a revised draft text at 4 a.m.
See Full Article

TSX closes at two-year low on concern about slowing Chinese economy

TORONTO - Canada's main stock index ended another losing week with the market closing at a two-year low on concerns about a slowing Chinese economy that drove oil and natural gas prices lower.
The S&P/TSX composite index closed down about one per cent, losing 155.28 points to 14,595.07, the lowest closing price since November 2016.
See Full Article

Parents warned after student's drugs tested positive for fentanyl in Delta, B.C.

DELTA, B.C. -- Parents in Delta, B.C., have received an urgent notice after a student's drugs tested positive for fentanyl.
The joint message from the Delta School District and police department says the pills were bought illicitly and labelled as Xanax, although the pills are fake and are not the drug that is commonly prescribed for anxiety.
See Full Article

Think winter means no more ticks? Think again

A hunter in the Maritimes was recently walking outside when, unbeknownst to him, he stumbled upon a tick nest. Despite the winter weather, the ticks were alive – and hungry.
β€œHe described having hundreds of ticks on him,” said Dr.
See Full Article

Mueller: FBI is not to blame for Flynn's false statements

WASHINGTON - The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn's lawyers said in a sentencing memorandum this week that Flynn was not warned during his interview with the FBI that it was a crime to lie to federal agents.
See Full Article

Chinese-Canadians have varying reactions to Canada's handling of Huawei case

VANCOUVER -- As an international story about a Chinese tech executive wanted by the United States began unfolding from a Vancouver courtroom, the phone lines for a local Mandarin-language radio program began lighting up.
AM1320 host Sunny Chan said calls have doubled to his afternoon program after Meng Wanzhou's arrest Dec.
See Full Article

EU leaders approve small steps to buttress euro currenc

FRANKFURT -- European leaders agreed Friday to press ahead with work toward a limited, common eurozone budget and took other steps to strengthen the currency union's resistance to downturns and crises.
The budget proposal leaves its size undefined and it appeared to fall short of more sweeping ideas pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
See Full Article

Crown fights to keep government documents secret in Mark Norman trial

OTTAWA -- A Crown prosecutor says Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's motive for allegedly leaking government secrets to a Quebec shipyard and the media doesn't matter because doing so to unduly influence the federal cabinet would have been illegal.
See Full Article

Questions raised over retailers who shame shoplifters with photos

A Newfoundland sex store's social-media shaming of an alleged shoplifter has raised ethical questions over retailers who display security footage to catch thieves.
Provincial privacy commissioner Donovan Molloy has reportedly encouraged businesses to take the footage to police, rather than share images of people who have not been found guilty of a crime.
See Full Article

Vancouver animation team the 'heart' of new 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'

VANCOUVER -- The animation team behind the new movie "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" knew it had to be different.
"I think we all knew that the first question we'd be asked out of the gate is why are we making another 'Spider-Man?"' said Joshua Beveridge, head of character animation at Sony Pictures Imageworks, with a laugh.
See Full Article

'Both things are true:' Science, Indigenous wisdom seek common ground

The berries tasted different. The blueberries and cranberries didn't look the same either.
When elders from Fort McKay near Alberta's oilsands went to their traditional picking areas, things just didn't feel right. They knew something was off.
See Full Article

Federal prosecutors are investigating Trump inaugural committee: reports

NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that prosecutors in New York are investigating whether some of the committee's donors made contributions in exchange for political favours and access to the Trump administration-- a potential violation of federal corruption laws.
See Full Article