Native rights advocate Angus seeks top NDP job
Northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus has officially entered the NDP leadership race — a competition that’s likely to start gaining steam with a debate next month in Ottawa. Angus says the leadership race will be about renewing the NDP — a party punted to third-party status in the House of Commons after the 2015 election. Angus, long an outspoken advocate on indigenous issues, joins B.C. MP Peter Julian in the race to replace Tom Mulcair. The first leadership debate will be held in Ottawa on March 12, with voting in October. CALGARY
WestJet to pay for repairs after ice falls from plane
WestJet says early results of an investigation into an ice chunk that crashed through a Calgary home indicate that the ice fell Friday evening from a WestJet plane on approach from Regina. Calgary’s fire department says the incident was originally reported an explosion, but the residents found a hole in their ceiling and fragments of ice on their basement stairs. John Lee, of the Transportation Safety Board, said planes don’t discharge toilet water during flight, but do eject water that’s used for handwashing. No one was injured and WestJet will contact the homeowners and pay for the repairs. TORONTO
Sunrise Records moving into former HMV stores
Sunrise Records is opening stores in 70 Canadian retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada. The Ontario-based music retail chain says it has negotiated leases with landlords at malls across the country. The deals will have Sunrise move into most of the stores this spring. But Sunrise president Doug Putman says it won’t take over all of the closing HMV stores. Sunrise was unable to reach new terms at about 30 of the HMV locations. That includes street-level spaces like HMV’s flagship at Yonge and Dundas streets in Toronto.