Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Friday News Briefing: An At-a-Glance Survey of Some Top Stories

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Friday News Briefing: An At-a-Glance Survey of Some Top Stories

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The Friday briefing: Top news at-a-glance

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Highlights from the news file for Friday, Dec. 9

TRUDEAU HAILS CLIMATE PLAN: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is claiming victory in his campaign to craft a national "framework" agreement on climate change -- even though Saskatchewan and Manitoba remains provincial holdouts. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's full-throated opposition to the plan, which includes imposing a price on carbon, was fully expected going into Friday's day-long first ministers meeting. But surprise resistance from British Columbia's Christy Clark and Manitoba's Brian Pallister threatened throughout the day to upset Trudeau's hopes for a triumphant finale to a year of federal-provincial climate negotiations. A last-minute addition to the agreement appeared to bring Clark on side, with Wall the only premier not on board. Pallister also did not sign but left the door open to signing later on.

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INDIGENOUS LEADERS SHOULD BE AT 1ST MINISTERS MEETINGS, SAYS FIRST NATIONS LEADER: The head of the Assembly of First Nations says Canada needs to change the Constitution to ensure indigenous leaders can be in the room when the prime minister meets with the premiers. Indigenous leaders were invited to Friday's meeting with the premiers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, but they were frustrated at being excluded from the afternoon session on climate change. Perry Bellgarde says Aboriginal Peoples and their traditional way of life suffer some of the worst effects of climate change and they should be fully involved in decisions on what to do about it. Bellgarde says the Constitution does not recognize First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders as representatives from an order of government and says until that changes Aboriginal Peoples will always be excluded.

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BIDEN SAYS REALITY WILL PROPEL GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION: U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden says the world is heading toward greenhouse gas reduction, even if the incoming administration of Donald Trump isn't making it a priority. Biden was in Ottawa to speak to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers. He said whatever uncertainty exists around Trump's environmental policies, he's confident the United States will continue making progress toward a low-carbon future.

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JOHN GLENN'S BODY TO LIE IN STATE: U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered that U.S. flags on all public buildings and military posts be flown at half-staff as a "mark of respect for the memory" of retired astronaut John Glenn. Glenn died Thursday at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital at age 95. Burial is being planned for Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington. Glenn also served as a Marine combat pilot and he represented Ohio in the U.S. senate for more than two decades.

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SHIPBUILDING PROGRAM FACES MORE SETBACKS: Federal government documents are pointing to more delays in the construction of the navy's new supply ships and the Canadian Coast Guard's highly anticipated polar icebreaker. …

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