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City police have charged a 28 year old man in connection with the stabbing death of a teenaged boy on Friday night.  Investigators say the victim was involved in a minor dispute with several people inside a home, but was then followed outside by a man who police say allegedly stabbed him.  16 year old Cameron Walker later died in hospital.  28 year old Matthew Kransy has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

City fire crews had a tough time battling the cold when they had to put a house fire yesterday.  A spokesperson said the extreme cold froze hydrants and other equipment.  Fortunately, no one was home in the house when it went up in flames, but an apartment building next door was evacuated as a precaution.

 

A meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels today will take up the crisis in Egypt, where anti government protests are now into their 7th day.  Several European countries, along with Canada and the U.S. are evacuating their citizens from Egypt and urging President Hosni Mubarak to end the crisis by implementing reforms.  In Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says chartered planes could begin airlifting Canadians out as early as today. 

 

MP’s get back at on Parliament Hill today after an extended holiday break.  Tory House leader John Baird says while his party will introduce some new policies during this session, it will mainly just move ahead on existing priorities.  But it’s the coming federal budget that could send voters to the polls.  That’s expected sometime next month.

 

5 time Oscar winning composer John Barry has died.  Barry’s family says he passed away yesterday in New York.  The English born composer was probably best known for his music for a dozen James Bond films.  Barry was 77.

 

The country’s MP’s get back to work today, after an extended Xmas break.  There’s been a lot of election talk lately, with some parties making noise they’ll topple the minority Tory government if they don’t get what they want in the upcoming budget.  All parties claim they’re ready if and when an election is called for this spring.

     

“The King’s Speech” was a big winner at last night’s Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles.  The best actor trophy went to Colin Firth, and the movie also won for best overall cast.  Natalie Portman took home best actress honors for “Black Swan.”  And on the t.v. side, 89 year old Betty White won best comedy actress for “Hot in Cleveland” while Alec Baldwin won his 5th straight SAG award for best actor in a comedy series for “30 Rock.”

 

There’s word this morning that Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Canada this summer.  Newspaper reports out of London say the future heir to the throne and his bride will arrive in July, 3 month’s after their April 29th wedding.  The couple will reportedly begin their 2 week visit on the east coast and end it in B.C.  No word yet on whether a stop in Manitoba has, or will be, planned.

   

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