Five stories in the news today, Dec. 31, from The Canadian Press:
TRUDEAU ADVISERS PAINT GLOOMY SYRIA PICTURE
Federal advisers have bluntly told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that ISIL will continue to threaten the Middle East. They say this is because there is “no progress” towards an effective political solution in Syria. In a memo prepared for Trudeau as he took office last month, officials said the conflict in Iraq and Syria endangers the entire region, including key allies Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
FEDS LIKELY TO MISS SYRIAN REFUGEE TARGET
The federal government appears likely to miss its target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. An analysis of current statistics and flight schedules on the Immigration department’s website suggests approximately 6,300 Syrians will have arrived in Canada by Dec. 31, if all listed government flights arrive and no further ones are added. Immigration Minister John McCallum and Health Minister Jane Philpott are scheduled to hold a briefing in Toronto today to discuss the resettlement plan.
JET LANDS IN CALGARY WITH INJURED PASSENGERS
Air Canada says some of the 21 people who were injured aboard a China-to-Toronto flight that was diverted to Calgary due to turbulence have been released from hospitals. Passengers describe Wednesday’s flight as a terrifying roller-coaster ride. Emergency officials said the injuries ranges from minor sprains to serious chest and neck trauma. However, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
QUEBEC TESTS NORTHERN HOUSING MODEL
Amid what experts call an acute accommodation shortage in northern Canada, the Quebec government is preparing to test a new social housing unit it says is better adapted to harsh climates and Inuit culture. Quebec’s social housing agency says a pilot project in the Ungava Bay-area village of Quaqtaq is expected to be ready for occupants early in the new year.
CANADA FACES SWEDEN IN PIVOTAL GAME AT WORLD JR. HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Canada plays Sweden today in the final preliminary-round game for both teams at the world junior hockey championships in Helsinki. It’s a pivotal match in Group A, as Canada will earn a higher seeding in the tournament’s quarter-finals with a win against undefeated Sweden, which is 3-0. Other games today have Slovakia playing Russia, the United States takes on Denmark, and the Czech Republic goes up against Finland.