5 things to know for Wednesday, February 19, 2020
TORONTO -- Indigenous leaders are calling for the government to engage with protesters and the Wet'suwet'en peoples in the hopes of finding a mutually beneficial solution to the ongoing rail blockades. Here's what else you need to know to start your day.
1. Nationwide protests: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced heavy criticism from opposition party leaders over the Liberal government's response to anti-pipeline protests, which he called a "critical moment" for Canada.
2. Wet'suwet'en talks: Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould said she would be willing to act as a mediator for the government in its efforts to address the ongoing demonstrations that have shut down much of the country's rail system.
3. Price-fixing scheme: Three provincial courts have approved $25.6 million in settlement funds for Canadian motorists affected by alleged price-fixing in the automotive industry.
4. Animal attack: An Ontario realtor is recovering after she says she suffered a vicious dog attack during a house showing in Barrie.
5. Shanidar Cave: New sets of Neanderthal remains found in a historical archeological site in Iraqi Kurdistan could unlock secrets of ancient burial rites, according to a new study.
One more thing…
Brain surgery performance: In just-released video footage, a violinist for the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra played her instrument while surgeons removed a tumour from her brain during surgery in January to ensure surgeons did not damage her motor skills.