5 things to know on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 6:30AM EST
In a hurry this morning? We've got a cheat sheet to help you catch up on the news as you get your day underway.
Here are the five things you need to know this Tuesday morning: the House of Commons is due to vote on a new anti-ISIS mission; the head of Canada's intelligence agency has a warning about those who fought with terrorists overseas returning back to Canada; sponsors are distancing themselves from Maria Sharapova after her failed drug test admission; Pope Francis has an answer for a Grade 4 student from Winnipeg; and a look at the first paid women's hockey league in North America.
1. Voting on mission: Federal politicians are set to vote on the Liberals' plan to rejig Canada's role in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq today. The vote comes as World Vision released a study looking at the financial toll of the civil war in Syria.
2. Back in Canada: The Canadian Security Intelligence Service estimates that 60 individuals who have fought with terrorist organizations overseas are back in Canada. CSIS Director Michel Coulombe told a Senate national security committee the agency also estimates between 90 and 100 people are looking to leave Canada to fight with terrorist groups abroad.
3. Cutting ties: In the wake of Maria Sharapova’s admission that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, sponsors are severing ties with the tennis superstar. Nike, Tag Heuer and Porsche are among the companies quickly moving to distance themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner.
4. Dear Pope Francis: A Grade Four student from Winnipeg was one of a lucky few children who got to ask Pope Francis a question -- and get an answer. Here's what he wanted to know: What did God do before the world was made?
5. Playing at even strength: The only women's hockey league in North America where professional players get paycheques is wrapping up its first season. We have a profile on the NWHL and one of its players, Kaleigh Fratkin.