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Revamped Canadian Food Guide to be released this morning; Seat belt task force coming together

Health Canada to unveil updated Food Guide

Big changes are expected in Canada’s newly updated Food Guide.
Health Canada is releasing the revamped document this morning, with reports suggesting the big focus will be on more plant-based proteins. The document is also expected to merge meat and dairy into one food group named ‘protein’.

Transport Canada gathers national task force to review bus seat belts

Ottawa is preparing a task force to look into adding seat belts to school buses.
The federal transportation minister announced the committee would be made up of politicians, school boards and bus companies from across Canada. If Transport Canada mandates seat belts, the responsibility would fall on provincial officials to make sure all buses are retrofitted.

Ottawa to roll out mandatory truck training in 2020

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Mandatory truck-driver training will be rolled out across Canada in 2020.
The federal transportation minister announced the plan after meeting with his provincial counterparts to finalize details on the strategy yesterday. After the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash, Alberta and Saskatchewan have plans to mandate training starting in March.

Two NDP MLAs drop out of upcoming Spring election

Rachel Notley’s NDP ranks are thinning as the provincial election nears.
Two MLAs in her party have announced they will not run in the upcoming election. Alberta’s Infrastructure Minister says she decided to bow out of politics after speaking with her family. The other MLA representing an area in Edmonton says she’s decided to pursue other career opportunities.

China demands US drop extradition plans for arrested Huawei CFO

US officials are reportedly preparing to bring Huawei’s CFO across the border.
The Chinese exec was arrested in Canada at the request of the US as she was suspected of violating trade sanctions put on Iran. China is demanding the US drop its extradition plans so she can be released from Canada. Two former Canadian diplomats were detained in China following her arrest last year.

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