5 things to know on Friday, January 8, 2016
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 6:27AM EST
The weekend is nearly here and CTV News has all of the day's top stories. Here are the five things you need to know: Alberta's economy is sinking and new data could confirm the job losses; the Canadian government is reviewing air travel security after a backlash over "no-fly" lists; a Nova Scotia teen has a catchy title after some impressive memorization; the federal government has extended the deadline to donate to Syrian relief efforts; and researchers thawed a 5,300-year-old mummy to study his eating habits.
1. Alberta's economy sinks: On Friday, Statistics Canada is set to release the results of its year-end labour force survey, which is likely to further confirm the hard times so many in Alberta are going through as oil prices plummet. The provincial government says 66,000 Albertans were laid off last year. With so many newly unemployed, families are finding it hard to make ends meet.
2. Government reviewing: Canada's public safety minister says the government is exploring possible changes to air travel security rules after a backlash over children being placed on '"no-fly" lists due to their names.
3. Memory Master: A Nova Scotia teen can now call himself an "International Master of Memory," after sweating through 10 standard tests in China that included memorizing more than 1,000 numbers in an hour and the order of 12 decks of cards.
4. Deadline extended: The federal government is extending the deadline for Canadians to donate to Syrian relief work and have their contributions matched by the government. The new deadline is now Feb. 29.
5. Iceman cometh: Researchers temporarily thawed the 5,300-year-old mummified remains of the 'iceman' so that they could harvest belly bacteria. It sounds like their efforts paid off. The scientists say the ancient microbes offered surprising new evidence about how early human populations migrated through Europe.