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Politics 204 for Jan. 11

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes his tears as he speaks in Chicago on Tuesday, giving his presidential farewell address.

A fond farewell, an unsure hello

  • Good afternoon!: U.S. President Barack Obama certainly had his fair share of fans not only in the United States, but in Canada too, with many of us tuning in as he said goodbye in Chicago. Wish we could say goodbye to these cold temperatures, which are hanging around for the next couple of days at least.

U.S. Politics

  • U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One for the last time before leaving O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, in Chicago.

    Goodbye: U.S. President Barack Obama’s farewell in Chicago on Tuesday was nothing if not elegant and indicative of the presidential style he brought to Washington. Our editorial wonders whether this is the end of the statesman in the U.S.
  • More Russia: President-elect Donald Trump held his first news conference today since winning the presidential election in November. He had to face questions about the Russian hacking scandal, which appears to be growing by the day.
  • Winnipeg worries: Mayor Brian Bowman said he won’t stand idly by and watch Winnipeg lose jobs if president-elect Donald Trump attempts to make good on his campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Bowman told reporters Wednesday that Winnipeg has a lot to lose if Trump tips the free-trade agreement to protect American jobs, adding he supports the Trudeau government’s initiatives to protect the trade deal.

This and that

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) with newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

    New minister: Canada’s new minister of foreign affairs has Prairie roots. Chrystia Freeland’s appointment this week have been filled with her considerable accomplishments, from being a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar to having an international career in Moscow, London and New York as an influential journalist and writer of such books as Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list. But she is also from Alberta. Our publisher Bob Cox worked with her while in Toronto and he has a column on what she will bring to her new job. That’s in tomorrow's Think Tank.
  • Delayed park: The opening of Winnipeg’s downtown off-leash dog park has been delayed to allow civic officials time to placate concerns raised by the owner of a new 25-storey apartment tower. Mayor Brian Bowman confirmed city officials are reviewing plans for the off-leash park planned for a portion of Bonneycastle Park. Bowman said civic officials are considering landscaping and design changes in a bid to placate Crystal Properties, which constructed the $70-million, 25-storey apartment tower at 300 Assiniboine Ave., adjacent to the park.

On the calendar

  • City Hall: Appeals committee is Thursday at 9.
  • Legislature and House of Commons: On break.

Today in history

  • Sir John A. Macdonald

    John’s birthday: On this date in 1815, The birth of John A. Macdonald was registered in Glasgow. Canada's first prime minister was actually born before midnight on January 10. Glasgow, Scotland.

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