Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifth Newswatch-

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(EU-Brexit)(Audio:53)

French wine and spirits makers are warning that Britain leaving the European Union without a deal could hurt trade.

A day after British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an overwhelming defeat over her Brexit deal, the federation of French wine and spirits exporters said "the spectre of a 'no deal' could have serious consequences for the economy and the citizens of both parties."

May's Conservative government faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament today.(5)

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(Trudeau-Townhall)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted his latest townhall last night -- at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario -- where the audience fired off questions about Canada's approach to Indigenous issues surrounding the oil and gas industry.

Trudeau was asked about the situation in northern British Columbia, where the R-C-M-P last week acted to break a Coastal GasLink pipeline blockade by the Wet'suwet'en (wet-SOO'-wed-en) people.

An audience member asked, to loud applause, why he allowed forcible removal of the First Nation protesters.

Trudeau responded by saying Indigenous people in Canada have long had the wrong end of the stick, but insisted Crown-Indigenous relations are improving.

He said the Wet'suwet'en situation is an "unfortunate example" of where Canada hasn't done well enough, although he noted some of their elected officials were in favour of the pipeline.(5)

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(BC-LNG-Pipeline-Meeting)

Hereditary chiefs opposed to a natural gas pipeline in Wet'suwet'en (wet-SOH-wed-en) territory in northern B-C are holding a gathering of solidarity today.

Chief Judy Wilson of the Union of B-C Indian Chiefs says hereditary chiefs often have difficulty getting their authority recognized by industry and government.

While elected band councils are administrators of their reserves, the hereditary chiefs say they are in charge of the 22-thousand square kilometres comprising Wet'suwet'en traditional territory, including land the pipeline would run through. …

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