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Deputy prime minister asks Opposition not to delay new NAFTA

Deputy prime minister asks Opposition not to delay new NAFTAOTTAWA — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is asking the Opposition parties not to hold up the new North American free trade deal.Freeland has sent a letter to the leaders of the Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Greens on the eve of the return of the House of Commons asking for their support.The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement is the Liberal government's first priority and Freeland says no one expects anything less than a full, frank and vigorous debate.But she says that politics should be put aside in favour of the interests of Canadians, and that Parliament should work together to get the deal done.The Bloc Quebecois and NDP have signalled that they're in no rush to finalize the continental trade pact, which has already been ratified by the United States and Mexico.The Conservatives say they don't want to play games with the legislation, but want to study what impacts it will have and how the government will mitigate them.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2020. The Canadian Press


Regina police investigating three deaths in two days

Regina police investigating three deaths in two daysRegina police are investigating the city's third death in two days after a man was found unresponsive in the 1200 block of Rae Street on Saturday night.At around 7:30 p.m. CST police were called for a report of a gunshot and an injured person in the area, according to a police news release.When officers arrived on scene, they found the unresponsive man outside of a home.Paramedics attended the scene and declared the man dead.Officers are maintaining the scene and have requested additional resources, including Saskatchewan Coroner Services.The first death being investigating by Regina Police Service took place on Friday morning, when police found a man critically injured in the  500 block of Wascana Street around 1:30 a.m. Police and paramedics tried to save the man, but he was pronounced dead at around 1:40 a.m. Then, later on Friday afternoon at around 1:30 p.m, police officers were called to the 4400 block of Dewdney Avenue. He was taken into hospital, but would die hours later.Police didn't release the name of the individuals in any of the deaths and all of the investigations are still ongoing. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Regina police, or Crime Stoppers to report the information anonymously.


1 dead after fire destroys home north of Montreal

1 dead after fire destroys home north of MontrealQuebec provincial police say a body has been found inside a home that caught fire overnight in Crabtree, Que., in the Lanaudière region.Firefighters were called to the home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. The investigation was transferred to the Sûreté du Québec, and officers found a body in the ruins. The person has not been identified.A car is parked in the home's driveway, and a neighbour told Radio-Canada a man lived alone in the home.Crabtree is about 70 kilometres north of downtown Montreal.


Len Webber Hopes Organ Donations Bill Can Be ‘Unifying’ Moment In New Parliament

Len Webber Hopes Organ Donations Bill Can Be ‘Unifying’ Moment In New ParliamentThe Calgary MP’s earlier bill passed unanimously in the House but died in the Senate.


'You are the lion': Why one Regina woman values her Chinese culture and traditions

'You are the lion': Why one Regina woman values her Chinese culture and traditionsHelen Chang isn't a rat — in the literal sense and in terms of animal signs on the Chinese zodiac. But the director of the Chinese Cultural Society of Saskatchewan is still happily ringing in the Year of the Metal Rat — even if her zodiac sign is the Wood Rabbit.Saturday marked the Chinese Lunar New Year, a celebration which is held on the first day of the Chinese calendar; often between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Chang's parents immigrated from China to Canada before she was born. But she holds Chinese traditions close to her heart. Growing up in Regina, Chang and her brother were the only Chinese students at their elementary school. She witnessed the stereotypes people put on her culture. "It felt like you really had to let people know that there was more to Chinese people than just egg rolls and fried rice," she said, adding the stereotypes still exist."Every time you see an action move, if they're in Chinatown, there's a lion dance happening."Chang has passed Chinese traditions down to her own children, including her 11-year-old son — whose zodiac sign just happens to be a rat."You can totally see it in him," she said. "He's sporty; he's athletic."Chinese traditions started at a young age Chang began kung fu lessons when she was about 15 at the encouragement of her mother. She's been doing it ever since and is now a senior level teacher at Chung Wah Kung Fu in Regina. Kung fu, she said, ties closely with lion dance, another common Chinese tradition. Lion dance was traditionally performed by kung fu schools because it took significant physical strength to do it. The lion, Chang explained, has special significance to Chinese New Year celebrations."Lions are magical creatures in Chinese folklore," she said. "The lion has a horn [and] a special mirror. All these things help it to dispel bad energy and bring in good luck." Numerous celebrations highlight new year in Saskatchewan Chang and her family will be taking part in celebrations throughout the next couple of weeks, including one being held by the Chinese Cultural Society of Saskatchewan at Lee's Chop Suey on Feb. 8. The event features a traditional 10 course meal and is open to everyone. Tickets are available by calling 306-525-5027.Chang will also get the opportunity to take part in a lion dance throughout the next couple of weeks. On Sunday, her group will perform at Dosu Wok restaurant in Pilot Butte. It's an experience that's always meaningful to her."Once the drum's going and the music's playing, your heartbeat just pushes you along," she said. "You are the lion."


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