News for Youse: NDP leads in poll, Barbara Walters hospitalized, and Canucks lose in shootout

B.C. NDP leads by 15 percent  A new Angus Reid poll shows the B.C. Liberals are up two points to 31 percent; the B.C. NDP is way out ahead with 46 percent; and the B.C. Conservatives and B.C. Greens are tied at 10 percent.

Liberal leadership debate  In a debate at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray was the only federal Liberal leadership candidate who urged cooperating with the NDP and Greens to defeat the Conservatives.

Outdoor smoking ban  The Canadian Cancer Society has called on the B.C. government to prohibit smoking on all B.C. outdoor bar and restaurant patios and in all parks and playgrounds.

Lifelabs job action  B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union members have begun picketing at Lifelabs patient-service centres after mediation broke down over the weekend.

Port Mann Bridge statement coming  Transportation Minister Mary Polak and Transportation Investment Corporation CEO Mike Proudfoot will provide details today on a plan to make it safer for vehicles to cross the Port Mann Bridge in winter conditions.

Canadian reportedly led Algerian siege  Algerian prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal has said that a Canadian coordinated the recent attack on an Algerian natural-gas plant, which led to the deaths of 37 foreign workers and 29 Islamist militants.

Barbara Walters hospitalized  The View host Barbara Walters fell down some stairs at an inauguration party over the weekend, resulting in a trip to the hospital. She will miss Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony today.  

Vancouver Canucks lose in shootout  After two home games, the Canucks are still winless after coming up short in the shootout last night against the Edmonton Oilers.

49ers and Ravens in Super Bowl  The San Francisco 49ers edged the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 to win the NFC championship. The 49ers are favoured in the Super Bowl over the Baltimore Ravens, who beat the New England Patriots 28-13 to win the AFC crown.

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