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PM speaks, Ludwig search ends, funerals, tiger kills man, Kids in the Hall, depression (Jan. 11)

Some of today's top stories in Canada:

  • Prime Minister's interview with Business News Network,
  • Search of Ludwig farm ends,
  • Funerals for journalist Michelle Lang and Sgt. Kirk Taylor killed in Afghanistan,
  • Man killed by his own tiger near London, Ontario,
  • Prorogation of Parliament (continuing discussion and fallout),
  • Kids in the Hall making a comeback in a new 8-episode show, and
  • Federal civil servants suffer depression.

Wall Street Journal:  "UPDATE: Canada PM Says Strong C$ Has Put Damper On Recovery"

The WSJ reports on an interview between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Business News Network.  Harper, an economist, says suspending (proroguing) Parliament is not a sign of instability, and the markets will be more likely to worry about the speculation over whether Canada will have an election.

Background:  Because Harper's Conservative party does not control Parliament, there is a possibility of the other parties joining together to bring the government down and force an election. (See:  "Canada's Parliament: Majority vs. Minority" for more information.)


Canada.com:  "Still no charges in pipeline bombings"

The RCMP finished their in-depth search of Wiebo Ludwig's extensive family farm. It is the bombing of pipelines belonging to oil and gas company EnCana that started the police actions. The bomber has not been identified.

The National Post's top two "most popular" stories at this hour, online, are:

"Public servant depression a 'crisis'", about an epidemic of mental health disability claims in the Canadian federal public service, which one expert quoted attributes to the inherent instability of the work environment.

"Man killed by tiger that mauled boy in 2004, police believe" is the tragic story of Norman Buwalda, a 66-year-old businessman from near London, Ontario, being killed by his own tiger.  Buwalda kept large cats and was successful in fighting a court challenge opposing him in doing so.  He was reportedly in the tiger's enclosure feeding it when the tiger killed him.

CBC.ca also covers the Wiebo Ludwig story, and includes the statement that Ludwig has denied having anything to do with the bombings.  Ludwig spoke to host Anna Maria Tremonti on this morning's radio program, The Current.

Also prominent on CBC.ca today:

The funerals were held for Sgt. Kirk Taylor, in Yarmouth, N.S., and journalist Michelle Lang, in Vancouver. ("Slain war journalist remembered in Vancouver").  The two were killed, along with three other soldiers, in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, making Lang the first Canadian journalist to die that way.

and

"No new stimulus in next budget: PM", CBC's report of what the Prime Minister said in the Business News Network interview.

The Globe and Mail's website also features the Wiebo Ludwig story, adding a new fact: "Ludwig family opposed drilling plans in months before arrest".

In Arts news, the Globe says, "They're called the Kids for a reason", reporting on the return of the Kids in the Hall, who have a new 8-part series starting on CBC TV tomorrow night.

Finally, if you look hard enough, you will find a story on every outlet's webpage, about Parliament being prorogued.  The Liberals are attacking the decision, while the Conservatives are defending it.

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