Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. ‘This is right off the scale’
“Nearly two dozen refugees who walked across the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend have officials in a Manitoba community worried about whether they can keep up with the trend that only seems to be growing.
“‘This is right off the scale for us,’ said Doug Johnston, a councillor for the rural municipality of Emerson-Franklin in southern Manitoba.”
– CBC News
+1: Canada’s border agency says migrants pay up to $35,000 to be smuggled into the country – Vice News
2. Canada sees first back-to-back trade surpluses since 2014
“Canada posted a second consecutive monthly trade surplus for the first time in more than two years in December, but booming oil exports obscured weakness in some key sectors.
“The $923-million surplus announced by Statistics Canada on Tuesday exceeded analysts’ forecasts of a $350-million positive balance. Statscan revised November’s surplus up to $1.01-billion from an initial $0.53-billion.”
3. Chinese foreign minister: In a fight between China and the US ‘both sides will lose and both sides cannot afford that’
“There would no winner from conflict between China and the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Tuesday, seeking to dampen tension between the two nations that flared after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.”
4. How liberal websites pushed a dubious claim that Trump ‘turned off’ a recorder for his call with Putin
“A recent story featuring a dubious claim about President Trump shows how left-leaning misinformation is beginning to pick up now that Trump has taken control of the White House.”
+1: WH official: We’ll say ‘fake news’ until media realizes attitude of attacking the President is wrong – CNN
+1: Buzzfeed vs. Trump — BuzzFeed News pushes further than its competitors. Can it handle the consequences? – The Verge
5. Q&A: Paul Godfrey, the CEO who’s presiding over the Postmedia newspaper chain’s rapid decline
“Paul Godfrey has earned millions while gutting newsrooms and closing papers across Canada. He says he’s trying to save journalism. It’s not working”