5 things to know on Friday, March 11, 2016
Published Friday, March 11, 2016 6:16AM EST
Last Updated Friday, March 11, 2016 6:48AM EST
Before you wrap up your work week, here are 5 things to know this morning: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the toast of Washington after last night's state dinner; the federal government will help a remote First Nations community deal with a suicide epidemic; Japan is marking a sombre anniversary; Statistics Canada is set to release February's job numbers; and scary moments for Montreal Canadiens superstar P.K. Subban last night.
Plus, for #FlashbackFriday, we’re taking a look back at this day in history.
1. Toasting Trudeau: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the first prime minister to be honoured with a state dinner at the White House since 1997, and celebrity guests like Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Oh helped bring some glitz and glamour to the occasion. Trudeau will depart Washington today after speeches and a question-and-answer session with university students.
2. Help coming: The federal government will "remain involved for the long term" with a remote Manitoba First nations that has declared a state of emergency due to a suicide crisis. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says they are working to increase a number of health services in the area.
3. Sombre anniversary: Residents of Japan are marking the fifth anniversary of a deadly tsunami. On this day five years ago, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and sent reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant into meltdown.
4. Jobs numbers: Statistics Canada is set to release February's job numbers which could show how well the country is doing in the wake of the Bank of Canada hiking its expectations on how the economy will perform this year.
5. Subban Scare: Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban was stretchered off the ice and taken to hospital with a neck injury during a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Subban lay on the ice for eight minutes as trainers tended to him.
And one more thing for "FlashbackFriday": U.S. President Ronald Reagan spoke about U.S.-Canada relations during his 22-minute address in the House of Commons while on his first official visit to Canada on March 11, 1981.