Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Speakers at another pro-pipeline rally in Alberta continued their attacks on Prime Minister Trudeau on Saturday, and they vow federal leaders will hear their concerns up close when they bring a protest convoy to Ottawa in February.

Chad Miller with the group Oilfield Dads told hundreds gathered in Rocky Mountain House that Alberta is suffering its "worst recession turned depression" in a generation due to weakened oil prices, exacerbated by a lack of pipeline capacity.

Numerous rallies and truck convoys have been held across Alberta and Saskatchewan lately to protest federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult, including Bill C-48 which would ban oil tanker traffic on B-C's northern coast. (1)



A Canadian convicted of drug trafficking in China faces the possibility of more serious charges and harsher punishment, now that a Chinese court has ordered a new trial.

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was tried in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling.

But an appeals court has agreed with prosecutors who argued Schellenberg's sentence was too lenient and ordered the court in Dalian city to try the case again.

Schellenberg's case has been publicized by the Chinese press amid tensions over this month's arrest in Vancouver of a Chinese tech executive the U-S wants extradited to face charges related to trading with Iran.

China has since arrested two Canadians on charges of endangering national security in what appeared to be retaliation. (1)



The aunt of an Alberta teacher recently released from custody in China says it was likely a mistake by her niece's employer that resulted in her brief detention.

Sarah McIver was detained earlier this month over a work-permit matter related to her teaching job.

Her aunt, Rhona McIver, believes Sarah was going to teach at one school, but was given work at another when the first job was no longer available. …

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