January 2, 2019 | by: markfirth



The Tribune says that revenue is up 41 per cent over the same period last
year at the Sugarloaf Provincial Park ski area, largely because the park
opened the earliest ever, on December first.

Park manager Greg Dion says that along with the early snowfall, Sugarloaf is
benefiting from its new snow guns to create artificial snow.


The Telegraph Journal says that Kevin Vickers, the man hailed as a national
hero after he shot and killed an armed Islamic terrorist storming Parliament
in Ottawa in 2014, is considering a run at the leadership of the New
Brunswick provincial Liberals.

Born and raised in Newcastle, now part of Miramichi, Vickers became world
famous for his heroics as Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons.

In the aftermath, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Vickers as Canada’s
new Ambassador to Ireland.

It’s a new year… and yet another new tax.

The Trudeau Liberals carbon tax is now in effect for provinces that don’t
have their own carbon tax schemes.

Critics say that will drive up the cost of gas, groceries, and other
essential items.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that Saskatchewan’s fight to get the
tax declared unconstitutional gets easier as more provinces elect Tory
governments that also oppose it, such as New Brunswick and Ontario did.


29 year old Ahmed Khassim stirred up a ruckus on an Air Canada flight from
Toronto to Switzerland, which lead to an unscheduled landing in St. John’s.

He was arrested by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for being intoxicated,
unruly, making weird noises, and refusing to sit in his assigned seat.

After a three-hour delay, the flight continued overseas.


Three people were stabbed in Manchester, England in a terrorist knife attack.

A man and woman suffered serious wounds, and a police sergeant who was knifed
in the shoulder was treated and released.

The suspect, who is in custody, was shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the
frenzied attack on New Year’s Eve.

New federal tax changes that kicked in yesterday could see some small
businesses pay much higher corporate taxes.

While small business tax rates are going down, there are new changes to rules
about how much money a business can hold onto, which could end up costing
them more.

Canadians will see an increase in Canada Pension Plan premiums coming off
their paycheques, along with E-I premiums reduced by a few cents for every
100 dollars earned.

ALL-NEW YEAR BABES      (jhw-am-Jan 2-18)

Families across Canada are welcoming some of the country’s first babies of

In Montreal, the McGill University Health Centre says baby Mariella was born
at 12:02-a-m, while a hospital network in east Toronto tweeted that baby
Fatima was born at Scarborough General rght on the stroke of midnight.

Parents in Saskatoon and Regina welcomed babies at 1:55-a-m and 4:40-a-m

In New Westminster, B-C, a baby boy was born at 12:01-a-m.
ALL-DIETS      (jhw-am-Jan 2-19)

As you ponder losing those few extra pounds you put on in recent days, here’s
something to consider.

Two major studies are offering some insight into the role carbs play in
making us fat, but unfortunately they don’t settle the question of how best
to lose weight.

One suggests a low-carb diet may help you keep weight off while another finds
different diets work equally well in helping people lose weight.

Experts say what’s most important is …. find a diet you can stick to over
the long term.