Morning Headlines – January 7th, 2020

Luke McGrath / January 7th, 2020

A 2019 solidarity event for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
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Solidarity events to take place across Canada for Wet’suwet’en First Nations amid LNG Pipeline Protest

One year after the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s protest against the construction of an LNG pipeline was raided by the RCMP, 12 solidarity events are expected to take place this week across Canada in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, including two today in Victoria and Toronto.

Construction on the pipeline is expected to resume this week, despite the opposition from the First Nation. The BC Supreme Court granted LNG company Costal GasLink an injunction against members of the Wet’suet’en First Nation who oppose the pipeline on December 31.

Stampede kills 40 at Funeral for Iranian General

40 people are dead and over 200 are injured after a stampede took place at the funeral for Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed by an U.S. airstrike last week.

The funeral, which took place in Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman, Iran was delayed to a later date. No information about how the stampede started has been given.

Funeral for Iranian General.
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Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum
(Source: City of Surrey)

Surrey City Counsellor gives Mayor low grades for Transit and Police Services

Surrey City Counsellor Linda Annis gave Mayor Doug McCallum and his team a grade of D for public transit services, and a grade of F for the Surrey Police Department in her city hall report card for 2019.

Annis says that the proposed $1.65 billion in funding for an LRT project was “completely untrue,” and that there would be no more transit funding for at least 10 years. She also cited the Surrey Police Department as the single biggest failure in city hall in 2019.