Here’s what we’re reading today:
1. US demands return of submarine drone seized in international waters
“The Pentagon said on Friday that it had issued a formal protest to Beijing demanding the return of an underwater drone seized by a Chinese warship in the South China Sea, an incident that risked increasing tensions in a region already fraught with great-power rivalries.
“A Defense Department official said that the unmanned underwater vehicle was discovered missing on Thursday when the crew of the United States Navy vessel Bowditch tried to retrieve it.”
2. Trudeau invited Liberal donors to official dinner for Chinese Premier
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited five dozen Liberal Party donors to an official dinner in honour of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in September – giving them the opportunity to mingle with senior cabinet ministers and top officials of the Chinese government.
“Among the guests were former Liberal cabinet minister Raymond Chan and Toronto consultant Richard Zhou – the party’s main fundraising emissaries to the Chinese-Canadian business community.”
3. John Tory accuses Bombardier of ‘complete failure’ on TTC streetcar order
“Mayor John Tory and TTC chair Josh Colle have issued a strongly worded open letter to Bombardier expressing their “deep frustration” that the rail manufacturer might miss the 2019 deadline for delivering the city’s new streetcar fleet.
“The document, which accuses Bombardier of a “complete failure to perform,” also warns that the city could take additional legal action against the company.”
4. Nine people die of overdoses in Vancouver as fentanyl fuels opioid crisis
“Vancouver police say nine people died of drug overdoses Thursday night, the latest grim statistic in a crisis largely fuelled by fentanyl that has emergency officials and the mayor calling for more help for addicts in the city’s Downtown Eastside.
In comparison, the city has been averaging about 15 overdoses a month so far this year, with police investigating 160 deaths as of Nov. 30, according to the city’s police chief. There were 134 in all of 2015.”
5. Did Facebook just kickstart the real infowar?
“In an effort to combat the spread of fake information, the social-media giant is stifling intentional fake-news writers while sparking a fight with people who view such a move as censorship.”