The Canadian Press News Agenda for Feb. 8


EDITORS: Following is a list of news events for Feb. 8 as of 3 a.m. ET: x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage. Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted. Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian Press report should be directed to the departments listed below (all phone numbers 416 area code):

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WASHINGTON _ Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a meeting with Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State.


x-HALIFAX _ Voting on third NSTU tentative agreement ends.

x-HALIFAX _ The standing committee on public accounts meets to discuss additional costs to build the problem-plagued Bluenose II with Paul LaFleche, deputy minister, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. (9 a.m. at Legislative Chamber, Province House, 1726 Hollis St.)

x-HALIFAX _ The Council of Parties, the governing body for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry, holds a technical briefing on its report on the inquiry’s work to date followed by a media availability with Council co-chairs Tony Smith and Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Court Pamela Williams. (12 p.m. at Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 6169 Quinpool Rd., Suite 202)


x-OTTAWA _ Statistics Canada releases 2016 census data on population and dwelling counts. Lockup from 12:01 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. at

OTTAWA _ The NDP hold their weekly caucus meeting. (9:15 a.m. at Room 112-N, Centre Block, Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ Senate open caucus hosts a panel discussion on charities and government – modernizing the relationship. (9:15 a.m. at Room 160-S, Centre Block, Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ The Conservative caucus meets. (9:30 a.m. at Room 253-D, Centre Block, Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ Itinerary for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: 10 a.m., attends Liberal caucus meeting; 2 p.m., attends Question Period; 3:45 p.m., meets with Yukon Premier Sandy Silver (PM’s Office, Centre Block). (10 a.m. at Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ The National Council of Canadian Muslims holds a press conference in response to the Quebec mosque attack and calls for action from governments. (10:30 a.m. at Room 130-S, Centre Block, Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ Senior government officials hold a technical briefing on the latest steps taken to address issues with the Phoenix pay system. (11 a.m. at National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St.)

OTTAWA _ The Union of Municipalities of Quebec holds a press conference on softwood lumber trade between Canada and the U.S. (11 a.m. at Room 130-S, Centre Block, Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator, appears at Senate human rights committee hearing witnesses on the study on the issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system. (11:30 a.m. at Room 9, Victoria Building, 140 Wellington St.)

OTTAWA _ Gov. Gen. David Johnston receives the letters of credence of four new heads of mission during a ceremony (Austria, Vietnam, Brazil and Nicaragua). (2 p.m. at Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive)

OTTAWA _ David McGovern, deputy National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, appears at Commons public accounts committee on Report 1, The Beyond the Border Action Plan, of the Fall 2016 Reports of the Auditor General of Canada. (3:30 p.m. at Room 253-D, Centre Block, Parliament Hill)

OTTAWA _ Julia Gillard, former prime minister of Australia, appears at the Global Citizen and Global Partnership for Education event. (7 p.m. at Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St.)

OTTAWA _ In honour of International Development Week, Sport Minister Carla Qualtrough, participates in two school assemblies to support Right to Play’s “Play Your Part” initiative. 9:30 a.m., 2147 Loyola Ave and 11:45 a.m., 350 Buena Vista Rd. (Seraphin-Marion Public School, 2147 Loyola Ave./Rockcliffe Park Public School)


BRAMPTON, Ont. _ Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and Brampton-Springdale MPP Harinder Malhi make an announcement about improving public transit. They will be joined by Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. (9 a.m. at Brampton City Hall Conservatory, 2 Wellington Street West)

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. _ Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and Mississauga-Streetsville MPP Bob Delaney make an announcement about improving public transit. They will be joined by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. (10:30 a.m. at The Great Hall, Mississauga City Hall, 300 City Centre Dr.)

SUDBURY, Ont. _ Trial date expected to be set for Ontario Liberals Pat Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed in their Election Act bribery case regarding the Sudbury byelection in 2015.

TORONTO _ Marie-France Lalonde, minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, makes an announcement regarding the commemoration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario. (9 a.m. at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College St.)

x-TORONTO _ The case of Rohinie Bisesar is in Superior Court to be spoken to. She is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of Rosemarie Junor in a Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto’s popular underground PATH network of shops and restaurants. (9:30 a.m. at 361 University Ave.)

TORONTO _ Residential mortgage insurer Genworth MI Canada Inc. discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results. Dial 1-866-564-7439, passcode: 6145325, or go to for the webcast. (10 a.m.)

