Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence
“American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.
“The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.”
+1: Trump lashes out at leaks – Globe and Mail
+1: Are deep-state leakers defending democracy or corroding it? – The Atlantic
+1: Trump’s labour nominee withdraws – BuzzFeed News
+1: US not committed to two-state Israel-Palestine solution – The Guardian
2. Woman held over assassination of North Korean dictator’s brother amid claims he ‘begged Kim Jong-un to spare his life’
“A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Malaysian police said.
3. Metrolinx considering distance-based transit fare for GTA and TTC
“Metrolinx, the provincial organization that oversees transit for the GTHA, is considering a fare model for the area’s transit operators that would see all passengers on buses, streetcars, subways, and GO Transit pay by distance.
“A report on the issue will be discussed at Friday’s Metrolinx board meeting, as part of its ongoing fare integration project that aims to standardize the pricing policies of GO and the region’s nine municipal transit agencies.”
+1: Price to rent a Toronto apartment up $300 in the last six months – BlogTo
4. Billionaire firm’s updated lobbying records corroborate Rona Ambrose’s story
“An aerospace company owned by a billionaire Calgary oilman who took Rona Ambrose aboard his yacht in the Caribbean has recently updated a lobbying report from almost four years ago that brings it in line with the Conservative interim leader’s version of events.
“The president and chief executive officer of Magellan Aerospace Corp. last Friday issued a “clarification” to a June, 2013, monthly communication report on the lobbying commissioner’s website that corroborates the explanation from Ms. Ambrose’s office that she did not have an official meeting with Magellan after she said she recused herself from dealing with the company.”
5. BlackBerry’s share of the global smartphone market is now officially 0%
“In the fourth quarter of 2016, more than 432 million smartphones were sold, according to a report published on Wednesday by the research firm Gartner — and of those, just 207,900 were BlackBerry devices running its own operating system.
“That gives the Canadian smartphone company a share of the overall phone market of less than a single percentage point.”