Happy new year! The weekend is nearly here and CTV News has all of the day’s top stories. Here are the five things you need to know: Canada is behind in bringing in Syrian refugees; people around the world celebrated on New Year's Eve despite terror threats in some countries; a Syrian refugee who is looking to help her sick has landed in Canada; a fire that consumed much of a 63-storey hotel in Dubai is still going; and an Edmonton woman is ditching the dress she has worn the entire year.
1. Refugee deadline: Just over 6,000 Syrian refugees have landed in Canada as we start 2016 -- and the federal government will need another two weeks to meet its previously-set target to settle 10,000 refugees. But Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum hopes Canadians will be proud of the humanitarian resettlement effort so far.