5 things to know on Friday, January 15, 2016
Published Friday, January 15, 2016 6:21AM 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: Conservative party insiders are meeting today for the first step in choosing a new leader; the Supreme Court is set to rule on an Alberta manslaughter case; Ted Cruz's place of birth was all the discussion at the GOP debate on Thursday night; Alberta health officials are asking residents to get the flu shot after several deaths; and Canada post is facing criticism after hundreds of mailboxes froze over in Ottawa.
1. New leader? Conservative party insiders are set to meet in Toronto today to discuss the rules for finding the next party leader. Businessman Kevin O'Leary has admitted that he is considering a run. With speculation building CTVNews.ca has compiled a top 10 list to give you a rundown of the candidates.
2. Supreme Court to rule on Alta. manslaughter case: The Supreme Court of Canada will rule today on whether to call a new trial for Akeem Seruhungo, who was acquitted of manslaughter in connection with a killing in Alberta. The Crown had sought to use a series of text messages to corroborate the testimony of an unsavoury witness, however, Seruhungo's trial judge had rejected the texts as evidence. But the ruling isn’t expected to make "any kind of sweeping statement about text messages," Boris Bytensky, a criminal lawyer who is not associated with the case, told CTVNews.ca.
3. Born (above) the U.S.A.: Ted Cruz was born in Alberta to an American mother. A lot of constitutional lawyers say that makes him a natural born citizen of the United States, and so Cruz can still run for president. But Donald Trump, who notoriously expressed doubts about Barack Obama’s birthplace, isn’t so sure. The result was a heated exchange at last night’s Republican debate.
4. Flu warning: Alberta health officials are asking people to get vaccinated, after five deaths linked to influenza – three from the Edmonton area and two from the Calgary area. "Influenza is here in Alberta and we’re now seeing its tragic toll," said Dr. Gerry Predy, Alberta Health Services Senior Medical Officer of Health. So far, about 25 per cent of the province’s population have been vaccinated.
5. 'This is Canada': Ottawa residents are upset with Canada Post after finding their community mailboxes frozen shut. Canada Post says that out of the quarter million they've installed in Ottawa, only a few hundred have frozen. Some residents say they expect the mailboxes to freeze over again.