TORONTO _ Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly makes an announcement about the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. (10 a.m. at Junction Gallery, 213 Sterling Road)

TORONTO _ Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, joined by Eglinton-Lawrence MPP Mike Colle, makes an announcement about mental health and addictions services. (11 a.m. at Routes – Social Resource Centre, 2700 Dufferin Street, Unit 90)

TORONTO _ The Empire Club of Canada hosts a panel discussion on road tolls. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Toronto Councillor/TTC chair Josh Colle are among the panellists. (12 p.m. at Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St.)

TORONTO _ The Government of Canada wraps up its cross-country in-person consultations on how to make a more accessible Canada for people with disabilities. (The public consultation will continue online until Feb. 28). (4 p.m. at Chelsea Hotel)

TORONTO _ Intact Financial Corp., a provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada, releases fourth-quarter and year-end results at 7 a.m. followed by a conference call at 11 a.m. Dial 1-888-231-8191 or go to for the webcast.

TORONTO _ Aerospace and defence electronics maker Firan Technology Group Corp. releases fourth-quarter and year-end results after markets close. A conference call will be held on Feb. 9.

TORONTO _ Court appearance for Renata Ford, Rob Ford’s widow, who has been charged with impaired driving and blood-alcohol over 80 milligrams. (2201 Finch Ave. West)


BRETON, Alta. _ A 40-year-old female is to appear in court to face charges of impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing the death of an eight-year-old child. The child was a passenger in a truck that lost control and rolled in a guard rail in November 2016. (Provincial court)

CALGARY _ Murder trial for Douglas Garland in the June 2014 deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien. Through Feb. 18. (10 a.m. at Calgary Courts Centre)

CALGARY _ Oilsands developer Suncor Energy Inc. releases fourth-quarter and year-end results at 8 p.m. A conference call will be held on Feb. 9.

EDMONTON _ The Professional Bull Riders and Oilers Entertainment Group make an announcement around a new PBR Global tournament, which will take place on Nov. 9-11. (10 a.m. at Ice surface, Rogers Place)

EDMONTON _ Rugby Canada makes announcement about a “major” event to be held in Edmonton. (12:15 p.m. at City Hall, City Room, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.)

x-EDMONTON _ Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveils renovated chief medical examiner building and makes announcement. (1 p.m. at 7007 116 St. )

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. _ Two youths to appear in court on charges of attempted murder after a worker at the Elk Island Youth Ranch was seriously assaulted. (Youth court)

WINNIPEG _ Judge-alone retrial for Mark Grant in the 1984 killing of 13-year-old Candace Derksen. Through March 7. (Law courts building)

MELFORT, Sask. _ Stephen Lee Lewis faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Stacey Lewis, 27, of Hudson Bay, who police say was found dead in a home in the community on Feb. 3 following a report of a shooting. (9:30 a.m. at Provincial court)

SASKATOON _ Hockey Canada Foundation introduces this year’s honourees of the Order of Hockey in Canada. Also available via conference call at 1-855-353-9183, passcode: 61319(pound sign). (11:30 a.m. at TCU Place, Green Room, 32 – 22 St. East)


KAMLOOPS, B.C. _ Transportation Minister Todd Stone and officials with ICBC make an announcement about comprehensive insurance. (9 a.m. at Zimmer Collision Centre, 695 Laval Crescent)

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. _ Education Minister Mike Bernier makes a funding announcement at Minnekhada middle school. (2:15 p.m. at Minnekhada Middle School, 1390 Laurier Ave. )

VANCOUVER _ Allen Ogonoski sues for head trauma suffered in an inmate-on-inmate attack while being held at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre. (10 a.m. at Vancouver Law Courts, 800 Smithe St.)

VANCOUVER _ Vancouver city council standing committee hears speakers on a motion to file an application for a judicial review of B.C.’s environmental approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (9:30 a.m. at Vancouver City Hall, 453 W. 12th Ave.)

VANCOUVER _ B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake makes an announcement about the future of surgery at Vancouver General Hospital. (10 a.m. at Diamond Family Courtyard, Jim Pattison Pavilion Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12 Ave. )

VANCOUVER _ Provincial government announcement that will benefit people with physical disabilities. Michelle Stillwell, minister of social development and social innovation, and Stephanie Cadieux, minister of children and family development, will attend. (11:30 a.m. at Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, 818 W 10th Ave)

x-VANCOUVER _ Court hearing to set dates for a new trial for Kunarobinson Christhurajah after a jury failed to reach a verdict on allegations of human smuggling. (2 p.m. at Vancouver Law Courts, 800 Smithe St.)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. _ Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education Linda Larson and Ministry of Education staff host an open house on how to transform rural education in British Columbia. (6 p.m. at Lake City Secondary School – Williams Lake Campus, 640 Carson Dr.)