Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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China is demanding that America drop a request for Canada to extradite a top executive of the Chinese tech giant Huawei (WAH'-way), who was arrested in Vancouver early last month at the behest of the U-S to face allegations of fraud.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said today that Meng Wanzhou's (MUNG' wan-JOHZ') case is out of the ordinary and Canada's extradition treaty with the U-S infringes on the "safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.''

She says China demands that the U-S withdraw the arrest warrant against Meng, who was released on several million dollars bail and strict conditions last month in Vancouver.

Hua's remarks came a day after more than 100 academics and former diplomats signed a letter calling on China to release two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest. (2)



It's Food Guide day!

Canadians will finally see Health Canada's modern spin on healthy eating this morning when Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor will unveil an overhauled Canada Food Guide in Montreal.

The guide is expected to have a bigger focus on plant-based sources of proteins, a change which has already sparked concern among dairy and beef farmers.

A document put out by Health Canada for consultation said most Canadians do not eat enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and we should eat less red meat and saturated fats.(2)



Allegations of flagrant overspending and questionable expenses involving truckloads of alcohol, expensive suits and gold-plated benefits are contained in a report by Speaker Darryl Plecas about top officials at the B-C legislature.

In a report yesterday, Plecas details luxurious overseas trips, payout packages and personal purchases totalling millions.

Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and house Clerk Craig James were suspended and escorted from the legislature in November amid an R-C-M-P investigation that is being assisted by two special prosecutors. …

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