In The News is a compilation of stories from The Canadian Press to help you start your day. Here’s what our editors have on their radars as of Tuesday morning, January 24, 2023… What we’re watching in Canada…
In The News is a compilation of stories from The Canadian Press to help you start your day. Here’s what our editors have on their radars for Tuesday morning, January 24th, 2023…
What we are observing in Canada…
The fate of Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc. is before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today as the Competition Bureau seeks to overturn the Competition Court’s decision approving the deal.
In its appeal papers, the Competition Bureau alleges that the court made four legal errors, primarily centered on how the proposed sale of Shaw’s Freedom Mobile to Videotron was factored into the decision.
The office argues that the tribunal misjudged the proposed sale of Freedom Mobile, a deal it says would make Videotron dependent on Rogers, and also relied on unenforceable obligations related to the deal.
In response, Rogers says the office relied on indirect attacks on the tribunal’s assessment of the evidence as core issues of law.
Rogers says the claims of gross legal errors and disastrous political fallout are “unhelpful rhetoric” and that the tribunal’s decision was “essentially fact-based and obviously in the public interest.”
The Ottawa Circuit Court of Appeals hearing is scheduled to last a single day, with an appeal date not yet set as the January 31 extended closing date of the transaction approaches.
That too …
The Liberal cabinet will enter the second of three-day retreats in Hamilton today with a long to-do list, including tackling inflation and boosting the country’s competitiveness.
Later today, however, they will be looking to prove one thing that’s ticked the most off the list: passes.
Family Secretary Karina Gould will update the situation at passport offices, which have been snowed in by passport renewal applications as COVID-19 restrictions eased last year.
Months of waiting for passports led critics to accuse the Liberals of not being able to provide even basic services to Canadians.
The Liberals are trailing the Conservatives in most polls of late, and voting Hamilton to withdraw is electorally strategic given it’s one of the most competitive regions in the country where the Liberals need to win big if they stay want energy.
What we’re seeing in the US…
In a shooting at a gas station in Oakland, one person was killed and seven others injured in the second shooting Monday night in the San Francisco Bay Area, police said.
Officers were dispatched to the scene on Macarthur Boulevard just after 6 p.m. and learned that a shootout had ensued between several people, a police statement said.
At the Valero gas station, officers found shell casings, but no one was injured. However, dispatchers learned that several victims had taken themselves to local hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds.
One person died and the others were in stable condition, police said.
No arrests were made and other details were not immediately released.
The shooting came just hours after a gunman killed seven people at two locations on the edge of Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles south of San Francisco. Officers arrested a suspect, 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, after finding him in his car in a sheriff’s substation parking lot, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.
What we are observing in the rest of the world…
Finland’s top diplomat appeared on Tuesday to suggest the country might have to join NATO without Sweden after Turkey’s president expressed doubts about expanding the military alliance.
“We still have to assess the situation if it turns out that Sweden’s bid is a long way off,” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told Finnish broadcaster YLE.
His comment came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden not to expect support for its NATO membership bid following protests by an anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups in Stockholm over the weekend.
Sweden and Finland’s historic offer to join the alliance requires the approval of all existing NATO members, including Turkey, which has so far blocked enlargement and says Sweden in particular must crack down on exiled Kurdish militants and their sympathizers.
On this day in 1903…
The border between Alaska and Canada was determined by an international commission. The decision, largely in favor of American interests, enraged the Canadian public.
A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honor for the first time, big-screen extravaganzas are poised to dominate Tuesday’s nominations for the 95th Academy Awards.
Nominations will be announced at 8:30 am EST at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. They will air live on ABC’s Good Morning America and be streamed live on Oscars.org, Oscars.com and on multiple Academy social media platforms. Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Allison Williams (“M3gan”) will read the nominees.
If all goes as expected, Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Elvis could all garner between six and nine nominations. While last year’s Oscars were dominated by streaming — Apple TV+’s “CODA” won best picture and Netflix landed 27 nominations — movies that lured moviegoers into multiplexes make up many of this year’s top contenders.
These include “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” A24’s sci-fi indie hit. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s multiverse skipping story could walk away with the most nominations Tuesday, including nods for Michelle Yeoh and comeback kid Ke Huy Quan.
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The Northwest Territories is considering ending the seasonal clock changes after a poll showed interest in the change.
More than 87 percent of 3,545 respondents said they support the establishment of a permanent time standard in the area.
Of these, more than half said they prefer daylight hours in the mountains. That would mean the area would not set its clocks back one hour to Mountain Standard Time on the first Sunday in November.
Many proponents of this option said they wanted more hours of sunshine during the day. Some also emphasized that extra sunlight in the evening would be beneficial for trapping, snowshoeing and after-school sports.
However, some people shared concerns that the area has a different time standard than Alberta and how that could affect emergency management and flights. —
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 24, 2023
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