News for Youse: Film workers rally, cop on trial, Jordan Schroeder skates, and Beyonce lip-synch debate

Huge crowd at film rally  More than 2,000 people gathered on the North Shore last night to urge the province to match tax breaks offered by Ontario and other governments. It's part of a campaign called "We Create BC", which is designed to retain film-industry jobs in B.C.

Arrest in kidnapping attempt  Ridge Meadows RCMP has a person in custody in connection with an attempted abduction and assault of a woman at Westgate Mall on January 19. She successfully fled to a nearby home.

Aboriginal woman speaks against cop  Jamie Haller will testify in Williams Lake Provincial Court today against RCMP constable Andy Yung. He's charged with assault after allegedly punching Haller in the face in 2011 when the aboriginal teen was 17 years old.

NDP speaks out on blood donations  NDP MPs Libby Davies and Randall Garrison have condemned a Canadian Blood Services proposal for a five-year ban on blood donations from men who've had sex with men. They say it's discriminatory.

Furlong denies allegations  Former Vanoc CEO John Furlong has maintained that allegations by freelance writer Laura Robinson in court documents are "completely unfounded". He plans to provide a "full and complete" response in court in his lawsuit against Robinson and the Georgia Straight in connection with an article published last September.

Chief Theresa Spence urged to conclude hunger strike  CBC News has reported that interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae is part of a delegation trying to persuade Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence to end her six-week hunger strike.

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate  Canada's central bank has reported that the "global economic outlook is slightly weaker" than forecast in October; it kept the overnight rate at one percent, saying that "the persistent strength of the Canadian dollar" will keep exports below the pre-recession peak through the first six months of 2014.

Hong Kong fraud conviction  A 22-year-old Mainland China resident, Luo Juncheng, has been sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in jail in a US$1.69-billion fraud case.

Chavez recuperating  The Venezuelan government has stated that President Hugo Chavez is in "very good spirits" following cancer surgery in Cuba. Bolivian president Evo Morales said yesterday that Chavez is receiving physical therapy in advance of returning home.

Schroeder recalled from Chicago Wolves  Former first-round draft pick Jordan Schroeder is expected to play tonight for the Vancouver Canucks against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena.

Beyoncé asked about anthem  The Internet is rife with speculation that Beyoncé lip-synched "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, but she has refused to respond to inquiries.

You be the judge: did Beyoncé lip-synch the national anthem?

 

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