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Parents plead for help on missing woman's 22nd birthday

Austin Grabish, CBC News

The parents of a missing Manitoba woman renewed a plea for help Friday — which happens to be their daughter's 22nd birthday.

Sunday will mark six months since Christine Wood went missing. "We're waiting for her every day and every second for her to call us," said Melinda Wood, Christine's mother. 

"I wish I could hug her, tell her 'happy birthday,' I love her," Melinda said on the phone from Oxford House.

'My only goal is to get justice': Sue Caribou heads to MMIW inquiry's 1st family advisory circle

CBC News

Sue Caribou will be sharing the stories of her family who have been murdered or disappeared in Manitoba at the first meeting of the family advisory circle in Toronto with the missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry this week.

Caribou's niece, Tanya Nepinak, went missing from downtown Winnipeg in 2011. Convicted killer Shawn Lamb was charged in her death in June 2012, but the charges were later stayed.

Quebec increases maple syrup production amid internal revolt, foreign competition

Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Quebec, the world's largest producer of maple syrup, is ramping up output as it fends off rising competition from the U.S. and neighbouring provinces as well as a farmer rebellion from within.

The province is adding five million taps over the next two years to its existing 43 million spigots. Simon Trépanier, executive director of the Quebec Maple Syrup Federation, says that is intended to satisfy a growing appetite for the natural sugar, which is increasingly being used as an ingredient in food and drinks.

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

Peter Zimonjic, CBC News

A "significant segment" of Canadians say Canada's 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban.

Those are just two of the findings in a new Angus Reid Institute poll that looked at Canadians' attitudes toward the federal government's handling of refugees.

How saying yes to free Wi-Fi could mean 'you are the product' for businesses

Kate McGillivray, CBC News

Twenty minutes after Zoe Elder stopped at a Gateway Newstands location in downtown Toronto to buy a pack of cigarettes, an email showed up in her personal Hotmail inbox.

"Buy one Nestlé single bar + get one free," it began. The sender? Gateway Newstands.

Though Elder, 30, didn't know it at the time, she was being targeted by a Wi-Fi marketing campaign — anyone logged in to a store's free Wi-Fi is sent advertisements and promotions.

State Parole Board rejects Joyce Mitchell’s bid for early release

Malone Telegram

MALONE — Joyce Mitchell, the former Clinton Correctional Facility tailor shop supervisor who was convicted of helping two murderers escape from the prison in 2015, was denied early release in her first bid for parole.

“Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and ... there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law,” a three-member panel of the state Board of Parole wrote in a decision released Monday afternoon.

Trump team fosters fears he’ll adopt alternative economic facts


President Donald Trump complains regularly about what he calls “fake news.” What’s got some statisticians worried, though, is the risk of doctored economic data coming from the administration itself.

While there are government directives in place to prevent that from happening, the number crunchers worry that the president’s occasionally cavalier comments on the economy and economic statistics, and his apparent disdain for economists in general, could mean trouble ahead.

China wins big with stakes in $22 billion Abu Dhabi oil deal


Chinese companies are big winners in the competition among foreign bidders for stakes in Abu Dhabi’s largest oil concession, snatching a combined 12 percent of the venture as the Middle Eastern emirate looks increasingly to Asia, its biggest market, for investment.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. awarded a 4 percent stake in the onshore venture — the last share of the project that was still up for grabs — to Shanghai-based CEFC China Energy Co., Adnoc said Monday in an e-mailed statement. CEFC is paying an $888 million signing bonus, Adnoc said. The announcement came one day after China National Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy 8 percent of the same concession for $1.8 billion.